Access Denied wrote:Chorlton wrote:Dont say anything about all the poisin gas, guns, weapons, arms etc that that nice Mr Rumsfeld sold to Saddam Hussein?
Errr I don't know about the WMD part...
Got a credible source for that?
From the same Wiki article, AD. The 'Official Statistics are barely believable.
Was Ollie North still around?
The United States did not supply any arms to Iraq until 1982, when Iran's growing military success alarmed American policymakers. It then did so every year until 1988. Although most other countries never hesitated to sell military hardware directly to Saddam Hussein's regime, the United States, equally keen to protect its interests in the region, adopted a more subtle approach. Howard Teicher served on the National Security Council as director of Political-Military Affairs. According to his 1995 affidavit and other interviews with former Regan and Bush administration officials, the Central Intelligence Agency secretly directed armaments and high-tech components to Iraq through false fronts and friendly third parties such as Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Kuwait, and they quietly encouraged rogue arms dealers and other Private military companies to do the same:
"The CIA, including both CIA Director Casey and Deputy Director Gates, knew of, approved of, and assisted in the sale of non-U.S. origin military weapons, ammunition and vehicles to Iraq. My notes, memoranda and other documents in my NSC files show or tend to show that the CIA knew of, approved of, and assisted in the sale of non-U.S. origin military weapons, munitions and vehicles to Iraq."
The full extent of these hidden transfers is not yet known. Teicher's files on the subject are held securely at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and many other Reagan era documents that could help shine new light on the subject remain classified.
This is also interesting
http://www.iranchamber.com/history/arti ... g_iraq.php
Ive always considered it the unwritten policy of the US and UK to keep the Middle East unstable, so as to be able to use it as an excuse to go in. However, in Iraq the US now has the biggest Embassy in the world which, I suspect, will pretty soon (if not already) be fitted out with THE most up to date Sigint technology anywhere, so asto be able to peek upon Iraq's neighbours.
[Mod Edit: relevant quote from unrelated thread added]