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February 20, 2004
Libya Able To Create Weapons-Grade Plutonium

Far from taking advantage of Bush's need for a PR win and surrendering a useless WMD program, the UN has discovered that Libya successfully manufactured small amounts of weapons-grade plutonium:

Libya succeeded in making weapons-grade plutonium before announcing it would abandon its efforts to build a nuclear bomb, United Nations inspectors said yesterday. ... Libya's nuclear experiments included the separation of plutonium, albeit "in very small quantities", it said.

Anyone doubting Libya's earlier intentions now? If we had not shown the fortitude necessary to chase Saddam into a hole in the ground -- and then drag him out of it -- Ghadafi would still deny the existence of his programs and wait the West out on sanctions. Only after we demonstrated that our passive security policy had passed unmourned into history did Ghadafi calculate his risk-to-benefit ratio and come clean with the West. Only after we showed that we finally now mean what we say did Iran agree to IAEA inspections, which yesterday led to a find of undeclared nuclear centrifuges on an Iranian Air Force base.

And now, in November, Americans will be given the choice to return to an old policy of "law enforcement" -- waiting for the terrorists to strike before taking action -- and consultation paralysis with recalcitrant and corrupt allies, or to stay the course with the first security policy against terrorism that has actually made the world safer for Americans and everyone else. You can forget the (improved) economy and social programs -- that's the choice we all have to make.

What's it going to be?

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at February 20, 2004 10:36 PM

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