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20 September 2008

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Inconvenient Facts

The reason that the media ignored the yellowcake confiscation is that it doesn't prove what you claim it proves.

Bush's 2002 claim was that "The evidence indicates that Iraq is reconstituting its nuclear weapons program." He said in that same speech
(http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/10/20021007-8.html) that "Before being barred from Iraq in 1998, the International Atomic
Energy Agency dismantled extensive nuclear weapons-related facilities, including three uranium enrichment sites." So Bush himself
acknowledged that there were already nuclear facilities in the country that had been controlled and accounted for. The accounted-for
material is not evidence of anything new.

And what does the link you yourself provided say?

"Israeli warplanes bombed a reactor project at the site in 1981. Later, U.N. inspectors documented and safeguarded the yellowcake, which
had been stored in aging drums and containers since before the 1991 Gulf War. **There was no evidence of any yellowcake dating from after
1991, the official said.**"

They removed yellowcake from the country that had already been known about, locked away and accounted for long before the alleged "Nigeria
trip." That's why there's no confession of error: there's no error to correct.

George Rebane

Thank you for the clarification. In the same vein though, did not the continued possession of 550 tons of the precursor for WMD by a regime that had a continuous record and unrepentant intent to make nuclear weapons constitute a causus belli against a regime that had already attacked its neighbors? And the US Army's ongoing concern that the stuff would find its way to more concealed manufactories existed after the invasion; did such concern not exist in spades before we got control of it? It's hard to believe that IAEA's "accounting for" anything alleviates anyone's original concern or the existential danger. IAEA has similarly accounted for thousands of centrifuges in Iran to no one's peace of mind. And finally,that the yellowcake was removed in great secrecy gave summary testimony that Iraq possessed dangerous WMD materials in 2003 which in the wrong hands are still dangerous in 2008.

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