Originally Posted by old300D
No, it removes none of the "sting" -- these old weapons were known and mostly destroyed after the first gulf war. These were not the nuclear and biological weapons and programs that Powell brought before the UN. No news here.
And yes, you are right they were used against the Kurds and the Iranians in the war we supported and financed.
How do you know they were destroyed? One would need manifests from the manufacturer to know how many were built and shipped.
You'd need orders for deployment to know how many were fired down range.
IIRC, the UN had the mfr and shipping and fairly good records (good = complete and accurate) of army usage. iraq clamed, without offering documentary proof, that the difference between those numbers had been destroyed.
Recall that this was the crux of the UN inspection teams, continual search for documentation, which has never been demonstrated.
I do think that 500 rounds or mines or whatever the munitions are, is insignifcant in relation to the central question. It tells us nothing useful about whether or not the actual munitions were destroyed.