Saddam Hussein periodically removed guards on the Syrian border and replaced them with his own intelligence agents who supervised the movement of banned materials between the two countries, U.S. investigators have discovered.Matt notes that the US has controlled Iraq and all who live there for well over a year, (and Saddam Hussein!) -- If there was any real evidence of this, it be much more than "speculation" that was leaked.
The recent discovery by the Bush administration's Iraq Survey Group (ISG) is fueling speculation, but is not proof, that the Iraqi dictator moved prohibited weapons of mass destruction (WMD) into Syria before the March 2003 invasion by a U.S.-led coalition.
Matt also notes that it was no secret that Saddam's family was involved is blackmarket cross-boarder smuggling of goods banned by UN sanctions which is likely what was going on at the border.
The Syria angle is an old one and I've given this some thought.
Let's do the math. In his 2003 State of the Union Address the president warned that Iraq was harboring the following:
25,000 liters off anthrax or 52,812 pounds.
38,000 liters of Botulineu toxin or 82,275 pounds.
500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX gas or 1,000,000 pounds!
30,000 delivery munitions. Lets assume 100 pounds each or 3,000,000 pounds!
The total weight of these WMD? 4,141,087 pounds.
That's a lot of smuggling. A large capacity US style over-the-road truck can haul about 20,000 pounds in a single load. Thus, it would take minimum of 207 loads to move these weapons. And remember, our weight estimates are conservative. Those delivery munitions may have easily weighed 5x my estimate which would take or 800 truck loads!!!!! and this assumes Saddam had access to maybe a hundred large US type over-the-road trailers.
Are we supposed to believe that such a convoy made it's way out of Iraq under US air cover in the no-fly zone and under all our satellites noses in the run up to the war and no one noticed? Not only did no one notice, but we've not uncovered a single record of this big lift?
This story just does not add up.