March 05, 2007

650,000 Iraqis Have Died, Or...

...the Lancet Study is politically-driven fake news cooked up by a group of anti-war Democrat scientists that should probably be fired for academic fraud.

I called this study complete and utter crap months ago, but neve thought they'd stoop as far as the article indicates they may have.

Heh. Allahpundit notes the "perils of using stringers" to conduct reporting.

On that note, it might be worth mentioning that I'll be on KSFO 560 With Lee Rodgers & Melanie Morgan this morning discussing that other stringer-generated scandal, starring our favorite Iraqi Police Captain that never existed.

You can listen via online streaming at 6:05 PST/9:05 EST at KSFO 560 via the "listen now" link.

Update: For those of you who might have missed it, the KSFO interview will be replayed on the internet at 1:10PM Eastern time today at (click on LISTEN NOW).

For those of you just coming to this story, I'd recommend that you read the following:


The Jamil Hussein Name Game -- Iraqi General Weighs In

Iraqi General Disputes AP Claim on Jamil Hussein

AP Re-Enters Hurriyah; Is Unable to Find Lost Credibility

AP: The Art of the Dodge

And last but not least:

Hurriyah: Where We Go From Here

According to the Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesman, "Jamil Hussein" never existed, and the Associated Press story of January 4 released by Steven R. Hurst is an apparent fabrication.

The Associated Press is apparently far more interested in burying any story that shows that their Hurriyah reporting was inaccurate, or that they allegedly used a falsified name for a source against their own code of ethics, than they are in transparent or accurate reporting.

Why am I not surprised?

Posted by Confederate Yankee at March 5, 2007 07:26 AM

I just heard them mention it on KSFO. I am so there.

Posted by: Ken S, Fifth String on the Banjo of Life at March 5, 2007 09:09 AM

You should also update to mention that the show is rebroadcast on the internet feed four hours later, so it can be heard at about 10:00 PST, 1:00 p.m. EST.

Posted by: Ken S, Fifth String on the Banjo of Life at March 5, 2007 09:18 AM

Slight correction - the 'net feed lags a little so the segment starts at 20 after.

Posted by: Ken S, Fifth String on the Banjo of Life at March 5, 2007 09:22 AM

That 650K figure was always phony as a $3 bill. Anyone who didn't have their head up their rear knew that. Equally obvious was that it was concocted for political reasons.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at March 5, 2007 05:18 PM

–They will simply DROP the story, as when they dropped Qana, the Red Cross bus ambulance “bombings”, Israeli “attacks” on UNIFIL, or Paliwood
– Stunningly, after proof appeared that Saddam had 500 tons of yellowcake Uranium Oxide in storage when he was invaded (enough for 148 nuclear bombs), the MSM simply DROPPED the “Iraq Had No WMD” stories, with no corrections, no clarifications, apologies, nothing
– They are now hammering on the “We’re Losing” theme
– When they drop a particular story, that means you WON – it’s all you get
– I have not seen them admit to any significant falsehood, no matter how egregious
– E.G., Waiting for the MSM retract their inverted reporting of the US victory in the Vietnam Tet offensive, which they still describe as a defeat
– (Tet 1968, was key because the US and South Vietnam DESTROYED the Viet Cong, leaving the war to the invading regular North Vietnam army. Thereafter, there were no significant populist socialist Vietnamese “resistance freedom fighters” left – only millions of Communist invaders, dying rapidly as the US and South Vietnamese won every significant battle)
– No one nailed the MSM hard enough, then or now, and they continue simplistically falsifying Vietnam as a defeat, with Tet as a “turning point”

Posted by: DemocracyRules at March 5, 2007 10:07 PM

Stunningly, after proof appeared that Saddam had 500 tons of yellowcake Uranium Oxide in storage when he was invaded (enough for 148 nuclear bombs), the MSM simply DROPPED the “Iraq Had No WMD” stories, with no corrections, no clarifications, apologies, nothing

How long does it take to process yellowcake? With what facilities? Was any amount of the yellowcake a WMD?

You clearly live on the same planet, but in an entirely different world. The yellowcake story was debunked so thoroughly, so long ago, I can't imagine where you get your information. (What's that? Fox News? Oh, now it all makes sense.)

Posted by: Pennypacker at March 6, 2007 12:25 AM


It’s true, and extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, and I provide my sources below. I hope that more people will become aware of these facts. The references are not hot linked, so you will have to cut and paste them onto a URL line.

First, an overview. These 500 tons were known to “insiders” since 1991, before Iraq War 1. The yellowcake was logged and documented by UN weapons inspectors, and even tagged by them. Furthermore, there have been numerous reports since 1991 that Saddam was trying to buy more yellowcake, even up to time of Iraq War 2, and his sons visited Niger to satisfy him, although this may have been a subterfuge on their part, to appease their father, since new shipments do not appear to have come from Niger to Iraq. However, it is probably those negotiations which make British intelligence certain that Iraq was trying to obtain yellowcake from Niger or the Congo up until Iraq War 2.

The story gains importance in light of four other context pieces. First, Saddam maintained a clear desire to have nuclear weapons, as witnessed by his constantly asking sons, aides, advisers, and generals about such weapons, and the preparations to produce them. Second, many parts and plans for nuclear weapons development were maintained, as physical components, hard copies of plans, and detailed information kept in the memories of Iraqi scientists and engineers. Third, given the very large stockpile of yellowcake, it seems impossible for the weapons inspectors to have fully and completely prevented the Iraqi’s from removing substantial amounts of it, either for clandestine use, or for sale to other states or organizations.

Fourth, this huge stockpile, held in plain view of inspectors, must have been very embarrassing for the US government. It meant that if Iraq were to expel the UN inspectors, Iraq could have nuclear weapons in as little as 18 months, as well as sell some to other states or organizations. Because the stockpile was known to the UN weapons inspectors, George Bush Sr. must also have known. Clinton must have known, and he frequently stated with certainty that Iraq had WMD, but why did he do nothing during his tenure? Lastly, Bush Jr. would have known about it, but this would have been difficult to disclose, especially after 9/11. If, after 9/11, Bush were to disclose that the US had known about the yellowcake (and other, more enriched uranium) for at least 13 years, with Iraq’s capability to transition at any time to building nuclear weapons, he could have been accused of the reckless endangerment of the entire western world. Bush Jr. has still has not disclosed his full knowledge of this, even though the main body of information is recorded in UN weapons inspector reports. After 9/11, Bush Jr. would know that Iraq had to be invaded because of the yellowcake, but it would still be awkward to explain publicly why he was so sure about the WMD.

After Iraq War 2 started, the media began talking about “no WMD”, and Bush could not rebut directly. Instead, it leaked out indirectly through several sources, including an awkward NY Times story. After the NYT story, plus several other revelations about Iraqi WMD, the MSM appeared to accept that Iraq, after all did have substantial amounts of WMD materials and capabilities, and these were a clear and present danger to the US. The MSM immediately stopped presenting “no WMD” reports. The public has still not realized the implications of these events. The key information about WMD became public, but in an awkward way, and Bush was off the hook about a possible “yellowcake scandal”. By 2006, the yellowcake had been recovered by the US military. Amazingly (to me), most people still seem to believe that Iraq had no WMD, and no WMD potential, prior to Iraq War 2!


The 500 tons:
NYT May, 2004:
"The repository, at Tuwaitha, a centerpiece of Saddam Hussein's nuclear weapons program until it was largely shut down after the first Persian Gulf war in 1991, holds more than 500 tons of uranium..." as well as, "some 1.8 tons...classified as low-enriched uranium." The latter could be enriched to make a single nuclear weapon.

More info at San Diego Union-Tribune:

IAEA Records:

Iraqi weapons planning:

Quotations from IAEA reports:
October 4, 1991:“Dr. Blix reported that the sixth IAEA inspection team had obtained conclusive documentary evidence that the Government of Iraq had a programme for developing nuclear weapons. The IAEA inspection team obtained this information from classified Iraqi papers, some of which had already been translated and analysed. These documents revealed that Iraq's nuclear weapons programme was supported by a broad-based international procurement effort.”

Nov 11-18, 1991: “Iraqi authorities went to great lengths to prevent the discovery of procurement data. Most procurement related information had been removed and presumably destroyed, the IAEA eighth inspection team reported. Even so, examination of data collected by the inspection teams firmly identified the manufacturers of most equipment used or intended for use in Iraqi efforts to establish a centrifuge production and operation capability.”

This program was never abandoned after 1991.
Stockpiled weapons development parts and plans:

Other Iraqi WMD:

Posted by: DemocracyRules at March 8, 2007 10:52 PM