reply to post by DaleGribble
Hello Dale, if you are referring to the weapons of mass destruction that Donald Rumsfeld sold to Saddam, then yes, [Saddam] did in fact have WMDs.
Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam Hussein
Rumsfeld's handshake with Saddam
"In the 1980s and afterward, the United States underwrote 24 American corporations so they could sell to Saddam Hussein weapons of mass
destruction, which he used against Iran, at that time the prime Middle Eastern enemy of the United States," writes Ben Bagdikian, a former assistant
managing editor of the Washington Post, in his book The New Media Monopoly. "Hussein used U.S.-supplied poison gas" against Iranians and Kurds
"while the United States looked the other way."
The US government may not have directly sold WMDs to Saddam, but US corporations were allowed to, and actively sought out to sell munitions to
US and Iraq go way back
I believe the above source, and below quote, happen to be the most important message of all.
A 1995 affidavit by former National Security Agency official Howard Teicher, obtained by the Post, claimed that the U.S. "actively supported
the Iraqi war effort by supplying the Iraqis with billions of dollars of credits, by providing military intelligence and advice to the Iraqis, and by
closely monitoring third country arms sales to Iraq to make sure Iraq had the military weaponry required."
Teicher claimed that the CIA supplied Iraq with cluster bombs through a Chilean company. However, German and UK firms sold more weapons to Iraq than
U.S. arms companies, the Post reports.
Congressional investigations after the Gulf War revealed that the Commerce Department had licensed sales of biological agents, including anthrax, and
insecticides, which could be used in chemical weapons, to Iraq.
When Iraq used chemical weapons against the Kurds in 1987, there was anger in Congress and the White House. But a memo in 1988 from Assistant
Secretary of State Richard W. Murphy stated that "The U.S.-Iraqi relationship is … important to our long-term political and economic objectives."
"We believe that economic sanctions will be useless or counterproductive to influence the Iraqis," the Post quoted the memo as saying.
America was involved in arms dealing with the Iraqis during the Iran-Iraq war, and certainly before and afterwards.
WMDs were found in Iraq, but they probably found documents linking them to the American government.
If not, and this is certainly a big if, the American media has been silenced to keep the truth, at least somewhat, covered up.