okay...your post assumes quite a bit, but ill reply to what i can, with my personal opinions.
How is it that if the administration knew that the order had been given to deploy chemical weapons, they did not know where these WMD would be stored?
i never heard that the administration "knew that the order had been given".....i remember announcements that it was possible, but i dont remember them saying they knew for a fact....either youre twisting the facts here, or i just completely missed it....in which case a link might be helpful.
When the US bribed senior military officers not to defend Baghdad and gave them safe passage out of Iraq, why was the location of these chemical weapons not provided to the US as part of the payoff plan?
i didnt even know that had been confirmed. again, a link might help here.
Could the Iraqi officers deploy WMD without knowing where to go and get them?
i dont see how.
And remember, it has been reported that Iraq had the capability of deploying WMD within 45 minutes of that command. Someone had to know where to go to obey that command. Didn't they?
again, i dont know that any of those reports of "orders" have ever been confirmed. links?
If the Collin Powell telephone intercepts presented to the UN were authentic, why couldn't the intelligence community trace the location of these intercepts and secure those sites after the invasion of Iraq?
perhaps youre a little bit naive in the ways of tracing cell phone satellite intercepts....or perhaps i am. maybe you could provide some facts showing that this would be possible? im unaware of it.
And whatever happened to those big missiles he showed us?
which missiles? a link please?
How is it that the administration was able to know the whereabouts of Saddam and launch the initial bunker attack that started the war, and yet this "source" within the inner circle of power never provided WMD location data that was crucial not only to safety of the world but to the safety of our military personnel who were about to invade Iraq?
i think youre smart enough to know the answer to this one; maybe you just asked it for fun. getting a leak from downtown baghdad, say a person walking on the street that just witnessed saddam and his senior officials entering a building, is quite a bit different than that same person just happening to notice someone working on a secret chemical weapons site.....wouldnt you say? some of these assertions are so far out in left field that im hoping youre just kidding.
Now this same administration says we must be patient because it will take time to find these WMD that they used to know the whereabouts of, but must now guess and search.
ive covered this one with simon, and i think the entire antiwar crowd simply ignores my responses to this one....sort of a "hands over the ears" tactic. the fact is that we didnt know exactly where anything was before the war, and never claimed to. colin powell presented what was supposedly wmd sites that had been cleaned and moved (to where? no one ever said) before the war. was powells intelligence accurate? i dont think that has been established yet....maybe, maybe not. either way, no one ever claimed to know the exact whereabouts of the sites before the war.....if they would have, it wouldve been simple to bomb the hell out of them, i would think.
Ahmed Chalabi and other sources insist that Saddam Hussein is still alive and hiding in Iraq. It seems to me if that is true, then surely he and his surviving supporters know where to get the remaining WMD and use them against the occupying forces.
if that is true, then yes, id agree with you....to an extent. the country is currently being run by the u.s and u.k., so it would be pretty difficult to get to these weapons, i would think. but possibly if there was a remote enough location.
Are our soldiers in danger?
could very well be. chalabi has also stated that saddam is offering a bounty for any dead soldiers, so if his story is true, i think we would have to assume a certain amount of danger.....especially with conventional weapons.
How is it that a nuclear waste site was left unguarded and subject to looting without regard to possible contamination, even as the US military previously found and guessed this site was part of the "secret" nuclear weapons program?
actually the site you speak of, al tuwaitha, was a known nuclear site, not a "secret" site as you said. how was it left unguarded? someone dropped the ball.....a pretty scary drop too, considering the implications. i saw a stat on that, something like 98% of the materials had been found/recovered, but still, definitely a mistake in planning somewhere up the line.
After the capture of various Iraqi high officials and scientists, how is it that no WMD locations have been revealed thus far? Are these officials so uncooperative and able to resist all interrogation that there is no hope of getting answers?
well, i think they did lead them to the only find so far, the mobile biolabs......and i know there are a large number of sites being searched on an ongoing basis just on these leads alone. some of them probably do resist interrogation, but i would think that wed find something off of their leads.....if we dont eventually, then my beliefs about the extent of saddams wmd will be proven to be exaggerated. i certainly dont think im above being incorrect on the amounts he had left........after all, ive never seen any of his wmd first hand, its only been logic and common sense thats lead me to my opinion on it.
If as Rumsfeld now claims, Iraq may have destroyed the WMD at the last possible moment in order to embarrass the US, how is it that satellite photos and other intelligence technology failed to notice such large scale efforts? Wouldn't it take major activity and trailers, and Lord knows what else, to destroy the vast quantities of chemical weapons supposedly in stock? And how were these destroyed? Burned and incinerated? Would not the air quality samples around Iraq reflect these chemicals and toxic substances? What about soil and water samples? Didn't we have air sensors deployed with our troops to detect and warn about poisons in the air?
i dont buy that claim, personally.
Why is the US not interested in casualty statistics in Iraq?
i hadnt seen this.....links?
Still, I have to ask: If we knew where it was, why don't we know where it is?
again, no one ever claimed, going into war, that they knew the exact whereabouts of anything, other than sites that had already been cleaned free of wmd, and "suspected" sites. pretty simple, but im sure youll deny it just as the rest of your crowd has.
These shouldn't be that hard to explain to a stupid conspiracy theorist like me....should they?
when did i ever call you a conspiracy theorist? are you into conspiracy theories? i dont even know.
now that ive answered your questions one by one....i have a couple for you to answer...and im really hoping to hear something reasonable, as ive yet to get decent answers on these.
1) if saddam destroyed all of his wmd, as he claims, why could he not show where and how this was done? as hans blix said, mustard gas isnt marmalade, youre supposed to know what you did with it.......yet iraq couldnt ever show documentation on this mass destruction. maybe it wasnt important? to me, it should have been a very simple matter of saying "they were destroyed on XX dates, and here is the sites they were destroyed on....heres the proof"
2) if saddam didnt have any wmd, why did he put his country through over a decade of sanctions? why not let inspectors in years ago, proving what hes claimed all along, that he doesnt have any left? why play games for 12 years, if there was nothing there to hide?