Thursday, October 07, 2004

Iraq WMD Strategy

Little Green Footballs (see Interesting Links) posts today a link to the Duelfer Report, a report to the Director of the CIA by the Charles Duelfer, head of the Iraq Survey Group, regarding Iraq's WMD's and Sadam Hussein's WMD strategy since the first Gulf War. The report is long, and LGF has an excellent summary of the allegations of the $60 billion Oil For Food (OFF) program and how it related to the possible resumption of Iraq's WMD program.

The Key Findings section is particularly interesting, as this excerpt from the report shows:

"Saddam Husayn so dominated the Iraqi Regime that its strategic intent was his alone. He wanted to end sanctions while preserving the capability to reconstitute his weapons of mass destruction (WMD) when sanctions were lifted."

As reported by LGF, "How quickly could he have done this? We have an answer to this question too, because last month Saddam’s former nuclear chief, Mahdi Obeidi, wrote a piece for the New York Times [Sept 26, 2004] saying that the Iraqi nuclear weapons programs could have been reconstituted within months."

Read the Key Findings (PDF) here.

Iraq WMD Strategy (part 2)

James Tarantino's Best of the Web Today, appearing in the, has another excellent article regarding Iraq's WMD program and the Duelfer Report.
Read it here.

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