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Response to Benton D Struckcheon (Reply #53)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 04:22 AM

80. Two Ways This "Complicates" the Situation

 

First, if the US War-Criminals Involved Were In Prison, we might have a bit more credibility. I've yet to see a perpwalk, or even harsh words, though I suspect the latter "lip service" may be forthcoming. Clearly, there is no "clean break" between R and D foreign policy; they even hang out together at the same War-Criminal's Club, the CFR.

Second, the US tried to Blame Iran for Saddam's CW use at the time - clearly knowing the truth. Ronnie Reagan even sent some "Cowboy Boots" with Rummy, as a present, for his buddy Saddam. http://www.niagarafallsreporter.com/gallagher168.html (some other "Good 'ol Reagan" memories in that piece) But returning to the "Blame the CW on Iran" trick:

It was not until 1990 that the U.S. government would try to substantiate what it was trying to do since 1988, that is to deflect blame for chemical weapons use away from Iraq and redirect at least some of the blame towards Iran. The U.S. Army War College report of 1990, entitled “Iraqi Power and U.S. Security in the Middle East,” authored by a team led by Steven C. Pelletiere concluded that Iran, not Iraq, was responsible for the chemical weapons attack on Halabja.

http://projectsheffield.wordpress.com/2010/03/17/how-the-forgotten-city-of-halabja-became-the-launchpad-for-war-on-iraq/

Now we have new declassified evidence of US awareness of CW use by Iraq, and continued support for the regime using them. So are we to believe the State Dept, now, when the claim is made that Assad decided to commit national-suicide by:

Killing a bunch of civilians with CW,
Crossing Pres. Obama's "Red Line,"
Just as UN-Inspectors arrived,
While the tide of war was turning in his favor,
And he was about to attend peace-negotiations with the upper-hand?

He purportedly tortured for the CIA, so I'm not giving him credit for "humanitarian of the year," but isn't it just a bit more plausible - or might we at least suspect - that this was a rebel operation, considering they just happen to be Suicidal / Homicidal Fundamentalist-Terrorists, and all.

There is also the question of whether those were some of the Libyan CW Gadaffi gave up (rewarded with a Western-backed civil-war), perhaps passed with one of the CIA's gift-packages out of Bengazi? At this point, that is speculation; maybe in another 35 years, we will see the declassified documents. Until then, who knows - but we do have a consistent pattern of deceit and a strong motive.

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