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AQ Khan story: it gets worse

more dots to connect
I read Seymour Hersh's article, The Deal, about the AQ Khan confession:
 http://newyorker.com/fact/content/?040308fa_fact
and his main theme is that the Pakistani government was allowed to "pardon" AQ Khan, and in return for not having to admit government responsibility in the nuclear weapons black market, the US would be rewarded. That reward? The US would be able to resume the "hunt for bin-Laden" and now would be able to launch attacks on Pakistani soil.

But Hersh made no mention of the connection of AQ Khan and Iraq, though he got close. He quotes a "Viennese diplomat" who calls Iraq "laughable" in regard to its capability for nuclear proliferation, in the context of what AQ Khan revealed. But regrettably, Hersh could not make the connection between AQ Khan and Iraq--either he was actually forbidden to, or it just didn't occur to him. He was pulled off this story at the time to cover Abu Ghraib, as we all know now.

It seems Hersh did read the article from SAAG by B. Raman:
 http://saag.org/papers10/paper916.html
because the same information is reported in both articles. Very similar information, but if Hersh read it, he didn't think much of the second to last paragraph, because--no mention of it. This is the paragraph describing the transfer of nuclear weapons material out of Iraq, to Syria, and then to Pakistan, which AQ Khan carried out, according to sources of the author.

Now I found this from the NYT, January 30, 2003, titled: "Bush Officials Debate Release of Iraq Secrets" (sorry, no link):

"But some officials here and many abroad say new, convincing evidence is hard to come by. One senior official warned against expecting the kind of vivid pictures that Adlai E. Stevenson, the American representative to the United Nations during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, famously offered of Soviet missiles in Cuba.

"For instance, the administration today was still debating the credibility of intelligence about a Christmastime Iraqi truck convoy that some American analysts say could have been transporting weapons of mass destruction or scientists to Syria, where they would be safely out of the United Nations inspectors' view.

"'The convoy was unusually well protected,' a senior official said. But after weeks of research, the contents of the shipment are still unclear. Complicating the issue, the Central Intelligence Agency doubts that there was a suspicious convoy at all, noting that there is a constant parade of trucks moving across the border."

Christmastime 2002 and October 2002 are pretty close. Its starting to look more and more like AQ Khan did smuggle some stuff out of Iraq, before the war. But don't tell anyone, because its a big secret.

It looks like I'm arguing that Iraq did have WMD, which is ironic, and I'm sure the Bush administration realized that if people tried to argue that, it would work to their advantage. But, knowing what we know now....

That's all I have to say, except that it's ironic that Dr. Rice decided to visit Portland today. I'm sure she would be interested to learn this revealing information, or perhaps unlearn it.