❄ THE DOG THAT DID NOT BARK IN THE NIGHT
We now are told that the Pentagon intends to locate and survey at least 130 and as many as 1,400 possible weapons sites, that is sites associated with weapons of mass destruction. [Note 1]
Were UNMOVIC and the IAEA told of these sites? All of these sites? The US was pressed to give some guidance to UNMOVIC, back up its claims about the existence of WMD in Iraq. Some information was passed on. But an earlier New York Times account quoted an unnamed inspector as saying that the US leads were “garbage.”
But there was a dog, and it did not bark. As best we know, at no time did the United States assert that it had given information to UNMOVIC or IAEA which those agencies failed to follow up, or followed inadequately. Given the White Houses readiness to dismiss the inspectors as ineffective, its unlikely they would have spared the criticism of “failure to follow up” if that had been the case. So absent contradictory evidence, we come to this provisional but reasonable conclusion: the United States held back information about Iraqi WMD sites, or its claims were not confirmed when inspections took place. [Miller also reports that the Pentagon decided in January to prepare the capability to conduct inspections by itself.]
[Note 1] Judith Miller, The New York Times, 19 March 2003.
[Bruce’s Blog: 2003.03.24. Post: Bxx Short Link: http://www.learnworld.com/BRUCE/?p=63. Front Door Index: http://blog.learnworld.com/. Permalink: http://www.learnworld.com/BRUCE/uncategorized/the-dog-that-did-not-bark-in-the-night/]