Re: Reagan's CIA helped Iraq use chemical weapons
posted at 8/27/2013 2:58 PM EDT
In response to WhatDoYouWantNow's comment:
The U.S. government may be considering military action in response to chemical strikes near Damascus. But a generation ago, America's military and intelligence communities knew about and did nothing to stop a series of nerve gas attacks far more devastating than anything Syria has seen, Foreign Policy has learned.
In 1988, during the waning days of Iraq's war with Iran, the United States learned through satellite imagery that Iran was about to gain a major strategic advantage by exploiting a hole in Iraqi defenses. U.S. intelligence officials conveyed the location of the Iranian troops to Iraq, fully aware that Hussein's military would attack with chemical weapons, including sarin, a lethal nerve agent.
lol, is this a surprise to you?
The USA has been the worlds most active arm supplier consistently for the last 50 years.
Each President including the current one knows the story and how it works.
Do you think paving the way for the "rebels" in syria or name your ME country is much different than supporting the mujihadeen in afganistan before anyone outside of our govt knew who Osama bin laden was?
The USA gambled that saddam was less a threat than the iranians!
sometimes you are the bug, sometimes you are the windshield!
Its all about supporting who you hope will be less hostile or at least less of a fanatic towards the USA in the future.