A few weeks after the huge WikiLeaks dump of diplomatic cables last November, Rush Limbaugh observed that the leaked documents contained virtually nothing to back up the various “vast right wing conspiracy” theories that continue to be favored among the Left. However, they contained a considerable amount of information that supports various claims made by conservatives, including (but not limited to) the extent that radical Islamic ideas have permeated the West, the fact that the international “global warming” agenda is built primarily around crippling the economies of First World nations, and the growing fear of nuclear proliferation due to our current foreign policy strategies.
Now, Human Events has chronicled a number of items contained in the WikiLeaks documents that back up many of the claims made by the Bush Administration surrounding the 2003* invasion if Iraq. Many of these items have previously been made public, but it is worthwhile to review them again:
- For years after the invasion of Iraq, American troops “continued to find chemical weapons labs, encounter insurgent specialists
in toxins and uncover weapons of mass destruction. . . . Chemical
weapons, especially, did not vanish from the Iraqi battlefield. Remnants
of Saddam’s toxic arsenal, largely destroyed after the Gulf War,
remained. Jihadists, insurgents and foreign (possibly Iranian) agitators
turned to these stockpiles during the Iraq conflict — and may have
brewed up their own deadly agents.”
- In July 2008, in a secret US military operation, 500 metric tons of “yellowcake” uranium ore (yes, Joe Wilson, yellowcake) discovered in Iraq were flown out of the country for processing and remediation
- In January 2004, Nizar Nayuf, a Syrian journalist who defected to the West, testified that Sadddam Hussein had ordered key constituents of his moth-balled WMD programs transported to Syria, and that these items were being stored in three locations for Saddam by the Syrian government.
- There is evidence of North Korea-Syrian cooperation in assembling chemical and nuclear weapons research and development laboratories, perhaps using some of the equipment and reagents from Iraq. This satisfactorily explains Israel’s 2007 bombing raid on a secret Syrian facility, and Syria’s reluctance to discuss anything about that incident.
Of course those who opposed the use of military force against Saddam Hussein will not be swayed one bit by this evidence. And the mainstream media has no interest whatsoever in publishing a “Bush was right” story while their Golden Boy in the White House is struggling to maintain a 45% approval rating. But those of us who have been following these stories with interest can at least take comfort in the fact that the worn-out liberal memes of “Bush lied” and “Saddam had no WMD” are continually becoming increasingly harder to justify.
* corrected, thanks to commenter rslee2254. Of course the year was 2003, not 1993. I had been looking at information detailing Iraq’s inquiries about yellowcake in the late 1990’s and my brain got stuck in the last century, I suppose.