Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) announced Wednesday the finding of over 500 munitions or weapons of mass destruction, specifically
“sarin- and mustard-filled projectiles,” in Iraq.
Reading from unclassified portions of a document developed by the U.S. intelligence community, Santorum said, “Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered
approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq’s pre-Gulf War
chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist.”
According to Santorum, “That means in addition to the 500, there are filled and unfilled munitions still believed to exist within the country.”
Reading from the document, Santorum added, “Pre-Gulf War Iraqi chemical weapons could be sold on the Black Market. Use of these weapons by terrorist or
insurgent groups would have implications for coalition forces in Iraq. The possibility of use outside of Iraq cannot be ruled out. The most likely munitions
remaining are sarin- and mustard-filled projectiles. And I underscore filled.”
Santorum said the “purity of the agents inside the munitions depends on many factors, including the manufacturing process, potential additives and environmental
While acknowledging that the agents “degrade over time,” the document said that the chemicals “remain hazardous and potentially lethal.”
The media has reported that “insurgents and Iraqi groups” want to “acquire and use chemical weapons,” Santorum noted.
The Pennsylvania senator called the finding “incredibly” significant.
“The idea that, as my colleagues have repeatedly said in this debate on the other side of the aisle, that there are no weapons of mass destruction is in
fact false,” Santorum said. “We have found over 500 weapons of mass destruction and in fact have found that there are additional chemical weapons still
in the country.”
But even if WMD’s had never been found, I still think it’s a good idea Saddam and his evil offspring aren’t in power any more.
I watched a documentary on the History Channel the other day, and it had some pretty gruesome footage of people being mercilessly beaten and otherwise tortured by the Hussein regime.
Anyone who can watch stuff like that and then still say “Just look the other way,” or any of that other crap about sovereign nations is full of it, and that’s being nice.
I’ll be the first one to say our country isn’t perfect, and I don’t think we’re doing all we can when it comes to fighting the terrorists.
But it’s a start, and it seems as though things are starting to look up since the death of the Zarkmeister.