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Re: [casi] CIA Kay Report on the Search for WMD

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Nothing from David Kay's report in any way confirms the bulk of claims made about Iraq's WMD by the 
US and the UK governments in the months leading up to the war, but I'm sure this is common 
knowledge by now. Below is an interesting analysis from Jo Cirincione from the Carnegie Endowment 
for International Peace, who makes the following valid points:

  a.. The two most salient points of David Kay's research are that "Information found to date 
suggests that Iraq's large-scale capability to develop, produce, and fill new CW munitions was 
reduced - if not entirely destroyed - during Operations Desert Storm and Desert Fox, 13 years of UN 
sanctions and UN inspections" and that "to date we have not uncovered evidence that Iraq undertook 
significant post-1998 steps to actually build nuclear weapons or produce fissile material." Yet 
these remarks are buried in the text.
  b.. The very nature of the Iraq Survey Group seriously questions its credibility, as it is a team 
handpicked to be a salesman for the American and British claims as well as fact finder. As a 
result, the language used puts the findings in the best possible light, even though they discuss 
the existence of documents and storerooms, not actual weapons.
At the risk of sounding redundant- after three months of UNMOVIC inspections and six months after 
the fall of Baghdad, no WMD have been found. Therefore, as Cirincione argues, analysis of Iraq's 
program needs to be independently verified by UNMOVIC as this body has no agenda to vindicate a 
political decision taken by the current occupying powers of Iraq. As he says:
"Kay is stuck in a fundamental contradiction: he is both salesman and fact-finder for the 
administration. No matter how high his personal integrity, this dual role fatally compromises his 
mission and credibility. As salesman, he is compelled to put the best possible spin on his 
investigation. Thus his report features bits and pieces of testimony from Iraqi scientists and 
officials that support the administration pre-war claims that there were active programs and large, 
ready-to-use stockpiles of weapons. Unfortunately, even these tidbits only support the Kay 
conclusion that Saddam had the intention of restoring these programs if he could, not that they 
actually existed pre-war. Kay does not present nor discuss the widely-reported fact that all of the 
Iraqi scientists and officials now in custody have said that there were no active programs. This 
does not mean that such statements are true, but they should at least have been mentioned and 
evaluated in his testimony."

Despite the derision and criticism of the effectiveness of the inspectors in the first three months 
of 2003, David Kay's ISG has found little that would discredit the operations of that group. The 
ISG has found nothing that would make anyone conclude that the UNMOVIC inpsections were an 
ineffective and frutiless operation. If anything, the findings contradict many of the claims made 
by the US and the UK, in particular Dick Cheny's constant false allegations that Iraq had 
reconstituted its nuclear weapons program. Of course while the report talks about intent by Iraq to 
restart its WMD effort, it does not discuss Iraq's capability to do, which would have been very 
diffcult while Iraq remained under sanctions. Furthermore, UNSC Resolution 1483 provides for 
UNMOVIC and the IAEA to revisit their mission in ascertaining the extent of Iraq's WMD programs and 

Full report is below:

Peter Kiernan

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