* simon commented on my post about the Senate Democratic Policy Committee Hearing. read his comment - he says "This is powerful stuff, big enough to bring down a government." Simon is smart - and knows his stuff. read his Yearly Lukery introduction here. he has literally worked with nuke-ready jets in the mid-east and so-on - and his knowledge of official reports (ISG, Butler) rivals eriposte and emptywheel.
simon points to a particular Guardian story where Scarlett (head of MI6) wanted the ISG to tell lies (in 2004) - particularly "suggestions that Saddam was working on a smallpox weapon, did have mobile biological laboratories and was developing research equipment for use in nuclear weapons."
one of the big mysteries for me has always been tony blair's insistence through all this period that we really really really would find WMD in iraq. (my sense of the timing is a bit bunk - im not sure when he stopped desperately hanging on to this fantasy) - and here we have scarlett desperately trying to perpetuate the myth of a specific 3-pronged wmd program - in 2004! it's kinda bizarre, right?
were they trying to buy time for the sake of it? or were they of the understanding that they could plant the stuff if only they could buy some more time? given my previous work into the dodgy mobile weapons labs - i can only presume that they really thought they could plant the stuff. I wonder why they couldnt/didnt.
further, given scarlett's three-pronged claims - we kinda know about the plans for the nukes (emptywheel/obedie) and the mobile labs (hatfill) - why was Scarlett talking about smallpox in 2004? what were the plans there?