Thursday, September 09, 2010

The Truth About Iraq

Saddam Hussein may 'not' have had all the WMD we thought he had, but - if left in power he would have had Nukes with in a Year.

By de Andréa

Have you ever wondered why Saddam Hussein, if he had no WMD, wouldn’t let the inspectors do their job? Well… here’s why !!!

As Obama drew down the troops in Iraq, and showing that their usual short sightedness and that the left wing bias takes precedence over truth, the liberal media was declaring the war pointless and a waste of American lives.

“Sure, you know, violence is down from its peak during the civil war, but does anybody really think that the lives of Iraqis are all that much better?” Rajiv Chandrasekaran, national editor of The Washington Post, said to Chris Matthews on MSNBC.

“If there had been no invasion, Saddam [Hussein] would still be in power,” Richard Engel of NBC said on the Today show. “He was probably getting more moderate . . . He was heading in a direction of accommodation.”

Murder and torture
In his speech on ending the war, President Obama expressed the same muddled concept of what the war achieved…or didn’t achieve. His administration decries Arizona’s effort to arrest illegal immigrants as human rights violations while ignoring the fact that Saddam killed 300,000 people, he used chemical weapons, and tortured his own people.

Because of Saddam’s removal, Iraqis no longer undergo torture by having electric prods attached to their genitals or by being given acid baths or by being put through debris chippers feet first. They no longer have holes drilled into their ankles and skulls. They are not left naked in refrigerators for days. They do not have their tongues cut out and their ears cut off. They are not forced to watch their wives sisters and children being gang raped.

The nuclear threat
In seven months of secret debriefings after his capture, Saddam admitted that he faked having weapons of mass destruction when he was in power but had planned on developing a new weapons of mass destruction program with nuclear capability within a year.

Saddam made the admissions in videotaped interviews with George L. Piro, an FBI agent who with the CIA’s approval was assigned by the FBI to try to develop the former dictator’s cooperation.

In his book “The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to the Next Attack,” Piro described the debriefings, which the alphabet soup media had never previously revealed to the public.

When the Arabic-speaking Piro arrived in Baghdad during the first week of 2004, he said, “he had no idea if Saddam would even say hello to him much less reveal his thinking about the invasion of Iraq, his role in ordering 300,000 people killed, thousands tortured, and whether he had weapons of mass destruction.” But with some ingenuity, Piro managed to develop Saddam’s trust.

Saddam’s interrogation
Piro found that Saddam had a fondness for baby wipes, the disposable moist cloths used when changing a baby’s diaper. If Saddam had enough baby wipes, he would use them to clean food like apples before he ate them.

Piro realized that, as a way of manipulating him, he could control how many baby wipes Saddam received.

Saddam confided to Piro why he had no weapons of mass destruction but pretended he did. Saddam said that because of the war of attrition he had with Iran, Iran always remained a threat to him. And if Iran thought he had serious WMD, it would be reluctant to engage him again. Moreover, if the U.S. said that he had WMD, Iran would believe it.

So every time inspectors came, Saddam gave them the runaround, reinforcing for Iran’s benefit, the notion that he had WMD. And that explains why, if there were no WMD, he acted as if he did have them.

Saddam aspired to develop a nuclear capability in an incremental fashion. Aided by his payoffs and bribes to key European officials, he thought that sanctions would be lifted within a year or so. He figured he could then recreate Iraq’s WMD capability, which had been essentially destroyed in 1991.

“His goal was to have the sanctions lifted,” Piro said. And they likely would have been lifted if it were not for 9/11. Even the United Nations changed after 9/11. So Saddam was on the right track. His plan to have sanctions lifted was working. But Saddam said, “I miscalculated the long-term effects of 9/11 'and' - I underestimated President Bush”.

Months before the invasion, Saddam came to realize that war was “inevitable,” Piro said. So as a delaying tactic, he told Piro, he announced in September 2002 that he would allow weapons inspectors to return but stipulated that eight presidential compounds would be off limits.

When Piro asked Saddam if he ever consider coming clean with the U.S. and demonstrating that he did not have WMD? Piro said, “He didn’t give me the answer to that, but I can tell you he wouldn’t have done that because that would have weakened him in the eyes of Iran”.

Ironically, in view of anti-American feelings overseas and from within the U.S. over the invasion of Iraq, Saddam told Piro that he admired America and especially Americans. Muslims respect strength but see benevolence as a sign of weakness.

THE BOTTOM LINE; Predictably, the mainstream media largely ignored the truth of Saddam’s admitted plans to pursue nuclear weapons. But, contrary to the view of the liberal biased Bush hating media, Americans can be proud of what we achieved in Iraq and grateful to Bush and the military for taking Saddam out. To bad Bush isn’t here to take Ahmadinejad out…

de Andréa

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