If you were wondering whether the Mainstream Media (MSM) are biased in their coverage of the Iraq War, wonder no more. The MSM have been largely silent on the biggest Iraq War story since the capture of Saddam Hussein.
On Wednesday John Negroponte, the Director of National Intelligence, provided “an unclassified overview of chemical munitions recovered in Iraq since May 2004.” The following is direct quotation from the overview:
–Since 2003 Coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent.
–Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq’s pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist.
–Pre-Gulf War Iraqi chemical weapons could be sold on the black market. Use of these weapons by terrorists or insurgent groups would have implications for Coalition forces in Iraq. The possibility of use outside Iraq cannot be ruled out.
–The most likely munitions remaining are sarin and mustard-filled projectiles.
–The purity of the agent inside the munitions depends on many factors, including the manufacturing process, potential additives, and environmental storage conditions. While agents degrade over time, chemical warfare agents remain hazardous and potentially lethal.
–It has been reported in open press that insurgents and Iraqi groups desire to acquire and use chemical weapons.
This report makes clear that Saddam Hussein did not in fact destroy all of his pre-war stockpiles of WMD. Moreover, it shows that the 500 munitions that we have found are likely just the tip of the iceberg and that more are likely still in existence in Iraq.
The political significance of this revelation is monumental. It shows that the “Bush lied” mantra of the MSM will no longer work. I suspect that this is why the MSM are not covering the story, as it undermines the fictional narrative that they have been propagating since the beginning of the war.
For more on this story, please see the following sources:
“Rick Santorum announces WMD has been found in Iraq” – Radio Blogger
“Back Story” – In from the Cold
“Lawmakers Cite Weapons Found in Iraq” – Washington Post
“Hundreds of WMDs Found in Iraq” – Fox News
“Hundreds of Chemical Weapons Found in Iraq” – Agence France-Presse
“The real story on WMDs needs to be told — but carefully” – Hugh Hewitt