February 8, 2006

The “No WMD” Lie (Yet Again) at Coretta Scott King’s Funeral — And a Challenge

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:16 pm

NOTE: I’m going to keep this post at the top for a day or so in hopes that as many people as possible finally “get it.”
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I guess I’m just going to have to get used to making this point every three months or so for the foreseeable future, because this lie comes up again and again as (excuse the expression, given today’s source) Gospel truth.

Drudge is reporting today that at the funeral of Martin Luther King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, Rev. Joseph Lowery, co-founder of Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said this (bold is mine):

“She extended Martin’s message against poverty, racism and war. She deplored the terror inflicted by our smart bombs on missions way afar. We know now that there were no weapons of mass destruction over there.

Drudge further reports that “The mostly black crowd applauded, then rose to its feet and cheered in a two-minute-long standing ovation.”

Sigh.

I am so totally sick and tired of the absurdity of the “no WMD” argument, the failure of the Mainstream Media to read their own news reports during the time our forces have been in Iraq (and during the 7-plus years since late 1998 when The Clinton Administration forcefully made the same WMD claims–See Supplements below), and (yes) the failure of this administration and the congressional majority to defend itself on the topic.

So, here we go, yet again, with a revised version of this post from last year, followed by a challenge for all non-believers.
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The “No WMD” Lie

Did you know this? From Atlas Shrugs (scroll to end of post), based on member-only information at Human Events Online (external links added in response to Comment 1 below):

Did you know WMDs have been found in Iraq?
* 1.77 metric tons of enriched uranium
* 1,500 gallons of chemical weapons agents
* 17 chemical warheads containing cyclosarin (a nerve agent five times more deadly than sarin gas) (May 8, 2006 Note: Original SFgate link was removed; link is to saved content at BizzyBlog)
* Over 1,000 radioactive materials in powdered form meant for dispersal over populated areas
* Roadside bombs loaded with mustard and “conventional” sarin gas, assembled in binary chemical projectiles for maximum potency

This is only a PARTIAL LIST of the horrific weapons verified to have been recovered in Iraq to date. Yet, Americans overwhelmingly believe U.S. and coalition forces found NO weapons of mass destruction.

These stats and much, much more are in a book by Richard Miniter called “Disinformation: 22 Media Myths That Undermine the War on Terror.”

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A commenter at the previous “The ‘No WMD’ Lie” post questioned the sources of the stats. As before, I have included links to stories from sources that most would consider “actual news,” specifically (listed in order of appearance):

  • a US embassy press release (7/8/04), based on a 7/6/04 Department of Energy press statement.
  • The Washington Post (8/14/05).
  • SFgate.com via AP (7/2/04).
  • Military.com via AP (7/7/04).
  • CNN (for mustard gas-5/17/04).
  • Fox News (for sarin gas-5/17/04).

Finding all of this took 10-15 minutes of Googling. All of the links still work.

So here’s the challenge I issued to the commenter last fall (that he or she failed to respond to), and the challenge I issue again to Rev. Lowery, anyone in the crowd that stood up during the above-mentioned 2-minute ovation, and anyone else out there who thinks they’re up to it:

Discredit EVERY ONE of the stories relating to the WMD items listed above.

General trackbacks to this post will be accepted, but I will only post comments that discredit EVERY source. Don’t waste your time with a comment unless and until you can discredit EVERY source listed. Comments are moderated.

NO partial credit will be given, and no partial answers will be posted. Trackbacks that I determine are really attempts to post partial solutions to get around my full-solution requirement for comments will either not get posted or will be deleted in short order.

Rev. Lowery: You, your rooting section today, and everyone else who agrees with you, are all stating as indisputable fact that there were NO WMDs in Iraq. YOU and all who agree with you are the ones who have set this challenge bar so high.

Good luck.
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SUPPLEMENT: (carried forward) Worthy of a hearty reprise: “If The Bush Administration Lied About WMD, So Did These People — Version 3.0.” Names named with quotes from 1998 include Bill Clinton, Sandy Berger, Madeline Albright, Scott Ritter, Nancy Pelosi, Tom Daschle, Joe Lieberman, Barbara Mikulski, and Dianne Feinstein. Oh, and John Kerry.

SUPPLEMENT 2: (carried forward) Porkopolis notes that we need to add Jimmy Carter to the list of Democrats with chronic amnesia (he added more on November 6), and provides a link to another item for the hard drive–Bill Clinton’s December 1998 speech justifying air strikes on Iraq:

The international community had good reason to set this requirement. Other countries possess weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles. With Saddam, there is one big difference: He has used them. Not once, but repeatedly. Unleashing chemical weapons against Iranian troops during a decade-long war. Not only against soldiers, but against civilians, firing Scud missiles at the citizens of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Iran. And not only against a foreign enemy, but even against his own people, gassing Kurdish civilians in Northern Iraq.

The international community had little doubt then, and I have no doubt today, that left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will use these terrible weapons again.

Porkopolis asks: He had to have them to be able to use them, right? RIGHT??

SUPPLEMENT 3: (carried forward) A blast from the past from elsewhere — From the incomparable Atlas Shrugs–”Moe, Larry, Curly: There Were No WMDs!”
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UPDATE: Here’s an Associated Press report by Nedra Pickler on what Rev. Lowery said:

“We know there were no weapons of mass destruction over there, but Coretta knew and we knew there are weapons of misdirection right down here,” Lowery said, complaining that were far too many in the U.S. are living in poverty and without health care insurance.

UPDATE 2, Feb. 8: Atlas Shrugs, Pundit Review, Anchoress and many others are also pointing to the newly-revealed 12 hours of Saddam tapes as a possible source of information about WMDs. All of what they’re covering is very important, but to reiterate — Until someone discredits the sources above, this post shows that plenty of WMDs have been discovered already. Anything new that is learned will be icing on the cake (perhaps very thick icing, but icing nonetheless).

UPDATE 3, Feb. 9: This entry on the SCLC at Encarta indicates that Lowery headed the organization from 1977 until 1998, when he resigned and was succeeded by Martin Luther King III.

UPDATE 4, Feb. 17: Supplemental information from other blogs and other sources (HT RG Combs for all):

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3 Comments

  1. [...] neither. SoCalPundit suspects Dr. King would have had better manners. Bizzy Blog patiently goes through the No WMD meme again which is good, when you consider that (sssshhhh the press isn’t talking [...]

    Pingback by The Anchoress » Wellstoning the King Funeral — February 7, 2006 @ 6:36 pm

  2. [...] expect, the best commentary on this is found in the blogosphere right now. Tom Blumer at BizzyBlog has had it with the ‘no WMDs’ crowd, especially those that expouse those views from, oh, I [...]

    Pingback by Pundit Review — February 8, 2006 @ 7:32 am

  3. No WMDs? Really?

    Last Saturday at the Denver Libertarians breakfast, a good friend with whom I disagree vehemently regarding the war, the threat of Islamofascism, and related matters brought up once again the “no WMDs” meme. I promised to send him a link to a good…

    Trackback by rgcombs.blog-city.com — February 17, 2006 @ 6:40 pm

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