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These Do Not Exist… January 23, 2006, 8:10 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Iraq.
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From StrategyPage.com:

January 23, 2006: American troops in Iraq have run across chemical artillery shells on quite a number of occasions. There’ve never been more than a handful found in any particular cache, and all of them have been old, easily dating back to the period of the ’90-’91 war. These shells were probably stashed away for “safekeeping? and then forgotten. Apparently none of the shells are usable, and in most cases the chemicals have deteriorated or leaked away. It would be extremely unlikely that any of these shells would be of tactical use. But if someone were to use one in an IED attack, despite the fact that no one would be injured by the chemical component, the PR impact might be serious.

I acknowledge that we didn’t find the “stockpiles” of chemical weapons that everyone agreed were in Iraq, but I can’t stand it when it becomes conventional wisdom that “there were NO WMD’s in Iraq” because that just isn’t the case. So yeah, other than the occasional caches of chemical warhead artillary shells, chemical warhead rockets, 55 gallon drums of chemical and biological agent compounds, there were NO WMD’S IN IRAQ!!

There, it’s settled then. You can go back to doing whatever it was that you were doing.

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