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  • What I learned as a Car Czar

    06/01/2009 7:43:42 AM PDT · by SueRae · 9 replies · 875+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/1/09 | Ion Mihai Parcepa
    By ION MIHAI PACEPA They say history repeats itself. If you are like me and have lived two lives, you have a good chance of seeing the re-enactment with your own eyes. The current takeover of General Motors by the U.S. government and United Auto Workers makes me think back to Romania's catastrophic mismanagement of the car factories it built jointly with the French companies Renault and Citroen. I was Romania's car czar. When the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu decided in the mid-1960s that he wanted to have a car industry, he chose me to start the project rolling. In...
  • Obama's Naivete. Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?

    06/15/2008 5:15:57 PM PDT · by FocusNexus · 20 replies · 96+ views
    National Review ^ | June 12, 2008 | Ion Mihai Pacepa
    Finally, Barack Obama saw the light and broke with Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. It took him 20 years to realize that its leaders, its in-house publications, and even its guest preachers were anti-American. If elected president, he will not have so long a grace period to make his decisions. Another vulnerable point for Senator Obama is his changing policy toward Cuba. A few days ago he announced that, if elected president, he would promote a much friendlier policy toward that country. It was a rousing speech. Even Fidel Castro rose from his sickbed to praise this oration by...
  • When an Evil Empire Returns--The Cold War: It’s back.

    06/23/2006 5:39:42 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies · 1,983+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 6-23-06 | Jamie Glazov
    Symposium: When an Evil Empire Returns By Jamie GlazovFrontPageMagazine.com | June 23, 2006  The Cold War is back. Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB agent, is leading his country back into the dark ages of Soviet totalitarianism and instigating a global confrontation between Russia and the United States -- as well as between Russia and the West as a whole. The Russian President has consistently rolled back democratic freedoms. And he is proving that the genie can be placed back into the bottle: he has centralized authority and suffocated dissent in the media and in the nation at large. Reformers making efforts to build...
  • Propaganda Redux The left is abetting America's enemies..

    08/07/2007 6:40:55 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 25 replies · 811+ views
    Opinion Journal.com ^ | August 7, 2007 | ION MIHAI PACEPA
    Propaganda Redux Take it from this old KGB hand: The left is abetting America's enemies with its intemperate attacks on President Bush. BY ION MIHAI PACEPA Tuesday, August 7, 2007 12:01 a.m. During last week's two-day summit, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown thanked President Bush for leading the global war on terror. Mr. Brown acknowledged "the debt the world owes to the U.S. for its leadership in this fight against international terrorism" and vowed to follow Winston Churchill's lead and make Britain's ties with America even stronger. Mr. Brown's statements elicited anger from many of Mr. Bush's domestic detractors, who...
  • Tyrants and the Bomb...(Blame Bush’s unwillingness to bribe North Korea’s playboy despot ????)

    10/17/2006 5:05:27 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 3 replies · 506+ views
    NRO ^ | October 17, 2006 | Ion Mihai Pacepa
    The detonation of a nuclear device by North Korea’s tyrant is an apocalyptic event calling for America’s unity against one of her most indoctrinated foes. “Let’s exterminate our sworn enemy U.S. imperialism!” reads a slogan posted inside North Korean jet cockpits, sailor’s cabins, and army guard posts. Instead, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid called for an investigation of the Bush administration’s “failed North Korea policies.” I once belonged to the sanctum sanctorum of the impregnable citadel of Communist nuclear intrigue, and I have hard reasons to believe that no atomic diplomacy on earth could have stopped Kim Jong Il from...
  • Russian Footprints What does Moscow have to do with the recent war in Lebanon?

    08/24/2006 7:29:26 AM PDT · by Kozak · 54 replies · 1,695+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 24, 2006, 6:55 a.m. | Ion Mihai Pacepa
    The Kremlin may be the main winner in the Lebanon war. Israel has been attacked with Soviet Kalashnikovs and Katyushas, Russian Fajr-1 and Fajr-3 rockets, Russian AT-5 Spandrel antitank missiles and Kornet antitank rockets. Russia’s outmoded weapons are now all the rage with terrorists everywhere in the world, and the bad guys know exactly where to get them. The weapons cases abandoned by Hezbollah were marked: “Customer: Ministry of Defense of Syria. Supplier: KBP, Tula, Russia.” Today’s international terrorism was conceived at the Lubyanka, the headquarters of the KGB, in the aftermath of the1967 Six-Day War in the Middle East....
  • Saddam And WMD: Russia's Role

    03/07/2006 8:22:45 AM PST · by Isara · 50 replies · 1,473+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 3/7/2006 | Editor
    ..frenzy over the Katrina tapes stands in stark contrast to..disinterest of Democrats and the media in the Saddam tapes showing Iraq had WMD and Bush didn't lie....just before Operation Iraqi Freedom both Israeli intelligence and U.S. satellite surveillance detected large amounts of military material moving from Iraq to Syria....not a panicked move...it was a well-planned operation conducted with the assistance of Russia, to which Iraq was $8 billion in debt, much of it for weapons. Russia was worried about what coalition forces might find.According to John Shaw, former deputy undersecretary for international technology security, the WMD were moved out of...
  • FLASHBACK: "Russia Hid Saddam's WMDs" (Washington Times, 10/2/03)

    11/16/2005 10:51:27 PM PST · by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard · 48 replies · 1,277+ views
    The Washington Times (via FrontPageMag) ^ | October 2, 2003 | Ion Mihai Pacepa
    On March 20, Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the U.S.-led "aggression" against Iraq as "unwarranted" and "unjustifiable." Three days later, Pravda said that an anonymous Russian "military expert" was predicting that the United States would fabricate finding Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov immediately started plying the idea abroad, and it has taken hold around the world ever since. As a former Romanian spy chief who used to take orders from the Soviet KGB, it is perfectly obvious to me that Russia is behind the evanescence of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. After all, Russia...
  • Bolton’s Bravery -The president’s choice is exactly what the U.N. needs.

    06/16/2005 5:56:35 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 9 replies · 883+ views
    NRO ^ | 6/16/05 | Ion Mihai Pacepa
    I know the United Nations like the back of my hand. And I have good reasons to believe we badly need a tough guy like John Bolton to handle the rudderless bureaucracy that has turned against the very country that wrote the logo of its Charter: “We the People of the United Nations.” I spent two decades of my other life as a Communist spy chief, struggling to transform the U.N. into a kind of international socialist republic. The Communist bloc threw millions of dollars and thousands of people into that gigantic project. According to the U.S. Senate Select Committee...
  • Ana Pauker's Romanian legacy (How Ion Pacepa got the shaft from Romania's "former" Communists)

    02/03/2005 5:51:22 PM PST · by TapTheSource · 8 replies · 820+ views
    Washington Times ^ | January 11, | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    Ana Pauker's Romanian legacy By Arnaud de Borchgrave UPI Editor at Large Washington, DC, Jan. 11 (UPI) Personally trained by Stalin, Ana Pauker, Romania's Communist tyrant, had earned her spurs the only way the Soviet tyrant trusted. She denounced her own Communist husband, who was shipped to Siberia to die in the gulag. This was Pauker's ticket to ride a Soviet tank into "liberated" Bucharest in 1944, where she replaced the recently departed Nazi Gauleiter for Romania. The personification of Communist evil, Pauker got her just desserts shortly before Stalin's death in 1953. After supervising the rigged "purge" trials of...
  • No Peter the Great (Putin Raises a Glass to Lenin, Stalin, Andropov).

    11/01/2004 4:34:15 PM PST · by TapTheSource · 98 replies · 1,367+ views
    September 20, 2004, 8:14 a.m. No Peter the Great Vladimir Putin is in the Andropov mold. By Ion Mihai Pacepa Vladimir Putin looks more and more like a heavy-handed imitation of Yuri Andropov — does anyone still remember him? Andropov was that other KGB chairman who rose all the way up to the Kremlin throne, and who was also once my de facto boss. Considering that Putin has inherited upwards of 6,000 suspected strategic nuclear weapons, this is frightening news. Former KGB officers are now running Russia's government, just as they did during Andropov's reign, and the Kremlin's image —...
  • Symposium: The Terror War: How We Can Win

    11/15/2004 7:39:10 AM PST · by Valin · 7 replies · 482+ views
    Frontpage ^ | 11/15/04 | Jamie Glazov
    The Bush administration has now entered its second term in office. What strategies must it now renew -- or pursue -- to sow the seeds for victory in the War on Terror? Frontpage Symposium has assembled a distnguished all-star panel to discuss this question. Our guests today are: Walter Laqueur, the former director of the Institute of Contemporary History in London. He is the author of some of the basic texts on terrorism, most recently Voices of Terror (Reed Publishing, 2004); Ion Mihai Pacepa, the former acting chief of Communist Romania’s espionage service, whose book Red Horizons was republished in...
  • Russia Hid Saddam's WMDs

    10/27/2004 8:53:03 PM PDT · by njtopa · 16 replies · 1,306+ views
    Washington Times via FrontPageMag.com ^ | October 2, 2003 | Ion Mihai Pacepa
    On March 20, Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the U.S.-led "aggression" against Iraq as "unwarranted" and "unjustifiable." Three days later, Pravda said that an anonymous Russian "military expert" was predicting that the United States would fabricate finding Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov immediately started plying the idea abroad, and it has taken hold around the world ever since. As a former Romanian spy chief who used to take orders from the Soviet KGB, it is perfectly obvious to me that Russia is behind the evanescence of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. After all, Russia...
  • Kerry’s Soviet Rhetoric (Re-Post for an important read)

    10/16/2004 5:29:44 AM PDT · by bad company · 16 replies · 559+ views
    national review ^ | February 26, 2004, | By Ion Mihai Pacepa
    Part of Senator John Kerry's appeal to a certain segment of Americans is his Vietnam-veteran status coupled with his antiwar activism during that period. On April 12, 1971, Kerry told the U.S. Congress that American soldiers claimed to him that they had, "raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned on the power, cut off limbs, blew up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan."
  • From Russia With Terror

    09/24/2004 3:05:35 PM PDT · by garfab · 6 replies · 932+ views
    Front Page Mag ^ | March 1, 2004 | Jamie Glazov
    only part of the story but it explains a lot!! http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=12387
  • No Peter the Great

    09/20/2004 4:10:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 233 replies · 2,760+ views
    NRO ^ | September 20, 2004 | Ion Mihai Pacepa
    E-mail Author Send to a Friend <% printurl = Request.ServerVariables("URL")%> Print Version September 20, 2004, 8:14 a.m. No Peter the GreatVladimir Putin is in the Andropov mold. By Ion Mihai Pacepa Vladimir Putin looks more and more like a heavy-handed imitation of Yuri Andropov — does anyone still remember him? Andropov was that other KGB chairman who rose all the way up to the Kremlin throne, and who was also once my de facto boss. Considering that Putin has inherited upwards of 6,000 suspected strategic nuclear weapons, this is frightening news. Former KGB officers are now running Russia's government,...
  • Was John Kerry Duped?

    09/07/2004 7:47:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies · 2,798+ views
    MichNews.com ^ | September 7, 2004 | Michael Ashbury
    Writing in a February 26, 2004 National Review article, Ion Mihai Pacepa a former spy chief and a General in the former Soviet satellite of Romania indicates that the Vietnam-era antiwar movement got its spin from the Russian Kremlin. He writes "I produced the very same vitriol Kerry repeated to the U.S. Congress almost word for word and planted it in leftist movements throughout Europe. KGB chairman Yuri Andropov managed our anti-Vietnam War operation. He often bragged about having damaged the U.S. foreign-policy consensus, poisoned domestic debate in the U.S., and built a credibility gap between American and European public...
  • John Kerry - Communism's "Useful Idiot"

    08/25/2004 7:47:45 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 30 replies · 1,132+ views
    Unfit for Command | 2004 | John O'Neill and Jerome Corsi
    From “Unfit for Command,” p. 123 - 124: Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest-ranking Soviet intelligence officer to defect to the West, spoke out in June 2004 about the KGB intelligence operation that he believed was the basis for the assertions of war crimes and atrocities at the heart of John Kerry’s 1971 testimony to the Fulbright Committee.For Pacepa, the case was clear. John Kerry’s 1971 accusations of war crimes in Vietnam sounded to him just “like the disinformation line that the Soviets were sowing worldwide throughout the Vietnam era.” The KGB had as a top priority the damage of American...
  • Aid & Comfort the Enemy, The Kerry record

    07/09/2004 6:30:02 AM PDT · by backinthefold · 12 replies · 805+ views
    It's no surprise that John Kerry has devoted so much time and energy questioning George W. Bush's record as commander-in-chief. Nor is it any surprise that he recently launched a campaign calling on Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld to resign after a handful of military personnel humiliated al-Qa'ida terrorists in Abu Ghraib prison while attempting to obtain actionable intelligence about their plans to kill more of our troops. These political attacks are just the latest round on Kerry's long list of black-bag antics designed to undermine America's military strength and resolve. Kerry, who fancies himself a war hero, has spent...
  • KGB Resurrection

    05/03/2004 1:44:59 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies · 664+ views
    frontpagemag.com ^ | April 30, 2004 | Jamie Glazov
    Despite the fall of communism in Russia more than a decade ago, thousands of former KGB officers and other members of the Soviet nomenklatura hold significant positions of power in Russia today. The nation also appears to be experiencing a process of re-Brezhnevization, which is marked by the resurrection of the former secret police. What is the significance of this phenomenon? How will it affect U.S. –Russian relations and, more importantly, America’s war with militant Islam? Frontpage Symposium is honored to host a distinguished panel on this subject. In a world premiere, we have two ex-spy chiefs from opposite sides...
  • Kerry’s Soviet Rhetoric (The Vietnam-era antiwar movement got its spin from the Kremlin) (Repost)

    03/21/2004 4:32:32 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 50 replies · 1,504+ views
    National Review ^ | Feb. 24, 2004 | Ion Mihai Pacepa
    Part of Senator John Kerry's appeal to a certain segment of Americans is his Vietnam-veteran status coupled with his antiwar activism during that period. On April 12, 1971, Kerry told the U.S. Congress that American soldiers claimed to him that they had, "raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned on the power, cut off limbs, blew up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan." The exact sources of that assertion should be tracked down. Kerry also ought to be asked who, exactly, told...
  • Ion Mihai Pacepa, former Romanian KGB chief interview (SCARY)

    03/01/2004 2:58:34 PM PST · by MinorThreat · 14 replies · 1,135+ views
    frontpage magazine ^ | 3/1/04 | jamie glazov
    Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Ion Mihai Pacepa, former acting chief of Communist Romania’s espionage service. In 1987 he published Red Horizons (Regnery Gateway), reprinted in 24 countries. In 1999 Mr. Pacepa authored The Black Book of the Securitate, reportedly an all time bestseller in Romania. He is now finishing a book on the origins of current anti-Americanism. Pacepa: Contemporary political memory seems to be conveniently afflicted with some kind of Alzheimer's disease. Not long ago, every Western leader, starting with President Clinton, fumed against Saddam’s WMD. Now almost no one remembers that after General Hussein Kamel, Saddam’s son-in-law, defected...
  • Kerry’s Soviet Rhetoric

    02/26/2004 8:36:13 AM PST · by So Cal Rocket · 8 replies · 233+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 26, 2004, 8:28 a.m. | By Ion Mihai Pacepa
    The Vietnam-era antiwar movement got its spin from the Kremlin. Part of Senator John Kerry's appeal to a certain segment of Americans is his Vietnam-veteran status coupled with his antiwar activism during that period. On April 12, 1971, Kerry told the U.S. Congress that American soldiers claimed to him that they had, "raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned on the power, cut off limbs, blew up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan." The exact sources of that assertion should be tracked...
  • Kerry’s Soviet Rhetoric (now this is interesting)

    02/26/2004 9:59:11 AM PST · by bogdanPolska12 · 30 replies · 873+ views
    nationalreview ^ | By Ion Mihai Pacepa
    Part of Senator John Kerry's appeal to a certain segment of Americans is his Vietnam-veteran status coupled with his antiwar activism during that period. On April 12, 1971, Kerry told the U.S. Congress that American soldiers claimed to him that they had, "raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned on the power, cut off limbs, blew up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan."   The exact sources of that assertion should be tracked down. Kerry also ought to be asked who,...
  • Kerry’s Soviet Rhetoric

    02/26/2004 6:22:48 AM PST · by fsorbello · 30 replies · 17,829+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 02/26/04 | Ion Mihai Pacepa
    The KGB campaign to assault the U.S. and Europe by means of disinformation was more than just a few Cold War dirty tricks. The whole foreign policy of the Soviet-bloc states, indeed its whole economic and military might, revolved around the larger Soviet objective of destroying America from within through the use of lies. The Soviets saw disinformation as a vital tool in the dialectical advance of world Communism.
  • The KGB's Man ["I invented the hijackings"]

    09/22/2003 2:33:04 AM PDT · by The Raven · 45 replies · 893+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept 22, 2003 | ION MIHAI PACEPA
    <p>The Israeli government has vowed to expel Yasser Arafat, calling him an "obstacle" to peace. But the 72-year-old Palestinian leader is much more than that; he is a career terrorist, trained, armed and bankrolled by the Soviet Union and its satellites for decades.</p>
  • ARAFAT: MARXIST LIAR [The KGB's Man]

    09/22/2003 1:39:41 PM PDT · by elenchus · 13 replies · 316+ views
    Sep 22, 2003 ^ | September 22, 2003 | Ion Mihai Pacepa
    The Israeli government has vowed to expel Yasser Arafat, calling him an "obstacle" to peace. But the 72-year-old Palestinian leader is much more than that; he is a career terrorist, trained, armed and bankrolled by the Soviet Union and its satellites for decades. Before I defected to America from Romania, leaving my post as chief of Romanian intelligence, I was responsible for giving Arafat about $200,000 in laundered cash every month throughout the 1970s. I >>SNIPPED>> "I invented the hijackings [of passenger planes]," Arafat bragged when I first met him at his PLO headquarters in Beirut in the early 1970s....
  • Khaddafi’s “Conversion” Has the Libyan leopard changed his spots?

    12/30/2003 5:12:29 PM PST · by Jacob Kell · 12 replies · 201+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 29, 2003 | Ion Mihai Pacepa
    The moment the meek and disheveled image of the Iraqi tyrant appeared on TV screens around the world, an old friend of mine announced that he got the message and said he would disclose his weapons of mass destruction. As chief of Romanian foreign intelligence, I worked closely with Libya's Muammar Khaddafi before I became, in 1978, the highest-ranking spy from the Soviet bloc to defect to America. I was Khaddafi's handler as he was gearing up these same weapons programs. Moscow had decided in 1972 to use three leftist Arab governments — Libya, Iraq, and Syria — plus Arafat's...
  • Pacepa: Khaddafi’s “Conversion” (Romania, Libya cooperated in bioterror)

    12/28/2003 8:19:07 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 5 replies · 237+ views
    NRO ^ | Dec. 29, 2003 | Ion Mihai Pacepa
    The moment the meek and disheveled image of the Iraqi tyrant appeared on TV screens around the world, an old friend of mine announced that he got the message and said he would disclose his weapons of mass destruction. As chief of Romanian foreign intelligence, I worked closely with Libya's Muammar Khaddafi before I became, in 1978, the highest-ranking spy from the Soviet bloc to defect to America. I was Khaddafi's handler as he was gearing up these same weapons programs. Moscow had decided in 1972 to use three leftist Arab governments — Libya, Iraq, and Syria — plus Arafat's...
  • Ex-spy fingers Russians on WMD

    10/09/2003 8:29:22 PM PDT · by Honza Malina · 21 replies · 378+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-09-2003 | Honza Malina
    <p>On March 20, Russian PresidentVladimir Putin denounced the U.S.-led "aggression" against Iraq as "unwarranted" and "unjustifiable." Three days later, Pravda said that an anonymous Russian "military expert" was predicting that the United States would fabricate finding Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov immediately started plying the idea abroad, and it has taken hold around the world ever since. As a former Romanian spy chief who used to take orders from the Soviet KGB, it is perfectly obvious to me that Russia is behind the evanescence of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. After all, Russia helped Saddam get his hands on them in the first place. The Soviet Union and all its bloc states always had a standard operating procedure for deep sixing weapons of mass destruction — in Romanian it was codenamed "Sarindar, meaning "emergency exit."Iimplemented it in Libya. It was for ridding Third World despots of all trace of their chemical weapons if the Western imperialists ever got near them. We wanted to make sure they would never be traced back to us, and we also wanted to frustrate the West by not giving them anything they could make propaganda with. All chemical weapons were to be immediately burned or buried deep at sea. Technological documentation, however, would be preserved in microfiche buried in waterproof containers for future reconstruction. Chemical weapons, especially those produced in Third Worldcountries,which lack sophisticated production facilities, often do not retainlethal properties after a few months on the shelf and are routinely dumped anyway. And all chemical weapons plants had a civilian cover making detection difficult, regardless of the circumstances. The plan included an elaborate propaganda routine. Anyone accusing Moammar Gadhafi of possessing chemical weapons would be ridiculed. Lies, all lies! Come to Libya and see! Our Western left-wing organizations, like the World Peace Council, existed for sole purpose of spreading the propaganda we gave them. These very same groups bray the exact same themes to this day. We always relied on their expertise at organizing large street demonstrations in Western Europe over America'swar-mongering whenever we wanted to distract world attention from the crimes of the vicious regimes we sponsored. Iraq, in my view, had its own "Sarindar" plan in effect direct from Moscow. It certainly had one in the past. Nicolae Ceausescu told me so, and he heard it from Leonid Brezhnev. KGB chairman Yury Andropov, and later, Gen. Yevgeny Primakov, told me so too. In the late 1970s, Gen. Primakov ran Saddam's weapons programs. After that, as you may recall, he was promoted to head of the Soviet foreign intelligence service in 1990, to Russia's minister of foreign affairs in 1996, and in 1998, to prime minister. What you may not know is that Primakov hates Israel and has always championed Arab radicalism. He was a personal friend of Saddam's and has repeatedly visited Baghdad after 1991, quietly helping Saddam play his game of hide-and-seek. The Soviet bloc not only sold Saddam its WMDs, but it showed them how to make them "disappear." Russia is still at it. Primakov was in Baghdad from December until a couple of days before the war, along with a team of Russian military experts led by two of Russia's topnotch "retired"generals,Vladislav Achalov, a former deputy defense minister, and Igor Maltsev, a former air defense chief of staff. They were all there receiving honorary medals from the Iraqi defense minister. They clearly were not there to give Saddam military advice for the upcomingwar—Saddam'sKatyusha launchers were of World War II vintage, and his T-72 tanks, BMP-1 fighting vehicles and MiG fighter planes were all obviously useless against America. "I did not fly to Baghdad to drink coffee," was what Gen. Achalov told the media afterward. They were there orchestrating Iraq's "Sarindar" plan. The U.S. military in fact, has already found the only thing that would have been allowed to survive under the classic Soviet "Sarindar" plan to liquidate weapons arsenals in the event of defeat in war — the technological documents showing how to reproduce weapons stocks in just a few weeks. Such a plan has undoubtedly been in place since August 1995 — when Saddam's son-in-law, Gen. Hussein Kamel, who ran Iraq's nuclear, chemical and biological programs for 10 years, defected to Jordan. That August, UNSCOM and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors searched a chicken farm owned by Kamel's family and found more than one hundred metal trunks and boxes containing documentation dealing with all categories of weapons, including nuclear. Caught red-handed, Iraq at last admitted to its "extensive biological warfare program, including weaponization," issued a "Full, Final and Complete Disclosure Report" and turned over documents about the nerve agent VX and nuclear weapons. Saddam then lured Gen. Kamel back, pretending to pardon his defection. Three days later, Kamel and over 40 relatives, including women and children, were murdered, in what the official Iraqi press described as a "spontaneous administration of tribal justice." After sending that message to his cowed, miserable people, Saddam then made a show of cooperation with U.N. inspection, since Kamel had just compromised all his programs anyway. In November 1995, he issued a second "Full, Final and Complete Disclosure" as to his supposedly non-existent missile programs. That very same month, Jordan intercepted a large shipment of high-grade missile components destined for Iraq. UNSCOM soon fished similar missile components out of the Tigris River, again refuting Saddam's spluttering denials. In June 1996, Saddam slammed the door shut to UNSCOM's inspection of any "concealment mechanisms." On Aug. 5, 1998, halted cooperation with UNSCOM and the IAEA completely, and they withdrew on Dec. 16, 1998. Saddam had another four years to develop and hide his weapons of mass destruction without any annoying, prying eyes. U.N. Security Council resolutions 1115, (June 21, 1997), 1137 (Nov. 12, 1997), and 1194 (Sept. 9, 1998) were issued condemning Iraq—ineffectual words that had no effect. In 2002, under the pressure of a huge U.S. military buildup by a new U.S. administration, Saddam made yet another "Full, Final and Complete Disclosure," which was found to contain "false statements" and to constitute another "material breach" of U.N. and IAEA inspection and of paragraphs eight to 13 of resolution 687 (1991). It was just a few days after this last "Disclosure," after a decade of intervening with the U.N. and the rest of the world on Iraq's behalf, that Gen. Primakov and his team of military experts landed in Baghdad — even though, with 200,000 U.S. troops at the border, war was imminent, and Moscow could no longer save Saddam Hussein. Gen. Primakov was undoubtedly cleaning up the loose ends of the "Sarindar" plan and assuring Saddam that Moscow would rebuild his weapons of mass destruction after the storm subsided for a good price. Mr. Putin likes to take shots at America and wants to reassert Russia in world affairs. Why would he not take advantage of this opportunity? As minister of foreign affairs and prime minister, Gen. Primakov has authored the "multipolarity" strategy of counterbalancing American leadership by elevating Russia to great-powerstatusinEurasia. Between Feb. 9-12, Mr. Putin visited Germany and France to propose a three-power tactical alignment against the United States to advocate further inspections rather than war. On Feb. 21, the Russian Duma appealed to the German and French parliaments to join them on March 4-7 in Baghdad, for "preventing U.S. military aggression against Iraq." Crowds of European leftists, steeped for generations in left-wing propaganda straight out of Moscow, continue to find the line appealing. Mr. Putin's tactics have worked. The United States won a brilliant military victory, demolishing a dictatorship without destroying the country, but it has begun losing the peace. While American troops unveiled the mass graves of Saddam's victims, anti-American forces in Western Europe and elsewhere, spewed out vitriolic attacks, accusing Washington of greed for oil and not of really caring about weapons of mass destruction, or exaggerating their risks, as if weapons of mass destruction were really nothing very much to worry about after all. It is worth remembering that Andrei Sakharov, the father of the Soviet hydrogen bomb, chose to live in a Soviet gulag instead of continuing to develop the power of death. "I wanted to alert the world," Sakharov explained in 1968, "to the grave perils threatening the human race thermonuclear extinction, ecological catastrophe, famine." Even Igor Kurchatov, the KGB academician who headed the Soviet nuclear program from 1943 until his death in 1960, expressed deep qualms of conscience about helping to create weapons of mass destruction. "The rate of growth of atomic explosives is such," he warned in an article written together with several other Soviet nuclear scientists not long before he died, "that in just a few years the stockpile will be large enough to create conditions under which the existence of life on earth will be impossible." The Cold War was fought over the reluctance to use weapons of mass destruction, yet now this logic is something only senior citizens seem to recall. Today, even lunatic regimes like that in North Korea not only possess weapons of mass destruction, but openly offer to sell them to anyone with cash, including terrorists and their state sponsors. Is anyone paying any attention? Being inured to proliferation, however, does not reduce its danger. On the contrary, it increases it.</p>
  • Russia Hid Saddam's WMDs

    10/02/2003 2:30:12 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies · 632+ views
    www.frontpagemag.com ^ | October 2, 2003 | General Ion Mihai Pacepa
    On March 20, Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the U.S.-led "aggression" against Iraq as "unwarranted" and "unjustifiable." Three days later, Pravda said that an anonymous Russian "military expert" was predicting that the United States would fabricate finding Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov immediately started plying the idea abroad, and it has taken hold around the world ever since. As a former Romanian spy chief who used to take orders from the Soviet KGB, it is perfectly obvious to me that Russia is behind the evanescence of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. After all, Russia...
  • Forgive Russia? There's Quite a Lot to Forgive

    09/30/2003 7:44:44 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 63 replies · 693+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Tuesday, September 30, 2003 | GEORGE MELLOAN
    <p>At their weekend Camp David tete-a-tete, George W. Bush and Russia's Vladimir Putin were all smiles as usual. Yet the Russian president gave little ground on a key issue, Russia's $800 million contract to help Iran build a nuclear power plant at Bushehr. This despite clear evidence of Iran's nuclear bomb ambitions with the discovery of weapons grade uranium there. Mr. Putin only offered to urge Iran to accept fuller United Nations weapons inspections, for whatever that might accomplish.</p>
  • Saddam's Ex-KGB Connection? (The Pacepa Accusation)

    08/25/2003 4:10:40 PM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 10 replies · 228+ views
    www.townhall.com ^ | August 23, 2003 | Jay Bryant
    An article by Ion Pacepa, which appeared in Thursday's Washington Times is much too important to simply be left to stand alone. Pacepa charges that General Yevgeny Primakov, a former Prime Minister of Russia and onetime head of the Soviet foreign intelligence service, ran Saddam Hussein's weapons program and personally oversaw the liquidation of the evidence that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. Pacepa doesn't quite say it directly, but his article implies that Russian President Vladimir Putin was aware of and approved Primakov's role in the WMD disappearance program. If all this is true, it is the most important...
  • THE PACEPA ACCUSATION (Is Russia 'innocent' in Iraq WMD search?)

    08/24/2003 2:44:10 AM PDT · by Elkiejg · 7 replies · 254+ views
    Townhall ^ | 8/24/03 | Jay Bryant
    An article by Ion Pacepa, which appeared in Thursday's Washington Times is much too important to simply be left to stand alone. Pacepa charges that General Yevgeny Primakov, a former Prime Minister of Russia and onetime head of the Soviet foreign intelligence service, ran Saddam Hussein's weapons program and personally oversaw the liquidation of the evidence that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. Pacepa doesn't quite say it directly, but his article implies that Russian President Vladimir Putin was aware of and approved Primakov's role in the WMD disappearance program. If all this is true, it is the most important...
  • Ex-spy fingers Russians on WMD

    08/24/2003 1:00:41 AM PDT · by Norm640 · 22 replies · 353+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 08-21-03 | Ion Mihai Pacepa
    <p>On March 20, Russian PresidentVladimir Putin denounced the U.S.-led "aggression" against Iraq as "unwarranted" and "unjustifiable." Three days later, Pravda said that an anonymous Russian "military expert" was predicting that the United States would fabricate finding Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov immediately started plying the idea abroad, and it has taken hold around the world ever since.</p>
  • No Wonder We Aren't FInding The Iraqui Weapons.(Ex-spy fingers Russians on WMD)

    08/21/2003 10:51:24 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 14 replies · 267+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 21Aug03 | By Ion Mihai Pacepa
    <p>On March 20, Russian PresidentVladimir Putin denounced the U.S.-led "aggression" against Iraq as "unwarranted" and "unjustifiable." Three days later, Pravda said that an anonymous Russian "military expert" was predicting that the United States would fabricate finding Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov immediately started plying the idea abroad, and it has taken hold around the world ever since.</p>
  • Ex-spy fingers Russians on WMD (Russians helped Iraq hide WMD)("must read")

    08/20/2003 10:55:44 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 45 replies · 1,049+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Aug 21, 2003 | Ion Mihai Pacepa
    <p>On March 20, Russian PresidentVladimir Putin denounced the U.S.-led "aggression" against Iraq as "unwarranted" and "unjustifiable." Three days later, Pravda said that an anonymous Russian "military expert" was predicting that the United States would fabricate finding Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov immediately started plying the idea abroad, and it has taken hold around the world ever since.</p>
  • Do as I Did--An open letter to Saddam Hussein’s generals

    03/23/2003 6:54:43 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies · 256+ views
    nationalreview ^ | 3-21-03 | Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa
    appeal to you, the generals of Iraq's Republican Guard, to follow my example and turn your arms against your country's tyrant. I can assure you that you will never regret taking that patriotic step. History repeats itself, and if you can live two lives, you have a chance of seeing that repetition with your own eyes. In my other life, I also served a terrorist dictator, who had transformed his country into a monument to himself and created his own dynasty. Nicolae Ceausescu was a Romanian Saddam, who starved his people to build palaces for himself and spent the country's...