According to Drudge, ABC News is planning to air tapes of Saddam discussing hitting Washington, DC, and confirming his posession of WMDs. The upcoming Intelligence Summit Feb. 17—20 has scheduled a public airing of these tapes, which have been authenticated by a House subcommittee.
This adds substance to the interview with a second Saddam general confirming his WMD posession, as noted here less than an hour ago.
Congratulations to ABC News for making this decision.
Thomas Lifson 2 15 06
Lorie Byrd at Polipundit has been all over this story for quite some time. She has listened to the tapes on the ABC webiste and supplies the following interpretation:
In the beginning of the tape, Saddam says terrorist attacks are coming to the US but they won't be from Iraq. Tariq Aziz then tells him that it would not be hard to set off a nuclear, chemical or bio weapon in Washington. There is then some discussion to the effect that anyone could do such a thing and it could be argued, says ABC's Ross, that this could be interpreted as Saddam saying he fears Iraq would be blamed for such an attack. The second part of the tape includes discussion about how quickly Iraq could reconstitute their WMD capability. Dulfer was interviewed for the piece and he said it does not prove that Iraq had WMD, but it shows that Saddam was a master of deception with the intention of acquiring and using WMD.
In my opinion, when these tapes are added to the information we were getting from everywhere that Saddam had WMD and the intent to use it, it makes it difficult for me to imagine how any reasonable person could have ignored the threat Saddam posed.
Lorie also supplies the following sage guidline:
For those wondering how likely it is that this is a genuine smoking gun, I know one way to get some indication: listen to how many references congressional Democrats make to Bush lying about WMD.
Other than Rev. Lowrey at the Scott funeral last week, I have not heard nearly as much WMD/Bush lied rhetoric as usual and since Lowrey is not an elected Democrat it is entirely likely that he did not get the memo about these tapes. For an even better indicator, listen for any hedging from Democrats. For example, if you hear anyone trying to backtrack on their Bush lied statements, you will know there is something to this.