Skip to comments.Yellowcake journalism
Posted on 07/19/2008 10:55:05 AM PDT by Graybeard58
Remember Joe Wilson? He's the diplomat who went to Niger to investigate Bush administration claims that Saddam Hussein had tried to buy yellowcake uranium, a raw material used in building nuclear bombs, from Africa. He wrote in a July 6, 2003, New York Times op-ed that he had spent the previous February in Niger, "drinking sweet mint tea and meeting with dozens of people ... associated with the country's uranium business. It did not take long to conclude that it was highly doubtful that any such transaction had ever taken place."
A story that has to be the most underplayed news item of the decade exposes Mr. Wilson's utter cluelessness, dishonesty or both. According to The Associated Press and other news services, the U.S. military transferred 550 tons of yellowcake, enough to produce 142 nuclear bombs, from Iraq to Canada at the Iraqi government's request. The yellowcake is believed to have been purchased by the Hussein regime before 1991; some may have been intended for the Osirak nuclear installation destroyed in an Israeli raid 10 years earlier.
Hussein got the yellowcake from somewhere. He almost certainly got it from Niger, Gabon, South Africa or Namibia, the four African countries with yellowcake mines. And Mr. Wilson, who served with the State Department in Baghdad and Gabon, didn't know (or didn't report in his Times op-ed) that Hussein possessed 550 tons of yellowcake at the time of Mr. Wilson's African junket.
The question this new development poses for the anti-war left: What do you suppose Hussein would be doing with his nuclear materials and WMD expertise today, more than five years after the Coalition of the Willing took him down, had he been allowed to remain in power?
Ping to a Republican-American Editorial.
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There is 100% chance that Hussein will NOT do anything with the yellow cake - now. If Hussein had stayed in power, as Candidate Barry would have preferred, there is far more than 0% chance that the yellow cake would have become “problematic”.
I have talked to liberals who seem to truly believe that “IF” Saddam had nuclear material, he was just trying to develop nuclear energy for his people. Just trying to save the environment, you know. Saddam was a big environmentalist. Really.
Do you ask them why a country sitting on huge oil reserves needs nuclear power?
Liberals have an intricately constructed view of the World, and they can’t allow in any facts that would shatter their construction.
So a follow-up question for these people is, "So you think nuclear power generators are the way to go to save the environment?"
I wish this paper would increase it’s circulatin and put the hartford coissant out of business
But you know how they are. They'd wear panties on their heads if the French did it first.
Of course the retrograde White House communications team didn’t even mention it, let alone calling a press conference. This is the worst communications effort be an Administration, in the history of the modern presidency.
Well DUH! What else would he do with yellow cake? Baking of course!
Riiight. That's why he drained those marsh areas, which ruined vast areas that had previously been fertile.
If I'm not mistaken, that large amount of yellowcake was moved while the UN was still being allowed into the country, before 2003, and they required him to move it. When he stopped allowing the UN observers into the country, of course, all bets were off. If that's the case, those who are trying to diminish the importance of the yellowcake that was moved are NOT thinking things through.
If Hussein was forced to send all that yellowcake out of the country, by the UN, he WOULD have been looking to replace it, so there is every likelihood that he would have been sending representatives to Africa to buy more. Joe Wilson doesn't seem to even consider the possibility that those who told him that Hussein wasn't trying to buy yellowcake were LYING to him. By his own admission, he wasn't out doing any detective work himself; he was just sitting around in comfort, drinking sweet tea, and having meetings with folks who were willing to talk to him.
(I was told this by a co-worker)
“You have to understand that this was pre-9/11 yellowcake, bought in the early 90’s and already known about. Bush was making the case against Iraq on new purchases of yellowcake.”
As if a mushroom cloud gives a hoot when the yellowcake was bought.
Canada has huge oil reserves (a lot bigger than Iraq’s) & we have nuclear power plants. We don’t need them — we just like having them around.
>>>There is 100% chance that Hussein will NOT do anything with the yellow cake - now. If Hussein had stayed in power, as Candidate Barry would have preferred, there is far more than 0% chance that the yellow cake would have become problematic.
Oh, come on now, gang!
Barry Harry Obama is going to be VERRRRRY convincing when he meets with the terrorists and rogue nations and commies and lefties and despots......
And they’ll have cake and ice cream and lolipops, and happiy dance arm-in-arm in the streets, with Barry Harry, and all will willingly agree with that ObamaSmile that they’ll all get rid of their nukes.....
And so Barry and Maddyline NotsoBright will conclude agreements will everyone of them to get rid of their nukes....
And Barry Harry Obama will get rid of ours.....
And when BHO returns home from his personal, unpreconditional meetings with these quaint, but so agreeable despots .....
He’ll find (ooopppsss) Washington, and New York, and Los Angeles, and So On, .... will have been WHERE they got rid of their nukes.....
Thank you Barry Harry Obama.....
for being the only smart one of us.
There was 1.8 tons of enriched uranium (not to weapons grade but getting there)that was removed in June of 2004 that sent the un into coniptions. Apparently this wasn't under seal and no one knew Iraq had it.
There is also the little matter of "The Bomb in my Garden" by Dr. Obeidi.
Plus the nuclear weapons designs that Iraq had that gave the nyt the vapors.
We don’t build nuclear powerplants here because the environmentalists won’t allow it. Our entire energy policy is determined by environmentalists, who have no use for energy development.
I agree. If it wasn’t for FR, I wouldn’t know of lot of things that have happened. The WH has no communication skills whatsoever.
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