July 22, 2004


This story mentions multiple unnamed sources, so the Sydney Morning Herald is bound to consider it believable:

Iraqi security reportedly discovered three missiles carrying nuclear heads concealed in a concrete trench northwest of Baghdad, official sources said Wednesday.

The official daily al-Sabah quoted the sources as saying the missiles were discovered in trenches near the city of Tikrit, the hometown of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Round up the witnesses! Get those stat decs signed!

UPDATE. Professor Bunyip has more on that earlier dubious story out of Iraq.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 22, 2004 12:49 AM

The interim Iraqi government says the story is bogus. ("Stupid," in their own words.)

Posted by: Damian P. at July 22, 2004 at 01:09 AM

My bullshit detector is pinging off the scale on that story. Still, if it turned out to be true Bush, Blair, and Howard could declare game, set, and match.

Posted by: Randal Robinson at July 22, 2004 at 01:12 AM

Reuters via FT.com (Financial Times)
Iraq dismisses nuclear find report

69 words:

Iraq's Interior Ministry has dismissed as "stupid" a report in a local newspaper that said three nuclear missiles were found near Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit.

A senior U.S. military official told reporters on Wednesday he had no information on the report in the Iraqi newspaper al-Sabah. He said officials were checking the report.

Asked by Reuters about the report, a spokesman at the Interior Ministry said: "It's stupid."

Posted by: ForNow at July 22, 2004 at 01:32 AM

Supposedly the report sent the USD higher. Why didn't I think of doing this?

Posted by: drscroogemcduck at July 22, 2004 at 01:47 AM

We need to figure out how this story got out. I have to say, I would be thrilled if true.

Posted by: rod at July 22, 2004 at 01:51 AM

Reuters certainly hurried to pooh-pooh it, didn't they?

I think it's unlikely, since the evidence seems to be that Saddam's WMD program was in as much disarray as his Olympic program, but I'm sure not going to take Reuters' word for it!

Posted by: Mike G at July 22, 2004 at 01:57 AM

Even if it is true the reply from some venues would be:
"Well there were ONLY three of them so is that REALLY that bad? Anyway where are the rest of them?"

Posted by: zzx375 at July 22, 2004 at 02:26 AM

Poor Paul. What was that line from Wayne's world?


Posted by: Rob at July 22, 2004 at 05:04 AM

From Conspiracy Theory Central: if the US and Iraq deny it, it must be true.

Personally, I am glad that CIA finally planted this stuff there. High time you did something useful, guys!

Posted by: Katherine at July 22, 2004 at 06:08 AM

Hmmm, perhaps 'stupid' to release this story before let's say..... late October?


Posted by: DanM at July 22, 2004 at 07:50 AM

Hey, I was ready to disbelieve this story, too. Then, I heard on the internet that Elvis found them.


Posted by: Jay at July 22, 2004 at 08:04 AM

The missiles, indeed, were concealed in a concrete trench. But what the report conspicuously omits is that they were in Bergler's pants "by accident". Partisan press, as usual.

Posted by: Sandy wuz here at July 22, 2004 at 12:19 PM

The missiles were in the same rathole they found Saddam hiding in. The US troops didn't check it out thoroughly. Sloppy!

Posted by: Freddyboy at July 22, 2004 at 12:37 PM

It wouldn't matter if the story were true or even if they'd found 50 Nukes. The lefties wouldn't consider it enough to call them WMD's.

Read resolutions 678, 686 and 1441. 1441 confirms that Iraq were in breach of their military obligations, especially the missiles that were destroyed last year which could travell more than the 150km allowance under the UN resolutions.
There was the nuke/chemical-biological programs there were still active and 17 chemical filled missiles also found 3 weeks ago, I mean, what constitutes WMD's in the eyes of the lefties??

Posted by: scott at July 22, 2004 at 01:53 PM

"what constitutes WMD's in the eyes of the lefties?"

I can answer that, scott. I was reading a discussion on the subject after they found this binary sarin shell - don't remember where - and the resident leftie declared that for something to be WMD it must have a potential to kill at least 100,000 people.

So there you have it! You and your measly 17 chemical weapons and WMD programs! Ha ha ha!

Posted by: Katherine at July 22, 2004 at 05:13 PM

Any armament that is made by the USA or Zionists is a Weapon of Mass Destruction.
/Leftie Fool

Posted by: JBB at July 22, 2004 at 07:08 PM

Great. New editor of The Age is leaving the Sunday Herald, the only joint to have given air to McGeough's masturbatory fantasies about Iyad Allawi.

Posted by: Haggis at July 22, 2004 at 08:11 PM

Did they find Osama's skull in the same trench? The Second Shooter from JFK's assassination?
Jimmy Hoffa?

Who knows what is down there?

Posted by: Major John at July 22, 2004 at 08:51 PM

Speaking of Allawi, professor Bunyip has dug up some Miranda-Divide-convincing material on the rumours the SMH didn't report...

BAGHDAD There are many versions of the story on the Iraqi street. In one, interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi is driving through downtown Baghdad and sees a frail old man being confronted by three armed men attempting to steal his vehicle. The prime minister leaps out of his car and shoots dead the would-be carjackers.
In another, Allawi is in a Baghdad jail where he interviews suspects, hears their confessions, declares that "they deserve to die" and shoots them on the spot.
A third version sets the scene of his armed retribution in the Shiite Muslim holy city of Najaf, which has been racked by violence in recent months.

From the LA Times

Posted by: Quentin George at July 22, 2004 at 10:00 PM

Allawi sounds like Batman!

Posted by: Quentin George at July 22, 2004 at 10:01 PM

Why didn't the SMH publish these stories? Who are they protecting and what are they trying to cover up? We need a Royal Commission. And a Senate Inquiry - don't forget the Senate Inquiry.

Posted by: TFK at July 22, 2004 at 11:12 PM

Quentin - LOL. I sure hope he doesn't dump any terrorists into a vat of chemicals, or he will make a Joker-like equivlent supervillain.

Posted by: Sortelli at July 23, 2004 at 12:20 AM

Actually, it's pretty damn interesting that the rumors of Allawi seem geared to paint him as a hero to Iraqis while McGeuogh uses it to horrify us.

Posted by: Sortelli at July 23, 2004 at 12:21 AM

Blair and Bunyip are national treasures. The Prof. is going berserk at the moment profiling the new Age editor and the dirt on him isn't good. If it wasn't for the bloggers, no way we'd ever hear about this stuff.

How do we start a campaign to nip the appointment in the bud? You'd think they could find someone in Melbourne up to being Age editor. Why import scum from Scotland.

Posted by: inky at July 23, 2004 at 01:56 AM


Presidential Candidate Kerry says, "Evidence is inconclusive..."

Posted by: richard mcenroe at July 23, 2004 at 03:17 AM

TFK, the Roman Senate is un(de)composed at the
moment, maybe we should get someone who can think.
I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt here, you
surely don't mean the U.S.Senate, those masters of
the art of ambivalence.

Posted by: Mike H. at July 23, 2004 at 05:53 AM

Is Master Blair on his way to the States for the Demo convention? Just wondering why posting is light.

Posted by: Polly at July 23, 2004 at 10:41 AM

Mr. Blair was so shocked not to have been selected as the next editor of the Age he has hit the bottle and gone on a massive drunk. McGeough has two witnesses who insist that scenario is the truth.

Posted by: superboot at July 23, 2004 at 10:59 AM

Paul Magoo(safely tucked away in his Amman hideaway)is at it again in today's SMH, trying to revive his dead story. He has linked it to Red Cross allegations about brutality in the prison where Allawi is alleged to have shot prisoners. Even the SMH must be embarrassed by the thinness of this beat-up, since the story is rapidly slipping down the front page to the garbage bin where it belongs.

Posted by: freddyboy at July 23, 2004 at 12:24 PM

"what constitutes WMD's in the eyes of the lefties?"

Any weapon owned by America or its allies.

Posted by: EvilPundit at July 23, 2004 at 04:34 PM

Oh dear. Things just get worse for Paul McG:

"The inquiries are still continuing and it would be very helpful if Mr McGeough or others would come forward and provide information on the substance of the allegations to the Human Rights Minister."

Don't count on it.

Posted by: Anonymous at July 24, 2004 at 06:20 PM