Today the NY Times posted an article with its usual anti-admistration slant. It had a headline of:
US Web Archive Is Said to Reveal a Nuclear Primer
The problem with the headline is two fold. First of all, unfortanatly, basic plans for building a nuke has been on the net for years. Even more important was something buried deep inside the article, Apparently Saadam WAS developing the bomb, in fact he was about a year away from having a nuclear weapon! Yes America There Was a WMD Program in Iraq. But of course in the typical NY Times way, they took the story and tried to make it into a Democratic campaign poster.
Among the dozens of documents in English were Iraqi reports written in the 1990s and in 2002 for United Nations inspectors in charge of making sure Iraq had abandoned its unconventional arms programs after the Persian Gulf war. Experts say that at the time, Mr. Hussein’s scientists were on the verge of building an atom bomb, as little as a year away.
European diplomats said this week that some of those nuclear documents on the Web site were identical to the ones presented to the United Nations Security Council in late 2002, as America got ready to invade Iraq. But unlike those on the Web site, the papers given to the Security Council had been extensively edited, to remove sensitive information on unconventional arms.
The deletions, the diplomats said, had been done in consultation with the United States and other nuclear-weapons nations. Mohamed ElBaradei, the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which ran the nuclear part of the inspections, told the Security Council in late 2002 that the deletions were “consistent with the principle that proliferation-sensitive information should not be released.”
In Europe, a senior diplomat said atomic experts there had studied the nuclear documents on the Web site and judged their public release as potentially dangerous. “It’s a cookbook,” said the diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of his agency’s rules. “If you had this, it would short-circuit a lot of things.”
Ray E. Kidder, a senior nuclear physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, an arms design center, said “some things in these documents would be helpful” to nations aspiring to develop nuclear weapons and should have remained secret.
Folks The NY Times just reported that Saddam was close to going nuclear ! THE NY TIMES. Albeit with their typical anti American Spin.
Of course if it was a real newspaper, rather than the biased rag it is the Headline would have said:
Saddam Was Close to Nukes
So the next tme a Liberal asks you where where the Nuclear Program in Iraq was…Tell them it was in the NY Times