In other posts (Inconvenient Truth #3: The Riegle Report on Iraq) we learn that the United States State Department approved transfer of all sorts of biological agents to Iraq. Today’s inconvenient truth is a cable to George Schultz (Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of State) on the subject of Iraq’s use of chemical weapons in it’s war with Iran.
A few things to point out:
a. The cable confirms that Iraq’s Chemical Weapons (CW) capability came from western firms, including a U.S. foreign subsidiary.
b. It seems to confirm CW use in SE Asia and Afghanistan.
c. Confirms Iraq’s “almost daily use of CW”.
The logical conclusion is:
Iraq uses chemical weapons daily. Iraq got the chemical weapons capability from western sources (primarily U.S.?). If Iraq had not gotten the CW from western sources, they could not use it. If Iraq didn’t have these weapons, we wouldn’t have had justification to go to war. Now again, you know why we “knew” Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction (which, by the way, were long disposed of under U.N. control, –more about that later– by the time George W. Bush came on the scene)… we are the ones who supplied them…
Read the entire memo HERE.
Note: Future postings will go into why the WMD build up that Saddam had done which were not there when Bush/Cheney/Powell said they were and why they KNEW it was a lie…the weapons found were from pre-1991 and WE supplied them:
[Updated 15 Oct 2014] – A NYT Article on chemical weapons (archived HERE) in Iraq points out that all the weapons found were PRE-1991 invasion, meaning there were no “build up of WMD’s” that Bush used to invade. But, also interestingly is the following excerpt, giving proof that we supplied the weapons:
“…Participants in the chemical weapons discoveries said the United States suppressed knowledge of finds for multiple reasons, including that the government bristled at further acknowledgment it had been wrong. “They needed something to say that after Sept. 11 Saddam used chemical rounds,” Mr. Lampier said. “And all of this was from the pre-1991 era.”
Others pointed to another embarrassment. In five of six incidents in which troops were wounded by chemical agents, the munitions appeared to have been designed in the United States, manufactured in Europe and filled in chemical agent production lines built in Iraq by Western companies.…”