U.S. Official Still Convinced Iraqis Moved WMDs:
A top U.S. intelligence official said on Tuesday he remained convinced that low-level Iraqi officials hid and destroyed evidence linked to weapons of mass destruction in the months before the war began.
Retired Air Force Gen. James Clapper, director of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, told reporters he was not surprised that U.S. forces had not discovered any chemical, biological or nuclear weapons in Iraq, citing a big increase in the number of vehicles heading to Syria before the war.
But Clapper, whose agency analyzes satellite imagery and produces maps, acknowledged that the images of the Iraqi vehicles did not show what cargo they were carrying.
President Bush justified the war in Iraq largely based on a perceived threat from Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. No such weapons have been found.
"I think probably in the few months prior to the onset of combat, there was probably an intensive effort to disperse to private homes, to move documentation and materials out of the country," Clapper said.
He said some of the widespread looting that took place after the war began may also have been a tactic to hide weapons or documents.
Clapper does not address the issue of how and/or where they might have hidden the factories for producing the weapons, why the Kay report didn't find any evidence of weapons or active weapons programs, or why none of the Iraqi scientists and leaders we have in custody have come forth with information about WMD. Other than that, it makes perfect sense.