It’s obvious Starfleet Commander Matt Hurley lives in a fantasy world. You can’t really take what he says seriously.
So let me clear something up for everyone: despite what Matt thinks, Iraq never had nuclear weapons – or any other “weapons of mass destruction”.
Jesus, didn’t we clear this shit up years and years and years ago?
But this IS NOT the stuff George Bush claimed Sadam was trying to buy from Niger. That information was WRONG- a bunch of lies based on intelligence documents that were fakes. Sadam wasn’t trying to expand his nuclear program. Bush just made that shit up.
Again- didn’t we fucking clear this up already? Joseph Wilson? Valerie Plame? Any of this ringing a bell, Matt?
Yes- we did just send a bunch of yellowcake to Canada. But this shit predates the Iraq war. Actually, it predates the first Gulf War as well. It doesn’t take a whole shitload of research to find out the truth here, man. Just check Wikipedia:
Between 1980 and 1982, Iraq procured more than 400 tons of yellowcake from Portugal and Niger which remained in a storage complex close to Tuwaitha. The facility and its yellowcake were monitored and frequently inspected by the International Atomic Energy Agency after the 1991 Gulf War. About 1.8 metric tons of “yellow cake” and 500 tons of unrefined uranium went missing as the Iraqis left Tuwaitha unattended during the war. When the facility was first encountered by U.S. Marines, they thought they had stumbled upon an illegal weapons cache; according to nuclear experts, however, they actually wound up breaking the IAEA seals that are “designed to ensure the materials aren’t diverted for weapons use or end up in the wrong hands.” The Pentagon dispatched a team to survey the site “after a month of official indecision”, finding it heavily looted.
Did you get that?
Iraq DID have some yellowcake. A lot of it, actually. But it was all secure and monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency… until we fucking invaded their country, broke the IAEA seals, and let a bunch of it fall into the wrong hands.
Uh oh! So much for protecting the world from terror, right?
Well, actually, yellowcake isn’t too dangerous by itself. It’s pretty useless to anyone in its existing form. Without purification and/or enrichement it can’t be used for nuclear weapons and it isn’t even radioactive enough to be used in a dirty bomb.
It’s certainly not a weapon of mass destruction. And without a lot of work, it can’t be made into one.
Which brings me back to my original point: despite what Matt thinks, Saddam Hussein DID NOT have WMDs. And Bush’s whole excuse for invading Iraq was, at best, based on incompetence and, at worst, based on a bunch of big, fat, fucking lies.
At least you’ve still got the whole Starfleet thing.