Thursday, November 17, 2005

That's Our Dick!

NOW:

"The suggestion that's been made by some U.S. senators that the president of the United States or any member of this administration purposely misled the American people on pre-war intelligence is one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges ever aired in this city."
-- Dick Cheney, Nov. 16, 2005

"You can't have your pudding if you don't eat your meat!"


THEN:

"We do know, with absolute certainty, that he is using his procurement system to acquire the equipment he needs in order to enrich uranium to build a nuclear weapon."
-- Dick Cheney, Sept. 8, 2002

6 Comments:

At 5:12 PM, Blogger Scribe said...

Oh, well, your just a Bush-hater and you're undermining the war effort and you don't support the troops and you're re-writing history...

I mean, pointing out what they ACTUALLY said... how low can you go?

;-)

 
At 5:17 PM, Blogger sage said...

Where did you get the pic of Bill O'Reilly and the ape men? I put a link to it in my lastest blog on dark beers... Great pic of the VP, too.

 
At 5:18 PM, Blogger Schroeder said...

Don't you just love how the press just runs this shit without questioning the claim. We wouldn't be in this mess if they reported the actual facts before the Iraq invasion.

 
At 9:34 PM, Anonymous Red Dirt said...

Here's a question someone may or may not be able to answer. I really don't know, that's why I'm asking, and I figure that's partially what a blog is for.....

When we invaded Iraq, didn't we find a stockpile of a couple tons of enriched uranium held by Saddam's forces? And didn't he have a lot more than that stockpiled in un-enriched uranium?

 
At 10:30 AM, Anonymous dfitz said...

The stockpile question is a fave rave on Newsmax and WorldNetDaily.

For what it's worth, the following appeared on Frontline:

"According to former U.N. inspector David Kay, Iraq spent over $10 billion during the 1980s in an attempt to enrich uranium and build a nuclear weapon. However, the Agency concludes that as of December, 1998, 'There were no indications to suggest that Iraq was successful in its attempt to produce nuclear weapons,' or 'that there remains in Iraq any physical capability for the production of amounts of weapons-usable nuclear material of any practical significance.' However, the IAEA did find that 'Iraq was at, or close to, the threshold of success in such areas as the production of [highly enriched uranium] ... and the fabrication of the explosive package for a nuclear weapon.' Despite the fact that the facilities and nuclear material had been destroyed or removed, as early as 1996 the IAEA concluded that 'the know-how and expertise acquired by Iraqi scientists and engineers could provide an adequate base for reconstituting a nuclear-weapons-oriented program.'

The stockpile meme appears to be based on reports by a defected Iraqi nuclear physicist named Khidhir Hamza.

"He told FRONTLINE that Iraq did not relinquish certain critical components of the nuclear program to the inspectors, and that it retains the expertise necessary to build a nuclear weapon. He believes that Iraq may have one completed within the next couple of years."

Inspectors were ordered out of the country by White House decree prior to the 2003 U.S. invasion and had not found anything of the sort during their stay in Iraq -- granted, they weren't exactly given the red carpet treatment.

However, no such stockpiles have been found since the war began.

 
At 6:48 PM, Anonymous Red Dirt said...

Thank you dfitz! Just to be clear: World Net Daily reader, I am not. And Frontline is one of my favorite documentary programs, regularly TiVo'd. I respect the show's research.

 

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