One of the biggest knocks against George W Bush is that he lied about WMDs in Iraq. Even today, liberals still spew those lies. Before the Iraq War started under Bush, trailer load after trailer load of what is suspected to have been WMDs were moved from Iraq to Syria. But even with all that movement, large amounts of weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq. The CIA was even able to buy 400 Borak rockets filled with pure Sarin gas. And on top of that, our troops found 5,000 WMDs that the Pentagon kept secret until last year.
The CIA is still not talking about buying WMDs in Iraq in 2005 and 2006. They do acknowledge the number and the fact that the gas was extremely active, even though it had some age on it. They refuse to discuss specifics.
Last year, The New York Times did an investigative piece on WMDs found by our soldiers. Here are parts of a story I did on the subject at the time:
The soldiers at the blast center sensed something was wrong.It was August 2008 near Taji, Iraq. They had just exploded a stack of old Iraqi artillery shells buried beside a murky lake. The blast, part of an effort to destroy munitions that could be used in makeshift bombs, uncovered more shells.
Two technicians assigned to dispose of munitions stepped into the hole. Lake water seeped in. One of them, Specialist Andrew T. Goldman, noticed a pungent odor, something, he said, he had never smelled before.He lifted a shell. Oily paste oozed from a crack. “That doesn’t look like pond water,” said his team leader, Staff Sgt. Eric J. Duling.
Massive Amounts of WMDs Were Found in Iraq
The specialist swabbed the shell with chemical detection paper. It turned red — indicating sulfur mustard, the chemical warfare agent designed to burn a victim’s airway, skin and eyes.
All three men recall an awkward pause. Then Sergeant Duling gave an order: “Get the hell out.”
That led to more discoveries including one cache of 2600 rockets armed with chemical weapons. At the time, Jarrod Lampier, a now retired Army major said that he was ordered to make a statement downplaying the find: “’Nothing of significance’ is what I was ordered to say.”
The Times itself tried to downplay it, saying that the weapons were older ones and not newly manufactured.
I just don’t see the distinction matters. And the victims of this policy are the American soldiers who came into contact with these materials. First of all, since the Pentagon was hiding the existence of these weapons, soldiers who stumbled upon them did not have protective clothing and the medics did not carry the proper medicines needed to treat them.
The Times found 17 servicemen and 7 Iraqi policemen who were injured by these weapons and it was discovered that American soldiers found it difficult to impossible to get treatment for injuries not recognized by the Pentagon.