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Search for Banned Arms In Iraq Ended Last Month

So in case anyone was wondering how the search for Iraqi WMD's would finally end, it's just been made public that it actually did end last month. In essence the ISG has given up, say that the Duelfer report said it all:

"Sadaam did not have any WMD, nore any way of making any WMD. He may have wished to, but the UN Sactions in all practical senses held him at bay."

Bush's decision to invade rather than use inspectors and sactions, has cost us so far over 1,500 colition deaths and over 7,000 injured, and over far higher Iraqi civilian deaths -- estimates range from 15,000 to 100,000.

All of this can now finaly be said to have been to protect us from a little tyrant that posed us no threat, and to disarm him of weapons he didn't even have the means to make. Case closed. Search over.

From the Washington Post:

"Search for Banned Arms In Iraq Ended Last Month
Critical September Report to Be Final Word

The hunt for biological, chemical and nuclear weapons in Iraq has come to an end nearly two years after President Bush ordered U.S. troops to disarm Saddam Hussein. The top CIA weapons hunter is home, and analysts are back at Langley.

In interviews, officials who served with the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) said the violence in Iraq, coupled with a lack of new information, led them to fold up the effort shortly before Christmas.

Four months after Charles A. Duelfer, who led the weapons hunt in 2004, submitted an interim report to Congress that contradicted nearly every prewar assertion about Iraq made by top Bush administration officials, a senior intelligence official said the findings will stand as the ISG's final conclusions and will be published this spring.

President Bush, Vice President Cheney and other top administration officials asserted before the U.S. invasion in March 2003 that Iraq was reconstituting its nuclear weapons program, had chemical and biological weapons, and maintained links to al Qaeda affiliates to whom it might give such weapons to use against the United States.

Bush has expressed disappointment that no weapons or weapons programs were found, but the White House has been reluctant to call off the hunt, holding out the possibility that weapons were moved out of Iraq before the war or are well hidden somewhere inside the country. But the intelligence official said that possibility is very small.

Intelligence officials said there is little left for the ISG to investigate because Duelfer's last report answered as many outstanding questions as possible. The ISG has interviewed every person it could find connected to programs that ended more than 10 years ago, and every suspected site within Iraq has been fully searched, or stripped bare by insurgents and thieves, according to several people involved in the weapons hunt.

"We've talked to so many people that someone would have said something. We received nothing that contradicts the picture we've put forward. It's possible there is a supply someplace, but what is much more likely is that [as time goes by] we will find a greater substantiation of the picture that we've already put forward."
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