I have fervently hoped that the hunt for Saddam’s missing weapons now being headed by David Kay is, in fact, hitting paydirt, and that the administration’s critics will have the limb sawed off behind them. That, unfortunately, is looking increasingly less likely.
In Today’s Washington Times, Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough have this rather depressing report:
“Chief weapons inspector David Kay has told senators he expects his final report to conclude that Saddam Hussein had an active biological weapons program at the time the United States invaded in March. But Mr. Kay, who is the CIA’s top weapons sleuth in the Iraq Survey Group, did not offer proof.
“That, he said earlier this summer in a closed briefing, will come in his final report. Like Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction, that issue too is wrapped in mystery. Senators expected it this month. Mr. Kay is due in Washington later this month and may have something to say on the matter then.
“‘I think if they had found something significant, it would have leaked out by now,’ said one U.S. official. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld met with Mr. Kay during a trip to Iraq earlier this month. Mr. Rumsfeld said he did not ask the inspector if he had found weapons of mass destruction.”
I’ve always been an admirer of Rumsfeld, but his insouciance is wearing a little thin.
UPDATE: More confirmation that Kay’s report will probably be a disappointment, and may not be made public at all.
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