Diana West

I wasn't going to write about the non-release or the release of John Kerry's military record. While intriguing to be sure, this mystery -- why it is that a presidential candidate who has focused the nation's attention on his military record didn't long ago release every scrap of official documentation corroborating that record -- dims next to more urgent questions of the day. For example, most of my brain is still trying to wrap itself around the unwieldy fact that the United Nations is touted as the savior of Iraqi democracy even as its multibillion-dollar Oil-for-Food relief program is being investigated as a pit of Iraqi fraud and international corruption. How could this be? I don't get it.

There are other questions in urgent need of answers. One concerns the Al Qaeda plot foiled in Jordan earlier this month. Described as an attempt to kill thousands in simultaneous chemical attacks on government buildings and foreign diplomatic missions (including the U.S. embassy) in Amman, the attack was thwarted when Jordanian officials arrested "suspected militants" who had crossed into Jordan from Syria with a mega-haul of explosives, detonators and poison gas.

Is it just me, or does this weaponry arriving via Syria -- explosives, detonators and poison gas -- sound like those fabled weapons of mass destruction? As NewsMax.com has noted in connection with this incident, former Iraq Survey Group chief David Kay named Syria as a likely repository for Iraq's missing WMD. "We know from some of the interrogations of former Iraqi officials that a lot of material went to Syria before the war, including some components of Saddam's WMD programs," Kay told the London Telegraph in January. I wonder: Did these Al Qaeda chemical bombs come from Syrian "components" of Iraq's WMD programs?


Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).