Originally Posted by RFC
Every Intel department in the world thought wmd's were there. You know I think if they found 1 or 500 shells with traces of toxin in them, that’s enough.
Not dangerous you say, take one and cook some of your bullshit stew in it
Then have a taste.
What better location in the ME than Iraq, we already were in Afghanistan
that's one hell of a foot print.
100,000 to 500,000 killed no way, check Iraq bodycount. They just don't
poll 1,800 house holds with no death certificates.
Reputation? You can bet there is a shit load of people in this world
that are damn glad that this administration is doing the bloody work
so they don't have too.(behind closed doors)
Gee, somebody it seems was already pissed off at us, they killed
Thousands of civilians in one day(lets go to Afghanistan, Pakistan)
Let’s drop the bomb. What’s world opinion then?
We have some great armchair hindsight Generals
On this forum, but I think they’ve been gargling
With Bong water.
Nice try but you really need to read up on current events. Try the archives of ANY newspaper prior to the war. Every nation's intel, except Britain, was saying that the WMD's were not in Iraq, backing up the UN inspectors reports that had been going on for years [Britain has since joined the rest of the world with their backing].
As for the "Quality" of the WMD found in Iraq, just search this forum. We have covered the subject extensively. Without going into annoying detail, my DES [Disaster & Emergency Services] Weekend Warrior job is with the Lexington Bluegrass Army Depot which houses a good chunk of the US’s WMD [GB, VX and Mustard] . What that means is the Army guys that work there also were in Iraq dealing with, guess what? So, the stuff they found was old [pre91], weak, not weapons grade and not usable. You would not want to drink it but it was not WMD either.
As for Civilian Deaths. Note that the website http://www.iraqbodycount.net/
, if you read their methodology, collects their numbers only by counting media reports of deaths. So, if a media source did not report it, they did not count it. No media counted, or would have been able to count the deaths surrounding the “Shock and Awe” opening of the Iraqi Conflict. Too much activity in that hot zone and no way for anyone to get in and do a count at the time for a media outlet to make a report. Independent humanitarian groups who do this research on a full time basis [as in calculating numbers for Rwanda or the Balkans or Darfur or the Christmas 04 Tsunami] have proven scientific methodology for calculating numbers like this. Anyone who is trained in polling and statistics understands just how accurate these kind of statistics are.
And don’t call me an armchair General, I worked for a living. I was a Major when I retired.