April 25th, 2008 10:35 EST
The trial of Scooter Libbey Proved One Thing
The trial of Scooter Libbey proved one thing: Bush and Cheney were right -- along with Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, John Kerry, and every other Democrat and responsible world leader.
Saddam Hussein WAS indeed actively working to develop and build a nuclear bomb, and posed a threat of a nuclear holocaust against American famlies. An internal memo from the U.S. State Department was declassified at the insistence of Scooter Libbey's defense attorneys (against Foggy Bottom's wishes). The memo has been posted by the ASSOCIATED PRESS at --
And the memo is fully explained at:
Although the State Department in the memo tries to downplay the risk, THE BOTTOM OF PAGE 8 AND TOP OF PAGE 9 LET SLIP the truth that Saddam Hussein was seeking uranium yellowcake -- which was clearly for development of a nuclear bomb.
So, what did we find when the curtain of anti-Bush propaganda was pulled back? The anti-war, anti-Bush U.S. State Department Department has known all along that Saddam Hussein tried to buy uranium ore (yellowcake) from the impoverished African nation of Niger.
The June 2003 Memo reveals that THEN Prime Minister of NIGER, Ibrahim Mayaki, reported to the U.S. State Department in early 2002 that Iraq tried to buy uranium "yellow cake" (ore). This information confirmed other reports such as those by "Saddam's Bomb Maker" Khidhir Hamza.
And yet Iraq already had stockpiles of uranium yellowcake... being watched by the United Nations. Iraq had no reason to buy MORE uranium... yet Iraq used scarce funds to try to buy even more -- covertly.
Therefore, Condoleeza Rice, George Bush, Dick Cheney, and everyone else had solid reasons to believe that Iraq posed a serious nuclear threat to the United States.
Following the philosophy "the enemy of my enemy is my friend," Saddam Hussein would surely have handed a functioning nuclear bomb to terrorist groups able to smuggle a nuclear warhead across America's Mexican border, and kill millions of people in a U.S. city.
Niger emphatically refused to sell Iraq the uranium. Later, forged documents emerged purporting to show that Niger agreed, even offering a forged contract. Those documents are absolutely false. NIGER NEVER AGREED.
BUT SADDAM HUSSEIN DID TRY. Saddam tried to get uranium, under the table, outside the awareness of the UN and the IAEA.