Originally posted by christina-66
reply to post by nenothtu
I can't really let this go. The weapons inspectors were told to leave twice! Not by Iraq - by Washington.
Absolutely they were. It would have been very bad press for the US to blow up UN weapons inspectors in the "shock and awe" bombing campaign. That
didn't occur until after everything had been set in motion by Saddam trying to run his bluff. Like I said, when Saddam did his turn-about and allowed
them in to try to head off what he could see coming, it was too little, too late. At that point, the party line was that Saddam had stalled to buy
time to hide the WMDs.
I still think the invasion was badly timed. Up to that point, Saddam had only been using what WMDs he had against his own people (the Kurds) and Iran.
He'd only been making loud threatening noises about any other potential use, not actually doing it, or even preparing to do it.
We really had more important, and more pressing issues to deal with in Afghanistan, and splitting the force and changing the focus to Iraq was a
By the way, Darunta at least was definitely NOT a "mujahideen training facility left over from the Russian Afghan War", so the video footage from
there at least can not have been that old. Likewise, bin Laden in no way ever accepted US money or training during that war - regardless of what you
may read from armchair quarterbacks on internet blogs.
Actually, I can't think of ANY training camps we had inside Afghanistan during the Soviet War there, except perhaps a couple of impromptu camps that
were highly transitory. Most of the training and recruitment facilities for the Mujahideen were then, as now, in Waziristan and around Peshawar. Some
techs DID go in with the first Stinger shipment, but were there only for advice in case things went south with them. They didn't establish any
training camps inside Afghanistan - the idea was to get them in and out before the Soviets could capture them and build up propaganda on the
The Stingers themselves were first used inside Afghanistan by trained Muj, just north of Tora Bora near Jalalabad, and were used to shoot down a
flight of Mi-24 Hind gunships flying out of Jalalabad. One got away to carry the news home.
edit on 2011/1/3 by nenothtu because: (no reason given)