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July 8, 2014 - 3:21 pm

It’s a confirmation of reports in June that ISIS had taken control of a site where some of Saddam’s WMD arsenal remained.

Iraq has informed the United Nations that the Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad where 2,500 chemical rockets filled with the deadly nerve agent sarin or their remnants were stored along with other chemical warfare agents.

Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon circulated Tuesday that “terrorist” groups entered the Muthanna site June 11 and seized weapons and equipment from the protection force guarding the facility.

AP likes its scare quotes. ISIS is a terrorist group that is in the early stages of forming a nation. It’s calling that nation a “caliph” to establish itself as the hub of the Islamic world. Now ISIS is holding some of the WMDs that the likes of AP convinced the world did not even exist.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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Thank you for your contribution. While on this subject, there is a question that I have always wanted an answer to.

Precisely what intelligence had Bush received prior to March 2003 which informed him unequivocally (key word) that those "WMDs" did not exist?

Please note that intelligence can only estimate on-hand resources or operational programs. It is far more difficult/impossible to evaluate intentions.
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Unpossible. Chemical weapons were a lie cooked up by Dick Cheney so the military-industrial could invade and Cheney could pay off his friends at Halliburton.

Or something.
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Obama's diary entry for 7/8/2014...

Disarm the American military. Check.
Destroy their weapons. Check.
Turn the military bases into invader daycare centers. Check.
Arm the enemies of Israel with weapons of mass destruction. Check.
Use Catholic and other church groups to reestablish the Quartering Act for illegals. Check.

The stage is set to destroy the country I hate with the heat of a thousand suns. Check. BwaaaaHaaaaaaHaaaaHaaaaa.

And all I needed to do was to promise bimbos free and unlimited birth control.

What's my tee time for tomorrow?

Oh. That's right. ANYTIME I EFFIN' WANT IT TO BE.
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The Hussein Regime in Iraq had chemical weapons at one time, and that is not disputed by anyone.

I believe, but I do not have time to verify, that these weapons were "de-militarized" or were at least reported as such before the 2003 war. Therefore they would not count as chemical weapons for the purposes of justification of that invasion.

"De-militarized" means they were not useful in a controlled military way, such as being able to be used without killing their operators, and able to be reliably and accurately used/fused/detonated against the targets that you intend to use them against.

Of course, Jihadis don’t care if the launching personnel die. And they don’t care (all that much) if the weapon hits the intended target. Unstable chemical weapons are not really that big of a deal to them. And timing is not necessarily important to them either. They don’t have a need for military reliability, usability and controllability.

So the question becomes, why did both the Bush Administration for 4 years (2004-2008) and the Obama Administration for 5 years (2009-2014) neglect to get these chemical weapons properly destroyed. Particularly, why did the Obama Administration push the departure from Iraq without attending to this issue?
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Expect one in Times Square next New Years... especially with how well this federal government is doing the basics.....

.... like protecting our borders....

Heck, a few kids could be hired to carry a few missiles over....
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The mere existence of these things in their hands is scary. They can just claim there is a chem bomb in one of our cities, and they can do enormous harm. People will panic and the city will shut down. It can be totally fake, but because people now know they have such stuff, the threat will be effective.

So, the Bush administration did not want to go through the trouble of destroying these things? Well, that was as foolish as not explaining to the American people that we had, indeed, found 1000's of tons of them.

"Well, they are not usable!" Well, not by us, but to a jihadi, they can be very useful.

"But, Iraq is now controlled by us and our allied Iraqi government." Oh, you expected that to last, while the Dems were doing everything they could to undermine the war effort so they could get into power? Did you learn nothing from the fall of Vietnam? You did not actually think the Dems would support Iraq after the war, any more than they supported South Vietnam, did you?

I do not like the Dems, but I disliked Bush just as much. Idiot.
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I'm shocked..... The liberals were lying?
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But but but.... there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, according to progs. This must just be another phony scandal in the making.

[sarcasm...... had to explain it for progs]
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Only Nuclear Weapons are WMD to the progs. Your sarcasm will just give them a haircut.
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Nope. Didn't happen. The MSM said there aren't any chems in Iraq. Its a lie started by the vast right wing conspiracy.
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Remember those bumper stickers? "Bush lied, our boys died." Well, golly gee, here are those weapons of mass destruction after all. Clearly, the venal, vile media has been revealed to be one giant lying machine. Exit question: Why didn't our troops find them, or did someone in our military turn a blind eye to make Bush look bad?
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nuke mecca
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I might go for that one.
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Why weren't these weapons destroyed by our forces before Obama was elected?
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"Why weren't these weapons destroyed by our forces before Obama was elected?"

Okay, here's the serious answer:

Because there are so many of these weapons that "didn't exist", that finding, confirming, cataloging, and then finally destroying them is a long, arduous process, and we hadn't finished it.

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Because they didn't exist according to the Democrats.
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This may be out of line but we were in Iraq for HOW MANY YEARS and there are still remnants of chemical weapons there?

WHY THE H*LL WERE THOSE REMNANTS NOT DESTROYED????

Our military people are the best in the world but their commanders seem to be out to lunch! God help us all!
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Destroying chemical weapons is a lot different than destroying conventional weapons. It isn't easy as everyone thinks.
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