Influence Warfare (not) “It appears that American troops found the 550 metric tons of uranium in 2003 after invading Iraq”

At Destinys Choice:

Secret U.S. Mission Hauls Uranium From Iraq On July 5, 2008, the Associated Press (AP) released a story titled: Secret U.S. mission hauls uranium from Iraq .

The opening paragraph is as follows: The last major remnant of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program – a huge stockpile of concentrated natural uranium – reached a Canadian port Saturday to complete a secret U.S. operation that included a two week airlift from Baghdad and a ship voyage crossing two oceans.
[…]
We have been hearing from the far-left for more than five years how, “Bush lied.” Somehow, that slogan loses its credibility now that 550 metric tons of Saddam’s yellowcake, used for nuclear weapon enrichment, has been discovered and shipped to Canada for its new use as nuclear energy. It appears that American troops found the 550 metric tons of uranium in 2003 after invading Iraq .

They had to sit on this information and the uranium itself, for fear of terrorists attempting to steal it. It was guarded and kept safe by our military in a 23,000-acre site with large sand beams surrounding the site
[…]
Once the AP released the story, the mainstream media should have picked it up and broadcast it worldwide. This never happened, due in large part I believe, to the fact that the mainstream media would have to admit they were wrong about Bush’s war motives all along. Thankfully, the AP got it right when it said, “The removal of 550 metric tons of ‘yellowcake'” – the seed material for higher-grade nuclear enrichment – was a significant step toward closing the books on Saddam’s nuclear legacy.” Closing the book on Saddam’s nuclear legacy? Did Saddam have a nuclear legacy after all? I thought Bush lied?
[…]
This story was verified, if you want to check it for yourself, click on the link below. Read this link, the article and its substance: http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/u/uraniumyellowcake.htm http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25546334

I too missed this story when it came out.

I understand the MSM keeping it on the down low, they have invested too much into the ChimpyBusHitlerLiedPeopleDied meme, to go “Oops sorry, got that one wrong” at this point. The MSM is corrupt and acting against US interest. This does not surprise me.

I still consider this to be an example of  great failure for the Bush War Presidency.

USAGOV in general, and the Bush presidency specifically, have been hit since the run-up to the Iraq war that the WMD was false, was a lie, was a made-up excuse to snooker the US Citizen, the West and the UN so USGOV could do/be evil.

But now it turns out that at the close of the big fighting in 2003, the facts proved otherwise…and that the Bush administration was quiet. They let the enemies of the USGOV (external and the 5GW Fifth Column among us) gain traction, win over the fence sitters and give weight to the anti-USA movement.

This loss of Influence has greatly reduced USGOV freedom of action in the conduct of global affairs especially National Security related activities.

The Bush administration should have brought in the press (to write, videotape and photograph), and friendly nuclear weapons experts testify as experts, an put the whole damn thing on YouTube.

If security was a concern they could have activated another division of reserves or National Guard and plunk them down at the site or do something else given the overwhelming military force advantage of the US and NATO.

This was a massive wasted opportunity in Influence Warfare.

The loss in freedom of action and trust among partners and potential partners will take years to regain.


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9 Responses

  1. They had to sit on this information and the uranium itself, for fear of terrorists attempting to steal it. It was guarded and kept safe by our military in a 23,000-acre site with large sand beams surrounding the site

    Those that read Bush’s character as consistent with keeping Osama Bin Laden in a secret jail cell until just before the 2004 elections had no idea how to read the characters of even their political enemies.

    Those that thought Bush was out to exploit the poor and the downtrodden with a fabricated war could never explain how Bush waited until after the 2004 elections were over before ordering the Fallujah Offensive, which dominated news coverage and positively portrayed Bush as “doing something” to counter all the negativity of Bush lied and people died rhetoric/propaganda.

    Now we see that, unlike Obama, Bush will rather destroy his own credibility than allow political influence to dictate his choices. This has always been true: that was never Bush’s flaw. Bush’s flaw was that he was too soft on terrorists (including Saddam) and too soft on Democrats, each for different reasons.

    But now it turns out that at the close of the big fighting in 2003, the facts proved otherwise…and that the Bush administration was quiet. They let the enemies of the USGOV (external and the 5GW Fifth Column among us) gain traction, win over the fence sitters and give weight to the anti-USA movement.

    Bush lacks ruthlessness. It is counter to the “compassionate conservative” category he put himself in. He wouldn’t crush his political foes even when he had the ammo to do so. Just like US military forces won’t flatten a city like Fallujah with FAEs even though they had the ammo and could easily do so.

    Restraint is the foundation of having and using power responsibly but it is nothing but a child’s wail when confronted by those who use power irresponsibly and for evil.

  2. […] October 26, 2008 Posted by ymarsakar in Uncategorized. trackback This is what happens. Secret U.S. Mission Hauls Uranium From Iraq On July 5, 2008, the Associated Press (AP) released a […]

  3. Ym, this is very true:

    Now we see that, unlike Obama, Bush will rather destroy his own credibility than allow political influence to dictate his choices. This has always been true: that was never Bush’s flaw. Bush’s flaw was that he was too soft on terrorists (including Saddam) and too soft on Democrats, each for different reasons.

    History will be kinder to Bush on some things then the contemporary press is…

    Bush lacks ruthlessness. It is counter to the “compassionate conservative” category he put himself in. He wouldn’t crush his political foes even when he had the ammo to do so.

    …but it won’t be for the missed opportunities, for missing out on a better victory, and for what might be coming next in 1/2009.

  4. My friend – let me call him “Beeaaatch” – says this has been falsified by Snopes:

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/yellowcake.asp

    Snopes has it wrong. There claim is essentially, that since it had been around for awhile and was known, it is no BFD.

    Except that…it supposedly had been destroyed and the Iraq’s claimed it didn’t exist.

    I really think that for the left and their useful idiots, nothing short of a warehouse full of assembled nuclear bombs with the names of American cities painted on them would suffice as evidence.

  5. When we’re talking about information that wouldn’t benefit the New York Times if it was leaked, the truth is only known to those at the top.

    Which is how it should be, but isn’t, of course.

  6. The fact that Snopes uses the “origin” as from Joe Wilson, is too much. If they can’t even separate out the propaganda on that score, how are they going to be able to tell me whether yellow cake exists or does not exist?

    InfoWar ops long passed the level of simple “rumor”.

  7. I pretty much ignored the Joe Wilson crap in the in the link. Bluntly, he along with his wife appears to have been part of of political warfare op against the Bush administration. The press being anti-bus inclined just ate it up and hasn’t impartially reported the issue. Even as the claims fell apart around Wilson, his story is accepted as truth by most. Historians will be left to sort it out.

    Hmm…there might be room for a book or essay idea for me here: ‘The Wilson-Plame Affair. Anatomy of a Political Warfare Operation and its Aftermath”. I could cover the time line, the facts, the actors and the results.

  8. You could also compare it to the far more successful overthrow conducted by Mark Felt.

  9. Yes! I want to come back and right about that again. I missed the implications at first.

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