The Daily Beast’s Eli Lake reports that the individual responsible for covering up the discovery of chemical weapons in Iraq in 2004 was Karl Rove.
Lake spoke to former Republican Senator Rick Santorum, who told him that his office started receiving photographs of discarded shells of sarin and mustard gas from United States military personnel in 2003 and 2004.
He approached the George W. Bush White House about using them in his reelection campaign, but was rebuffed because of what the New York Times alleges was an attempt to cover-up the chemical wounds being suffered by American troops.
“We don’t want to look back,” Santorum recalls Rove saying, careful to note that he is paraphrasing a conversation he had eight years previous. “I will say that the gist of the comments from the president’s senior people was ‘We don’t want to look back, we want to look forward.’”