We were told two days ago that ISIS now has control of a WMD factory with chemical weapons.
There were WMDs found in Iraq as late as 2008 according to The Atlantic which went through a trove of documents uncovered by wikileaks. From 2004 – 2008, WMDs were unearthed. In 2011, Hillary admitted that there were WMDs in Iraq.
They were relatively small stockpiles, according to The Atlantic.
They were all destroyed, allegedly.
Now we are being told that ISIS occupied Saddam’s loaded chemical weapons facility in Muthanna, Iraq and they were in control of the weapons.
The factory contains mustard gas, sarin, Tabun and VX.
The toxins are allegedly degraded and not usable. They would present more of a danger to anyone trying to use them, we are being told.
“Two wars, sanctions and Unscom oversight reduced Iraqi’s premier production facility to a stockpile of old damaged and contaminated chemical munitions (sealed in bunkers), a wasteland full of destroyed chemical munitions, razed structures, and unusable war-ravaged facilities,” an Iraq Study Group’s 2004 report concluded.
When George W. Bush finally went into Iraq over concerns there were weapons of war, he had the support of the majority of Congress and public opinion was with him. He had formed a coalition of nations to fight Saddam.
Everyone thought Saddam had WMDs. The world thought he had WMDs.
Here are the Democrats who thought Saddam had WMDs:
YEAs — 77
Harkin (D-IA) Hollings (D-SC)
When we went into Iraq, there were no great stockpiles of WMDs.
Bush and the party paid a very high price, but Democrats also supported the wars.
By 2005, Democrats were railing against the idea of a surge, predicting a failed war.
Then-Senator Hillary Clinton said on October 10, 2002 that “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members … It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.”
Listen to Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Harry Reid:
Hillary also supported the surge in Afghanistan.
Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, wrote in his memoir “Duty” that “In strongly supporting a surge in Afghanistan, Hillary told the president that her opposition to the surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary.”
Gates found the exchange “remarkable,” and quoted Clinton as going on to say, “The Iraq surge worked.”
Getting back to Iraq, by 2010, the surge in Iraq was so successful that Joe Biden said it was “one of the Great Achievements’ of this Administration.”
Unfortunately, we did not leave a residual force which would have been our only opportunity to control the situation in Iraq.
There were no significant stockpiles of WMDs as it turns out. The intelligence was terrible and the Obama pullout was worse. But to say Bush lied or the Democrats were not behind the war is inaccurate.
Corrections: All opinionated comments were removed from this article. It was originally written as an op-ed but not labeled as such.