Saturday, March 25, 2006

Major Headlines: Iraq War Preamble


  • The pentagon says that Russia leaked US Invasion plans to Iraq before the war... according to Iraqi intelligence documents captured by the American military.

    "One of the documents, which purports to be a summary of a letter sent to Saddam Hussein's office by a Russian official, claims that Moscow had "sources inside the American Central Command in Doha" — the U.S. military's headquarters during the war — which Russia used to convey American intentions and troop movements to Baghdad.

    Russia had well-known and extensive diplomatic and economic ties to Baghdad prior to the U.S.-led invasion.

    Analysts said the revelations could be some of the most damaging to bilateral relations since the end of the Cold War, and while they cautioned that Moscow may have an explanation for the disclosures, they noted that some of the details were so sensitive that they would be hard to justify." (source)

    The protest signs should have read "No No-War for Oil" --as Russia and France only objected to the war because of their financial gain from Saddam's regime... And somehow we get the bad rap.


  • Another of the documents released may have top Dems apologizing the Bush and Cheney for saying they "lied to America" about a Bin Laden/Saddam connection.

    "A newly released prewar Iraqi document indicates that an official representative of Saddam Hussein's government met with Osama bin Laden in Sudan on February 19, 1995, after receiving approval from Saddam Hussein. Bin Laden asked that Iraq broadcast the lectures of Suleiman al Ouda, a radical Saudi preacher, and suggested "carrying out joint operations against foreign forces" in Saudi Arabia. According to the document, Saddam's presidency was informed of the details of the meeting on March 4, 1995, and Saddam agreed to dedicate a program for them on the radio. The document states that further "development of the relationship and cooperation between the two parties to be left according to what's open [in the future] based on dialogue and agreement on other ways of cooperation." The Sudanese were informed about the agreement to dedicate the program on the radio." (Summary of the Iraqi Documents on ABC.com)

    ...and this on top of the Bin Laden-Iraqi relations that were documented in the 911 Commission report.
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