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Originally posted by Phoenix
ECK, your right the war never ended - direct hostilities ended under an armistice when Saddam agreed to get rid of offensive weapons capability to the colition forces operating under the auspices of the UN.
I saw a headline in the mainstream news yesterday or today saying Iraq was rid of WMD's (that the USA largely supplied them with) by 1994. Sounds about right. I'm just curious Phoenix, you ever been to Iraq?
And yup yer right again about the UN sanctions and bombing raids in response to Saddam not abiding by agreements he made in the armistice.
The bombing and sanctions were a perfect containment measure, albeit brutal to the people only. It worked like a charm. Because of it Saddam was never a threat to anyone. The WMD was pure fiction. Did you by chance read or hear Ahmed Chalabi's statements concerning the fact that he lied? And Wolfowitz' same statements? I guess that peice of truth is simply tuned out of the proud Neo Con mind.
17 UN resolutions later Saddam either refused to prove he had gotten rid of WMD or he hid them. If he did not have any it would have been easy on his part to get the sanctions lifted and the bombing stopped, why do you suppose he did'nt do that?
Classic rhetoric. He was the leader of a country sitting atop the world's second largest oil reserves. Do you think there weren't plenty of enemies who might have got froggy with him had he not scared the shiZit outta them by claiming to posess the dreaded chem/bio weapons? He wasn't personally hurting from the sanctions or bombing runs. He used those psyops skillz the CIA taught him and psyched out alotta people. It was pretty damn wily of him, actually.
Scott Ritter was debunked as any kind of reliable source when it was shown he was a perv suspect open to bribery from the Iraqis and others - not exactly Mr reliable in my book.
Sorry, but you're wrong on that. It was the other way around. They tried to pin that on him, but failed miserably. It was pure BU#. It's pretty sad, actually. You're not gonna find a more honorable and patriotic dude than Captain Scott Ritter. I'd serve under him and follow him to hell and back. He's worked tirelessly for the citizens of the United States and this is the thanks he gets. It's pathetic.
The whole point to this is, we may have come home in April of '91, but the war was far from over. They had a long term strategy to remove Saddam; which, incidentally, they have a bad habit of doing once their puppet becomes useless to them. They have lied to America straight down the line and are nothing but a bunch of infantile, socially retarded power mongers bent on empire. Which, the last time I checked was completely anti-US Constitution.