Media Ignore Saddam's WMD

by Pat Boone

I'm neither prophet nor genius on this stuff, and if I was catching on long before the current news cycles, so were lots of people. The driftwood is finally washing ashore, and soon everybody will be able to see... What happened? How could our side have believed so wrongly that Saddam's Iraq possessed WMD?

We do have enough evidence and detail coming in now to declare mystery solved. The new mystery is why the politicians and the news media have been taking scant notice.

If what's being learned (evident in NewsMax postings and even elsewhere increasingly over the past three full weeks!) isn't news, well, what is? Even rumors about this should have gotten more notice than these facts got.

For the mainstream media, has the definition of news become 'only the bits that fit the ideological agenda'? Are raw facts off the menu?

By now, of course, you've heard of the verified audio tapes revealing Saddam Hussein in his palace meetings discussing his WMD and ways to hide evidence and smuggle them over the Syrian border in the period before the U.S. military came calling in earnest.

What? No! Don't tell me you haven't heard!

Right now, if I needn't say this to you, there are lots of people who do need to hear it from you. The truth is, a poll by the respected TIPP organization just one week ago showed that no more than twenty percent of the public is even aware of the existence of these tapes showing that prewar intelligence about Saddam's WMD was correct all along!

Why haven't we been hearing playback with voice-over translation and maybe some artsy graphics as we did with certain past events in Iraq that had the major media frenzied? My hunch is that the reason relates to there being no kind of Abu Ghraib pornographic element to juice the story.

Then again, those old Nixon White House tapes, and these recent pre-Katrina tapes evidencing too-casual official preparedness, had none either. Yet they got plenty of broadcast repetition. So is this story beyond big media's appetite just because its bad guy Saddam doesn't happen to be anybody they're itching to bring down?

This is of pivotal historic importance (especially if you take seriously the idea that "Bush lied" as some of the media have all but engraved in stone), and what "everybody" knows someday (after enough exposes by the likes of The History Channel) won't help a citizenry who need to know right now. I'm sure I'm not the only one who sees something catastrophically wrong here, and we'd better make some loud noise and make it immediately.

Contacts with elected representatives, rage calls to corporate media switchboards, talk radio, letters to the editor ... all will count for something now.

Facts known are growing more numerous, and from reputable sources, but they now include:

That the United States has uncovered a lot of Saddam Hussein palace audiotapes � now authenticated by FBI methodology � with discussions by familiar voices like Tariq Aziz and others including Saddam himself about what to do with their WMD stockpiles and resources.

That Russian Spetsnaz (special forces) units evidently helped Saddam's military in secreting away�mostly into Syria �W MD that had first been purchased from Russia. Former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense John Shaw recently declared after lots of inquiry that their goal had been to erase any signs of Russian involvement in Saddam's WMD programs. On this point, Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney has been sticking by his belief that the Bush administration needs Russia's involvement now in halting Iran's rush toward nuclear armament and so must resist information damning to Russia.

That two different former high-ranking Iraqi military officers �General Georges Sada, the No. 2 ranking officer with the Iraqi Air Force, and Ali Ibrahim, another Iraqi commander � both assert that that Saddam possessed stockpiles of WMD, and transported them out of Iraq by converted 747 passenger jet and by land to be hidden inside Syria.
It's not my point here that I (along with countless others) was right in suspecting that Saddam slipped his WMD evidence across the border into Syria. No, the louder discussion now needs to be about the neglect of this new information in our public discourse. Both the mainstream political leaders and the main stream media are oddly muted or downright silent about the details we're learning.

Why? Who are they hoping to protect? By now, does anyone still imagine that ignoring inconvenient facts can make them go away?

For a long time now, the conventional wisdom has been settled around the idea that Saddam Hussein had no WMD, so President Bush now has only the good riddance of Saddam and the better life of Iraqis left as a way to justify the decision to make war back in 2003. "Bush lied, people died" has thus seemed just a tad less loony as a mantra for copyright by the left.

Amazingly, given what's now being revealed, nobody has yet laid a glove on the conventional wisdom!

It is the mainstream news media's duty to point unblinkingly to the fact of Saddam's WMD being smuggled into Syria. If they in their wisdom prefer�for whatever imaginable combination of reasons�to soft pedal the information, then we "small fry" are duty bound to bellow about it as I do here and now.

In the days ahead, the erroneous conventional wisdom about Saddam's WMD needs to be squarely in our cross hairs. Tell your friends and neighbors. "There were WMD in Iraq!"

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