Skip to comments.Wikileaks: WMD program existed in Iraq prior to US invasion
Posted on 12/07/2010 4:50:21 PM PST by LSUfan
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Yes, yes, it just couldn't have been a lone copier. It's obvious, because there were a bunch of guys up on top of this grassy knoll, you see, and there was a puff of smoke, and.....oops, wrong theory, sorry.
This is not a vindication of Bush. Bush has said many times that one of his great regrets was that the US forces did not find WMD’s. He, as much as anyone, has created the impression that there were no WMD’s in Iraq.
No, no, let’s first give him a medal for releasing the truth about the WMD and THEN hang him.
Maybe there’s more there and we just haven’t found them all.
If this is still supposed to be a secret and it’s release indicates the WMD’s are indeed there...
We could still see a huge insurgency of black market arms dealers invade Iraq and that will destablize the fragile situation that exists today. One would think they would sneak in and out, but those crazy nutjobs from Iran would or will potentially invade to get the weapons if they think they are still there. The truth is...we have little to no idea if we have them all and they are secured.
Bush didn’t say it in his book, because he couldn’t it was still a State Top Secret...get it.
Bush jumped the shark.....a FReeper told me so
That is very strange....hmmmm
Good repository on the WMD!
Guess Bushbots are in vogue again. W ratings are higher than 0, which is probably due to the doubters coming home.
Excellent and well done. Sorry to have missed it the first time.
Would someone please notify Colin Powell and Richard Armitage. Maybe Joe Wilson too.
Someone should mail this tip to drudge and fox.
I’m glad I am on this site to here from folks like you.
Thanks, I missed it.
Additionally, Wilson advised American-Turkish investment groups, making use of Turkish contacts he had cultivated while stationed at the US embassy in Iraq from 1988 to 1991 and while advising joint US-UK-Turkish covert operations in northern Iraq as part of his duties as political advisor to the United States European Command from 1995 to 1997. Wilsons Turkish clients notably included the American-Turkish Council (ATC), which is the US counterpart of the Turkey-based Turkish-U.S. Business Council (Turk-Amerikan IS Konseyi aka TAIK). TAIK operates under the secretariat of a group formed by leading Turkish corporations (Dis Ekonomik Iliskiler Kurulu aka DEIK, the Foreign Economics Relations Board) and supported by the Turkish government in an effort to advance Turkeys international economic relations. Towards this end the ATC has cultivated relations with US political figures through means such as an annual conference in Washington where board members visit members of Congress and the Administration. Former FBI agent Sibel Edmonds has recently alleged that while she was with the FBI the ATC was a target of corruption, criminal, and counterintelligence investigations, a charge the ATC denies. It was while accepting an ATC award during a reception at the Turkish embassy in Washington in early 1997 that Wilson met his future wife Valerie Plame.
According to Wilsons account, his negative views on neoconservative Iraq policy were shared by two fellow associates of the American-Turkish Council. The first was ATC chairman Brent Scowcroft. . .Scowcroft has lobbied for Pennzoil in relation to a project of interest to the ATC involving the Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC), a consortium of oil companies seeking to develop $8 billion of Caspian oil fields in the region north of Iraq near Turkey. Scowcroft has recently chaired the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) U.S. Middle East Project, directed by Palestinian advocate Henry Siegman, with Saudi Arabian Prince Bandar bin Sultan serving as Honorary Chair. . .
According to Wilson, he and Scowcroft became close through their work on the ATC, developing a relationship intimate enough that Wilsons book mentions Plame having a crush on Scowcroft. Wilson records that in the days following 9/11 he and Scrowcroft privately shared their concerns about what they perceived as increasing neoconservative influence on Bushs Middle Eastern and Iraq policy. . .
Wilson mentions that his and Scowcrofts views were also shared by another ATC associate, Turkish general Cevik Bir. Wilson had worked with Bir while he was advising the United States European Command on joint US-UK-Turkish operations in Iraq, and like the Turkish government Bir had been critical of US policy towards Iraq at that time. In May 2002 Bir and Wilson attended the ATCs annual conference and cochaired a symposium where they joined in opposing views on Iraq put forth by Richard Perle. . .
Many angles to this story I haven't followed up on since I wrote this. Others may have more recent information (ping to piasa).
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