KARBALA, Iraq (CNN) -- U.S. troops have found 11 mobile laboratories buried south of Baghdad that are capable of biological and chemical uses, a U.S. general said Monday.
There were no chemical or biological weapons with the containerized labs, which measure 20 feet square. But soldiers recovered "about 1,000 pounds" of documents from inside the labs, and the United States will examine those papers further, said Brig. Gen. Benjamin Freakley of the Army's 101st Airborne Division.
"Initial reports indicate that this is clearly a case of denial and deception on the part of the Iraqi government," Freakley told CNN's Ryan Chilcote. "These chemical labs are present, and now we just have to determine what in fact they were really being used for."
This is familiar stuff. 1. Nothing has actually been found except a lot of documents. 2. The announcement is in exactly the same format that was used to announce the WMDs that proved to be pesticides, the terror camp that proved not to exist (twice) and the massive chemical factory that proved to be making fertiliser. Lots of 'could haves' and might haves' and 'was capables' but no actual use of the indicative mood.
This cannot be a grammatical convention because we know from Gen Brooks' proclamation of the nonexistent fatwa that they can use the indicative mood when they must.
More to the point the Saddam tyranny no longer exists. The war party cannot have it both ways. Saddam was ready to use WMDs or he was not. His options to use WMDs have now passed. Has he used them or has he not?