George Tenen's speach (long post) Whole text I'm going to take important excerpts of the speach and comment on them. First strike. Iraq was a nation with a past of using WMDs, the money to make them, the desire to make them, and the motive to use them. Second strike. Iraq kept perfect records second only to Hitler's Germany. They knew exactly where all the weapon systems were. They had a long and near perfect record of keeping things hidden from the UN inspectors. Only somebody in denial could believe Saddam's goons when they say they "don't know" where the weapons are. We knew they were playing a shell game. Why would they do that if they didn't have something they didn't want the inspectors to find? Multiple sources. Not one with the big picture. But all together and the puzzle becomes clear. They had weapons and weapon systems that were prohibited. Did these strands of information weave into a perfect picture? Could they answer every question? No, far from it. But taken together, this information provided a solid basis on which to estimate whether Iraq did or did not have weapons of mass destruction and the means to deliver them. [/quote]But before we start, let me be direct about an important fact. As we meet here today, the Iraq Survey Group is continuing its important search for people and data. And despite some public statements, we are nowhere near 85 percent finished. The men and women who work in that dangerous environment are adamant about that fact.[/quote] We're nowhere near done. Saying there is nothing there is like saying you have no socks without looking any further than your sock drawer. Same goes for Iraq. We're not done looking. And we won't be done for a lot longer. But with the past history of Iraq you cannot deny that it's use wasn't likely. You do not invest millions of dollars in a weapon system just to not use it. Unless said system is part of a MAD deterrant. Which a regional biological weapon delivery system is not. Yet Saddam had biological-capable UAVs. Those two points separate don't mean much. But together and you have the necessary components for a biological war. The Iraq Survey Group found a network of laboratories and safe houses controlled by Iraqi intelligence and security services that contained equipment for chemical and biological research and a prison laboratory complex possibly used in human testing for biological weapons agents that were not declared to the United Nations. It also appears that Iraq had the infrastructure and the talent to resume production, but we have yet to find that it actually did so, nor have we found weapons. [/quote] They had the infrastructure, the talent, the delivery system and the desire to have said weapons. With Iraq's previous history of using WMDs, you cannoy deny he was a danger to the world. Until we get to the bottom of the role played by the Iraqi security services, which were operating covert labs, we will not know the full extent of the program. And I must tell you that we are finding discrepancies in some claims made by human sources about mobile biological weapons production before the war. Because we lack direct access to the most important sources on this question, we have as yet been able to resolve the differences My provisional bottom line today: Iraq intended to develop biological weapons. Clearly, research and development work was under way that would have permitted a rapid shift to agent production if seed stocks were available. But we do not yet know if production took place. And just as clearly, we have not yet found biological weapons. Before I leave the biological weapons story, an important fact that you must consider: For years the U.N. searched unsuccessfully for Saddam's biological weapons program. His son-in-law, Hussein Kamil, who controlled the hidden program, defected and only then was the world able to confirm that Iraq indeed had an active and dangerous biological weapons program. Indeed, history matters when dealing with these complicated problems. While many of us want instant answers, the search for biological weapons in Iraq will take time and it will take patience. [/quote] Have not YET found biological weapons. Tenent said earlier they were not done yet. There is still much of Iraq to search. He's (and I as well) have said have patience. A few dorm rooms. Iraq has the land mass of California. Do you remember the arguments as to why we can't find illegals immigrants? It's too big of a task. And there are millions of immigrants in California alone. How difficult do you think it'd be to locate three specific rooms in California that have been expertly concealed by people with unlimited money? I've designed a few basements with concealed spaces in them. All have been for keeping valuables safe and concealed. Even using just basic construction techniques it is possible to conceal the existance of said room without any dificulty. True experts in concealment with the space of Iraq could make several tons of chemical weaponry disappear and never be found again. Taken by itself this source is easily discounted. But add in the intercepted electronic communications. Add in the refusal to account for the missing WMDs. Add a pinch of past history of lying and deception. Fold in the means of delivery. Whip together with purchase orders for nuclear components from North Korea. Bake for an hour at 350 degrees and voila! A picture of Saddam doing everythign in his ability to have a massive WMD system. But the search will continue. Which ties in with human sources saying the WMDs were concealed in plain sight in amongst the conventional weapons. We haven't had the time for our limited resources to inpect every individual mortar shell, artillery shell, missle warhead, bomb, etc. This will take a LONG time. Difficult when you are tasked with providing the intelligence used for the protection of the US and the rest of the world by proxy. I personally believe this to be the case. We erred on the side of caution. Keeps our civilians alive. Had not Sen. Church and Sen. Kerry not been so pro-active in destroying our intelligence capabilities this problem wouldn't have been so insurmountable. And had Pres. Clinton not issued the order that we can no longer hire "undesirables" for clandestine work, we could have turned hundreds if not thousands of Iraqi goons to our side (i.e. paycheck) and really known what was going on. To give Pres. Clinton credit, he did allow the intelligence community to grow slightly. Only because we were no longer allowed to use "undesirables" to do the dirty work for us. But it wasn't enough to stem the tide of people leaving the morass the intel community was beaten down to. Now as in since Pres. Bush became president and made the intel community feel welcome again. And that is just what they're telling us about. Nevermind the thousands of SpecWar people who do the black ops we know nothing about. Nevermind the other nations doing the same and sharing their intel with us. Libya is more of a success than he's making it out to be. By fighting in Iraq, we forced Libya's hand. We fought one war and because of it avoided another. Countless thousands of Libyians don't have to die because of a single despot.