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Joe Wilson, Superspy

US Removes Uranium from Iraq

A huge shipment of uranium arrived in Canada from Iraq on Saturday, according to the AP. 

The removal of 550 metric tons of “yellowcake” – the seed material for higher-grade nuclear enrichment – was a significant step toward closing the books on Saddam’s nuclear legacy.

So let’s get this straight.  British intelligence informs President Bush that Iraq had been seeking yellowcake uranium from Niger.  The President mentions that fact during his State of the Union address.  Joe Wilson writes an editorial for the New York Times that contradicts this intelligence.  (Wilson had tea with Nigerien officials, and only a blackguard would lie while sipping tea.)  Bob Novak wants to know who this Wilson fella is, and why he was assigned the job of checking out this information.  Richard Armitage tells Novak it was at the request of Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame (a CIA employee), who wanted her husband out from underfoot.  All hell breaks loose, and Scooter Libby gets sentenced to 30 months in prison for contradicting Matt Cooper.

Confused?  Don’t be.  Just repeat after me: Saddam Hussein never had any intention of developing weapons of mass destruction and didn’t even have the means to do so.

Give or take 550 metrics tons of uranium.

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One response to “Joe Wilson, Superspy

  1. Ed Darrell July 13, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    If one reads the story, one learns that this stuff had been stored in barrels, accounted for to the UN inspectors after the 1991 Gulf War. The Bush claim was that Saddam was going for other yellowcake, to secretly build bombs.

    It makes sense, if you read it through.

    This stuff was out of play. Take 550 metric tons: No nuclear bomb program.

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