But that info was kept from the American public, until now.
I could tell the reason why that happened with two words--Karl Rove, and Eli Lake confirms it at The Daily Beast (h/t Mark Levin Radio Show).
Starting in 2004, some members of the George W. Bush administration and Republican lawmakers began to find evidence of discarded chemical weapons in Iraq. But when the information was brought up with the White House, senior adviser Karl Rove told them to ‘let these sleeping dogs lie.’
The issue of Iraq’s WMD remnant was suddenly thrust back into the fore this week, with a blockbuster New York Times report accusing the Bush administration of covering up American troops’ chemically-induced wounds.
To people familiar with the issue, both inside that administration and without, the blame for the cover up falls on one particular set of shoulders: Rove’s.
From the perspective of Rick Santorum, a Republican senator from Pennsylvania who lost his seat in 2006, some of the weapons of mass destruction President Bush promised would be in Iraq before the 2003 invasion of the country began turning up as early as 2004.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, former Senator Rick Santorum said he and his staff began receiving photographs of discarded Sarin and Mustard shells from U.S. soldiers in 2004. Two years later, when he was up for re-election, Santorum even went public with some of this information in a press conference disclosing a Pentagon report that found 500 chemical weapons shells had been found in Iraq.
One might think a politically vulnerable Bush White House would’ve seized on Santorum’s discovery. After all, Bush and his subordinates famously accused Iraq of having active weapons of mass destruction programs.
But at least in 2005 and 2006 the Bush White House wasn’t interested. “We don’t want to look back,” Santorum recalled Rove as saying (though Santorum stressed he was not quoting verbatim conversations he had more than eight years ago). “I will say that the gist of the comments from the president’s senior people was 'we don’t want to look back, we want to look forward.'”
Dave Wurmser—who served at the time as a senior adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney on national security issues —remembers receiving a similar message from Rove.
According to Wurmser, “in 2005-6, Karl Rove and his team blocked public disclosure of these (findings) and said ‘let these sleeping dogs lie; we have lost that fight so better not to remind anyone of it.’”
Rove declined to comment for this story.
...Santorum said that in 2005 he began raising the issue in 2005 with the White House himself. “I had discussions over a period of a year or two. Why aren’t we mentioning this? Why aren’t we doing anything on this?” he recalled. But Santorum later became so frustrated that by 2006, his message to the White House was: “I am going to do this [go public] whether you do it or not.”
One former senior White House official who requested anonymity confirmed that the White House had no interest in 2006 in re-engaging the public debate over weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. He said that other lawmakers had recommended Bush give a press conference with some of the discarded weapons wearing a protective suit.It is one thing to blame the "Party of Treason," the entire Democrat Party, including Obama, for the way they practiced what Joseph Goebbels said, ("Tell a lie over and over again and people will believe it.") in their slanderous allegation that there were no WMDs in Iraq and Bush lied to go to war...all for their own political gain and insulting our troops with some of the most vicious slurs in the process (Tiny Dick Turbin, "Hanoi" John Kerry, Jackoff Murtha). But right up there with them is Karl Rove, because he, for political purposes as well, did not fight back against the Democrats slanderous lies against our troops and their mission.
Neither did Rove, nor anyone else, fight back against the other lie about Playboy Joe Wilson's non-covert CIA wife's identity being leaked by the White House. That was done by Richard Armitage. But that was another liberal lie that Rove allowed the Democrats to get away with.
In that sense, Rove is just as guilty (if not more) as the entire Democrat Party in betraying our troops.
And what did Rove's brilliant strategery lead to? Voters believed the Democrat lies that Rove didn't fight against, and Rove, by default, became "the Architect" of the Democrat takeover of Congress in 2006, and Obama's win in 2008. Rove has attacked any worthwhile conservative who has dared to challenge his eunuch RINOs who are unable to seal the deal with the electorate, both in 2012 and thus far in 2014. He has attacked repeatedly an articulate conservative woman named Sarah Palin, just because she's not in his Ivy League pedigree.
I was already sick of Rove for his Tokyo Rose attitude toward conservatives, but this takes the cake, and is much worse. How many people lost limbs and lost loved ones, and saw their sacrificed degraded by sleazy politicos who were out for power, only to have Rove aid their treason by proxy?
If Karl Rove had any shame, he'd never appear on Fox News again and never show his face in public. Our troops deserve better than his betrayal of their mission.