Early in the War, in 2003, two US Soldiers were hospitalized for burns suffered while handling sarin and mustard gas laced weaponry on the battlefield. Additionally that same year, weapons inspector teams uncovered plans for Hussein's WMD program burried in the rose garden of one of Saddam's top weapons scientists. In 2004, Polish Soldiers uncovered a number of missiles in an abandoned warehouse, and a year after that, US Soldiers found 500 additional sarin and mustard gas laced missiles in another warehouse.
Both stories were mentioned by the media in passing, and largely written off as "old weaponry too old for active use."
Predictably, the Anti-War wing of the libertarian movement echoed the explanations of the liberal media. On libertarian blog after blog, when confronted with the stories, Anti-war Libertarians just shrugged, and when the news died down, they went on with their rants: "Where's the WMD? Bush said the reason we invaded Iraq was WMD. So, where's the WMD?"
Now this from the AP:
The last major remnant of Saddam Hussein's nuclear program - a huge stockpile of concentrated natural uranium - [emphasis added] reached a Canadian port Saturday to complete a secret U.S. operation that included a two-week airlift from Baghdad and a ship voyage crossing two oceans.Another weapon has fallen off the shelf in the arsenal of the Anti-War wing of the libertarian movement. For years, they shouted to Pro-War on Islamo-Fascism libertarians "Where's the WMD, where's the WMD?" Now, that it has been found conclusively, actually for at least the 5th time now, there's dead silence from the Anti-War camp.
The removal of 550 metric tons of "yellowcake" _ the seed material for higher-grade nuclear enrichment _ was a significant step toward closing the books on Saddam's nuclear legacy. It also brought relief to U.S. and Iraqi authorities who had worried the cache would reach insurgents or smugglers crossing to Iran to aid its nuclear ambitions.
What's now left is the final and complicated push to clean up the remaining radioactive debris at the former Tuwaitha nuclear complex about 12 miles south of Baghdad _ using teams that include Iraqi experts recently trained in the Chernobyl fallout zone in Ukraine.
Now, look for the Anti-Warists to pick up the rant again in a few weeks or months: "Bush lied... there was never any WMD." Problem for them, this time Pro-Defense Libertarians will be watching.