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  • An Iraq War veteran pens a powerful defense of the decision to invade, remove Saddam

    05/27/2015 4:54:58 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/27/15 | Dan Calabrese
    The detail hindsight forgets, and the fiction murky memories create We’ve been coming back to the Iraq War lately for two reasons. One is that the media keep bringing it up in the form of a knowing-what-we-know-now gotcha question aimed at Republican presidential candidates (although they offer no such question to Hillary Clinton concerning the 2011 withdrawl of all U.S. troops . . . not that she would answer). The other, more pertinent reason, is that ISIS is overrunning Iraq at the moment, taking advantage of the absence of a residual U.S. force and Barack Obama’s refusal to wage a...
  • Were We Right to Take Out Saddam?

    05/19/2015 7:41:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/19/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Probable Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush got himself into trouble by sort of, sort of not, answering the question whether he would have supported going into Iraq in 2003 — had he known then what we know now.</p> <p>Republican candidates vied in attacking Bush’s initial confusion about answering the question. Most reiterated that they most certainly would not have invaded Iraq, regardless of what they know now or thought they knew then. Politically, it appears to be wiser to damn the decision to invade Iraq and to forget the circumstances that prompted the war — and the later political environment that ended the American presence.</p>
  • Reject the Premise That Bush Lied About Iraq.

    05/18/2015 5:40:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 18, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: It's Josh in Williamsburg, Virginia. Great to have you, sir. Hello. Appreciate your patience. CALLER: Hey, Rush. Thanks for taking my call. So I want to do two things. The first is to say that Jeb Bush's answer to Megyn Kelly's initial question was not necessarily wrong. He could validly have that answer to her question. The second is to -- RUSH: Wait a minute, Josh. What -- CALLER: Yeah. RUSH: Just refresh people's -- what did he say? What was his answer to that first question? He would do it all over again, right? CALLER: Yeah. So the...
  • The hidden hand behind the Islamic State militants? Saddam Hussein’s.

    05/16/2015 12:55:40 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04 April 2015 | Liz Sly
    When Abu Hamza, a former Syrian rebel, agreed to join the Islamic State, he did so assuming he would become a part of the group’s promised Islamist utopia, which has lured foreign jihadists from around the globe. Instead, he found himself being supervised by an Iraqi emir and receiving orders from shadowy Iraqis who moved in and out of the battlefield in Syria. When Abu Hamza disagreed with fellow commanders at an Islamic State meeting last year, he said, he was placed under arrest on the orders of a masked Iraqi man who had sat silently through the proceedings, listening...
  • The King of Clubs is dead: Former Saddam henchman, ISIS commander, on US most-wanted list, killed

    04/17/2015 2:36:54 PM PDT · by dead · 33 replies
    A fugitive Iraqi militant leader and the former right-hand man of Saddam Hussein has reportedly been killed in a skirmish. Iraqi officials said Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri had died in fighting with government troops in Salahuddin province, north of Baghdad. Al-Douri, 72, headed the Naqshbandi Order insurgent group, an important faction behind the recent rise of ISIS. He was one of Saddam's most trusted henchmen, helping to lead his 1968 bloodless coup. Both Al-Douri and Saddam came from the same Tikriti tribal background. He was then deputy to Saddam when he was deposed following the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Following...
  • The hidden hand behind the Islamic State militants? Saddam Hussein’s (Obama's retreat)

    04/05/2015 1:40:12 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/04/15 | Liz Sly
    SANLIURFA, Turkey — When Abu Hamza, a former Syrian rebel, agreed to join the Islamic State, he did so assuming he would become a part of the group’s promised Islamist utopia, which has lured foreign jihadists from around the globe. Instead, he found himself being supervised by an Iraqi emir and receiving orders from shadowy Iraqis who moved in and out of the battlefield in Syria. When Abu Hamza disagreed with fellow commanders at an Islamic State meeting last year, he said, he was placed under arrest on the orders of a masked Iraqi man who had sat silently through...
  • Nostalgia for Iraq’s Saddam Hussein flowers on social media

    03/31/2015 4:51:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | March 31, 2015 | BY HANNAH ALLAM - MCCLATCHY
    On a recent Saturday evening, Ahmed al-Shabibi relaxed at a hookah café in England with other Iraqi friends – both Shiite and Sunni Muslims – when the conversation turned to the ongoing battle to reclaim the city of Tikrit from Islamic State jihadists. A Sunni in the group lamented Iranian interference in the fight and boasted that such meddling never would’ve occurred under the former Sunni dictator, Saddam Hussein. Al-Shabibi said he and the others agreed because, “Saddam, as you know, had a very interesting idea of security.” Nostalgia for Saddam is hardly new, but it appears to be reaching...
  • Hey what about these traitors?

    03/10/2015 10:07:16 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 20 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-10-15 | DrJohn
    The NY Daily News blasted the GOP on its cover today, calling them "traitors":   Regardless of President Obama’s fecklessness in negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran, 47 Republican U.S. senators engaged in treachery by sending a letter to the mullahs aimed at cutting the legs out from under America’s commander-in-chief. We join GOP signatories in opposing the pact as outlined, but we strenuously condemn their betrayal of the U.S. constitutional system. The participants represented the bulk of the Republicans’ 54-member senatorial majority, vesting their petulant, condescending stunt with the coloration of an institutional foreign policy statement. They are an...
  • Refugees in Nigeria tell of Boko Haram savagery (Time for boots on the ground?

    02/13/2015 1:12:08 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 74 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/13/2015 | Staff
    Violent attacks by Boko Haram have caused many to flee their homes, creating a humanitarian crisis within Nigeria and neighboring countries. Refugees say they have witnessed brutal acts of savagery, with men's throats being slit and women being held as "war booty." Chad has become the latest country on the border with Nigeria to be affected by a Boko Haram attack. The BBC's Tom Oladipo went to Yola village in Aadamawa state in northeast Nigeria and spoke to refugees there. ...
  • Report: United States kept secret its chemical weapons finds in Iraq

    01/29/2015 2:42:55 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 51 replies
    CNN.com ^ | October 15, 2014 | Dana Ford
    The U.S. government suppressed information about chemical weapons it found in Iraq, and several servicemembers were injured by their exposure to those weapons, The New York Times is reporting. In an article published late Tuesday, the newspaper says it found 17 American servicemembers and seven Iraqi police officers who were exposed to mustard or nerve agents after 2003. They were reportedly given inadequate care and told not to talk about what happened. "From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam...
  • Gone With The WMD: Recalling the fleeting facts about Iraq

    11/27/2014 10:08:47 AM PST · by Daniel Clark · 8 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | November 26, 2014 | Daniel Clark
    Gone With The WMD: Recalling the fleeting facts about Iraq by Daniel Clark The Ocober 14th New York Times story revealing a stockpile of 5,000 chemical weapons in Iraq was not news. That’s why baffled conservatives like National Review’s Deroy Murdock are mistaken when they wonder why George W. Bush would “cover up” this information. The bulk of these pre-1991 weapons were stored at Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons facility in al-Muthanna, and had actually been declared to the United Nations at the end of that conflict. The existence of al-Muthanna’s chemical weapons stockpile had been revealed in the Duelfer Report...
  • Erik Prince on Blackwater verdicts: ‘A lot of politics surrounding this’ (tens of millions spent)

    10/23/2014 11:43:48 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 23 at 1:15 PM | Dan Lamothe
    The founder and former CEO of the Blackwater Worldwide security firm said Thursday that the conviction of four of his former employees for their roles in the 2007 fatal shooting of 14 unarmed Iraqis was unexpected, and raised questions whether they received a fair trial. “Well, there was certainly a lot of politics surrounding this and the fact that the federal government spent tens of millions of dollars on this, now trying it seven years after the event, and 7,000 miles from where it happened,” said Erik Prince, in a phone interview. “Certainly, it adds a lot of politics to...
  • 2003 Flashback: Soldiers examined for possible exposure to chemical agents (Sarin, Tabun, Lewsite)

    10/22/2014 7:21:11 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Tom Lasseter
    SOUTH OF KARBALA, Iraq — Four soldiers from the 2nd brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, with red sores on their faces and hands, were sent by ambulance to a rear MASH unit Tuesday. They were told they would be examined for possible contact with nerve or blistering agents. Once at the 30th medical brigade's mobile hospital at the 101st's headquarters south of Karbala, the soldiers were isolated from other troops and photographed. A doctor at the MASH, Maj. David Wolken, interviewed each soldier and measured his pulse and heart rate in a tent with a dirt floor. One soldier...
  • 'Dragon's Egg': Marines who guarded Saddam's mysterious bunker fear weapons unleashed

    10/17/2014 2:01:37 PM PDT · by dware · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.17.2014 | Paul Alster
    The U.S. Marines who guarded the sprawling complex in northwest Iraq where Saddam Hussein’s 1980s war machine churned out some of the most deadly chemical and biological weapons known to man had a name for one especially mysterious bunker: The Dragon’s Egg.
  • The Media’s Collective WMD Deception

    10/17/2014 12:30:54 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 10-17-14 | Wordsmith
    "Many people have asked how closeSaddam Hussein is to developing a nuclear weapon. Well, we don't know exactly, and that's the problem." -George W. Bush, Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct 7, 2002 In wake of ISIS possibly acquiring and using chemical weapons in Iraq, The NYTimes' C.J. Chivers came out with a piece earlier this week that has reignited debate over the issue of Iraq WMD. Chivers' article that covers old munitions and the plight of OIF soldiers exposed to chemical weapons leakage, is not exactly new news. "Nothing found" is a lie, which much of mainstream belief has embraced due to...
  • the new york times rediscovers weapons of mass destruction in iraq

    10/17/2014 8:22:13 AM PDT · by lasereye · 29 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 10.17.14 | Laurie Mylroie, Ph.D.
    What a difference a decade makes! When it was first reported in May 2004 that Saddam-era chemical weapons shells had injured U.S. troops, the editors of the New York Times dismissed that, “Finding some residual weapons that had escaped a large-scale destruction program would be no great surprise and if the chemicals had degraded, no major threat.” Now, a major New York Times report on the issue has been followed by an editorial warning of “A Deadly Legacy in Iraq”: some 5,000 chemical shells have been discovered over the years in Iraq by U.S. or U.S.-trained Iraqi forces. Many more...
  • Jurors’ Note Hints at Conviction in Blackwater Case (NY Slimes reading tea leaves)

    10/01/2014 10:59:53 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | OCT. 1, 2014 | MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON — Jurors who have for weeks been deliberating in the murder and manslaughter case against four former Blackwater Worldwide security contractors passed a note to the judge on Wednesday that suggested they were leaning toward conviction on at least some counts. In their note, jurors asked whether the firearm charge applies to defendants convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors are seeking convictions for voluntary manslaughter. The note suggests that, at least for some of the counts, jurors are leaning toward convicting, but for the lesser charge. Manslaughter carries a sentence of up to 15 years per count, or up to...
  • I despised Saddam’s police state, but the Islamic State would not exist under his rule

    09/21/2014 8:46:09 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 98 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Sept 21 2014 | Saif Al-Azzawi
    When people ask me how I feel about the latest events in Iraq, I tell them I feel sad. All these people — both Americans and Iraqis who have died since 2003 — died for nothing. And as the Islamic State insurgency unfolds, and as Iraq tries once again for a peaceful political transition, I’m mourning not just those who have died over the past decade, but for a country that I haven’t been able to recognize for a very long time. I grew up in Baghdad in a middle-class family. My father served in the Iraqi Air Force and...
  • Did Saddam Hussein Do a Better Job Fighting Radical Muslims Than America?

    09/18/2014 7:53:44 AM PDT · by ComtedeMaistre · 84 replies
    Americans have to face the painful reality that Arabs are, when judged by 21st century Western Standards, a crazy people. This is not meant as an insult. Early this year, the Iraqi parliament proposed a law that would permit men to marry 9 year old girls. The law had the support of a majority of parliament. The law would also permit men to beat up and rape their wives, and prevent women from leaving the house without the permission of the husband. These SOBS are supposed to be the allies of America in the fight against ISIS. The Shia regime...
  • Pelosi Caught in Another Lie – Said Publicly Saddam Had WMD (Video)

    07/11/2014 10:04:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/11/14 | Jim Hoft
    Nancy Pelosi told reporters yesterday that President George W. Bush sent the US to war “based on a false representation of a threat of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.”
  • Beck To Differ: No, Glenn, liberals were never right on Iraq

    07/09/2014 6:07:52 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 21 replies
    Beck To Differ: No, Glenn, liberals were never right on Iraq by Daniel Clark Since Glenn Beck’s June 17th broadcast, liberals have seized on his “admission” that they were right about Iraq. It’s not really an admission, though, if it’s something that he wants to believe anyway. Beck supported the Iraq War when he was a conservative, which he hasn’t been for quite some time. The new Glenn Beck has contracted Bush Derangement Syndrome, says we should’ve listened to Ron Paul, indulges in paranoid drone fantasies, says our response to terrorism should be to turn inward and love each other,...
  • REPORT: Judge Who Sentenced Saddam Hussein to Death – Captured & Executed by ISIS

    06/23/2014 5:10:52 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 23 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 22 June 14 | Jim Hoft
    Judge Rauf Rashid and Saddam Hussein Several Arab News websites are reporting the news. Al-Mesyroon reported (translated) There were reports of the execution of Iraqi judge, Raouf Abdel-Rahman, who sentenced Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to death, according to confirmed the pages on the social networking site, without official confirmation from the Iraqi government. The pages on social networking sites, including Page MP Jordanian Khalil Attieh on the site “Facebook” to “revolutionaries Iraqis arrested him and sentenced him to death in retaliation for the death of the martyr Saddam Hussein,” he said, adding that Rauf tried to escape from Baghdad after...
  • Judge Who Sentenced Saddam Hussein To Death Has Been Executed By ISIS, Local Media Reports

    06/22/2014 9:17:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 99 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 6/22/14 | tylker durden
    Back in 2006, after the second US invasion of Iraq culminated if not with the discovery of the WMDs (which were the pretext for the invasion in the first place), but the unearthing (literally) and kangaroo court trial of Saddam Hussein, the US was quick to announce "mission accomplished." Recent events have made a mockery of that claim, however what is truly the straw that broke the back of poetic justice, to mix metaphors, are reports from local media that as part of its blitz-campaign to take over northern Iraq, ISIS found and the promptly executed Rauf Rashid Abd al-Rahman,...
  • Did Saddam Have WMDs After All: ISIS Overruns Iraq Chemical Weapons 'Mega-Facility'

    06/19/2014 6:02:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 92 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 6/19/14 | Tyler Durden
    With all eyes firmly focused on what really matters (the oil refineries), The Telegraph reports that ISIS has over-run a Saddam Hussein-era chemical weapons (CW) complex. The al-Muhanna 'mega-facility', about 60 miles south of Baghdad, gives the jihadists access to disused stores of hundreds of tonnes of potentially deadly poisons including mustard gas and sarin. The US state department is 'concerned' but "do not believe that the complex contains CW materials of military value." However, as a former commander of Britain's chemical weapons regiment warned, "we have seen that ISIS has used chemicals in explosions in Iraq before and has...
  • Saddam era WMDs captured in Iraq by ISIS

    06/20/2014 7:51:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 111 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/20/2014 | Dale T. Armstrong
    The British newspaper, The Telegraph reported this stunning little nugget yesterday, on June 19th: Chemical weapons produced at the Al Muthanna facility, which Isis today seized, are believed to have included mustard gas, Sarin, Tabun, and VX. Wait……WHAT? I thought there were no WMD’s in Iraq, of any kind? Whatsoever!
  • How Did Syria Get Chemical Weapons? Did They Come From Our Old Friend Saddam? (

    09/09/2013 12:46:33 PM PDT · by French_for_Bush · 20 replies
    PolicyMic
    Was the Bush administration right all along? Could these indeed be the very same WMDs that intelligence agencies from around the world claimed were in Hussein’s possession which he then transferred over to Syria? The earliest account of Hussein having hidden his WMDs in Syria came in January of 2004. Nizar Nayouf, an award-winning Syrian journalist who was granted political asylum in France, said in a letter to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf not only that he knew Iraq’s WMDs were being hidden inside Syria, but that he could pinpoint precisely where they were being kept. According to Nayouf’s witness, described...
  • Bodansky: What If Bashar Didn't Do It? [Syria Chemical Attack]

    09/03/2013 1:27:16 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 33 replies
    www.RushLimbaugh.com ^ | September 03, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    Bodansky: What If Bashar Didn't Do It? [Syria Chemical Attack] September 03, 2013 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: All right. So here's the deal. Last week, Obama reverses himself and says that he's not gonna go into Syria. Remember, they're using nerve gas. John Kerry goes out there, 1,500 people, 2,400 people, a lot of kids, nerve gas, sarin gas, got the proof.Look, I'm gonna get into all the hypocrisy.Yes, Kerry dining with Bashar back in 2009 and talking about what a great guy Bashar was. The bottom line is this administration is as incompetent as Jimmy Carter. There's only one...
  • WHERE DID SYRIA’S CHEMICAL WEAPONS COME FROM?

    08/26/2013 8:32:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Jul 2012 | Frank Salvato
    As the news stories mount regarding Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s decision to move his chemical weapons stockpile from storage to areas closer to rebel locations, there is one thing the mainstream media is not commenting on: How Syria acquired what is reported to be one of the world’s largest arsenals of bio-chemical WMD? More to the point, what they are not reporting is this: From where did the Assad regime acquire their bio-chemical WMD? In 2006, former Iraqi general, Georges Sada, who served under Saddam Hussein before he defected, wrote a comprehensive book detailing how the Iraqi Revolutionary Guard...
  • FLASHBACK: Where did Saddam’s WMD go? To Syria …

    08/26/2013 10:20:43 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 66 replies
    www.WorldTribune.com ^ | December 7th, 2012
    U.S. intelligence suspects Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction have finally been located. Unfortunately, getting to them will be nearly impossible for the United States and its allies, because the containers with the strategic materials are not in Iraq. Satellite photo of hundreds of trucks systematically leaving an Iraqi weapons dump, early 2003. Instead they are located in Lebanon’s heavily-fortified Bekaa Valley, swarming with Iranian and Syrian forces, and Hizbullah and ex-Iraqi agents, Geostrategy-Direct.com will report in Wednesday’s (Sept. 2, 2003) weekly edition. U.S. intelligence first identified a stream of tractor-trailer trucks moving from Iraq to Syria to Lebanon in...
  • Saddam’s half-brother dies of cancer in Baghdad hospital while on death row

    07/08/2013 10:14:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11:41 EST, 8 July 2013 | Helen Collis
    Saddam Hussein’s half brother, facing the gallows for his role as chief of the regime's security service, has died of cancer in a Baghdad hospital. Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan, who had received several death sentences, was transferred to the hospital from prison as his health deteriorated. His body will be handed over to his family. Al-Hassan, a maternal half brother of Hussein, had lived in exile for a period after the 2003 invasion. He was suspected of directing and financing insurgency operations from Syria carried out by Saddam loyalists in Iraq since the fall of the regime. …
  • U.S. Intelligence Confirms Chemical Weapons Use In Syria

    06/13/2013 3:12:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 13, 2013 | Emily Wither
    It has been confirmed by U.S. intelligence. Syria’s government has used chemical weapons in its ongoing civil war. The President has not made a specific decision on a responsive action to this information. The White House saying it will make decisions on its own timeline. The President is expected to talk to other world leaders about Syria at next week’s G8 Summit in Northern Ireland. …
  • 10 Years Ago Today ...

    04/09/2013 9:34:05 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 15 replies
    Various | April 9, 2013
    Baghdad fell.
  • THE TRUTH ABOUT SADDAM AND TERRORISM

    03/21/2013 8:25:26 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 18 replies
    Human Events ^ | 3/21/2008 | C Holton
    Saddam Hussein’s Iraq had extensive ties to terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda, according to an official report published by the Pentagon’s Institute for Defense Analyses and released through the Joint Forces Command. That report, Saddam and Terrorism: Emerging Insights from Captured Iraqi Documents, came up with some startling revelations in its 59 pages... In other words, Saddam’s Iraq had a longstanding relationship with the co-leader of Al Qaeda. “Is there anything in the captured archives to indicate that Saddam had the will to use his terrorist capabilities directly against the United States?” The Institute for Defense Analyses then provides the...
  • Saddam Hussein’s Revenge

    03/19/2013 3:20:28 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 14 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 03/19/2013 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Ten years ago, U.S. air, sea, and land forces attacked Iraq. So, how now does the ledger read, 10 years on? Of the three goals of the war, none was achieved. No weapon of mass destruction was found. While Saddam and his sons paid for their sins, they had had nothing at all to do with 9/11. Nothing. That had all been mendacious propaganda. Where there had been no al-Qaida in Iraq while Saddam ruled, al-Qaida is crawling all over Iraq now. Where Iraq had been an Arab Sunni bulwark confronting Iran in 2003, a decade later, Iraq is tilting...
  • FLASHBACK: 7/20/12 Syria's Chemical Weapons Came From Saddam's Iraq

    12/09/2012 10:36:24 AM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | July 20, 2012
    War On Terror: As the regime of Bashar Assad disintegrates, the security of his chemical arsenal is in jeopardy. The No. 2 general in Saddam Hussein's air force says they were the WMDs we didn't find in Iraq. King Abdullah of neighboring Jordan warned that a disintegrating Syria on the verge of civil war puts Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons at risk of falling into the hands of al-Qaida. "One of the worst-case scenarios as we are obviously trying to look for a political solution would be if some of those chemical stockpiles were to fall into unfriendly hands," he...
  • Syria’s Next Act

    07/23/2012 10:51:20 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 17 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 19 July 2012 | Eli Lake
    With the days and weeks of the Syrian government appearing numbered, the Central Intelligence Agency is scrambling to get a handle on the locations of the country’s chemical and biological weapons, while assessing the composition, loyalties, and background of the rebel groups poised to take power in the event President Bashar al-Assad falls. Whether or not sensitive weapons technology was moved to Syria is a hotly disputed question in the intelligence community. James Clapper, now the Director of National Intelligence and formerly the director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, said in 2003 that he believed materials had been moved...
  • Saddam's WMDs and Connection to Terrorism

    04/17/2012 8:59:42 AM PDT · by april15Bendovr · 7 replies
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  • Exclusive: State Department quietly warning region on Syrian WMDs

    02/24/2012 1:10:15 PM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 46 replies · 2+ views
    FP ^ | February 24, 2012 | Josh Rogin
    The State Department has begun coordinating with Syria's neighbors to prepare for the handling of President Bashar al-Assad's extensive WMD assets if and when his regime collapses, The Cable has learned. This week, the State Department sent a diplomatic demarche to Syria's neighbors Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, warning them about the possibility of Syria's WMDs crossing their borders and offering U.S. government help in dealing with the problem, three Obama administration officials confirmed to The Cable. For concerned parties both inside and outside the U.S. government, the demarche signifies that the United States is increasingly developing plans to...
  • Iraq: Lights Out for the Myths

    12/09/2011 12:08:45 AM PST · by gabriellah · 3 replies
    TheCollegeConservative Blog ^ | December 9, 2011 | Kevin Reagan
    On December 2nd, the United States military officially handed over administration of Camp Victory to the Iraqi government. The sprawling palace complex of former dictator Saddam Hussein long served as the American military headquarters in Iraq. By the end of the calendar year, all U.S. forces will be out of Iraq (save for a small training force remaining behind to instruct the Iraqis). As we prepare to officially close the books on U.S. military operations in Iraq, perhaps we can finally also put to bed the many myths propagated by the Left as to the reasons for our intervention and...
  • Flashback: The Left on Saddam's Capture

    10/21/2011 10:05:32 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 11 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/21/2011 | Thomas Ferdousi
    Many on the Left are celebrating the capture and death of Muammar Qaddafi. Even the liberal Daily Kos is beside itself. But how did the Left respond to the capture of a far more dangerous dictator with far more blood on his hands in 2003? Well, it wasn't the same way. Let's take Kos, circa 2003:
  • For Iraqis, Gaddafi death evokes Saddam memories (Tribes and Terrorists still control Libya)

    10/21/2011 3:42:53 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 3 replies
    reuters ^ | 10/21/2011 | Muhanad Mohammed (Twolastnames)
    Iraqis watching news of the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi remembered how their own dictator Saddam Hussein was ousted, fearing Libyans might now face years of factional violence as they did after Saddam's capture and execution. Gaddafi's death while trying to flee in a convoy Thursday came after eight months of war between Gaddafi loyalists and NATO-backed rebels who took the capital from the deposed leader two months ago. After the 2003 U.S. invasion that ended his rule, Saddam went on the run for months before he was dragged from a hole in the ground, put on trial and...
  • Saddam: What We Now Know (He was at least as big a terror threat as Osama Bin Laden)

    09/14/2011 6:47:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/14/2011 | Jim Lacey
    Saddam Hussein was a WMD threat and a terror threat to the United States and its allies. Too many of the post-9/11 critics have forgotten or were never aware of this fact. Even in last week’s NRO symposium, writers called the invasion of Iraq an “unjust war,” an “optional war,” and finally a “result of the flawed intelligence that skewed the perceived threat posed by Saddam Hussein’s regime to the United States.” There is little doubt that the pre-war intelligence on Iraq was faulty, mostly because of Saddam’s continuing attempts to convince Iran that he still maintained a potent WMD...
  • Joe Wilson joins with Al Jazeera to perpetuate baloney about Saddam and Al Qaeda

    09/07/2011 6:43:48 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 7 Sept 2011 | Unattributed
    It’s been a long time since anyone cared about Joe Wilson, the erstwhile career diplomat selected by his wife to travel to Africa to find out about Saddam Hussein’s quest for uranium. Things must be slowing down for poor old Joe and that government pension courtesy of US taxpayers must not be providing the life style that he so richly desires. So, Joe is talking with Al Jazeera, the news network of Jihad and Islamofacism.
  • Iraq Invades Kuwait (BBC On This Day 2 August 1990)

    08/02/2011 2:33:59 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 08/02/11 | Unattributed
    More than 100,000 Iraqi soldiers backed up by 700 tanks invaded the Gulf state of Kuwait in the early hours of this morning.Iraqi forces have established a provisional government and their leader Saddam Hussein has threatened to turn Kuwait city into a "graveyard" if any other country dares to challenge the "take-over by force".
  • Saddam's Half-Brothers to be Executed

    07/16/2011 2:06:09 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/7/11 | Gavriel Queennan
    Five Saddam-era officials, including two of the late dictator's half-brothers, will be executed within a month after being handed over to Iraqi authorities by the US military, Gulf News reported Friday. The group, transferred to Iraqi custody on Thursday morning, were among 206 high-value detainees still being held by American forces ahead of a US military pullout expected by the end of the year. "We received the final 206 Iraqi prisoners being held by US forces, including five senior officials from the former regime," said justice ministry spokesman Haidar al-Saadi. "They (the five officials) will be executed within one month....
  • Panetta makes 9/11 gaffe in Iraq (AP Lies--Says Bush Connected Saddam to 9/11)

    07/11/2011 9:28:55 AM PDT · by MissesBush · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 07/11/11 | Paul J. Richards
    Newly appointed US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta told American troops in Baghdad on Monday that 9/11 was the reason they were in Iraq, before he was quickly corrected by his spokesman. "The reason you guys are here is because of 9/11. The US got attacked and 3,000 human beings got killed because of Al-Qaeda," Panetta told about 150 soldiers at the Camp Victory US base. "We've been fighting as a result of that," he said. The administration of former US President George W. Bush had hastily linked Saddam Hussein, the ousted Iraqi dictator, to the 9/11 attacks. That was one...
  • Saddam Hussein's torture doctor has been working in British hospitals for SEVEN years

    07/02/2011 11:26:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | James Slack, Michael Seamark and Fay Schlesinger
    A doctor involved in horrific torture by Saddam Hussein’s henchmen is working in British hospitals. In an astonishing immigration scandal, border officials have allowed the suspected war criminal to treat thousands of British patients. Dr Mohammed Kassim Al-Byati was given a permit to work as a doctor in the NHS by the Labour government in 2004. Checks failed to uncover his history of working for the notorious Iraqi Intelligence Agency, which ran the country in a reign of terror during the Saddam years. His job was to patch up torture victims so that they could be subjected to more appalling...
  • Bye-Bye bidets! US troops leaving Saddam palaces

    06/12/2011 12:26:44 PM PDT · by PROCON · 10 replies
    AP ^ | June 12, 2011 | REBECCA SANTANA
    BAGHDAD (AP) - Available soon: nine palaces in lakeside complex frequented by visiting kings and dictators, beautiful molded ceilings and light fixtures, many bidets, Saddam Hussein mural and former prison cell. As is, with Tomahawk missile damage. Contact: U.S. Army. Thus might read a real estate ad for the Victory Base Complex, one of the many properties the U.S. military is vacating as the Dec. 31 deadline for its withdrawal from Iraq approaches. It will leave behind probably some of the most elaborate, some would say tacky, office spaces ever used by American soldiers, sailors or Marines.
  • South Park 5-18-11

    05/18/2011 7:10:18 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 23 replies
    southparkstudios.com ^ | 5-18-11 | Parker and Stone
    Featured Clip Preview: I'm In Trouble Again? Cartman may have gone too far this time.
  • Libya vs Iraq

    03/24/2011 9:51:15 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 3 replies
    coworkers compare Libya and Iraq