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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 07:20 PM
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Ex-Hussein political adviser claims Iraq accepted Bush's ultimatum before invasion
Ex-Hussein political adviser claims Iraq accepted Bush's ultimatum before invasion

Ron Brynaert
Published: Monday October 30, 2006

Hossam Shaltout, a former political adviser to Saddam Hussein's son, said today that before the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March of 2003, Saddam expressed his intent to yield to all American demands, but that the Bush administration refused his offers, according to a press release on Yahoo News.

Shaltout is a Canadian citizen who claims he was beaten repeatedly by U.S. officers while in an Iraqi detention camp, under suspicion of once having been a "right hand man" for Saddam Hussein.

"Saddam was willing to yield to all American demands, announced and unannounced, to reach peaceful resolution," said Shaltout, "but the Bush administration, including Elizabeth Cheney, undersecretary of State, David Welch, the U.S. ambassador in Egypt, and Gene Cretz, his political attache, did not respond to his offers."

Shaltout claims that in March of 2003, just as he was to read the Iraqi government's official reply to the Bush ultimatum on Al-Jazeera, the broadcast was interrupted and "the plug was pulled on the transmission." He also maintains that later, when the Americans arrived in Baghdad, he offered his assistance to U.S. military officials, but instead was arrested by Marines who went to his hotel suite and took his documents.

more at:
http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/ExHussein_political_a...
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 07:25 PM
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1. No surprise to me.
This proves Hussein was sane. Who, but a madman, would throw up a 3rd rate army against the most fearsome military machine the world has known? But the whole point was to get into Iraq and control the oil. There's nothing Hussein could have said or done to stop the PNAC plan.
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Poiuyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:36 PM
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2. I seem to recall this
Saddam was going to move to another country, etc., but Bush said that he didn't believe him.
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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:40 PM
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3. I remember this! They were going to invade Iraq
come hell or high water...and they did.
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