[FoRK] The administration feared destroying the terrorist camp in Iraq could undercut its case for war against Saddam.

Owen Byrne owen at permafrost.net
Mon May 17 08:05:02 PDT 2004


Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:

>The found that lobbing a few cruise missiles only empowered the
>terrorists, thus they changed the policy.  But more interesting, are
>you saying you buy into the idea that al-qaeda related terrorists
>were setting up chemical weapons labs in Iraq?  If so, that
>would be the first time anyone has acknowledged the link.  
> 
>Greg
>  
>
Ha ha. They found that advancing whatever rationale that Republican base 
would lap up was a successful strategy. Apparently it still works for you.
"Empower the terrorists" - thats what they are best at.

Owen


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>	Subject: [FoRK] The administration feared destroying the terrorist camp in Iraq could undercut its case for war against Saddam.
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>	Is that a killer sentence or what. Its in slate's link here:
>	http://slate.msn.com/id/2100549/
>	to this story:
>	http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4431601/
>	
>	They were laughing at you folks. The white house that is. "Can you
>	believe that the morons that live in this country actually bought this
>	crap?"
>	Owen
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>	Avoiding attacking suspected terrorist mastermind
>	Abu Musab Zarqawi blamed for more than 700 killings in Iraq
>	By Jim Miklaszewski
>	Correspondent
>	NBC News
>	Updated: 7:14 p.m. ET March 02, 2004
>	
>	With Tuesday’s attacks, Abu Musab Zarqawi, a Jordanian militant with
>	ties to al-Qaida, is now blamed for more than 700 terrorist killings in
>	Iraq.
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>	
>	But NBC News has learned that long before the war the Bush
>	administration had several chances to wipe out his terrorist operation
>	and perhaps kill Zarqawi himself — but never pulled the trigger.
>	
>	In June 2002, U.S. officials say intelligence had revealed that Zarqawi
>	and members of al-Qaida had set up a weapons lab at Kirma, in northern
>	Iraq, producing deadly ricin and cyanide.
>	
>	The Pentagon quickly drafted plans to attack the camp with cruise
>	missiles and airstrikes and sent it to the White House, where, according
>	to U.S. government sources, the plan was debated to death in the
>	National Security Council.
>	
>	‘People were more obsessed with developing the coalition to overthrow
>	Saddam than to execute the president’s policy of pre-emption against
>	terrorists.’
>	
>	— Roger Cressey
>	Terrorism expert
>	
>	“Here we had targets, we had opportunities, we had a country willing to
>	support casualties, or risk casualties after 9/11 and we still didn’t do
>	it,” said Michael O’Hanlon, military analyst with the Brookings Institution.
>	
>	Four months later, intelligence showed Zarqawi was planning to use ricin
>	in terrorist attacks in Europe.
>	
>	The Pentagon drew up a second strike plan, and the White House again
>	killed it. By then the administration had set its course for war with Iraq.
>	
>	“People were more obsessed with developing the coalition to overthrow
>	Saddam than to execute the president’s policy of preemption against
>	terrorists,” according to terrorism expert and former National Security
>	Council member Roger Cressey.
>	
>	In January 2003, the threat turned real. Police in London arrested six
>	terror suspects and discovered a ricin lab connected to the camp in Iraq.
>	
>	The Pentagon drew up still another attack plan, and for the third time,
>	the National Security Council killed it.
>	
>	Military officials insist their case for attacking Zarqawi’s operation
>	was airtight, but the administration feared destroying the terrorist
>	camp in Iraq could undercut its case for war against Saddam.
>	
>	The United States did attack the camp at Kirma at the beginning of the
>	war, but it was too late — Zarqawi and many of his followers were gone.
>	“Here’s a case where they waited, they waited too long and now we’re
>	suffering as a result inside Iraq,” Cressey added.
>	
>	And despite the Bush administration’s tough talk about hitting the
>	terrorists before they strike, Zarqawi’s killing streak continues today
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