Wednesday, July 6, 2016



(HADONG BRIDGE DETAIL)--One year after President Clinton was re-elected for his second term in office, one year after his opponent, the loser, Bob Dole, called him weak on foreign policy, Clinton was still grappling with Hussein's squirming out of every deal handed to him by the UN and the inspectors. He'd recently thrown them out of the country but then allowed them back in.

Even though the President was lobbying in the media that action was about to be taken, the Chilcot report is again conveniently blind to the fact that the United States had reached its limit with Hussein. It was all about the United Nations, Russia, China and the Security Council; the inept crew that kept letting Hussein slide. In fact a half-dozen pages in the early part of the report don't even mention Clinton:

It does mention  that US weapons inspectors were denied access to several locations more than once. Back in the world, Clinton had run out of patience:



Clinton: Iraq's weapons must go
President stresses the need to destroy Saddam's arsenal
THE ASSOCIATE:I) PRESS WASHINGTON — President Clinton demanded Friday that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein be stripped of all capability to make nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the administra-tion hardened its conditions for lifting economic sanctions against Iraq. As U.N. weapons inspectors returned to Baghdad with fewer Americans, the State Department said Iraq must pay reparations from the 1991 war in the Persian Gulf and free Kuwaiti prisoners. The first priority of the U.N. inspectors, whose return Saddam permitted under mas-sive U.S. military pressure, was to look for weapons stocks Iraq may have hidden while the inspectors were out of the country. But Clinton, at a White House ceremony, set out a much more ambitious pro-gram. "They must be able to proceed with their work with-out interference, to find, to
destroy, to prevent Iraq from rebuilding nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the missiles to carry them," he said. "Let there be no mistake, we must be constantly vigilant and resolute and, with our friends and partners, we must be especially determined to prevent Saddam's ability to reconstitute his weapons of mass destruction programs," Clinton declared as he received a Mideast peace award. Two fewer Americans When the U.N. weapons inspectors returned to Baghdad and to anti-American banners and graffiti, there were four Americans among the 75 monitors. Six Americans were in the group that was expelled. The chief inspector attributed the reduc-tion to normal rotation. It's a sensitive point, though. Saddam had demanded the exclusion of all Americans. Russian Foreign Minister
Yevgeny Primakov, in helping to persuade the Iraqi leader to relent, promised to try to "improve" monitoring arrangements. "There's been no deal, what-soever," James Foley, the deputy State Department spokesman, said. "Iraq has welcomed the return of the inspectors unconditionally." Foley said, "The $64,000 question is: Are they able to do their job?" He called Iraq's pledge to cooperate fully with the U.N. inspectors "a novel achieve-ment, if implemented." Foley said Iraq had never met a standard of full and unconditional cooperation. It includes, the State Department official said, no "strings, conditions, harass-ment, blockages or restric-tions," speedy inspections on the ground and in the air, and access "to any site, person or document." These U.S. demands counter reports from Baghdad this week that so-called presiden-
tial sites would be spared sur-veillance and that U-2 flights might be suspended. Saddam's incentive in revok-ing his expulsion of U.S. moni-tors is to persuade the U.N. Security Council to remove sanctions that have damaged Iraq's economy. Foley said, however, that more than cooperation with inspectors was required. "It's the view of the United States that all relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions apply as we look towards our relation-ship with Saddam Hussein and his regime over the long run," the State Department official said. That includes, he said, pay-ing war reparations and free-ing Kuwaiti prisoners. In the meantime, the United States kept up its military pressure on Iraq. The arrival this weekend of additional aircraft, ships and air units will add up to about 30,000 American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines in the region. ❑

Certainly President Clinton was no pushover when it came to Hussein and it would just be a matter of time before he would act alone in an attempt to put the cease fire agreement back on track..


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