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Monday, November 21, 2005

Supporters of the Iraq invasion are getting pretty desperate, aren't they?

Here's how Alaska senator Ted Stevens defended Dubya's decision to invade Iraq on the US Senate floor last Thursday:

"Our troops found 30 Iraqi planes buried in the sands of the al-Taqqadum airfield, west of Baghdad -- 30 planes!" he said in a speech on the Senate floor in which he defended the prewar intelligence and the decision to go to war. "If Saddam Hussein's troops buried one-tenth of their combat aircraft in the desert, who is to say there were no weapons of mass destruction similarly buried?"

Stevens is correct that several Iraqi planes were buried at the al-Taqaddum airbase in 2003. [Go here to see photos of US troops digging some up.] However, it's never been proven that any of the buried planes were still operational. Photos of the planes being unearthed show that no precautions had been taken to protect them from the sand, which couldn't have been good for the aircraft. Their burial probably speaks more to the desperation of the regime hiding them than to any real likelihood that the planes would fly again.

As to whether Saddam buried WMDs in somewhere in the desert, we'll just let the fact that no WMDs have been unearthed in almost three years speak to Sen. Stevens' charges. Besides, we're sure Saddam had a better plan for all those WMDs, anyway. From what we've heard, he had friendly space aliens carry away the WMDs in their flying saucers.

Perhaps we should give Sen. Stevens a call and let him know?

Via Anchorage Daily News.

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