Saturday, November 04, 2006

NYT pulls a November surprise. This one has backfired on them.

Saddam had a nuke program which was getting close to going operational.

(hat tip: Fred Gregory, motivation: Lex Alexander. Thanks, guys!)


" The anti-war crowd is going to have to argue that the information wasn't dangerous in the hands of Saddam but was dangerous on the internet. It doesn't work. It can't be both no threat to America and yet also a threat to America once it's in the hands of Iran. Game, set and match. "

Glenn at Instapundit says:

"Judging from some of the delighted emails I'm getting, I need to warn people not to get too carried away -- this doesn't say that Saddam would have had a bomb in 2004. But it does say that he had all the knowledge needed to have a bomb in short order. And as we know he was looking to reconstitute his program once sanctions were ended -- and that sanctions were breaking down in 2003 -- that's pretty significant. However, perhaps even more significant, given that we knew most of the above already, is that the NYT apparently regards the documents that bloggers have been translating for months as reliable, which means that reports of Iraqi intelligence's relations with Osama bin Laden, and "friendly" Western press agencies, are presumably also reliable."


  1. UPDATE.

    Key point:

    "These documents also raise several additional issues of interest. First, it is extraordinary that the New York Times now acknowledges that the captured documents demonstrate that [Saddam] Husseins scientists were on the verge of building an atom bomb, as little as a year away. This only reinforces the value of these documents in understanding the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's regime. Only 1 percent of the estimated 120 million pages of captured documents have been reviewed, and we must continue working to promptly understand these materials. If there is concern about Saddam's nuclear program, there should be similar concern about potential connections between Saddam and al-Qaeda suggested in the documents."

    Wouldn't that LAST little bit fry the Lefties COMPLETELY if that turned out to be true?

  2. ...wonder if Saddam would have nuked Iran?

  3. "...wonder if Saddam would have nuked Iran?"

    Further study of the documents may reveal the answer.