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Bush Saved Region From Gadhafi’s WMD

From the Wall Street Journal:

U.S. Fears Tripoli May Deploy Gas As Chaos Mounts

FEBRUARY 24, 2011

WASHINGTON—The government of Col. Moammar Gadhafi hasn’t destroyed significant stockpiles of mustard gas and other chemical-weapons agents, raising fears in Washington about what could happen to them—and whether they may be used—as Libya slides further into chaos.

Tripoli also maintains control of aging Scud B missiles, U.S. officials said, as well as 1,000 metric tons of uranium yellowcake and vast amounts of conventional weapons that Col. Gadhafi has channeled in the past to militants operating in countries like Sudan and Chad.

So will these weapons of mass destruction ever be found? And, if not, will the Obama administration ever hear the end of it?

Current and former U.S. officials said in interviews that Washington’s counter-proliferation operations against Libya over the past decade have scored gains, in particular the dismantling of Tripoli’s nascent nuclear-weapons program and its Scud C missile stockpiles. But the level of instability in Libya, and Col. Gadhafi’s history of brutality, continues to make the U.S. focus on the arms and chemical agents that remain, they said.

"When you have a guy who’s as irrational as Gadhafi with some serious weapons at his disposal, it’s always a concern," said a U.S. official. "But we haven’t yet seen him move to use any kind of mustard gas or chemical weapon" during the unrest.

Yet. Still, the situation over there could be a helluva lot worse if it wasn’t for the invasion of Iraq and the subsequent disarming of Mr. Gadhafi by the Bush administration.

The George W. Bush administration reached a key agreement with Tripoli in 2003 that called for Libya to scrap its weapons of mass destruction programs in return for normalized diplomatic relations.

Within months of the pact, Col. Gadhafi’s government sent to the U.S. the critical infrastructure for its nuclear-weapons programs, including uranium hexafluoride stockpiles, centrifuge machines and parts for a nuclear fuel-conversion facility. Libya also destroyed its longer-range missiles and 3,300 aerial munitions used to disperse mustard gas and other chemical agents

But the program to eradicate Libya’s chemical agents, as well as its chemical weapons production facility, was delayed by spats between Washington and Tripoli over funding and logistics, according to U.S. officials…

Libya was to have destroyed all 23 metric tons of its mustard gas by the end of last year, according to the [Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons], but 9.5 metric tons remain. The Hague-based body said Libya was granted an extension until May to destroy the rest.

Who granted him this extension? The Obama administration or the Hague?

Libya also possesses more than half of the 1,300 metric tons of precursor chemicals used for developing chemical agents. The material is believed to be stored in jugs at the former Rabta chemical-weapons facility…

"Had the destruction process not started, we would be facing a far more dangerous situation," said Paula DeSutter, who helped oversee disarmament issues in George W. Bush’s State Department. "On the other hand, one would certainly feel more secure if all of the mustard gas had been eliminated." …

Do you think the Bush administration will get any credit from Mr. Obama or the news media for having disarmed Col. Gadhafi even this much? Isn’t this one more dividend from the invasion of Iraq?

Just imagine if he still had the material for just one ‘dirty bomb’ and the means to deliver it?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 24th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

19 Responses to “Bush Saved Region From Gadhafi’s WMD”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “When you have a guy who’s as irrational as Gadhafi with some serious weapons at his disposal, it’s always a concern,” said a U.S. official. “But we haven’t yet seen him move to use any kind of mustard gas or chemical weapon” during the unrest.

    And you won’t, until it’s too late. This is something the retarded socialists do not understand. They can anticipate that putting in a logging operation will affect the spotted toad-owl for umpty-ump numbers of years, or prevaricate over AGW, causing blight and food shortages for generations, but they cannot anticipate that a nutjob leader of of a nation might use chemical or biological weapons against, not only their own people, but against anyone. So to them, it is therefore a violation of some kind to go in and destroy their ability to make war. This is part of the brain-scrubbing with Brillo that has occurred and continues to occur that “war is ikky”. There are bad people in the world. They need to be eliminated. It is for the common good, actually, that they be eliminated. And who are those “bad” people and who’s to judge, you ask? Well, when a guy starts massacring his own citizens, gassing them, torturing them, I would say it’s a pretty good bet. But you are so averse to the notion of “war” the only thing you think is worth defending is some &%$#@ fish that apparently needs water more than the farmers do.

    Hypocrites are nothing new and everyone does it to some degree. But for the hypocrites who are as as I described, they can just shut up and sit down.

    • River0 says:

      Very well said, Rusty.

      Here are the first rules of the Regime Media:

      Rule #1 : When bad things happen it’s Bush’s fault

      Rule #2 : Everything good that happens (now there’s a dwindling commodity!) is due to Obama-Reid-Pelosi

      If our fellow citizens continue to remain silent in the face of these massive lies and hypocricies, they’ll have earned all the grief, chaos, and destruction that befalls them. If we won’t learn the esay way, we’ll have to learn the hard way.

      “Hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue.” – Matthew Arnold

    • TerryAnne says:

      This just may be my favorite comment ever, Rusty!

      I’d like to add to it, though, the sentiment that Republican/Conservative/Libertarians = evil; despotic rulers = misunderstood. We get more flak from liberals than anyone else, when all we’re trying to do is bring common sense and true civil discourse to the table. While I laugh at having been compared to Qaddaffi in the last 48 hours, a part of me is purely disgusted that even made it into the debate. We’re being led by the nose by a bunch of people (loose term of that word) who can’t see past their own noses…or, we’re being educated by a bunch of people who can’t understand or define education. They’ll rail about Sarah Palin using Doppler Radar crosshairs, shout down opponents while beating on hippie drums, and lament the changing of migration patterns in moose (insert joke from Brother Bear…mooses, meese…)…but they can’t be bothered to say a thing about real threats and real evil.

      Our president (loose term for that one, too) showed it full force yesterday: we’re in the middle of economic meltdown, with WI, NJ and OH being very close to dying or imploding, and the serious development of radical Islam in countries that were once relatively moderate and the slaughter of innocents in radical Islamic countries who want nothing more than to taste freedom…and he overspeaks his authority as the executive branch and calls the DOMA unconstitutional. It was bad enough when he rallied behind the obviously radical Muslim protestors in Egypt versus trying to neutralize the situation in favor of a semi-dictator who’d been relatively benign, but to think that letting butt pirates obtain a piece of paper trumps the open annihilation of human beings for no reason except for one crazy family’s insatiable lust for power – well that’s just plain stupid, ignorant, retarded, shallow, baseless, tasteless, tacky, fatuous, feebleminded, foolish, asinine, insipid, obtuse, impertinent, impudent, dicourteous, unmannerly, insulting, insolent and uncouth. While it should be no surprise, given what we saw him do with the people of Iran tried to cry for help, this gave me a perfect opportunity to drive the wannabe internet police a conniption fit by projecting such bad words on such an innocent man. :)

    • proreason says:

      “war doesn’t solve anything” is a marxist tactic to discombobulate their enemy….free people.

  2. P. Aaron says:

    The US suffers the Dems’ gas attack daily. Not deadly, but just as noxious.

  3. artboyusa says:

    I’m trying to imagine what “23 metric tons of mustard gas” looks like and what you’d do with it. I mean, does he keep it around the palace or what? Does he take it with him when he travels, so he can keep an eye on it? And why so specific a measurement? Why “23 metric tons” and not 20 or 25? I mean, where that intelligence come from?

    “So, Prime Minister Blair; let me show you around. This is one of my enormous palaces; those are my handcarved marble pillars and those are my floors that are actually giant fish tanks and those are frescoes celebrating my glorious regime and that’s my motor pool full of gold Rolls Royces and that’s my all girl platoon of bodyguards and that’s my store of mustard gas”.

    “A sweet crib, Colonel. Most impressive. How much mustard gas did you say is in there?”

    “Ha ha! Wouldn’t you like to know, you prying infidel spy you!”

    “Looks like about 20 metric tons to me – but of course, I’m no expert”.

    “Ha ha ha! Guess again!”

    “Twenty five?”

    “Ah, my friend we Libyans are a peaceloving people and I am a peaceloving man. Why would I need 25 metric tons of mustard gas? I mean no one any harm! This gas is for display purposes only and besides, I could only afford 23 metric tons, which is all the (French / Russians / British / North Koreans – circle name of dealer nation as appropriate) had in stock anyway. Ha ha!”

    “Yes, um, ha ha”.

    • TerryAnne says:

      1 mt = roughly 2205 pounds

      23 mt = 50,715 pounds

      Or 3.5 male elephants.
      Or 1/6.5 the take-off weight of a Boeing 707.
      Or 1/5 the Statue of Liberty.
      Or 1/3 the original weight of the Discovery empty.


    • JohnMG says:

      Or roughly the weight in $1000-dollar bills of Obama’s recent budget, or the equivalent in bulls#*t that emanates from a White House press release.

    • Right of the People says:

      Terry Anne;

      Missed one, Oprah.

    • TerryAnne says:

      LOL! [thumbs up]

    • mr_bill says:

      Let’s not forget that as a gas, 23 metric tons would have a very large volume. Even compressed into a dense liquid, it would still be quite large…roughly the size of Moochelle’s backside or nerobama’s ego.

  4. JohnMG says:

    ……”Had the destruction process not started, we would be facing a far more dangerous situation,” said Paula DeSutter, who helped oversee disarmament issues in George W. Bush’s State Department. “On the other hand, one would certainly feel more secure if all of the mustard gas had been eliminated.” …

    Bush’s fault! He didn’t follow through and now look at the mess Obama inherited. (Need I say sarc?)

  5. tranquil.night says:

    Oh dammit, Rush’s caller just set him up with the best question, asking in essence whether the degrading Middle East was because of the Moron’s foreign or economic policy.

    We are a laughing stock because of both to our enemies, and we’re definately scaring the crap out of our allies, but specifically I keep seeing the web light up with more and more circles concluding that global food prices ARE inflating because of our monetary policy, something Rush called on Day 1 in Egypt. Protests everywhere from Europe, Africa, India, China, are directly related to the cost of food and energy… we’re next.

    “All this pump priming will come at a serious price. And I mean that literally: everyone who ever goes out shopping for groceries knows that prices have risen significantly over the past year or so. Pump priming would push them even higher. And it’s not just groceries. The weak dollar – a direct result of the Fed’s decision to dump more dollars onto the market – is pushing oil prices upwards. That’s like an extra tax on earnings. And the worst part of it: because the Obama White House refuses to open up our offshore and onshore oil reserves for exploration, most of that money will go directly to foreign regimes who don’t have America’s best interests at heart.”

    – Sarahcuda, 11/08/10 (but what does she know)

    • JohnMG says:

      The problems are only compounded. Lybia’s oil exports are being curtailed, and the law of supply-and-demand kicks into overdrive.

      This must serve the Moron well, since the diversion of corn into ethanol will hit the world with a double whammy; higher costs of commodities, and greater prices at the pump for motor fuels.

      Coincidence? I think not. We are being governed by the most dangerous man(?) in the universe.

    • proreason says:

      O’Reilly says gas prices are rising because oil company CEO’s are taking advantage of oil “speculators” to jack up their profits.

      But he only says it during his breaks from blowing Obamy.

  6. NoNeoCommies says:

    I was feeling sympathetic towards the beleaguered Libyans, then I remembered Megrahi’s hero’s welcome and I wonder if I should care at all. http://articles.nydailynews.com/2009-08-20/news/17930770_1_megrahi-scottish-prison-rosemary-wolfe
    Sure, lots of Libyans weren’t cheering him, but how many that did are now fighting the government?

  7. Deserat says:

    Yup, they are as good at predicting when a nutjob or what a nutjob will do like shooting a congresswoman in AZ. He was one of theirs, wasn’t he? Yup, hypocrites, all of them. Ignorant ones, at that, and much more dangerous.

  8. Georgfelis says:

    Seems to be an awful lot of angst being spent on just 700+ tons of chemical weapon precursors, I mean what would be the chance that a dictator under threat of civil war would take those tons of chemicals, a fully functional chemical weapon factory, empty chemical bombs, and operational fighter jets and do something horrible to his civilians. I mean he’s not a Republican….

    Seriously, this is a very similar situation as we faced in the second Gulf war. As long as Saddam kept all the parts apart, he could claim to be abiding by the cease-fire, when at any time he could give the order, and binary chemical warfare could be just weeks away. Hopefully the Rabta factory suffers a great number of “accidents” in the next few weeks, from power line failures to water main breaks, leaks, and riots, otherwise the death toll will get even more gruesome.

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