As everyone knows we went into Iraq after every intelligence in the world said Saddam had weapons of mass distruction (WMD’s). Germany said he had them, France said he had them, Great Britain said he had them, Saudi Arabia said he had them and now it looks like they were all right. Apparantly they were found, but we were never told thanks to Karl Rove and a Bush policy that said not to respond to criticism because it will only fan the flames of the oppositon. That was a disastrous mistake as it would have vindicated Bush instead he and the country had to endure a never ending constant barrage of criticism and falsehoods for five years by the left wing media saying we never found them and ‘Bush lied” that cost the republicans the house and senate. Rove had the idea that the wmd’s were found and the mission resolved and they had a belief, just let it go because the news cycle will take care of it. “Okay, they’re calling us chumps today, but there will be a new story tomorrow and everybody will forget about it,” Rove would say.
The article by Times reporter C.J. Chivers focused on U.S. soldiers who suffered from exposure to the sulfur mustard and other nerve gases which emitted from the bombs. According to the story, about “5,000 chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs” were found scattered across Iraqi soil. The U.S. government buried the cases from both the public and the troops. As a result, injured soldiers did not receive proper medical treatment. They also found 500 tons of yellowcake uranium that was shipped out to Canada and then here to be buried which was Saddam’s nuclear program. I remember reading about finding the yellowcake uranium, but it wasn’t in the national news rather on sites like Drudge or World Net Daily at the time. So Bush didn’t lie as the left loved to say and I hope this revelation coming out now vindicates him.
Recently Rush Limbaugh explained it eloquently and perfectly on his radio show which I have excerpted below:
“The issue of Iraq’s WMD remnants was suddenly thrust back into the fore this week, with a blockbuster New York Times report accusing the Bush administration of covering up American troops’ chemically induced wounds. To people familiar with the issue, both inside that administration and outside, the blame for the coverup falls on one particular set of shoulders: Karl Rove’s.”
There are a lot of insiders dumping on Karl Rove here for covering up the news that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. They weren’t discovered shortly after the invasion. It took a year or two. And Rove didn’t want to look back. He didn’t want to revive the story, so goes the story here. He just wanted to sweep it under the rug and continue to look forward…….. From the moment the Iraq war began in 2003, the Democrat Party, after a couple days of making it look like they were all for it because public support was, it didn’t take long before the Democrat Party and the media began an ongoing, never-ending 24/7, 365 effort to discredit it, to discredit the effort, to discredit the war, to discredit the motivation.
(Remember John Kerry saying “I voted for the180 billion before I voted against it.” )?
They did everything they could to undermine every aspect of it, and in the process they drove their own supporters insane with hatred for George W. Bush. You could arguably say now, since there were weapons of mass destruction, that all of this that happened, all of the mischaracterizations of the military in Iraq — remember John Kerry and Jack Murtha said, oh, they’re racist and they’re terrorists and they’re blowing down doors in homes in Iraq, our troops and the Marines in Haditha. And they were going in and terrorizing women and children. Kerry is out there making this allegation, trying to sabotage the surge before Petraeus had even testified on this. ….. The Democrat Party and the media did everything they could to lose that war and saddle that loss around the neck of George W. Bush. And of course leading their charge, which they thought gave them credibility, was there weren’t any weapons of mass destruction. The whole thing was unnecessary. Bush lied, people died, remember all this?
So in the midst of it we now learn there were weapons of mass destruction, chemical weapons and so forth that were found, military people are coming out of the woodwork now admitting it. They were told to put a lid on it back then because the Bush administration didn’t want to go back in time. They had a philosophy in the White House: Never respond to criticism. Never defend yourself against any criticism no matter what happens because that’ll just prolong the story. They had a belief, just let it go because the news cycle will take care of it. “Okay, they’re calling us chumps today, but there will be a new story tomorrow and everybody will forget about it.”
That’s not what happened. All of these charges and all of these allegations just piled on, one on top of another, and it became a full-fledged indictment and an allegation against the entire premise of the Iraq war. And over half of this country was talked into literal hatred for the administration, for the military, for the war, and even to a certain extent the War on Terror. And it was unnecessary. And Rove has even admitted now that one of the big mistakes he made strategically while he was chief of staff of the White House was letting some of these allegations day to day, whatever they were, not just about the Iraq war, but let ’em all go by and not comment on it. And he’s absolutely right about that.
But this one is particularly damaging because those five years of pounding, the five years of never-ending charges that Bush lied, people died, you got the books and the movies on how to assassinate Bush. The disrespect that was foisted upon the US military. The illegitimacy of their existence. The illegitimacy of the mission. The illegitimacy of the Bush administration, and all of that was allowed to happen because somebody decided to not report that they had indeed found weapons of mass destruction. Man, what a miscalculation.
I hope this vindicates Bush in the history books. Better late than never. However now ISIS and Syria have the weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq that weren’t collected or destroyed.