US: 'Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction'


US: ‘Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction’

By Neil Mackay

The Bush administration has admitted that Saddam Hussein probably had no weapons of mass destruction.

Senior officials in the Bush administration have admitted that they would be ‘amazed’ if weapons of mass destruction (WMD) were found in Iraq.

According to administration sources, Saddam shut down and destroyed large parts of his WMD programmes before the invasion of Iraq.

Ironically, the claims came as US President George Bush yesterday repeatedly justified the war as necessary to remove Iraq’s chemical and biological arms which posed a direct threat to America.

Bush claimed: ‘Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. We will find them.’

The comments from within the administration will add further weight to attacks on the Blair government by Labour backbenchers that there is no ‘smoking gun’ and that the war against Iraq – which centred on claims that Saddam was a risk to Britain, America and the Middle East because of unconventional weapons – was unjustified.

The senior US official added that America never expected to find a huge arsenal, arguing that the administration was more concerned about the ability of Saddam’s scientists – which he labelled the ‘nuclear mujahidin’ – to develop WMDs when the crisis passed.

This represents a clearly dramatic shift in the definition of the Bush doctrine’s central tenet – the pre-emptive strike. Previously, according to Washington, a pre-emptive war could be waged against a hostile country with WMDs in order to protect American security.

Now, however, according to the US official, pre-emptive action is justified against a nation which simply has the ability to develop unconventional weapons.

No need for a new thread for this. It should be in the “Baghdad or bust” thread.

I think this article and the head line is missleading: “had” no WMD sounds like he never had them, not even long before the invasion
was prepared or started. To say “has not (anymore)” would perhaps be more accurate - unless the US did indeed knew the Iraq didn’t have any. Which would mean it was all a lie.

The last paragraph in this regard is interesting if it holds true.

But even “he did have them” and now the US can’t find them - then I (if I would be a US government represantative) would argue they are in mobile labs dug deep into the ground, ice cream trucks or in other countries (guess where?). Or he destroyed them. Or he swallowed them. Or whatever BS excuse you can come up with, as long as you don’t have to admit your failure.