No Shit? Really? Guess who reported this back when it happened?
Maddog Speaks: WTF? Syrian WMD’s?
The Bush administration charged Thursday that a secret Syrian nuclear reactor was within weeks or months of completion before Israel bombed it on Sept. 6 and demanded that North Korea and Syria publicly acknowledge their collusion on a facility that could have produced plutonium for a nuclear weapon.
Back in September, everything was on the QT. In October, the Syrians used a controlled demolition to clear the site. In doing so, they exposed reactor components to U.S. spy satellites. Whoops.
The Bush administration didn’t go public at the time at the request of the Israelis who feared a counterstrike. The U.S. State Department then used this fact successfully to compel the Koreans to abandon their nuclear program.
Hurray for our side!
President Bush has received criticism from Congress who side with the Syrians.
Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Tex.), chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, charged Thursday that the administration had improperly imposed a “veil of secrecy” around intelligence it was required to share with the oversight committees.
In a statement, the Syrian Embassy in Washington denounced the U.S. claims as “false allegations” designed to “misguide” Congress and international public opinion and produce support for Israel’s surprise air strike in September, “which the U.S. administration may have helped execute.”