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Sunday Weekly Review

October 23, 2005

Q) What do these diverse stories have in common?
— TraitorGate
— the “Cheney-Rumsfeld cabal” to sell America WMD lies to support the War in Iraq
— Karen Hughes discussing the crimes of Saddam Hussein
— Saddam’s trial
— Harriet Miers on the President; the President on Harriet Myers
— Senator Ted Stevens claim that the US is “discriminating” against Alaska
— the anti-gay prejudice of the Catholic Church and the U.S. military
— the love of Republicans for Government Contractors
— Joe McCarthy in the 1950’s
A) They are all evidence that the only thing worse than a LIAR….
……is a LIAR that believes his own LIES.
PLUS a trip down memory lane…
Mark will play segments from the very first radio broadcast of THE INSIDE SCOOP on June 22, 2003.

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  • greggp October 25, 2005 10:20 pm

    I believe that there’s a good reason why Sadam would not be charged with the massacre of Kurds at Halabja; because there is a strong possibility he would be acquitted. Here’s what Stephen Pelletiere had to say in the New York Times in 2003:
    “The accusation that Iraq has used chemical weapons against its citizens is a familiar part of the debate. The piece of hard evidence most frequently brought up concerns the gassing of Iraqi Kurds at the town of Halabja in March 1988, near the end of the eight-year Iran-Iraq war. President Bush himself has cited Iraq’s “gassing its own people,” specifically at Halabja, as a reason to topple Saddam Hussein.
    But the truth is, all we know for certain is that Kurds were bombarded with poison gas that day at Halabja. We cannot say with any certainty that Iraqi chemical weapons killed the Kurds. This is not the only distortion in the Halabja story.
    I am in a position to know because, as the Central Intelligence Agency’s senior political analyst on Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war, and as a professor at the Army War College from 1988 to 2000, I was privy to much of the classified material that flowed through Washington having to do with the Persian Gulf. In addition, I headed a 1991 Army investigation into how the Iraqis would fight a war against the United States; the classified version of the report went into great detail on the Halabja affair.
    This much about the gassing at Halabja we undoubtedly know: it came about in the course of a battle between Iraqis and Iranians. Iraq used chemical weapons to try to kill Iranians who had seized the town, which is in northern Iraq not far from the Iranian border. The Kurdish civilians who died had the misfortune to be caught up in that exchange. But they were not Iraq’s main target.
    And the story gets murkier: immediately after the battle the United States Defense Intelligence Agency investigated and produced a classified report, which it circulated within the intelligence community on a need-to-know basis. That study asserted that it was Iranian gas that killed the Kurds, not Iraqi gas.
    The agency did find that each side used gas against the other in the battle around Halabja. The condition of the dead Kurds’ bodies, however, indicated they had been killed with a blood agent — that is, a cyanide-based gas — which Iran was known to use. The Iraqis, who are thought to have used mustard gas in the battle, are not known to have possessed blood agents at the time.
    These facts have long been in the public domain but, extraordinarily, as often as the Halabja affair is cited, they are rarely mentioned. A much-discussed article in The New Yorker last March did not make reference to the Defense Intelligence Agency report or consider that Iranian gas might have killed the Kurds. On the rare occasions the report is brought up, there is usually speculation, with no proof, that it was skewed out of American political favoritism toward Iraq in its war against Iran.
    I am not trying to rehabilitate the character of Saddam Hussein. He has much to answer for in the area of human rights abuses. But accusing him of gassing his own people at Halabja as an act of genocide is not correct, because as far as the information we have goes, all of the cases where gas was used involved battles. These were tragedies of war. There may be justifications for invading Iraq, but Halabja is not one of them.”

  • Acid reflux Smith October 25, 2005 9:30 am

    Robt–sounds pretty rich, now it’s time for Tums