Well, well... As it now turns out, Bush did NOT lie about Saddam's WMD... and his hard-left perpetual "Bush lied" detractors are in stunned denial...
The projectile weapons were filled with poisonous gasses---sarin and mustard gasses, to be exact---some of the mustard gas probably degraded, but sarin gas still completely effective and deadly.
I saw both Santorum and Hoekstra on several TV shows yesterday and this morning. On shows where Democrat pundits or hosts were present, they were minimizing and pooh-poohing the importance of this news and detracting from it in every way possible. Anything to keep from admitting they were wrong.
The hard-left just can't let go of their false claim that "Bush lied" about WMD. They've ranted that mantra so much, it's too burned into their brains for them to come out of total denial mode that Saddam's WMD existed when Bush said they existed---even when faced with documented facts.
See more below and here. Me, I recommend reading the entire piece with all its helpful links to documentation. Also, there is a column here, "The Worst of Intentions," that includes a March 6, 2003 account of "the United Nations' report on Iraq's "Unresolved Disarmament Issues" about Saddam Hussein's unaccounted for WMD-related material.
"It stated that the "long list" of "unaccounted for" WMD-related material catalogued in December of 1998--the month inspections ended in Iraq--and beyond were still "unaccounted for." The list included: up to 3.9 tons of VX nerve agent (though inspectors believed Iraq had enough VX precursors to produce 200 tons of the agent and suspected that VX had been "weaponized"); 6,526 aerial chemical bombs; 550 mustard gas shells; 2,062 tons of Mustard precursors; 15,000 chemical munitions; 8,445 liters of anthrax; growth media that could have produced "3,000 - 11,000 litres of botulinum toxin, 6,000 - 16,000 litres of anthrax, up to 5,600 litres of Clostridium perfringens, and a significant quantity of an unknown bacterial agent." Moreover, Iraq was obligated to account for this material by providing "verifiable evidence" that it had, in fact, destroyed its proscribed materials.
The same report noted "a surge of activity in the missile technology field in the past four years" and that while 817 of the 819 Scud missiles Iraq had imported had been accounted for, inspectors did not know the number of missiles Iraq had indigenously produced or still possessed. Similarly, while inspectors had accounted for 73 of Iraq's 75 declared "special" warheads, doubts remained that Iraqi officials were truthful about how many had actually been manufactured.
It acknowledged that inspectors had found a handful of 122mm chemical rocket warheads but noted that this discovery may only be the "tip of the iceberg" since several thousand, in the inspectors' judgment, were still unaccounted for...
Finally, the report declared that there appears to be no "choke points" to prevent Iraq from producing anthrax at the same level it did before 1991, that large-scale Iraqi production of botulinum toxin "could be rapidly commenced," and that given Iraq's history of concealment, "it cannot be excluded that it has retained some capability with regard to VX..."
Sounds like a deadly chemical/biological WMD program to me. And we know it took only 5 projectiles filled with Sarin gas for genocidal war criminal Saddam Hussein to annihilate 5,500 Kurds during the Persian Gulf War.
"The antiwar Left’s claim that “Bush lied” about Saddam Hussein possessing Weapons of Mass Destruction has itself been proven a lie.
Last night Sen. Rick Santorum, R-PA, and Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-MI, released the declassified overview of a report produced by the National Ground Intelligence Center, the group that has searched Iraq for Saddam Hussein’s WMDs since 2004. Its stunning revelation: there were WMDs, after all.
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. That means in addition to the 500, there are filled and unfilled munitions still believed to exist within the country.
Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-MI, noted this is significant, since “the impression that the Iraqi Survey Group left with the American people was they didn't find anything.”
The report further justified President Bush’s rationale for toppling Saddam: he had WMDs that he may have transferred to terrorists....
All of which makes the anti-Bush, antiwar Left’s rhetoric sound more shrill and opportunistic than it did at the time...
...rhetorical assaults made against a sitting president during a time of war would be somewhat less vicious, egregious, or gratuitous were they born of heartfelt conviction. However, yesterday’s disclosure was not exactly news. For one thing, many of the “Bush lied”/”Saddam never had WMDs” brigade had thundered that Hussein had chemical and biological weapons before, during, and after the initiation of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Only after the Soros-funded "base" of their party made a pro-war stance political suicide did most of today's critics turn against the president, the war, and the mission they had sent more than 100,000 American troops to die achieving..."