If Bush and Cheney "lied" us into the Iraq War as Chris Matthews charges (which they did not) God bless them. Lies or no lies they saved the world from the horror of a nuclear armed Saddam.
It was anguishing for me last week watching crazy, cracked leftist Chris Matthews go berserk on former deputy director of the CIA Mike Morrel in trying to bully him into saying that Dick Cheney lied us into invading Iraq by claiming that Saddam Hussein had a nuclear bomb. From George Bush on down no one in the administration ever said, or intended to say, that Saddam was armed with nukes-with the exception of Cheney misspeaking on one occasion (which Matthews gleefully played for Morell out of context*) that "Saddam had a reconstituted nuclear bomb." What Cheney meant to say based on the faulty intel Mike Morell and the CIA provided to the administration was that "Saddam was reconstituting his nuclear weapons program" not that he had a "reconstituted nuclear bomb" when Saddam never had a nuke that could be reconstituted.
*Later in that same interveiw with Tim Russert (3-16-2003) Cheney correcting himself said "it’s only a matter of time until he [Saddam] acquires nuclear weapons." And he was right.
CIA'S INTEL ON SADDAM NOT FAR WRONG
The CIA's intel in the early 2000s that Saddam was "reconstituting his nuclear weapons program," that put the fear of God in Bush (as it should have after 9/11), was wrong-but not far wrong. Saddam retained the services of his nuclear scientists and technicians keeping them on the government payroll while in possession of 550 metric tons of yellow cake uranium (see), with every intention of "reconstituting" his nuclear program when conditions warranted. In fact, we have it straight from the horse's mouth as Saddam himself came clean and admitted as much in 2004. For while a prisoner at Camp Cropper prison in Baghdad awaiting trial Saddam told George Piro, an FBI interrogator, that he was planning "to develop a nuclear capability in an incremental fashion (see)." In other words, Saddam would have eventually used his nuclear scientists and techs to turn his yellow cake uranium into fissile nuclear material for the bomb. And what prevented that frightful possibility thank God was George Bush's right decision to invade Iraq and topple Saddam-which his father should have done 12 years earlier.
But there is more justifying Bush's war. Assuming for argument's sake that Bush chose not to use the authority granted him by Congress to invade Iraq and remove Saddam, and the dictator continuing in power went forward with his plans to reconstitute his nuclear weapons program by building a secret underground enrichment facility like Iran has at Fordow. And assuming that the US or Israelis discovered the secret plant and destroyed it in air attacks-like Israel did to Saddam's Osirik plant in 1981, or mass murderer Assad's plant at Deir-ez-Zor, Syria in 2007 (see). Assuming that America and Israel would have made it impossible for Saddam to build a nuclear arms facility what then? Would that have finally discouraged the dictator and ended his quest for the bomb making an invasion unnecessary? The answer is NO.
With enemy Shia radical Iran next door enriching uranium for nuclear bomb making Saddam would never have-could not have-abandoned his nuclear ambitions. Giving up wasn't in Saddam's nature-12 years of defying the international community on practically everything proves as much. Unable to develop the bomb in Iraq Saddam would have no choice but to go offshore to build it. With his billions in petro dollars from rising oil prices Saddam would have went to the worst nuclear proliferator on the planet for the bomb: "Axis of Evil" ally North Korea. It would have been nothing for Saddam to dispatch his nuclear scientists and techs to the hard up, cash strapped Norks to lease one of their nuclear facilities to develop nuclear weapons (like Iran could do today); or to buy nukes off the shelf from the Norks like Saudi Arabia can do from Sunni ally Pakistan. Just like Saddam purchased undelivered (because of his imminent downfall) intermediary range ballistic missiles from the Norks before the war so could he have easily purchased North Korean made nukes once the hard up cash strapped Norks went nuclear. None of this should seem far-fetched to anyone. For no sooner did the Norks detonate their first nuclear device in 2006 than they were hard at work in Syria building an illegal nuke plant for Assad.
George Bush and Dick Cheney deserve credit and our lasting thanks for taking down Iraq's intransigent, unreformable, power crazed strong man who never relinquished his impossible dream of becoming the Joseph Stalin of the Middle East heading a unified, region-wide, nuclear armed pan-Arab state. Operation Iraqi Freedom saved us from a nuclear Saddam followed by a nuclear Uday, his sadistic insane murderous son.
Indeed, Republican presidential hopefuls instead of beating a retreat and joining the left in declaring the Iraq War a mistake should come out swinging and defend Bush and Cheney for saving mankind from the menace of a nuclear to be Saddam.
< p style="text-align: center;">WITHOUT REGIME CHANGE IN IRAN IT WILL ABSOLUTELY BECOME A NUCLEAR ARMED STATE