On March 19, 2003, Bush informed Congress that
Saddam posed "a continuing threat to the national security of the United States"
by "continuing to possess and develop a significant chemical and biological
weapons capability, actively seeking a nuclear weapons capability, and supporting
and harboring terrorist organizations."
However, only days before, UN inspectors had reported that after four months
of the go-anywhere see-anything inspections mandated by UN Security Council
Resolution 1441, they had found no evidence that Saddam had nukes or chem-bio
weapons, nor had he made any effort to reconstitute programs to produce them.
Bush totally ignored their reports, advising UN inspectors to get out of Iraq
before he launched his preemptive invasion. The UN inspectors have not, as yet,
been allowed to return.
Instead, the job of finding the weapons the UN couldn't find was entrusted
to the 75th Exploitation Task Force. When they couldn't find them, either, the
"occupying powers" established in June 2003 the Iraq Survey Group
(ISG), whose principal mission was to find out why no one could find them.
David Kay – who had been a bureaucrat at the International Atomic Energy Agency
from 1983 to 1991, but had spent several months in 1991 in Iraq at the head
of an IAEA inspection team – was picked by Director of Central Intelligence
George Tenet to head the ISG.
Three months after taking on the job, David Kay reported to Congress that he
hadn't found any of Saddam's WMD, but he was not yet prepared to say that they
Three months after making that first report to Congress, David Kay resigned.
Because – he told Congress – he now realized that "we were almost all
wrong" about Saddam's WMD. They didn't exist.
Who were "we"?
Well, the intelligence weenies who put together the highly classified 2002
"National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction"
– and Blair's
dossier – and the on-to-Baghdad weenies who accepted them as God's Truth.
David Kay has frequently claimed that he was one of the "we" who
And, alarmed by what he sees as a reprise of the run-up to the invasion of
Iraq – this time with Iran targeted – Kay
recently had this to say:
"A National Intelligence Estimate as to Iran's nuclear activities should
not be a rushed and cooked document used to justify the threat of military action.
Now is the time for serious analysis that genuinely tries to pull together all
the evidence and analytical skills of the vast U.S. intelligence community to
reach the best possible judgment on the status of that program and the gaps
in our knowledge.
"That assessment should not be led by a team that is trying to prove
a case for its boss. Now is the time to reach outside the secret brotherhood
and pull in respected outsiders to lead the assessment."
Respected outsiders? Whom do you suppose Kay has in mind?
Well, last August, David
Kay was interviewed by Lois Ember, a reporter for Chemical and Engineering
Ember noted that Kay left the IAEA at the end of 1991 and presumably had no
further connection to the UN inspectors in Iraq.
But Kay replied,
"I believe I had up-to-date information. One of the nice things [Rolf]
Ekeus did was meet with me continuously while he was executive chairman of UNSCOM.
I think there was very little that took place that I wasn't briefed on or was
privy to, even though I was a private citizen and not associated with IAEA."
So that means David Kay knew all about the defection in 1995 of General Hussein
Kamel, Saddam's son-in-law and the man in charge of Iraq's WMD programs.
Kamel was extensively interrogated by the CIA, the Brits, and Rolf Ekeus. Basically,
Kamel claimed – and the UN inspectors were subsequently able to verify the accuracy
of his claims – that all Iraqi "weapons of mass destruction" and the makings
thereof had been destroyed on Saddam's orders in the early 1990s and that no
attempts – or plans – had been made to reconstitute them.
Quoth Kamel, "Nothing remained."
But U.S. and Brit intelligence weenies never accepted the on-the-ground reports
of the UN inspectors in Iraq, reports that the ISG has now confirmed to be valid.
Now the IAEA has the same kind of go-anywhere see-anything authority in Iran
that they formerly had in Iraq. According to the IAEA, there is no indication
that Iran has a nuclear weapons program.
Will the intelligence weenies accept those IAEA reports?
Will their "boss" let them?