November 30, 2005
— Ace The MSM -- which prides itself on asking the "tough questions" and "getting to the heart" of a story -- is apparently incapable of asking where the hell did this guy get twenty tons of VX nerve gas?
The men tried to smuggle from Syria 20 tons of chemicals for an attack in Jordan that would have killed 80,000 people. On Sunday, the prosecution urged the judge to consider the death penalty for the men behind the largest planned WMD attack in history.
The chemicals are believed to be VX nerve gas. There were 20 tons of the weapons and explosives captured coming into Jordan from Syria. Syria doesn't make VX. Saddam Hussein's Iraq did.
Unbiased? Please. It's a 20-ton toxic elephant in the room and the media just couldn't care less.
Al-Jayousi said he received about $170,000 from al-Zarqawi to finance the plot and used part of it to buy 20 tons of chemicals. He did not identify the chemicals, but said they "were enough for all the operations in the Jordanian arena."
Less than $170,000 bought 20 tons of VX?! Crap, crap and triple crap. If that's what's going on in Syria then we should be invading them now.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at November 30, 2005 10:02 PM (RbYVY)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at November 30, 2005 10:10 PM (RbYVY)
Posted by: john at November 30, 2005 11:09 PM (4ubKv)
Posted by: Johnny&Betsy at November 30, 2005 11:34 PM (iMrJ9)
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Posted by: cranky-d at December 01, 2005 12:24 AM (t9u63)
The democrats in this country have made it IMPOSSIBLE for us to broaden the war on terror. Short of Syria (or anyone else) shooting a nuclear missle at us, we have to fight this fight in Iraq only.
As Bush has said many times, this is a different kind of war, but the Democrats either don't understand that or winning elections are more important to them than winning a necessary war.
Posted by: Rightwingsparkle at December 01, 2005 12:33 AM (OSolv)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at December 01, 2005 12:34 AM (ZrDos)
Posted by: john at December 01, 2005 12:55 AM (4ubKv)
Posted by: at December 01, 2005 01:00 AM (ywZa8)
After an attack of this magnitude, everyone would be asking questions. Is Assad that dumb or that broke?
Another possibility is that a Bathist General, say, knows where Saddam kept the Iraqi VX that was never accounted for, either in Syria or Iraq.
I think Assad knows that if he was involved in VX'ing Jordan he would be toast.
Posted by: robert at December 01, 2005 02:00 AM (nm8Pe)
I strongly suspect that there is twenty tons of stuff in all, including some VX, but that the VX is a relatively small component.
I still don't want terrorists getting their hands on any VX, but I think if twenty tons of it had shown up there would have been major troop deployments the same day. The stuff is that bad.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at December 01, 2005 02:33 AM (QriEg)
Posted by: UGAdawg at December 01, 2005 03:18 AM (d38jD)
hey, it's the holidays. 24 month no interest financing, same as cash.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at December 01, 2005 03:41 AM (pzen5)
Posted by UGAdawg at December 1, 2005 08:18 AM
Eh, not to put down Bush, but if a huge amount of VX gas was intercepted on its way to Jordan, there's a good chance there's more out there. If we were unable to stop this stuff being moved out of Iraq, that's something Bush wouldn't want to publicize any more than the Dems.
Posted by: adolfo velasquez at December 01, 2005 04:20 AM (NHIDH)
As far as the amoun of cash paid goes, it doesn't really matter. You can't beleive that someone smuggled 20 tons of nerve gas into a totalitarian state without them knowing about it. In either case, the money is a fig leaf. Think of it as a cut-out. If it was paid to 'Iraqi' folks for their stockpile, Assad buys deniability, but it doesn't change the basic facts much.
Posted by: BravoRomeoDelta at December 01, 2005 05:10 AM (kiA+F)
That depends on when it got moved, now doesn't it?
Posted by: Brian B at December 01, 2005 05:33 AM (rGfpg)
I mean, 20 tons is a crap load of VX. More VX than Nicholas Cage and Sean Connery could handle together
But 20 metric tonnes is, probably, like a water balloon's worth. Something Keanu Reeves by himself could dispose of.
Posted by: BumperStickerist at December 01, 2005 06:06 AM (LpVNp)
Posted by: DaveK at December 01, 2005 06:39 AM (iKE11)
Posted by: UGAdawg at December 01, 2005 06:57 AM (BnZUW)
The VX didn't just create itself. This isn't even like anthrax where it could be argued that they just harvested a naturally occuring substance. Somebody made this. And it was discovered being smuggled into Jordan from Syria.
If enough world pressure was put on Syria to help us get to the bottom of this Syria would have to either admit that it was theirs or more likely, it was smuggled into Syria from Iraq and Syria was as "shocked" as we are.
But we don't have serious allies, a working UN or a press that is interested in getting at the truth and potentially ruining their "Bush lied' mantra. People are still not convinced that this is a real war and that winning this war is more important than cheap political points.
Posted by: JackStraw at December 01, 2005 07:55 AM (wxnhi)
Not a chance. Not by our press anyway.
If they had the info, they would destroy it. If they had sources, they would be silenced. Heck, even if they had an actual VX warhead in their hands standing in Baghdad, they would probably bury it.
Posted by: robert at December 01, 2005 09:43 AM (nm8Pe)
Or, knowing our press, open it.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at December 01, 2005 10:26 AM (7X4Bl)
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