Monday, November 06, 2006
The NY Times, in their zeal, their zest, to nail anything connected with George W. Bush, reported on a website which had displayed some of the documents found in Iraq. One of these was a manual on how to build a nuclear weapon. When the story got out, the site was pulled down.
What The Times missed in the story was that the same document also showed that in 2002 Saddam Hussein was one year away from having a nuclear weapon.
U.S. Web Archive Is Said to Reveal a Nuclear Primer
Last March, the federal government set up a Web site to make public a vast archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war. The Bush administration did so under pressure from Congressional Republicans who had said they hoped to “leverage the Internet” to find new evidence of the prewar dangers posed by Saddam Hussein.
But in recent weeks, the site has posted some documents that weapons experts say are a danger themselves: detailed accounts of Iraq’s secret nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The documents, the experts say, constitute a basic guide to building an atom bomb.
Last night, the government shut down the Web site after The New York Times asked about complaints from weapons experts and arms-control officials. A spokesman for the director of national intelligence said access to the site had been suspended “pending a review to ensure its content is appropriate for public viewing.”
Among the dozens of documents in English were Iraqi reports written in the 1990s and in 2002 for United Nations inspectors in charge of making sure Iraq had abandoned its unconventional arms programs after the Persian Gulf war. Experts say that at the time, Mr. Hussein’s scientists were on the verge of building an atom bomb, as little as a year away.
Who reported this, outside of The Times? No one, that's who.
It figures. This could make George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq make sense, and that is something liberals cannot tolerate.