The man who served as the no. 2 official in Saddam Hussein's air force says Iraq moved weapons of mass destruction into Syria before the war by loading the weapons into civilian aircraft in which the passenger seats were removed. The Iraqi general, Georges Sada, makes the charges in a new book, "Saddam's Secrets," released this week.
The right-wing's immediate acceptance of this obvious nonsense is a fine demonstration of just how screwed up they have become.
For one thing, Sada's story has enough holes to drive a truck through. There is no sane explanation for WHY Hussein would send his best weapons to Syria just when he might ACTUALLY NEED THEM. Nor is there any sane explanation for HOW nobody noticed 56 planes departing from Iraq when the country was under a nearly insane level of surveillance. Nor is there any reasonable explanation for why Sada took four years to say something.
Bu what's most interesting is who the right-wing chooses to believe and who they choose to vilify.
Paul O'Neill was our #1 person in the United States Treasury Department. A man with a sterling reputation whose integrity had never been seriously questioned in all of his years of public service. In his book, he wrote that Bush was planning to invade Iraq from the time he took office. The right-wingers response was to call him a liar, declare that he was completely untrustworthy on the grounds that he was selling a book, smear him and attempt to destroy his reputation.
Sada was #2 in a branch of Saddam Hussein's armed forces; he was the crony and ally of a murderous tyrant with a regime of thugs, torturers and murderers. And, like O'Neill, he is selling a book.
The right-wingers believe HIM without question.
Shows where their priorities are.