Several readers wrote to follow up on Jay Rockefeller’s description of his trip to Syria in January 2002 to warn of the pending invasion of Iraq by the United States, or to warn Syria that President Bush was serious about doing something about Iraq. Take your pick.
These readers noticed the timing of the movement of WMDs from Iraq to Syria according to Bill Tierney in his Frontpage interview “Where the WMDs went.” They point to this passage:
FP: Ok, so where did the WMDs go?
Tierney: While working counter-infiltration in Baghdad, I noticed a pattern among infiltrators that their cover stories would start around Summer or Fall of 2002. From this and other observations, I believe Saddam planned for a U.S. invasion after President Bushs speech at West Point in 2002.
President Bush’s West Point speech was given on June 1, 2002, and Tierney’s timeline for WMD movement from Iraq seems tied with Rockefeller’s visit as much as Bush’s speech. Did Bush’s speech confirm in Saddam’s mind the information Assad had relayed to him from a member of the Senate Intelligence committee? “Mesh” away, if you know what I mean.