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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 06:45 PM
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Thanks for the Memories. Saddam - We've got him. We've always had him.
Eric Blumrich's excellent animation: "Thanks for the Memories" describes Hussein's rise to power as a CIA asset and the U.S. support given to his barbaric regime for decades.

Quiz: Which member of the Iraq Study Group gave Hussein the green light to invade Kuwait by sending a message via US Ambassador Gillespie? Answer: In the video.

"As the world watched the military build up at the Kuwaiti border, Saddam called a meeting with then US ambassador April Gillespie, who told Saddam: "We have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait." She went on to say: "___________________ has directed our official spokesmen to emphasize this instruction." (San Francisco Examiner, 11/18/02)
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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 06:47 PM
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1. Thanks for posting the link...
I've been thinking of this video on and off throughout the day as the MSM salivates over Saddam's pending execution.
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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 06:51 PM
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2. I think her name was April Glasby
And since then, I have read conflicting reports of her maybe, maybe not having been killed in a car accident.

Current information on her is not easy to find.
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stansnark Donating Member (106 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 06:54 PM
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5. Glaspie ?
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NYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 06:55 PM
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6. Glaspie.
That's what I think. Can't look it up now.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:08 PM
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8. April Glaspie, from wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Glaspie

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April Catherine Glaspie (born April 26, 1942), American diplomat, is best-known for her meeting with Saddam Hussein prior Gulf War of 1991 in which she told the Iraqi dictator that the US official policy was not to get involved in Iraq's dispute with Kuwait.

Glaspie was born in Vancouver, Canada, and graduated from Mills College in Oakland, California in 1963 and from Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in 1965. In 1966 she entered the United States diplomatic service, where she became an expert on the Middle East.

After postings in Kuwait, Syria and Egypt Glaspie was appointed Ambassador to Iraq in 1989. She was the first woman to be appointed an American Ambassador to an Arab country. She had a reputation as a respected Arabist, and her instructions were to broaden cultural and commercial contacts with the Iraqi regime in hopes of "civilizing" it.

Glaspie's appointment followed a period from 1980 to 1988 during which the United States had given covert support to Iraq during its war with Iran (see Iran-Iraq War). Although the extent of U.S. assistance to Iraq during the period is disputed (the Soviet Union and France also supplied aid to Iraq), it was substantial.

more...
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NYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:43 PM
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16. Thank you.
:hi:
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:55 PM
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18. Glaspie - thanks. Blumrich spelled it right and then when I googled I
found Gillespie. :(

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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:16 PM
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10. Glaspie, sorry. n/t

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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 06:53 PM
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3. Holy crap! I had NO idea that Hussein's invasion into Kuwait
was authorized before it wasn't. Now I know where the idea for 'flip-flop' might have originated.
This is pretty sickening. We created the situation we are now fighting, and it could all have been orchestrated.
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stansnark Donating Member (106 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:21 PM
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11. did you know about
kuwait slant-drilling under the border for iraqi oil with u.s. supplied equipment? and would kuwait do that on their own without consulting with US govt or Big Oil interests?
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:29 PM
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13. No. So the US was playing both countries?
Do you have a link? This is fascinating and duplicitous and horrendous. But I'm sure Baker, et al. would say it was just business.
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 06:54 PM
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4. Quite powerful
I learned a lot I didn't know before. Thanks for the link.
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wakeme2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:04 PM
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7. I love that video kick and nom nt
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Benhurst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:14 PM
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9. Excellent! Recommended #4
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:26 PM
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12. Brilliant video. Thanks. K&R.
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madeline_con Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:30 PM
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14. Her name was Glaspie, not Gillespie.
That's why it's "hard to find" info.... :eyes:
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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:39 PM
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15. Still hard to find
she seems to have been disappeared. I have read more than one rumor about a car accident.
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madeline_con Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:44 PM
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17. Here's a transcript
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