"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)

Thursday, June 08, 2006


Here's Rep. Curt Weldon (R - Looneybin), at a candidates' debate yesterday (emphasis supplied):
While [Democratic candidate Joseph] Sestak said Iraq was "not a clear nor a present danger" because no weapons of mass destruction have been found, Weldon said he knows of four sites in Basra and Nasiriyah that have yet to be searched for biological or chemical weapons.

"I think the jury is still out on WMD," said Weldon, who also believes Saddam Hussein may have smuggled the weapons to Syria with Russian assistance prior to the March 2003 invasion.

Whoa, Curt, slow down there - suppose we take you at your word (as if!), and grant that you really believe there are four sites in Iraq where chemical weapons may have been stored, but have not yet been searched. Two questions suggest themselves:

First, we've been in country for three years now. Why the hell haven't those sites been searched?

Second, assuming that there were once chemical weapons stored at these sites, what is the likelihood that anything lethal has not yet been looted by insurgents or combatants? And, as a followup, if any American troops were to be harmed by such weapons, would not the blame for that development fall squarely on the strategists who allowed them to sit undetected for three years?

Here's one more question - is Weldon off his meds?




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