2005-01-13

Intolerance: Official: No WMD in Iraq. War was a Mistake.

Intelligence officials have confirmed the USA has stopped searching for 'weapons of mass destruction' (WMD) in Iraq. They say the chief USA investigator, Mr.Charles Duelfer, is not planning to return to the country. Mr.Duelfer reported last year, 2004, that Iraq had no stockpiles of chemical or biological weapons at the time of the USA-led invasion nearly two years ago. The existence of WMD had been the stated reason in Washington and London for declaring war on Iraq. Mr.Duelfer said when he released his interim report in 2004-10 that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had still had the desire to restart WMD programmes.
IRAQ SURVEY GROUP (ISG) Set up in 2003-05 First leader, Mr.David Kay, quit in 2004-01 stating WMD would not be found in Iraq New head, Mr.Charles Duelfer appointed by CIA 1_200 experts from the USA, Britain and Australia HQ in Washington DC, USA, offices in Baghdad and Qatar.
He will make a few adjustments to his report but he will close the book on the hunt when the final version is published in a few weeks, says the BBC's reporter, Nick Childs, in Washington. Officials are still sifting through a mountain of documents and say they will follow any leads they find but there is no expectation that the hunt will be revived. The Iraq Survey Group (ISG), which was responsible for the search, continues its work but with the focus now on trying to help counter the Iraqi 'insurgency'. 'White House' spokesman, Scott Mcclellan, said that 2005-01-12, Wednesday's announcement was nothing new and that Mr.Bush had referred to the end of the search last year when Mr.Duelfer's interim report came out. But a report earlier on 2005-01-12 in 'The Washington Post' newspaper stating the search was over led to what appeared to be a confirmation by the spokesman. Asked if the ISG had stopped actively searching for WMD, Mr.Mcclellan said:
'That's my understanding... A lot of their mission is focused elsewhere now'.
'Expected' Former US American inspector David Kay told the BBC's Radio 4 'PM' programme that this was the expected outcome:
'You cannot believe how hard it is to motivate people in the field who know that all they are doing is going through busy work motions because they themselves know there are no weapons there. 'I faced that over a year ago with a team that essentially knew that we were right when we said they were no weapons'.
He said the ISG's document search would now focus on the continued 'insurgency' in Iraq and the 'money flow' issue surrounding the 'oil-for-food' programme. Former head of UN weapons inspections Mr.Hans Blix also said there was no surprise in the announcement.
'We have believed that there weren't any weapons since around May or June 2003. First came David Kay in September 2003 [who said] that he hadn't found any weapons and that was a big sensation -- but he thought that there were programmes still. 'But then came Duelfer last November [who] said that he hadn't seen any programmes, but maybe Saddam would have intended to restart the programme, and there is no evidence of that.
Mr.Blix said he assumed it would be natural for the USA to now report their finding to the UN Security Council
'Because the USA took the inspections out of the hands of the UN to undertake it themselves'.
'USA gives up search for Iraq WMD', BBC NEWS, 2005/01/12 18:59:22 GMT

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obvious. (unless you are a bushite).

1/13/2005 01:46:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we'd left it to the UN nothing would have got done and we'd still have a dictatorship in Saddam and his pal bin Laden. The world owes us a favor. Again.

1/14/2005 01:52:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If we'd left it to the UN nothing would have got done"
-are you kidding? Of course nothing would have got done, what was done was not right. It was not good, and it was not legal.
"and we'd still have a dictatorship in Saddam and his pal bin Laden".
-Get your facts straight: bin Laden was an ENEMY of Saddam you idiot!
"The world owes us a favor."
-What is this? We'd get on just fine without the interference thankyouverymuch. The US has been the most bloodthirsty nation in history, from the A Bombs in Japan, through Viet Nam, Afghanistan and Central America to Iran and Iraq. Too numerous to mention, and too many human lives spent (more than any Nazi atrocity by miles). The ONLY terrorist or war blood spilled on US soil was 9-11. That shook you guys up, because you were always too safely tucked up too far away until that day, now look at you!
"Again"
-???

1/15/2005 12:48:00 am  

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