New indications of Saddam Hussein’s government attempting to procure nuclear weapons have been revealed. Coming directly from the findings of former weapons inspector David Albright, Saddam attempted to purchase a practical nuclear weapons kit from Pakistan’s nuclear scientist AQ Khan.
At the time of the 1990 offer, Iraq was embarked in a crash program to develop nuclear weapons in the face of a threatened U.S.-led attack over its occupation of Kuwait. By that date, Iraqi scientists had acquired a limited amount of weapons-grade enriched uranium but lacked several key components, including a workable design for a small nuclear warhead.
But then again, we were told that this is all our fault and that Saddam wouldn’t try to make WMD.
Note From Ryan Mauro: This actually doesn’t support the case for Operation Iraqi Freedom. It’s always been known that Saddam had a nuclear weapons program, and then he was suspected of restarting it in the 1990s AFTER the Gulf War. This item refers to the previous program that is without dispute.