Jonathan Hari of TNR bravely went undercover and joined a cruise hosted by the National Review. That is a heroic sacrifice on behalf of the Coalition of the Sane, and no amount of satire could do that lunacy justice. But Norman “the blood of GIs is better than Viagra” Podhoretz brought up that tired canard of the Delusional Right (italics mine):
“Aren’t you embarrassed by the absence of these weapons?” Buckley snaps at Podhoretz. He has just explained that he supported the war reluctantly, because Dick Cheney convinced him Saddam Hussein had WMD primed to be fired. “No,” Podhoretz replies. “As I say, they were shipped to Syria. During Gulf war one, the entire Iraqi air force was hidden in the deserts in Iran.”
So, I have a simple question: if Syria actually does have Iraqi WMDs, why haven’t the Israelis blown the shit out of them? They have launched massive air strikes over far less. They are loudly sounding the horn about Iran, but are keeping absolutely silent about Syria? If the Israelis aren’t concerned about Syrian-controlled WMDs, and they do tend to worry about these things just a wee bit more (e.g., Iran), then why are we?
I don’t think Podhoretz is smarter than Israeli intelligence, as error-prone as they can be.
a related point: The Iraqi air force wasn’t “hidden.” We observed them doing it (remotely). We knew Iraq had sent its planes to Iran. We didn’t see them move WMDs…because they weren’t there. This is the same kind of magical thinking creationists use.