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For years we’ve heard about Saddam’s “weapons of mass destruction.” These have been acronymed, which our busy society doesÃ‚Â ASAPÃ‚Â to anythingÃ‚Â consisting of more than one word, as “WMD.”
A big knock on President Bush has been his insistenceÃ‚Â going into Iraq that Saddam Hussein had WMD’s. This claim was based on intel, not to mention thousands of gassed Kurds. Once we were there, it was reported that none were foundÃ‚Â (some say they were moved to Syria), and Bush has since been treated by his political opponents like a pinata on Cinco de Mayo over this.
Well, it turns out some have been found, but will it matter?:
Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) announced Wednesday the finding of over 500 munitions or weapons of mass destruction, specifically “sarin- and mustard-filled projectiles,” in Iraq.Reading from unclassified portions of a document developed by the U.S. intelligence community, Santorum said, “Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq’s pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist.”Ã‚Â
Now the fun begins. What will Bush’s opponents make of this? So far they’ve been fairly quiet, but should thisÃ‚Â story show signs ofÃ‚Â resonating with the public, get your tinfoil hats out of storage.
ThereÃ‚Â may be some who say that this stuff was planted as part of a grand scheme by Karl Rove. After all, is it a coincidence that these happened to be “found” just after Bush left Iraq? Of course, these are the same people who think Bush staged 9/11 so he could rule the world (which would have been poorly planned since, ifÃ‚Â the BushiesÃ‚Â wanted to invade Iraq, wouldn’t Rove have been smart enough to recommend thatÃ‚Â at least a couple of their invented hijackers be Iraqi?).
Most likely, this will make no difference in public opinion one way or the other. This is such a polarizing issue that nuclear missilesÃ‚Â could have been found in Baghdad pointed at John Murtha’s living room and it still wouldn’t make any difference to Democrats.
Yes, last night on Hannity & Colmes, ol’ Sean was practically orgasmic over the discovery as he interviewed Santorum and Hoekstra, but the flap overÃ‚Â this war has gone beyond facts and is well into the realm of simple hatred for Bush. Nothing will change that now.
One thing of interest: I fully expected by now the Democrat forums and liberal websites to be buzzing with theories about why the WMD’s were “found” now. So far all’s quiet on the leftist front.Ã‚Â Not muchÃ‚Â so far from Michael Moore, the Democratic UndergroundÃ‚Â (though there is some light buzz there claiming, predictably, that the found WMD’s weren’t a threat at all), or the Huffington Post. For the most part though, they must still be in the “talking points” meetings.
For the people saying the found WMD’s are “old and useless and not a threat,” hey, they used to say that about Bob Dole’s johnson, too. Used to.
Take one of these sarin nerve gas shells that are “old and useless and not much of a threat” and toss it at the person saying that, and you’ll see exactly how fast they can move and how loud they can scream.
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