Monday, April 10, 2006
For all this talk of yellowcake
By April 2003, when the U.S. invaded Iraq, Saddam Hussein had stockpiled 500 tons of yellowcake uranium at his al Tuwaitha nuclear weapons development plant south of Baghdad.That is to say, whether or not Saddam was seeking out yellowcake (which he wasn't, right?), it doesn't really matter. He already had plenty. No good without an enrichment program, but who cares.
"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," the paper revealed, before insisting: "None of it [is] enriched enough to be used directly in a nuclear weapon."
-Newsmax (and other places)
Was the idea to makes everything think Saddam was getting 500 tonnes from Niger. Once the US is in Bagdhad, "claim" the yellowcake at Tuwaitha was the same as from Niger. Who knows.
Let's just remember, Saddam already had plenty of yellowcake; Niger, Wilson, NIE and all that aside. The whole of the 16 words in the SOTU were a lie as far as a reason to go to war.