The WikiLeaks Vindication of George W. Bush

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The WikiLeaks de facto declassification of privileged material makes it case closed: Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction — and intended to restart his program once the heat was off.

President George W. Bush, in the 2003 State of the Union address, uttered the infamous “16 words”: “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”

Former Ambassador Joe Wilson sprang into action and, in an op-ed piece, in effect wrote, “No, the Cheney administration sent me to investigate the allegation — and I found it without merit.”

Put aside that Wilson’s CIA-employed wife, not the evil Vice President Dick Cheney — as Wilson implied — sent him on the African errand. Put aside that the British still stand by the intelligence on which Bush made the claim. And put aside that the anti-Bush Washington Post, in an editorial, concluded that Wilson had lied about not finding evidence to support the Iraq-in-Africa-for-uranium claim, since he told the CIA the opposite when he reported back from Africa.

Bush claimed that Iraq sought uranium, specifically “yellowcake.” What is yellowcake, and why would its presence or attempted acquisition corroborate the nearly unanimous assumption that Saddam possessed WMD?

The Associated Press called yellowcake “the seed material for higher-grade nuclear enrichment” and said that it “also can be enriched for use in reactors and, at higher levels, nuclear weapons using sophisticated equipment.”

“Bush and Iraq: Follow the Yellow Cake Road” headlined a euphoric Time magazine July 2003 piece — written when the Bush administration began backtracking from the Iraq-sought-uranium-from-Africa claim. Time said no yellowcake equals no WMD equals bogus basis for war.

The article led with this ripper: “Is a fib really a fib if the teller is unaware that he is uttering an untruth? That question appears to be the basis of the White House defense, having now admitted a falsehood in President Bush’s claim, in his State of the Union address, that Iraq had tried to buy uranium in Africa.”

Time hoisted (the now discredited) Joe Wilson on its shoulders as The Man Who Told the Truth to Power: “Just last weekend, the man sent by the CIA to check out the Niger story broke cover and revealed that he had thoroughly debunked the allegation many months before President Bush repeated it.” Never mind that the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee concluded that Wilson’s report “lent more credibility to the original Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) reports on the uranium deal” sought by Iraq in Niger.

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  • Head Sheeite

    Wow, look at the comments.

    Looks like [FPM Lied; Nobody Gave a Sheeite!]


    • SECREV

      "FPM Lied"
      Prove it.
      Or eat your words.

  • ApolloSpeaks


    Click my name for the story

  • ObamaYoMoma

    I never believed the Bush lied and people died mantra of the left. However, irrespective of the Bush lied and people died mantra, when it came to responding to 9/11 and the handling of Afghanistan and Iraq, Bush was about as incompetent as it gets.

    I mean like a Dhimmicrat on steroids he doubled the size of the federal government to protect the homeland from the scourge of Islamic terrorist attacks, and the predictable result is that today we are just as vulnerable to attacks as we were before 9/11, as growing government is never the solution for anything much less jihad. If Bush had instead attacked multiculturalism, outlawed Islam, and banned and reversed Muhammadan immigration, today the USA would be far safer and we also wouldn’t be going bankrupt.

    Likewise, if Bush had targeted OBL and AQ only in Afghanistan in retaliation for 9/11 instead of becoming sidetracked in a fantasy based nation-building mission that has manifested into a carbon copy duplicate of the Soviet Union’s strategic blunder, OBL and AQ would have been eradicated and we would have created deterrence at the same time.

    If Bush has exited Iraq after ousting Saddam as soon as the country was scoured for WMD and Saddam was captured, he never would have lost the support of the American people, the Iraq fiasco would never have occurred, the landslide victory of Dhimmicrats over Republicans in 2006 never would have happened, and Obama wouldn’t be President today.

    Indeed, anyway you slice it and dice it; GWB is the Jimmy Carter of the Republican Party. He exemplifies everything that is wrong today with the Republican Party.

    • Doug

      Doofus, get some perspective. If we had people sniping at everything FDR did before the way was over, all the bloody mistakes, all the friendly fire, all the bombing of our own guys, we would never have won. Just shut up.

      • wasicu36

        You're in need of perspective: FDR at least didn't saddle our guys with the ridiculous rules of engagement they suffer under in the sandbox today (beginning under Bush and getting worse under stinky soetoro), and he didn't try "nation building" until the WAR WAS WON! Bush wasn't as bad as stinky but he's no Von Klauswitz either

      • ObamaYoMoma

        Get perspective? Oh excuse me; apparently you agree with GWB that Islam is a Religion of Peace™ that is being hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists. Apparently, you also agree with GWB that growing and doubling the size of the federal government like a Dhimmicrat on steroids will make us safer from Islamic terrorist attacks, because apparently you and GWB together believe that growing the government is the solution to all the world’s ills. You apparently also agree with GWB that pursuing endless fantasy based nation-building missions based on false premises and political correct myths to win the hearts and minds of Muhammadans is actually beneficial instead of incredibly counterproductive. I hate to rain on your parade, but GWB was a stealth liberal, just like his dad, only you haven’t figured that out yet, probably because you are one too.

    • debarrio

      Unfortunatly, I have to agree with most of what you say. I still admire GWB, but ultimately, I think he responded to 9/11 exactly how OBL wanted him too. And now look at where we are.

    • FrankWye

      When Iran starts playing with their nukes are you then going to say we should have done something?

      • ObamaYoMoma

        What you mean? If GWB hadn't been so blinded by political correct multiculturalism, the ruling Mullahs's of Iran and their nuclear installations would already be history. Indeed, he had 8 years to take care of the problem, but instead he talked big and did nothing.

  • DogWithoutSlippers

    "Indeed, anyway you slice it and dice it; GWB is the Jimmy Carter of the Republican Party. He exemplifies everything that is wrong today with the Republican Party."
    What are you smoking Larry?

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Apparently, it isn't hard drugs like you.

    • AnimalFarm

      Sorry dude, but republicans don't have anything that compares to Jimmy Carter. He's in a class of his own, or was, until Barry Soetoro Barack Hussein Imam Obama came along.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        Actually, when GWB left office, the Republican Party was a pathetic train wreck thanks to GWB. Why, because GWB was incredibly incompetent and had destroyed the credibility of the Republican Party. Not only that but he wasn’t a conservative; like his dad before him, he was a liberal. While he did cut taxes, which I do give him credit for, everything else he did was leftwing, from declaring Islam a Religion of Peace™ that is being hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists, to occupying two Islamic country to pursue two silly fantasy based nation building missions to win hearts and minds, to doubling the size of the federal government to continue accommodating Muhammadan immigration and to protect the homeland, which miserably failed as was predictable because more and greater government is never the solution to anything, to championing amnesty for 20 million illegal immigrants, GWB was a liberal to the core, and I could go on and on. I haven’t even scratched the surface.

        In any event, both fantasy-based occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq will eventually become known as the greatest strategic blunders in American history once Americans finally learn the truth about Islam. Apparently, you believe that creating and propping up two Sharia states that will inevitably rejoin the global jihad just as soon as we leave the scene wasn’t incredibly counterproductive. Not to mention, declaring war on a tactic was pretty indicative that GWB didn’t have the first clue what the hell he was doing. Nevertheless, it is very obvious that you are just as liberal and just as ignorant as GWB.

        Now I’m not saying that Obama isn’t a bigger disaster, but Obama is doing what all leftwing loons do, whereas GWB ran as a conservative but governed as a Leftist.

  • Satori_In_TO

    GWB was undone by the unholy alliance between the US government and the House of Saud. Ibama will be tripped up by the same disgusting alliance.

    The House of Saud deserves to be NUKED

  • Gary from Jersey

    Saddam was a direct threat , proven when Libya gave up the A-bomb project after Iraq was liberated. Saddam built the rocket and Libya was working on the bomb. It was to have been fired at the US from western Africa, probably Mauritania. That was world news, remember? Evidence was discovered that the French, Russians and Germans were into it up to their eyeballs. Study the Oil For Food scandal.
    Joe Wilson lied to Congress. His Democrat activist wife set it up. The French leaked a letter saying Saddam had yellowcake so they could later say the letter was fake to stop the liberation, which would have ended the oil deals Saddam had with France, Germany and Russia. Some 400,000 Iraqis died under Oil For Food yet Bush is savaged for preventing even worse.
    I saw and smelled Sept. 11, and it was to be only the beginning. Iraq was deeply involved. Guess where AQ got the passports? God bless Bush for staying the course. All you Bush haters can man up and admit you were lethally wrong or go to hell.

    • Wesley69

      Interesting facts, Gary from Jersey, that time has covered up to suit a particular political narrative. Some of these revelations should have been huge stories in the media, but once again, others had different agendas, and they were not to make George Bush look good.

      I still believe that the chemicals discovered in the US Anthrax letter scare were tied to 9/11 terrorist Mohamed Atta and possibly Iraq. Atta was getting flying lessons in Southern Florida near the Boca Raton office of the National Enquirer which was writing a series of stories attacking and belittling Osama-bin-Laden. Atta had to have seen these because they were found in every supermarket.

    • Stephen Carter

      I so despise the soulless worms who endlessly criticize GWB. They just rearrange the facts to accomodate their pathetic ideology of blame & obfuscation.

    • Andrew

      Well I was in Iraq in 2003 to invade and liberate it from a tyrant. The fact that they had schools with murals of Muslims strangling American Soldiers with the US Flag around their neck made me sick, who puts that in a child's grade school? Savages do. I saw the rape houses that Uday and Qusay operated, spoke to the families that lost everything because of that man and his sons. He was pure EVIL. The cause was just, I will never lose the pride I have from serving in the US Marine Corps and liberating a people in Iraq.

  • cubnkira

    Larry Elder is a bright talk show host that is sydicated across much of the country. He may be called an Uncle Tom by blacks, but he is a hero to me. Listen to his show.

  • Wesley69

    Clinton was urged to take down the Iraqi government by Congress because they and many of the world governments had intelligence saying Iraq had WMDs. Everyone seems to forget this fact, but then again, the Democrats, who never accepted Bush as President, were determined to weaken his presidency at every turn, even at the expense of our security and the safety of our troops.

    That this comes out of WikiLeaks is a good thing, but I doubt the mass stream media will report it because it does vindicate Bush.

    Bush called on Saddam again and again to come clean about his secret programs, up to the day of the invasion. Saddam played the same game, Ahmadinejad of Iran is now playing. But Bush had something, Obama is yet to show – resolve. There were reports about truck conveys going into Syria, not long before the attack. Saddam had plenty of time to hide evidence of his programs. Naturally, when WMDs were not found immediately, the "Bush lied, People Died" crew started up.

    After Saddam had fallen, the Jordanians broke up a plot to use chemical weapons in Amman. Where did these terrorists get these chemical weapons from?

    Bush was correct when he called Iraq, Iran and North Korea the axis of evil. He was able to take down one of the evils. Congress prevented him from attacking Iran and removing their growing nuclear threat. Just look at what President Obama's talking has achieved. As for North Korea, Bush, Obama and Presidents before them have sought to appease that country, hoped China would rein it in. So far, no hot war, yet.

    9/11 seems to have been forgotten by the Leftists for political reasons. The threat of terrorists with WMDs is still a real possibility. Bush took out one possible threat. Hopefully, Obama will consider the security of the American people as his chief concern like Bush did.

  • joshualipana

    Another informative article from FrontPage. Good read.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I wonder if Michael Moore will continue to fight for Assange and wikileaks when it supports his worst enemy

  • Fred Dawes

    Love this world, and yes old Saddam had to have WMD After all he put over one billion of our money into making the WMD.

  • Steve Chavez

    "Imminent Danger" means eventually there would have "Saddam's Revenge and Humilation." Saddam was humiliated when the world saw his great army surrendering live on CNN during the Gulf War. He wanted revenge and attempted to assassinate Bush Sr.. Then he was kept in a box for years but how many more years would we have had to keep him in that box? Did he still have contact with the outside world while in that box? When 9-11 happened, he cheered and if he didn't already have a direct connection to the bombers, he sought them out since they beat him to the punch but he wanted to aid them further including with WMD or funds to buy WMD even for billions of dollars. Eventually, Saddam would have had his revenge! That's Bush's "imminent danger!"

    • sam000

      Hi Steve;

      The best tool to topple a rebel regime is USA.

      The worst tool to create and keep an administration after war is USA.

      and this is what happened to IRAQ

  • Steve Chavez


  • Philosopherking

    It still doesn't erase the claim that he exagerated the threat of Iraq not does it prove Iraq was a credible threat to us directly. I'm not ripping into GWB but this article makes it sound like there were WMDs found. Instead, it says what we all already knew and that was Saddam wanted to make WMDs one day. That particular fact I find very true but I don't think we were in any eminent danger from it.

    • Steve Chavez

      Do you think there is eminent/imminent danger/threat from Iran? Will they "make WMD's one day? Stop them now or wait till they have them and use them since they think it is their destiny?

      • Philosopherking

        You have a good point but when should we begin the invasion of Iran? When they build the bomb? When they plan it out? When a general formulates a plan for it or perhaps when someone thinks it? What should trigger an invasion of another country?

  • Patrick Henry

    Everyone sees the world through their own lense and filters out information that doesn't fit their accepted narrative, which renders debate nearly impossible. The Left believes conservatism to be immoral and a threat to their power. Liberty, individualism and capitalism are their enemy, not radical Islam, who share some of the same philosophical premises: collectivism, anti-capitalism, neo-colonial victimization, etc.

    Libertarians are upset with Bush in particular because he grew government and set the cause of restoring liberty backwards to achieve what they believe to be an impossible goal: Pax Americana in the Middle East. Most people in the middle are upset that he didn't win a quick victory, find Usama and ride off into the sunset, like a Hollywood movie.

  • Patrick Henry

    The fact remains that when evil regimes control industrial centers (Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan) or energy-producing centers (Baathist Iraq, Revolutionary Iran), they have the capability to inflict great damage on America directly, and indirectly through destroying our allies. One cannot go about policing the world and expect to be financially solvent for very long, or isolate oneself and expect to be left alone for very long. Most of these comments filter out the trade-offs involved, the risks of doing nothing, or doing too much. I suggest, being objective about it, be principled (e.g., don't initiate force unless a clear violation of law has been broken, then use enough force to remove the regime) with the understanding that the risks of not upholding international law invite further violations, as we saw in the first half of the 20th century. If we wish to live in splendid isolation, don't be surprised if we are one day surrounded by well-armed dictators who will treat us like a pack of wolves sees a herd of sheep.

  • Patrick Henry

    A soldier explained to me once that he is the sheep dog, protecting the flock, and he will do whatever it takes to keep the sheep from being eaten. I explained to him that too many people see the animals with large teeth are assume they're all bad. I said it is up to teachers, parents and politicians to explain the difference between the dogs and the wolves, and more importantly, that there really are wolves out there, even if some among us fail to take notice.

  • N Waff

    It took years before the details were released to the press about the 550 tons or uranium yellowcake in Iraq – never disclosed until all the material was removed and secured.

    So, it's on suprise that we haven't heard the details of any remaining chemical WMDs in Iraq, probably because the military is still working on identifying and securing the material.

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