I'm a tad confused- weren't we all told endlessly that Bush lied about WMDs in Iraq? Well, it seems that the New York Times has come to the conclusion that Hussein was, in fact, a very real threat to the security of the USA and the rest of the the world- because he was a year away from making a fully functional nuclear weapon. And they've roundly criticised the Bush administration for putting documents which detail how to make such a device online- documents that detail how a terrorist group or a rogue nation, for example, could make one too. Good thing the US and allies deposed Saddam before he sold or gave that information to the likes of Al Qaeda.
Among the dozens of documents in English were Iraqi reports written in the 1990s and in 2002 for United Nations inspectors in charge of making sure Iraq had abandoned its unconventional arms programs after the Persian Gulf war. Experts say that at the time, Mr. Hussein’s scientists were on the verge of building an atom bomb, as little as a year away.
Here's some more from the Times-
The documents, roughly a dozen in number, contain charts, diagrams, equations and lengthy narratives about bomb building that nuclear experts who have viewed them say go beyond what is available elsewhere on the Internet and in other public forums. For instance, the papers give detailed information on how to build nuclear firing circuits and triggering explosives, as well as the radioactive cores of atom bombs.
Glad we've finally got that cleared up. Good of the Times to drop that bombshell just days before the election too.
Karl Rove is really going to earn his paycheck this month- first Kerry and now the NY Times. How does he do it?