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:: Thursday, May 15, 2003 ::

Jim Lacey in the National Review Online has an interesting theory concerning the missing Weapons of Mass Destruction over in Iraq. Is it possible that there never were as many weapons as the Iraqis themselves reported due to budgetary sleight of hand within Saddam's own regime? Of course there are many other possible explanations for the lack of proof other than that of there non-existence which are mentioned in the introductory paragraph.
It is likely that if Saddam no longer had a WMD program he did not know it. Why else would he endure over a decade of crippling sanctions? If Saddam had ended his quest for WMDs, it would have been in his best interest to open the doors wide and let the world see. By playing as the model citizen he would have regained control of his oil wealth and quickly been able to make Iraq a regional superpower again.

Instead, his henchmen did everything possible to obfuscate the true WMD picture and to thwart any inspection teams. If they had nothing to hide, they sure worked hard at trying to hide it. What if they were not just hiding a possible WMD program from inspectors, but also hiding from Saddam the fact that no such program existed?
What was in it for Saddam's minions, including his sons, if they were to scrape up the billions of dollars needed to start and maintain a WMD program? All such a program did, from their perspective, is drain off funds they needed for other projects, and draw the unwanted attention of bombers and cruise missiles. In their corrupt minds, a new "love palace" would always be a priority over a WMD site that was likely to be turned into dust as soon as it was discovered. If they shortchanged Saddam on a palace or his Babylon reconstruction there was a strong chance he might notice. However, it would be easy enough to hide that he did not have a WMD program.

When you pause to consider the plausibility of such a scenario, you may find it hard not to admit that it all fits in nicely with what we all know of human nature.. Go read it all.

:: Mark 1:14 PM [+] ::
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