Thursday, April 27, 2006

Tyler Drumheller on "60 Minutes"

This past Sunday "60 Minutes" featured an interview with Tyler Drumheller, a former CIA supervisor, who calimed that the Bush administration ignored the former Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri, when he told them that "Iraq had no WMD." I am just wondering how that squares with:

"On the issue of chemical weapons, the CIA said Saddam had stockpiled as much as "500 metric tons of chemical warfare agents" and had "renewed" production of deadly agents. Sabri said Iraq had stockpiled weapons and had "poison gas" left over from the first Gulf War. Both Sabri and the agency were wrong."

and

"For example, consider biological weapons, a key concern before the war. The CIA said Saddam had an "active" program for "R&D, production and weaponization" for biological agents such as anthrax. Intelligence sources say Sabri indicated Saddam had no significant, active biological weapons program. Sabri was right. After the war, it became clear that there was no program.

as well as

Another key issue was the nuclear question: How far away was Saddam from having a bomb? The CIA said if Saddam obtained enriched uranium, he could build a nuclear bomb in "several months to a year." Sabri said Saddam desperately wanted a bomb, but would need much more time than that. Sabri was more accurate."


My previous post on this subject is here.

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