Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Mobile Bio Labs

here's the latest Bush scandal of the day...

Here's the lead from Today's Washington Post...

On May 29, 2003, 50 days after the fall of Baghdad, President Bush proclaimed a fresh victory for his administration in Iraq: Two small trailers captured by U.S. troops had turned out to be long-sought mobile "biological laboratories." He declared, "We have found the weapons of mass destruction."
The claim, repeated by top administration officials for months afterward, was hailed at the time as a vindication of the decision to go to war. But even as Bush spoke, U.S. intelligence officials possessed powerful evidence that it was not true.
A secret fact-finding mission to Iraq -- not made public until now -- had already concluded that the trailers had nothing to do with biological weapons. Leaders of the Pentagon-sponsored mission transmitted their unanimous findings to Washington in a field report on May 27, 2003, two days before the president's statement.

Ooooooh...not good for my side...but wait...there's this...

A spokesman for the DIA asserted that the team's findings were neither ignored nor suppressed, but were incorporated in the work of the Iraqi Survey Group, which led the official search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. The survey group's final report in September 2004 -- 15 months after the technical report was written -- said the trailers were "impractical" for biological weapons production and were "almost certainly intended" for manufacturing hydrogen for weather balloons.

So what's the scandal? The information is in the report.

And there's this...

Intelligence analysts involved in high-level discussions about the trailers noted that the technical team was among several groups that analyzed the suspected mobile labs throughout the spring and summer of 2003. Two teams of military experts who viewed the trailers soon after their discovery concluded that the facilities were weapons labs, a finding that strongly influenced views of intelligence officials in Washington, the analysts said. "It was hotly debated, and there were experts making arguments on both sides," said one former senior official who spoke on the condition that he not be identified. the days after Baghdad fell, there was some confusion. But, let's look at what the DIA group did conclude, that these trailers were made to manufacture Hyrdogen for weather balloons. I didn't realize the regime of Hussein was that concerned with high altitude winds.

This might sound comical, but the US has been attacked by balloons WWII by the Japanese. I'm not saying this was some immediate threat. Far from it. But there are reasons that we were so wrong on Iraq. Every program of Hussein's had some sort of civilian cover. And it's not impossible to think that using a balloon to deliver a WMD attack is that unreasonable. Especially with GPS technology, etc., you could laucnh hundreds and know exactly where they are, detonating the ones that are over your target.

Again...if these were for weather research, how come the Washington Post hasn't found the team of Iraqi meteorologists? I'm not saying they don't exist, but let's try to find them.


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