Maha – of “Mahablog”, a famously gutless leftyblog and a leader in the “namecalling = facts and research” school of leftyblogging – wants to dismiss the whole “we found yellowcake uranium in Iraq” story:
The critical point is that Saddam Hussein couldn’t do anything with this uranium because he lacked the equipment and technology to enrich it. So it had been sitting around for years in drums sealed by the IAEA. No nuclear program.
Of course, the presence or absence of “equipment and technology” was a key bone of contention between about 2001 and the invastion, but…
…oh, why bother.
Justin Levine at Patterico has the essential response:
If Mahablog has a legitimate point, then why did Joe Wilson go to such great lengths to try and cast doubt on the very existence of the yellowcake Niger story? Why didn’t he just say, “It is possible that Iraq tried to purchase yellowcake from Niger. But even though I can neither confirm nor deny this accusation, it is ultimately irrelevant since yellowcake is harmless and is not proof of anything significant regarding an Iraqi nuclear weapons program.”?
That is not the argument that Joe Wilson the liar made. There is a reason for this – reason’s that people like Mahablog would rather not address. So I’ll be happy to stay on his ‘Idiot’s Hall of Fame’, let people read both posts, and decide for themselves.
Look – it’s pretty clear, five years on, that Hussein didn’t have any functioning WMDs when the tanks crossed the border. We know that he had WMDs, because he gassed the Kurds in the eighties. We know he wanted WMDs, because he was buying equipment to build them. We know he had uranium that, combined with that equipment he was seeking (and, for whatever reason, didn’t deny having), could have been made into one kind of bomb or another.
If it were a criminal case, it’d be like finding a once-convicted, paroled Meth producer with 50,000 tabs of Sudafed. All he needs is a stock pot, some tubing, and a few other chemicals…
Oh, Maha’s counterattack?
Here’s the Idiot’s Hall of Fame:
The accumulated IQ of the above bloggers adds up to about 47.
Oh, the two grafs I pulled were the closest “Maha” gets to sentience.
But please, “Maha” – can I be an “idiot” too?
(And note to Ms. O’Brien; she can’t ban my comments when they’re on my blog)