Friday, February 5, 2010

WMD Found Buried in Iraqi Desert?

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The U.S. mainstream media has been noticeably silent on the recent discovery of a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) found yesterday buried in an Iraqi desert.

Iraqi guard discovered the weapon believed to be hidden by Saddam Hussein in 2003 just prior to the U.S. invasion.

No word yet on whether Obama and Democrats will have a side of ranch with that crow they’ll be eating.

UPDATE: 3:05pm CST: The missile discovered Thursday appears to be the Chinese made SS-N-2 Styx.

"But from the looks of the rocket, it would appear unlikely it could be deployed anywhere in 45 minutes, let alone be fired at the UK, as a certain dossier led us to believe."

Let's face it, the WMD claims were never about being able to hit the U.K. or the U.S. It was about Iraq's ability to hit Israel with one.

Could this weapon hit Israel? According to FAS.org data, it could. Is it capable of delivering a chemical warhead? It is.

However, since the weapon itself was extensively used by both Iran and Iraq throughout the Iraq/Iran war, it is no more likely the kind of WMD Bush & Blair were hunting than were the chemical warheads found several years ago.

9 comments:

Kyle said...

I was far more excited about this until I saw the source was the Daily Mail and I can't seem to find any other one.

James said...

Must not have searched very hard:
http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/nationworld/story/1057542.html

Or direct for the AP:
"Iraqi army soldiers examine a rocket they discovered during recent operations in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib suburb, Iraq, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010. The rocket was likely buried by Saddam Hussein's army before the invasion in 2003. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)"
http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=iraq&showact=results&sort=date&page=1&intv=36h&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1265402749&dah=-1&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&nextdah=55%2C55%2C55%2C55%2C55%2C55%2C55%2C55%2C55%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX%2CX&rids=38d6dd270cb242299700d52227e2a9c7&dbm=PThirtyDay&xslt=1&dispname=100204121899%2C%20APTOPIX%20Iraq%20Weapons%20Seized

Tony said...

They should report more about this one but media should also include two important details from the article:

"But from the looks of the rocket, it would appear unlikely it could be deployed anywhere in 45 minutes, let alone be fired at the UK, as a certain dossier led us to believe."

"It is not yet known whether the seven-metre rocket is armed with a warhead."

Kind of important.

James said...

Let's face it, the WMD claims was never about being able to hit the U.K. or the U.S. It's about hitting Israel.

Could this weapon hit Israel? According to FAS.org data, it could. Is it capable of delivering a chemical warhead? It is.

Since the weapon itself was extensively used by Iran and Iraq through the Iraq/Iran war, it is likely no more the kind of WMD Bush & Blair were hunting than the chemical warheads found several years ago.

PFL0W said...

Quoting:

"But from the looks of the rocket, it would appear unlikely it could be deployed anywhere in 45 minutes, let alone be fired at the UK, as a certain dossier led us to believe."

What's that I smell?

Oh, that's right.

It's "desperation".


Pathetic, really.

Mo Rage

James said...

All due respect PFL0W, you must not read us very much. Although we never like to miss an opportunity to try and stick it to you socialist libs, the truth is you guys supported the war in Iraq and now in Iran as much as the Neo-Cons.

We here at theKansasCitian have not supported the war. And even if WMDs are found, even of the nuclear variety, it still would not be justification. Just as the fact Israel's possession of nuclear weapons justifies our invading them.

We do not support actions that are not in the U.S.'s interest and no one can honestly say that these wars in the Middle East our in our Interest.

Anonymous said...

Could this weapon hit Israel? According to FAS.org data, it could.

From the spec sheet you link, I don't see how it could hit Israel. Its range is listed as only 80km.

James said...

The specs, I believe are from the outdated version, not the modern Chinese made one. And the missile is fired from a ship, so one only needs a ship off the west bank.

So in that aspect it probably could hit the US or the UK, but I don't think we would ever let an Iraqi vessel get that close.

Anonymous said...

The Iraqi Navy under Saddam was not a blue water navy and only conducted operations in the Persian Gulf.

Hitting Israel would have been improbable for them since reaching Israel's coast requires navigating through narrow straights and lends itself to scrutiny by the Israeli Navy.

Hitting the US, if they tried to send a ship that far, would have been easier. Though the US is a farther journey, the enormously large, open coastline of the US would have offered them more opportunity to launch a pot-shot.