Skip to comments.Smoking in the Background - The Bush administration sits on some telling documents (Saddam's Iraq).
Posted on 12/22/2005 10:01:53 PM PST by neverdem
December 21, 2005,
Smoking in the Background
The Bush administration sits on some telling documents.
President Bushs recent speeches and media appearances defending the Iraq war are welcome and much-needed. They also seem to be paying dividends. Support for his handling of Iraq stood at 46 percent, up 10 points since November, in a December 1518 ABC News/Washington Post poll. Nevertheless, Team Bush still fails to deploy readily available ammunition to combat those who demand Americas retreat from Iraq.
On two key fronts Saddam Husseins weapons of mass destruction and his generous support for Islamofascist terrorists the Bush administration maddeningly conceals evidence that justifies the presidents decision to topple Hussein. This information should be rolled out to counteract the destructive arguments of Democratic chief Howard Dean, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator John Kerry, and other Bushophobes who relentlessly carpet-bomb American efforts in Iraq.
Stephen Hayes reveals the latest squandered opportunities in the December 19 Weekly Standard. Hayes the pioneering author of The Connection: How al Qaedas Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America reportshere, here, and here on the Pentagon papers. These mainly unclassified Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS) materials implicate Husseins government in multifarious mischief. Much of it violated Article H, Clause 32 of United Nations Security Council Resolution 687, which prohibited Baghdad from supporting or associating with terrorists. The Pentagons HARMONY database identifies these memos, photographs, videotapes, and other records via highly tantalizing summaries:
Does the correspondence between the Iraqi Embassy in Manila and the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs shed any new light on the $25 million ransom that Muammar Qaddafi paid Abu Sayyaf in the summer of 2000, ostensibly to secure the release of 25 Westerners held hostage by the Filipino al Qaeda affiliate? Hayes wonders. Who traveled to Pakistan? What was his involvement with bin Laden? Did he have anything to do with the Iraqi government?
The following text might offer answers:
So, a record dated ten months before 9/11 indicates that Saddam Husseins employees clandestinely met Taliban and al Qaeda agents regarding a decision to operate. Meditate on that.
According to documents Hayes cites, the former director of Iraqs Intelligence Directorate 4 met bin Laden on February 19, 1995. Baghdad considered bin Laden an Iraqi intelligence asset as far back as 1992, one communiqué reads. After bin Laden left Sudan for Afghanistan in May 1996, Hussein wanted other channels through which to handle the relationship, in light of his [bin Ladens] current location. The Iraqi intelligence memo continued: Cooperation between the two organizations should be allowed to develop freely through discussion and agreement.
Naturally, the White House and Pentagon are busy defending Bushs policies by translating and authenticating these and similar records and promoting them among congressional and journalistic supporters and detractors.
The Bush administration inexplicably suppresses such papers. They reject requests for unclassified files from Hayes, Americas most broadly published expert on Husseins terrorist credentials. Hayes, who generally supports the president on Iraq, is flummoxed: The Bush administration seems remarkably uninterested in discovering, now that we have reams of material from Saddams regime, what the actual terror-related and WMD-related activities of that regime were.
Incredibly, the Pentagons Doc-Ex, or document exploitation project, may close December 31. Its roughly 700 translators in Doha, Qatar have analyzed 50,000 items among some two million captured in Iraq. This public-diplomacy treasure trove could remain hidden from the public. Far worse, intelligence data on potential mass-murder conspiracies may stay unread until after a Baathist-inspired attack kills more Americans or our allies.
The White House should pump up the volume and showcase these papers. Even now, proof that Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and sponsored terrorist butchers, including Osama bin Laden, will demonstrate the necessity of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The alternative is to keep this vital evidence under wraps and hope that Howard Dean and the Congressional Defeat Caucus quietly disappear.
Deroy Murdock is a New York-based syndicated columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service and a senior fellow with the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. His research on Baathist terrorist philanthropy is at www.HUSSEINandTERROR.com.
I wonder, does anyone think that they will use Saddams connections to terrorism in the trial?
Odd. Why would he sit on it and not release it?
Had he brought all this data out when it was discovered it would have brought HUGE dividends, politically and historically.
So I have my doubts that these documents are very damning at all.
I assume "strategery" is involved in this nondisclosure
I must admit there is a part of me that says all of his reasons were perfectly rational, and frankly the burden of proof is on the revisionists. Screw em' is a thought I have fairly frequently ;)
So I think Bush is biding his time and waiting for the right moment to release it. Then we can smash those thugs in Damascus and clean out that rats nest in Lebanon.
The Lebanese people will love us for it.
Russia has muddied the waters concerning Syria. They have signed a pacy with them.
pacy = pact
Syria and Iran have also signed a pact. Now, russia has shipped Cruise missiles to Iran.
You think Russia would attempt defend Syria if we invaded? Their army would have to go over the Caucasus and clean across Georgia and Turkey to even get there. ....and once they arrived they know they'd be slaughtered. Little to gain, everything to lose.
I believe it's the old Rove Ropadope Rug Yank. Be patient grasshopper.
ABC CBS NBC CNN its all the SAME, Propaganda.
Might as well call them all AmeriJazerra.
Show them how much Gravitas Hugh Bris has. Vote with your remote! Shut down the Alphabet channels.
He's Got A Plan
Could they be saving ammunition for the 2006 election ?
No. Not for a second. Syria isn't worth Moscow. But they give the world wide appearance of it. In this day and age, sometimes that's enough. They want a larger role on the world stage, and going against, even with just the appearance of it, will raise their stature in three quarters of the world.
Bush does seem to pull a rabbit out of his hat when need be. He has his reasons. I just wish he'd call me and tell me.
Every time the media think they have Bush right where they want him, he slips through their fingers and leaves them with egg on their faces.
It's getting to the level of Road Runner vs Coyote in the USA vs the Dims
Sooner or later we're going to have to clean out those rats nests as well.
First the Syrians. I want Bashir Assads head on a pike..
It sure looks that way. That Karl Rove is a genius. :-)
Bush not only isn't 'using' the information, he out and out said in one of his last speeches - something to the effect - 'we were wrong on WMD.'
If Iran goes nuclear, they will protect Syria.
You're right he did say that. Then what would be your guess of what he's sitting on?
I suspect they know where they went and they are waiting, gathering intelligence, making connections, before moving in (probably to Syria). They don't want to tip their hand. Just a guess, though.
This sends a cold sweat down my back and a shiver up my spine.
However, with the news that's been coming out of Australia regarding their troubles with the Lebanese, I don't think we're going to find an ally or even an appreciative face in that country when we take care of that corner.
Posted on 10/09/2004 1:20:26 PM CDT by TexKat
Here's saddam himself discussing WMD's.
I don't know what Bush means when he said he was wrong about the WMD's.
Because that which involved Iraq is intertwined with ongoing investigations into a global proliferation network whose reach we have not yet determined, and which may yet require some covert diplomatic and or military creativity on our part, which is likely to be more successful if done by surprise. By releasing info we have on Iraq we could inadvertantly tell others what we know about their activities, giving them time to prepare.
To say that you know it....
indicates how you found out.
To set a new tone in Washington?
"Could they be saving ammunition for the 2006 election ?"
That would be my take. He declares his policies were right and justified by (this declassified) evidence made public, and timed for the fall elections.
If events in Iraq continue favorably; government is successfully "stood up"; troop drawdowns continue, etc.
Bush declares success and ask voters to strengthen his ability to protect America, by electing Republicans. Republican candidates rn on strong defense "platform" (RNC talking points).
Contrasts nicely against wobbly and inconsistent democrats.
I see the long term WOT in a serial fashion: One country at a time, by whatever means is necessary.
If that means force is needed elsewhere, after Iraq, it is best to be winding down in Iraq first.
That's my take as well. Even though they've translated only 2%, you can be sure they were not translated randomly. They've pretty much got all that's there and while circumstantially an argument, a good argument, can be made, that is not good enough for the press. They would require a smoking A-bomb, or maybe two, in case the first was just a fluke.
I doubt it. Then again, it's said Bush wasknown as the best poker player at Yale.
Read tomorrow BUMP!
I think one reason the Bush Administration is not making the case for the Iraq war is there is not much advantage in do it at this time. The people who support the war today vastly out number those who do not. These reports are unlikely to sway liberals who believe all war is wrong and Bush's war doubly so. Moderates are not watching news and conservatives already support Dubya or oppose the war for reasons of a conspiracy of freemasons, communists, corporations, media, and all but a handful of politicians.
Taken to an extreme I'm not sure I would want irrefutable proof that WMD exist in Iraq, or the DNA remain of Bin Laden, if I was fighting this war. The vindication would be nice, but it would lead to an backhanded apology and a demand by the UN and our good allies France, Germany, Syria, and Saudi Arabia to get involved with reconstruction. Because of the unpopularity of the war outside of the US the terrorist have less access to the future of the Middle East.
I think these reports will be much more effective and convincing coming from the democratically elected government of Iraq. Maybe in about 10 months in an official report from Iraq intelligence a couple days before Saddam is executed.
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If you talk to a liberal and site facts they just plug their ears and start screaming. They need someone they can trust i.e. katie couric or dan rather you know someone like that to tell them, otherwise they wont listen.
Even before Iraq has faded from memory, all eyes are on Iran. We will mix American bases on both sides and ships and subs to the south with the paranoia of Mahmood Ahmadinejad. If he screws up and gives us an excuse Iran will be liberated by force. I bet he does nothing but rant until internal pressures replace him for his inaction with a kookier martyr. One who is more likely to give us the excuse we need.
If that takes too long I'm sure an opportunity to advance the WOT has already been laid out. I might go with a strategy that has proved successful already. Just like Iraq Dubya might hint at it in the SOTU. He and his administration could begin making the charges against Iran. The old media, the UN, and the rats will shriek and declare Dubya a madman bent of global domination. The rats will demand Dubya consult them and the President will merely say he has the authority to act as Command in Chief. This will push the rats over the cliff. Stories will leak of troop movements and the military will verify without explanation.
At the hight of the rat and media hysteria, I would reveal irrefutable proof of WMD in Iraq if I had it. Preferably found by the Iraq military.
Then in a prime time address to Congress, the President would calmly lay out a convincing presentation for the next phase of the WOT. He will ask Congress for it's approval. The rats will be screwed again. If they capitulate they lose their base voters, and they lose moderate voters when they obstruct. However when they lose their base they also lose their donors so they will choose political suicide over financial suicide. Dubya will ask the American people to give him a Congress who will work with him.
This point might actually be a better time to reveal any secret proof of WMDs.
Once Dubya gets approval from Congress, he then talks to the UN and tells them he has all the authority he needs. He is going to defend America and there are only 2 things they can do.
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