While most have long given up on the theory that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is still a believer. Last night on Fox’s Hannity & Colmes, host Sean Hannity asked Romney whether he thought Iraq hid weapons of mass destruction in Syria prior to the invasion. “It’s entirely possible,” Romney said.
Syria did not hide WMD that Saddam Hussein did not have. In April 2005, amidst accusations by Dick Cheney that Hussein transfered weapons to Syria prior to the war, Charles Duelfer of the the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) published an addendum to the ISG’s report on pre-war intelligence explaining that Iraq did not ship weaponry to Syria:
On Syria, the report said that “no information gleaned from questioning Iraqis supported the possibility” that weapons were moved out of the country before the invasion, which was one theory about why no unconventional weapons were found. … Mr. Duelfer reported that his group, the Iraq Survey Group, believed “it was unlikely that an official transfer of W.M.D. material from Iraq to Syria took place.”
HANNITY: You have kind words for the president, considering the challenging times that we live in. Even though he has low approval ratings. You believe this was still the right thing. If you had to make the decision, based on what we know now, if you were the president there, do you think you would have done the same thing?
M. ROMNEY: Well, it’s almost a null set. Which is if we knew that Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction, and if he had complied with the United Nations resolutions to allow IAEA inspectors into his country, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. We wouldn’t have been having the U.N. sanction him. We wouldn’t have had the U.S. angry. So it’s kind of a null set. It’s impossible.
HANNITY: Am I the only one here thinking that in all the build- up to the war that those weapons of mass destruction got moved to Syria?
M. ROMNEY: It’s possible. It’s entirely possible.