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Fox News analyst: ‘Very high probability’ Iraq hid WMDs in Syria

By David Edwards
Friday, March 22, 2013 11:22 EDT
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Retired Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney speaks to Fox News
 
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A Fox News military analyst who has previously justified the U.S. invasion in Iraq by asserting that Russia conspired to hide Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) now says that there is a “very high probability” that those WMDs are in Syria.

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Friday spoke to retired Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney about recent rumors of a chemical attack near Aleppo, Syria.

“What are the chances of the return address on these chemicals being from Iraq?” Kilmeade wondered.

“Well, I think there is a high probability of that,” McInerney declared. “That’s conjecture, but we do know prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom, there was a lot of vehicles crossing the border into Syria. And there was a great deal of conjecture. A Iraqi major general swore by it. He said he delivered it.”

“And so I think that it would be a very high probability if we could get into those bunkers that they would have Iraqi signatures on them.”

In 2006, McInerney told Newsmax that there was “clear evidence” that Iraq had WMDs before the war and that the Bush administration “ignored Russia’s involvement” in helping to hide the weapons.

“[T]he administration needed the Russians, the Chinese and the French, and was not interested in information that would make them look bad,” he said.

A U.S. official on Thursday said that evidence suggested that chemical weapons (CW) had not been used in the latest attacks in Syria.

“Our growing sense is that weaponized CW was not used,” the official remarked, according to Reuters.

A European security official noted that the use of weapons of mass destruction in Syria would have left a death toll much higher than 26.

Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast March 22, 2013.

 

(h/t: Media Matters)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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