Dayton v. Kennedy

Returning Senator Mark Dayton to the Ranks of the Idle Rich in 2006

10/07/2004

You didn't actually bother to read the report did you, Senator?

This sage wisdom from Minnesota's senior Senator via the Strib:

Similarly, Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., said the report proves that the administration's principal reason for invading Iraq is "totally unsupported by the facts." He said this is an "inexplicable and inexcusable discrepancy."

Had the distinguished gentleman from Minnesota actually bothered to read the report rather than the Cliffs Notes version supplied by his staff he might have taken note of the following:

Saddam asked in 1999 how long it would take to build a production line for CW [chemical weapons] agents, accordingto the former Minister of Military Industrialization. Huwaysh investigated and responded that experts could readily prepare a production line for mustard, which could be produced within six months. VX and Sarin production was more complicated and would take longer. Huwaysh relayed this answer to Saddam, who never requested follow-up information. An Iraqi CW expert separately estimated Iraq would require only a few days to start producing mustard—if it was prepared to sacrifice the production equipment.
Imad Husayn ‘Ali Al ‘Ani, closely tied to Iraq’s VX program, alleged that Saddam had been looking for chemical weapons scientists in 2000 to begin production in a second location, according to reporting.


With the success that Congressman Nethercutt is having using Sen. Patty Murry's own words against her in Washington State this year, Senator Dayton's staff had better keep him on a tight script.

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