Skip to comments.NATO memo says Iraq planning preemptive strike with missiles near Kuwait
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 ...
(%)Luminance compared to a Full Moon
(Starlight alone is 1/2 of 1% of a Full Moon)
Nighttime TOTAL BLACKOUT period
( + ) hours AFTER sunset when Moon is behind the Earth, OR
( - ) 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
very high in the sky until after daybreak)
We are now beginning a prime nighttime 'opportunity' - SEVEN nights in a row with NO MOON or virtually no moon all night long.
Tonight, when it next gets dark, there will be over 11 hours of PITCH DARKNESS. The moon will be just a tiny sliver, and it will appear for only the first hour before sunrise. The intensity of that moon under ideal circumstances (like from South America at mid-day), would appear 3% as bright as a Full Moon.
But in Baghdad, in the hour before sunrise, it will only barely be noticeable on the horizon, and will be less than ONE PERCENT of the brightness of a Full Moon. That, plus it will be washed out by dawn's early light.
So this period will have 'virtually' NO Moon ALL night long.
Then, the next FOUR consecutive nights will be a TOTAL BLACKOUT by anyone's definition, because the moon will be behind the Earth ALL NIGHT LONG. [The moon rises and sets in 10.5 hours, but the winter nights are still 12.5 hours long] The four dates are shown as Feb 28, Mar 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.
Then, the next two nights: March 4th/5th, and 5th/6th, will be like tonight, except in reverse. The tiny crescents on those nights will be barely noticable in the dusk of SUNSET. Those tiny crescents will be followed by undisturbed pitch blackness ALL NIGHT long.
|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.
|Tomorrow night: A few clouds. Low 41F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.|
|Saturday: Partial sunshine. Highs in the low 60s and lows in the low 30s.|
|Sunday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the low 30s.|
|Monday: Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 60s and lows in the low 40s.|
|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.|
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.
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.
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 theywhich is why this "classified" memo could now be leaked to Gertz.
this should be itallics
this should be bold
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?
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 .....