Skip to comments.Gaddafi says Libya came close to building bomb [Don't tell Joe Wilson!!]
Posted on 07/24/2006 12:11:05 PM PDT by Enchante
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, whose country abandoned weapons of mass destruction programmes in 2003, said that at one stage Libya had come close to building a nuclear bomb, the Libyan news agency reported on Monday.
"It is true that Libya came close to building a nuclear bomb. This is no longer a secret as everything was laid bare by the International Atomic (Energy) Agency for everyone to see," the agency quoted Gaddafi as saying on Sunday in a speech to Libyan engineers.
"The programs and equipment (to build a nuclear bomb) are known," he added.
It was the first time any Libyan official has confirmed that the north African country of more than five million had been trying to build a nuclear bomb.
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What are the facts about how advanced Libya's nuke program was, where did they get their equipment and expertise, where did they get their URANIUM, etc.???? Couldn't be that they got any uranium from the neighbor to their southeast, NIGER??
You know, it frustrates the heck out of me that nobody in the Bush Administration ever uses the Libya "success story" in its defense in the War on Terror. IF NOTHING ELSE, toppling Saddam Hussein and getting Libya to abandon its nuclear weapons program (and uncovering A.Q. Kahn's [sp?] nuclear trading network) justifies our efforts to date on the W.O.T. The other successes (Afghanistan, Lebanon's embrace of democracy, isolating the PLO, pulling Pakistan into at least some cooperation in the W.O.T.) are other important accomplishments -- but the risk is if America doesn't show the will to stay the course. One crummy successor to Bush and all this accomplishment (and the related sacrifice) can and probably will be squandered.
Why doesn't the Bush Administration make this case?????!
I want to see the memo from Joe Wilsons office requesting Valerie Plame to Investigate! I think Dan Rather should forge one immediately!!!
Agreed, this all frustrates me to no end - I cannot comprehend why the administration is so silent about this great success story unless they have some great secrets to preserve about how far along Libya really got (maybe VERY close) or what their sources were, who helped us to crack the case, etc. I would think that by now a lot of the Libya story could be told publicly, but maybe we made secrecy commitments to other governments, intel agencies, etc.
Rich Miniter claimed in his book "25 myths in the war on terror" that Libya was hosting Saddams nuclear program, with Iraqi scientist in Libya building nukes.
We almost had it! We almost had indoor plumbing too! We were that close!
This is the reason I no longer loudly defend the Bush Administration's original reason for going into Iraq -- to destroy Saddam's WMD program and to keep these weapons out of the hands of international terrorist groups. If the Bush Adm. won't defend itself and it's policies, why should I?
Ping! Gadaffi confirms that Libya's nuke program was very far along - he may be boasting to try to assert Libya's economic and technical prowess, but still I don't think he'd say this if it weren't substantially true and known to the US and UK (because otherwise it could ignite a new round of inquiries if the USA had thought his nuke program weren't so advanced).
So all the questions of how Libya obtained equipment, technology, expertise, and URANIUM still need to be explained in a lot more detail. Why won't the administration cite this more as a dramatic success story in the WOT??
Any mention that Libya was using Iraqi scientists in its nuclear weapon development program?
"Before our coalition liberated Iraq, Libya was secretly pursuing nuclear weapons. Today the leader of Libya has given up his chemical and nuclear weapons programs."
However, the President should reiterate this success from time to time as well (since the media won't). And especially since most folks aren't familiar with this story.
Yes, that's what I've suspected strongly from the start, and there have been various articles suggesting that in various ways, but why won't the Bush WH confirm it and why can't the public get any real info??? Did we have to promise confidentiality to other intel agencies such as MI6, or why on earth will the Bush WH not defend itself with what would obviously be such enormously important info???????
Thanks for the ping
Something those who wish to stop Iran and N Kor or any other country might reflect on.
Their puppetiers don't want a show of too much conservative successes because it isn't in their interests.
Boo effin Hooo.....
There's a tropical resort I know of with their names on it!!!
This REALLY connects a lot of the dots.
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