Originally Posted by Gregs300CD
(^From above) "The CDC and a biological sample company, American Type Culture Collection, sent strains of all the germs Iraq used to make weapons, including anthrax, the bacteria that make botulinum toxin and the germs that cause gas gangrene, the records show. Iraq also got samples of other deadly pathogens, including West Nile virus."
Maybe it was dual use anthrax.
You're saying that Dr. Evil got chemicals from us which he COULD use to make biological weapons. Also, he DID make biological weapons, but that was just a coincidence. Okay.
BTW, we knew all about his gassing of the Kurds. We didn't do anything about it at the time because it didn't affect things with the war against Iraq. Only now when it has political worth is it unconscionable and inexcusable and horrific, etc.
And when you say, "We never supplied Saddam with munitions of any sort," I'm afraid that just isn't true. I dont' even think GW would try to sell you that one.
I'll use my own words, thank you.
The biological and chemical capabilities were supplied to Iraq just as they are supplied to many, many 3rd world countries. Most of them do not choose to travel down the munitions path. Most countries use the technology for what it was intended.
When countries receive the technology they agree to abide by rules of use. It is run by the Department of Agriculture, not DoD. Do you suppose that we have a chemical compliance enforcement directorate that checks-up? If so, you are naive. Instead, the client government sends periodic notes to the local embassy assuring the embassy that everything is okay and describing how much of this or that is made and tested.
A sneaky country could subvert the system, just as they do with practically every other foreign aide give-away scheme devised by Washington.
Now if you believe that Saddam was out of compliance with the chemical, nuclear, and biological agreements with the USA and UN, then congratulations! You have now caught-up to 1992.
Since 1992, the UN has repeatedly (I think 12-14 times) passed resolutions demanding compliance with the monitoring of these systems which Saddam failed to do. His agreement to accede to the monitoring was one of the key points in the cessation of hostilities following GW I. Breach of the ceasefire agreement put Saddam back in a state of hostility with the signatories.
Congratulations, you have just sipped the Kool-Aid, again.