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NATO memo says Iraq planning preemptive strike with missiles near Kuwait
Geostrategy-direct ^ | March 4, 2003 | Bill Gertz

Posted on 02/26/2003 7:05:50 PM PST by Mossad1967

A classified memorandum from NATO Secretary General George Robertson states that Iraqi military forces have moved missiles close to Kuwait.

The memo said NATO intelligence indicated Iraq could use the missiles near Kuwait to conduct a preemptive attack in advance of U.S. military action.

"Today's (NATO) intelligence reporting ... shows that Saddam has moved CBW-capable ballistic missiles close to the Kuwait border," Robertson stated in the memo, which was first reported by Belgian state television.

The NATO secretary general asked in the memo why Iraq would move the missiles to a position where they can be attacked. "There can be only one reason: that Saddam is planning to use these weapons preemptively," he stated.

"He is giving himself the choice of using them or losing them. I have no doubt which he will choose," Robertson said in the memo marked "NATO Confidential." The memo was derived from speaking notes of a NATO meeting of ambassadors Feb. 12.

(Excerpt) Read more at geostrategy-direct.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: geostrategy

1 posted on 02/26/2003 7:05:50 PM PST by Mossad1967
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To: Mossad1967
February 2003
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      ( - ) hours BEFORE sunRISE when Moon behind the Earth

(Times not adjusted for 25 minutes of civil twilight after sunset or before dawn)
(Luminance figures are approximate based on an average lunar cycle. Figures
are even less when the moon is lower in the sky ... and crescent moons don't get
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      Last Updated Thursday, February 27, at 5:47 AM Local Time (Wednesday 9:47 PM EST)
Today: Partly cloudy. High 61F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Some clouds. Low 41F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Tomorrow: Sunshine along with some passing clouds. High 64F. Winds NNW
at 5 to 10 mph.
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Tuesday: Partial sunshine. Highs in the mid 70s and lows in the upper 40s.
Wednesday: Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 80s
and lows in the upper 40s.
Thursday: Partial sunshine. Highs in the upper 80s
and lows in the mid 50s.
Friday: A few thunderstorms possible. Highs in the low 70s and lows
in the low 50s.
Saturday: Partial sunshine. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the low 40s.
For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use.

Advice to Saddam: Better put some ice on that.


2 posted on 02/26/2003 7:14:02 PM PST by Future Useless Eater
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To: FL_engineer
Howdy local! I agree, but March 3, UTC will be the ideal time. The markets will be shocked as well as numbnuts. So let's go W, let my friends and comrades rock and roll!!!!
3 posted on 02/26/2003 7:15:52 PM PST by Beck_isright (going to war without the French is like duck hunting without an accordian)
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To: Mossad1967
Yup! So go attack before he does attack.

Looks like Middle East 1967 situation a Mossad? :)

Israel was so sure that the Arabs will attack so it did a preemtive attack it self one morning.

4 posted on 02/26/2003 7:17:36 PM PST by bobi
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To: Beck_isright
March 3 is my birthday.
5 posted on 02/26/2003 7:18:44 PM PST by Woodstock
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To: Woodstock
happy birthday.


6 posted on 02/26/2003 7:21:26 PM PST by glock rocks (God bless America)
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To: Beck_isright
I wouldn't count on it friday or saturday - that's right around payday... ;0)
7 posted on 02/26/2003 7:22:42 PM PST by Chad Fairbanks (There's no mushroom cloud with rock ín roll. No skin things happening years later, at least I hope.)
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To: Mossad1967
No surprises here.
8 posted on 02/26/2003 7:23:23 PM PST by Scott from the Left Coast (HHE)
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To: Mossad1967
Alas, Saddam is not stupid enough to launch a premptive strike against Kuwait. Were he to do so, the entire international political dynamic would shift.
9 posted on 02/26/2003 7:26:20 PM PST by Tacis
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To: Woodstock
My son's birthday is March 3rd also. Next week it will be 03-03-03. Happy Birthday early!!!
10 posted on 02/26/2003 7:29:11 PM PST by AUsome Joy
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To: Mossad1967
Would those be the missiles that don't exist?
11 posted on 02/26/2003 7:35:10 PM PST by ET(end tyranny)
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To: AUsome Joy
03-03-03 sounds good, on the count of three.......boom. However, I like 03-04 March 4 (forth)
12 posted on 02/26/2003 7:40:49 PM PST by jonsie
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To: Mossad1967
No way would Saddam strike first. He has a large supporting of international useful idiots -- that might just save him to kill again. Once he pulls the trigger he is a dead man. Won't happen.
13 posted on 02/26/2003 7:44:18 PM PST by jlogajan
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To: Tacis
Saddam is not stupid enough to launch a premptive strike against Kuwait

He doesn't have to "launch". All missile systems require clearly detectable preparation to launch. Involved, obvious preparation in the case of liquid fueled rockets and less, but dectectable, activity for solid fuel systems.

Should Iraq initiate that preparation the US will respond with force protection measures. The results will be a political headache for the US. We will be forced to preemptively attack and will not be prepared to sustain these activities beyond the destruction of the offending missiles. The start of a war and no war.

This posturing works in Iraq's favor. Yes he loses the missiles but creates a fuss for the US in the on going political battle at the UN.

14 posted on 02/26/2003 7:46:44 PM PST by Amerigomag
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To: FL_engineer
February 2003?

Jammer
15 posted on 02/26/2003 7:47:53 PM PST by JamminJAY (This space for rent)
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To: Mossad1967
For the 1,000,000 time!!!! Let's freakin' roll!!!!

This he said, she said...France does'nt want it, germany's not sure...screw them. Let's just go LIBERATE IRAQ!!! Damnit!
16 posted on 02/26/2003 7:49:51 PM PST by Shaka
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To: FL_engineer
Great post! Thanks.
17 posted on 02/26/2003 7:52:35 PM PST by Jeff Chandler ( ;)
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To: Shaka
You got it let's go,go,go, now,now,now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
18 posted on 02/26/2003 7:58:18 PM PST by Empireoftheatom48 (Let's get this war on already !!)
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To: FL_engineer
Outstanding compilation, kudos!
19 posted on 02/26/2003 8:03:40 PM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: jlogajan
he's a dead man anyhow. what to lose?
20 posted on 02/26/2003 8:08:37 PM PST by glock rocks (honest, i took my meds.)
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To: Mossad1967
similar story: Leaked memo attacks NATO trio
21 posted on 02/26/2003 8:09:03 PM PST by knak (kelly in alaska)
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To: Amerigomag
Saddam is not stupid enough to launch a premptive strike against Kuwait

Yes he is.
22 posted on 02/26/2003 8:11:36 PM PST by Ethyl
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To: Mossad1967
If he uses those missiles won't they be destroyed as they hit their tagets just as requested by Blix?
23 posted on 02/26/2003 8:16:59 PM PST by fella
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To: ET(end tyranny)
"Would those be the missiles that don't exist?"

Actually, they probably don't exist anymore. The article says the information came from a Feb. 12 meeting. Earlier this week, US planes destroyed surface-to-surface missiles in the southern no-fly zone near Kuwait. I expect these were they—which is why this "classified" memo could now be leaked to Gertz.

24 posted on 02/26/2003 8:23:48 PM PST by Fabozz
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To: Mossad1967
classified memorandum

Yeah, right....

25 posted on 02/26/2003 8:29:05 PM PST by TheBattman
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To: TheBattman
Where is the html? MY post should have had itallics and bold in it....the tags don't show up, so they obviously are recognized - but no action...???

Test
this should be itallics
this should be bold

26 posted on 02/26/2003 8:31:21 PM PST by TheBattman
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To: Woodstock
Happy early Birthday!

But my 86 year old Aunt's birthday is February 27 and she wants to bomb Saddam for her birthday.

But getting the Turks to vote to let us offload our troops and tanks is going to have to be Birthday present enough.

Unless....all that stalling by Turkey was disinformation/collusion and our stuff is actually already there and ready to go?

27 posted on 02/26/2003 8:36:07 PM PST by patriciaruth
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To: Mossad1967
Bombs Away. Let loose the dogs of war.
28 posted on 02/26/2003 8:52:47 PM PST by ping jockey (Bite me Allah)
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To: Mossad1967
I move we take them out asap.
29 posted on 02/26/2003 9:49:03 PM PST by illumini
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To: Chad Fairbanks
LOL, March 3 UTC is Sunday...and who cares about the NBA??? Nothing means squat until baseball starts and the NFL Draft and do you think Mr W would dare to interefere with either? I thinkist not!!??!?!?!!?!?
30 posted on 02/26/2003 9:49:28 PM PST by Beck_isright (going to war without the French is like duck hunting without an accordian)
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To: ping jockey
Good Morning Bagdad
31 posted on 02/26/2003 9:50:32 PM PST by BulletBobCo
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To: Ethyl
Remember how Hitler staged "Poland invading Germany" to start WWII. Saddam's useful idiots would believe such.
32 posted on 02/26/2003 10:51:32 PM PST by JohnBovenmyer
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To: Tacis
I agree. Besides, a "confidential" memo would never get out.
33 posted on 02/26/2003 11:37:05 PM PST by whadizit
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Attack on Iraq Betting Pool
34 posted on 02/27/2003 4:45:55 AM PST by Momaw Nadon
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To: CholeraJoe
See #2.



The Hour draws nigh........
35 posted on 02/27/2003 8:03:41 AM PST by hobbes1
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To: hobbes1
For a while, I bought into the moon deal. Lately, I don't think it matters as much. We go when we're ready, period.
36 posted on 02/27/2003 8:16:34 AM PST by CholeraJoe
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To: CholeraJoe
You know, the odd thing is 3 other circumstances that are coinciding....

1. High level Turkey Officials announce agreement w/U.S. which the U.S. quickly denies then Turkey backtracks.

2.Blix hands in his report 3 days early which will show that Soddam Insane is not co operating.

3. Saddam Today agrees to dismantle missles, which follows the pattern from the first Gulf War .....

37 posted on 02/27/2003 8:47:15 AM PST by hobbes1
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To: hobbes1
Reminds me of the OK Corral Scene in "Tombstone" where DOC winks and the bad guy pulls out his gun and the fighting beings...we need an special ops guy to "wink" from their missile sight!
38 posted on 02/27/2003 9:08:39 AM PST by princess leah
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To: hobbes1
Reminds me of the OK Corral Scene in "Tombstone" where DOC winks and the bad guy pulls out his gun and the fighting beings...we need an special ops guy to "wink" from their missile sight!
39 posted on 02/27/2003 9:11:38 AM PST by princess leah
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