Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Iraq Ignominy

Iraq Ignominy

A recent article in the New York Times described the systematic looting of sensitive weapons sites immediately after the defeat of Iraq by the United States. These sites were primarily sites for the production of nuclear materials, chemical and biological weapons and missiles. These lootings were systematic and highly organized and removed equipment that could be used to produce weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems.

The sites were known to the US Intelligence Community and had been used by the Administration as justification for preemptively attacking Iraq. The Administration had claimed that Iraq had WMD and would use them against the US or give them to terrorists for attacks on the US. Subsequent inspections by United States experts revealed that Iraq had no WMD stockpiles and that no connection to terrorists has been found.

Since the primary excuse for going to war with Iraq was Iraq’s possession of WMD it boggles the mind that no attempt was made to secure these sites after Iraq’s defeat. The administration and the Pentagon have been given high marks by the press for its execution of the Iraq War, but this failure to secure the production sites of the very weapons we were concerned about reveals gross incompetence in planning of this phase of the war.

Weapons experts and Iraq analysts conclude that the looted equipment probably is now in the hands of another mid east country, possible Syria and Iran, the two countries which the US claims do support terrorists. The looting was probably done for financial gain and if these countries now have this equipment it is possible that we are now facing the very threat we went to war to prevent: WMD in the hands of terrorists.

When asked why the sites were not guarded, American officials said there were not enough troops to guard these important sites even though the US was aware of their existence and locations. This completely undermines the claims by the Pentagon that we had adequate troop strength in Iraq and is further evidence of poor planning and execution of the Iraq invasion.

So, not only was the Iraq war the wrong war at the wrong time in the wrong place, but it just may have done for the terrorists what we set out to prevent: nice job George!