Peters on Iraq Chem Weapons Report: 'Pre-Election Political Stunt to Help Obama'
In a new report, The New York Times claims the Pentagon withheld information on chemical weapons in Iraq. The report alleges that U.S. and Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered the dangerous materials - left over from the Iran-Iraq War in the 80s - and in some cases, were wounded by the munitions.
Jennifer Griffin reported (video above) this morning on the new information, calling the story "complicated and well-researched."
She explained that the existence of the chemical weapons is not new information, but the fact that U.S. soldiers came into contact with the materials is a new revelation.
It's also alleged that soldiers were told to keep quiet about their exposure to the decaying weapons.
The Pentagon said today that it "made public its discovery of these munitions as far back as 2006 and acknowledged the likelihood that more could be found."
Griffin emphasized that these chemical weapons are not the supposed WMDs that were used as a justification for invading Iraq in 2003.
Fox News strategic analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters called the new report "a political stunt" this morning in an interview with Bill Hemmer.
Peters said the article does contain some good reporting, but overall he argued there is a lot "connecting dots that don't connect."
"It looks like this time, the [Times] news staff got co-opted by the editorial impulse to protect Obama," he said, arguing that the situation "is not the huge scandal the New York Times is portraying it as."
Peters suggested that the report is a pre-election attempt by the Times to distract from President Obama's "screw-ups," on Ebola, ISIS and Ukraine.
Peters said the threat of these weapons getting into the hands of ISIS is "very small."
Watch Peters' full analysis below: