IRAQ and Weapons of Mass Destruction
According to the CIA report dated in 2004
, Iraq's WMD capability was destroyed in 1991. While its true Saddam Hussein wanted long range missiles, none had gone beyond the design stage. The CIA report continues to say that Saddam ended the nuclear program in 1991 following the Gulf War and that there was no evidence to suggest concerted efforts to restart this program. The report also states that IRAQ destroyed in chemical weapons stockpile in 1991 with no credible indication that Baghdad had resumed production of chemical munitions thereafter, and the there CW program was crippled by the Gulf War, and in spite of exhaustive investigation found no evidence that IRAQ possessed, or was developing WMDâ€™s.
Before the war CIA director George Tenet said he "never said there was an imminent threat from Iraq" which he told the Bush Administration. Still Bush called Iraq an "immediate" and "grave" threat. In September 18, 2002 Rumsfeld told the House Armed Services Committee that terrorist poised a "more immediate threat to the safety and security of our people" than Iraq.
What congress did not know was that prior to authorizing the invasion was all the privately held conversions that took place like those between Clark or that Bush had made up his mind to invade Iraq long before the resolution went to congress. Also congress was not told of the disagreements between the CIA and DIA and the experts in WMDâ€™s from the DOE and IAEA. Furthermore nor was congress told about Jr. Level CIA employeeâ€™s being fire for disagreeing with the White House Assessment of the threat of Iraq.
Keep in mind there were actually two reports, one that existed for Congress (unclassified) and one held by the intelligence community.
According to the Senate Intelligence Report (Non-Classified) released in October 2002
to congress regarding Iraq a lot of words such as "we judge" or "we assess" were removed from the non-classified version to congress and as a result many sentences appeared as "statements of fact rather than assessments". Also a statement was added that was not in the actual report that stated "that all intelligence experts agree that Iraq is seeking WMDs" as well as references to Chemical and Biological weapons that did not appear on the Classified version of this report.
One must ask yourself why they were doctoring the intelligence given to Congress. The only conclusion is that they were fixing the intelligence to get congress to vote for war against Iraq.
A letter dated January 27, 2003 just 2 months before the invasion of Iraq, the IAEA inspectors in Iraq had determined that Iraq was in full compliances with IAEA safeguards, and that there were no indications to suggest Iraq had been successful in its attempt to produce nuclear weapons.
As for the tubes that were sought by Iraq, the IAEA had determined these 81mm tubes were not suitable for development of a centrifuge and were consistent with the reverse engineering of rockets.