June 26, 2003


Just as Phillip Adams predicted, the US military-industrial complex has commenced planting WMD evidence:

Three U.S. officials told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell that an Iraqi scientist who was part of what Saddam called his “nuclear mujahadeen” had led intelligence officials to a barrel in the back yard of his home in Baghdad, where they found plans for a gas centrifuge and components of a uranium enrichment system.

Yeah. Sure they did. Right.

Posted by Tim Blair at June 26, 2003 01:26 PM

Anti-war morons proven wrong. My sixth sense is detecting signs of a trend here.

Posted by: HelenClarkIsAnEvilBitch at June 26, 2003 at 01:39 PM

I was having a chat with some folks (a mixed euro/American crowd) in an online game when this news hit; the response was as predicted: first simply handwaved away since an actual functioning warhead wasn't found, then, when it was pointed out that this was clear evidence of Saddam's intent to carry on his nuclear program, it was simply explained away as having been planted by the US. Pretty much par for the course.

Posted by: Jeep at June 26, 2003 at 02:07 PM

Hey dickheads,

Don't you understand the difference between weapons and plans. "Holy shit! Here come the Iraqis with barrels of paper! Run for your lives!"

Posted by: jack o'farrell at June 26, 2003 at 02:19 PM

The beginning of the end for the idiotarians.

Posted by: Preston Whip at June 26, 2003 at 02:39 PM

Before the masters of shifting sand , Adams, ABC ,Saddamite Times et al, stir the sand on which they stand once again,they are no doubt preparing to say : the US planted all those documents too.

Posted by: d at June 26, 2003 at 03:07 PM

As pointed out, plans are not weapons.

More generally, it was pointed out before the war that it was quite likely that Saddam had indeed destroyed weapons and hung onto the plans - it's quite a logical thing to do. There's a debriefing of Saddam's son-in-law floating around where he claims this is in fact what they did.

Under that scenario you'd expect quite a lot of plans to turn up, eventually.

Posted by: Bon Scott at June 26, 2003 at 03:31 PM

I disliked the Iraqi regime sufficiently enough to want the crap bombed out of it. I am pleased we did so. If the US government is planting evidence to shut the pinko hippy chooks up, I counsel them to cease. For one thing they are doomed to fail. These people will never shut up.

Iraq is free of Saddam though many people have lost their lives. Patiently ignoring the appeasing twats we come accross at dinner parties is not too much of an ask.

Posted by: James Hamilton at June 26, 2003 at 03:32 PM

So, a nuclear weapons scientist who worked on the pre-1991 nuclear program (that everyone knows about) retained details of what he was working on. At the same time, he confirms that there was actually NO work done on the program since 1991.

I think it's safe to say that if the Americans were going to plant something, they'd do a little better than this.

Folks . . . I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but this is actually the most compelling evidence so far that there has been no nuclear program in Iraq since Gulf War I - contrary to what the Administration was saying in the lead-up to Gulf War II.

Posted by: Mork at June 26, 2003 at 03:41 PM

Bon Scott posts:

Posted by: KenG at June 26, 2003 at 04:23 PM