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

Lucas Gonze lgonze at panix.com
Mon May 17 07:51:46 PDT 2004


Are you saying that this was related to Hussein?  That wouldn't make
sense, since it was in Kurdish territory.

On Mon, 17 May 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
>
> =09-----Original Message-----
> =09From: fork-bounces at xent.com on behalf of Owen Byrne
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> =09Cc:
> =09Subject: [FoRK] The administration feared destroying the terrorist cam=
p in Iraq could undercut its case for war against Saddam.
>
>
>
> =09Is that a killer sentence or what. Its in slate's link here:
> =09http://slate.msn.com/id/2100549/
> =09to this story:
> =09http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4431601/
>
> =09They were laughing at you folks. The white house that is. "Can you
> =09believe that the morons that live in this country actually bought this
> =09crap?"
> =09Owen
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> =09Avoiding attacking suspected terrorist mastermind
> =09Abu Musab Zarqawi blamed for more than 700 killings in Iraq
> =09By Jim Miklaszewski
> =09Correspondent
> =09NBC News
> =09Updated: 7:14 p.m. ET March 02, 2004
>
> =09With Tuesday=E2=80=99s attacks, Abu Musab Zarqawi, a Jordanian militan=
t with
> =09ties to al-Qaida, is now blamed for more than 700 terrorist killings i=
n
> =09Iraq.
>
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> =09<http://g.msn.com/0AD0000M/597215.1??PID=3D2185032&UIT=3DG&TargetID=3D=
1010900&AN=3D19516&PG=3DNBCSMO>
>
>
> =09But NBC News has learned that long before the war the Bush
> =09administration had several chances to wipe out his terrorist operation
> =09and perhaps kill Zarqawi himself =E2=80=94 but never pulled the trigge=
r.
>
> =09In June 2002, U.S. officials say intelligence had revealed that Zarqaw=
i
> =09and members of al-Qaida had set up a weapons lab at Kirma, in northern
> =09Iraq, producing deadly ricin and cyanide.
>
> =09The Pentagon quickly drafted plans to attack the camp with cruise
> =09missiles and airstrikes and sent it to the White House, where, accordi=
ng
> =09to U.S. government sources, the plan was debated to death in the
> =09National Security Council.
>
> =09=E2=80=98People were more obsessed with developing the coalition to ov=
erthrow
> =09Saddam than to execute the president=E2=80=99s policy of pre-emption a=
gainst
> =09terrorists.=E2=80=99
>
> =09=E2=80=94 Roger Cressey
> =09Terrorism expert
>
> =09=E2=80=9CHere we had targets, we had opportunities, we had a country w=
illing to
> =09support casualties, or risk casualties after 9/11 and we still didn=E2=
=80=99t do
> =09it,=E2=80=9D said Michael O=E2=80=99Hanlon, military analyst with the =
Brookings Institution.
>
> =09Four months later, intelligence showed Zarqawi was planning to use ric=
in
> =09in terrorist attacks in Europe.
>
> =09The Pentagon drew up a second strike plan, and the White House again
> =09killed it. By then the administration had set its course for war with =
Iraq.
>
> =09=E2=80=9CPeople were more obsessed with developing the coalition to ov=
erthrow
> =09Saddam than to execute the president=E2=80=99s policy of preemption ag=
ainst
> =09terrorists,=E2=80=9D according to terrorism expert and former National=
 Security
> =09Council member Roger Cressey.
>
> =09In January 2003, the threat turned real. Police in London arrested six
> =09terror suspects and discovered a ricin lab connected to the camp in Ir=
aq.
>
> =09The Pentagon drew up still another attack plan, and for the third time=
,
> =09the National Security Council killed it.
>
> =09Military officials insist their case for attacking Zarqawi=E2=80=99s o=
peration
> =09was airtight, but the administration feared destroying the terrorist
> =09camp in Iraq could undercut its case for war against Saddam.
>
> =09The United States did attack the camp at Kirma at the beginning of the
> =09war, but it was too late =E2=80=94 Zarqawi and many of his followers w=
ere gone.
> =09=E2=80=9CHere=E2=80=99s a case where they waited, they waited too long=
 and now we=E2=80=99re
> =09suffering as a result inside Iraq,=E2=80=9D Cressey added.
>
> =09And despite the Bush administration=E2=80=99s tough talk about hitting=
 the
> =09terrorists before they strike, Zarqawi=E2=80=99s killing streak contin=
ues today
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