To the Editor:

I read the letter to the editor on Feb. 21 by Mr. (Joe) Trevino in which he made his feelings known about UMHB recognizing former President George W. Bush.

In his diatribe, Trevino accused Bush of going to war over weapons of mass destruction in Iraq that did not exist.

That may sound like a typical comment from his political viewpoint; unfortunately, he is absolutely wrong on that point.

In the New York Times, Oct. 15, 2014, correspondent C.J. Chivers destroyed this allegation in his article “Abandoned Chemical Weapons and Secret Casualties in Iraq.”

In this article, Chivers provides proof of the capture of chemical weapons (a weapon of mass destruction under the U.N. guidelines) by U.S. forces in Iraq who in many cases were made ill by exposure to these weapons.

The article goes on to say U.S. forces found over 3,000 chemical weapons in Iraq.

In late 2005, U.S. forces discovered over 440 chemical rockets near Amara in southeastern Iraq.

The article goes into much further detail. I suggest all should read this article.

It is amazing that our personnel were put in harm’s way finding these WMDs that Mr. Trevino said did not exist.

Mr. Trevino, you have a right to not care for President Bush; however, you do not have a right to make statements that have been proven false.

Jeffrey L. Gorman

Harker Heights

(6) comments

Bubba
Bubba

Saddam's WMD hidden in Syria, says Iraq survey chief
By Con Coughlin12:01AM GMT 25 Jan 2004

In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, Dr Kay, who last week resigned as head of the Iraq Survey Group, said that he had uncovered evidence that unspecified materials had been moved to Syria shortly before last year's war to overthrow Saddam.

"We are not talking about a large stockpile of weapons," he said. "But we know from some of the interrogations of former Iraqi officials that a lot of material went to Syria before the war, including some components of Saddam's WMD programme. Precisely what went to Syria, and what has happened to it, is a major issue that needs to be resolved."

Bubba
Bubba

In Iraq we found all the pieces and parts of an active program disguised as "insecticides" and other products.

We found stockpiles of materials that could be added to others very rapidly to create many nasty compounds.

The ISG has been proven to be an incompetent gaggle of fools who could not outsmart saddam hussein. The stockpiles they were looking for went to Syria.

These are the facts, and they are undisputed. Claims to the contrary are the result of fools paying attention to the droolings of their liberal handlers,.

jbtsr

These isolated discoveries received significant media attention, and it’s likely that these overhyped reports contributed to your friends’ beliefs that Iraq really did possess WMDs. But the finds were rare, and the ISG concluded that they were not part of a significant stockpile of weapons. Indeed, after nearly two years of investigation, the ISG concluded that:
1. "Saddam Husayn ended the nuclear program in 1991 following the Gulf war. ISG found no evidence to suggest concerted efforts to restart the program."
2. "While a small number of old, abandoned chemical munitions have been discovered, ISG judges that Iraq unilaterally destroyed its undeclared chemical weapons stockpile in 1991. There are no credible indications that Baghdad resumed production of chemical munitions thereafter."
3. "In practical terms, with the destruction of the Al Hakam facility, Iraq abandoned its ambition to obtain advanced BW [biological warfare] weapons quickly. ISG found no direct evidence that Iraq, after 1996, had plans for a new BW program or was conducting BW-specific work for military purposes."
Experts from the three nations failed to document any existent biological or nuclear weapons and discovered only a few random chemical weapons. The ISG concluded that contrary to what most of the world had believed, Iraq had abandoned attempts to produce WMDs. In his congressional testimony, the head of the ISG, Charles Duelfer, admitted, "We were almost all wrong" on Iraq.
The ISG report was sufficient to convince the Bush administration that there were no WMDs to be found; they called off the search in 2005. Bushy would have came out and said otherwise - why didn't he? Go Figure.

Dr Strangelove

HOOAH! [thumbup]

don76550

Well Trevino, what do you think Sadam killed all those Kurds with? Do you, like most democrats, think all the Kurds had a simultaneous heart attack when an aircraft flew over them? Why is it so difficult for a democrat to display any shred of honesty?

rmwestjr
rmwestjr

People would rather believe a lie than face the truth. All 50 states (or is it 57 as the current president believes?) are investigating terrorist acts, a huge contrast to when Bush left office. You have change but no hope.

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