Saturday, July 23, 2016

IRAQ SPACE AGENCY-- Background Notes-- (2003)--RECONPRESSEUSA

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IRAQ SPACE AGENCY





baghdad bob
spokesman

FIRST IRAQI
ON THE MOON


by James LAngelle
screenplay
WGA# 1005533

AL-BATTANI CENTER, Baghdad Space Research Center
Location: Baghdad, Jadiriyah district, 5km SW of city center; SRC is situated next to Baghdad University and the National Monitoring Directorate Subordinate to: Military Industrialization Commission Primary Function: Space research, including remote sensing and satellite communications
Description:
The Space Research Center (SRC) occupied several floors of a seven-story building located on the grounds of Baghdad University. One floor within the building housed a Ba'ath party office. Before the first Gulf War, SRC fell under the jurisdiction of the Scientific Research Council. During that time, its missile-related activities included work on the first stage of the Al-'Aabed Space Launch Vehicle. SRC also designed and developed a rudimentary satellite though it was never launched; the satellite remained on display in the post-war years. After the war, SRC apparently returned to its central tasking of space-related research, although it conducted ballistics studies for missile entities and may have been involved in a post-war study on a space launch vehicle using SA-2-type engines.
During their inspections, UNMOVIC teams found that Al-Battani was providing the telemetry systems for the Al-Samoud flight-tests.(10/03--nti.org)
AL ABID (Al Aabed) MISSILE--

(photo-utenti.lycos.it)
Intermediate range ballistic missile. IOC: 1995. Year: 1995. Country: Iraq. Total Mass: 48,000 kg. Core Diameter: 2.29 m. Total Length: 22.87 m. Span: 2.29 m. Maximum range: 1,900 km. Boost Propulsion: Storable liquid rocket.(astronautix.com)


scud motor
(photo-armyradio.com)
Saddam’s ballistic missile programme was remarkable in that he was able to embark upon multi-stage designs only five years after setting out to acquire a longer-range Scud capability. On 5 December 1989 Iraq launched a 25 meter long rocket that it claimed was the first stage of a multi-stage Space Launch Vehicle (SLV). Known as the Al Abid (or Al Aabed), this first stage used five clustered Al-Hussein motors and reached an altitude of 12,000 metres (40,000 ft) during the test. A video of the launch released by the Iraqis showed a three stage system and although the second and third stages of the system were later revealed to have been dummies, it is believed that the second stage was intended to be a further Al Hussein motor with the third stage derived from a Soviet-supplied SA-2 Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM). The Al Abid would thus have weighed some 48 tonnes and carried a payload of some 750 kg, sufficient to deliver a chemical or small nuclear warhead, over a range of at least 2,500 km.
Although development of the Al Abid was never completed, it used proven booster technologies and clustering techniques and could have been expected to enter service in the mid-to-late 1990s had the Gulf War not intervened. Work on the programme has been terminated by post-war UN efforts, but reports suggest that members of the Al Abid team have moved to Libya to work on a long-range delivery system that may incorporate elements of the Iraqi design.(6/24/04--missilethreat.com)
HUGO DE OLIVEIRA PIVA

Maj.-Brig.-do-Ar HUGO DE OLIVEIRA PIVA
Diretor do Centro T├ęcnico Aeroespacial, cta, brazil
de 17.01.84 a 26.01.87
(photo--cta.br)
The speed with which Iraq was able to develop an indigenous ballistic missile programme was also due in part to the import of foreign expertise. At various stages, Iraq sought assistance from Argentina, with whom it collaborated on the abortive Condor/Badr 2000 programme, China, France, the then East Germany, and others. A major role was also played by a Brazilian specialist, Major General Hugo de Oliveira Piva, formerly director of Brazil's Aerospace Technology Center and the leader of Brazil's programme to convert the Sonda IV sounding rocket into a nuclear-capable IRBM. Piva and a 23-man team were hired in the late 1980s to help Iraq develop two three-stage, 1,500 km-range ballistic missiles, the Al Abid and Tammuz. Work on the Al Abid was also assisted by Canadian Super Gun designer Dr Gerald Bull. The 48-ton Al Abid, using a first stage of five clustered Scud motors, a second stage of two Scud motors and a new, Brazilian-designed third stage, was never completed. But Iraq's ability to develop such a programme only five years after setting out to acquire longer-range missiles is still remarkable. Piva's team left Iraq on the eve of the 1990 Gulf War..(cdiss.org)

Fohla De Sao Paulo reports that between October 1988 and June 1990, Brazilian technicians from the company Engenteria de Sistemas de Controle e Automacao (ESCA) provided consulting services to Iraq for the installation of a simulation laboratory for missile and satellite guidance and control. Descartes de Souza Teixeira, the engineer who coordinated ESCA's work for Iraq, denied that experts involved in the project had been consulted by the Iraqis on how to improve the Scud missile. However, another ESCA engineer claimed he answered several Iraqi questions on missile guidance and control. The Scud, which originally had a range of 270km, was increased through Iraqi modifications to 600km. Retired Brigadier General Hugo de Oliveira Piva, president of the HOP consulting firm, does not think that Iraq has successfully established a guidance and control simulation lab. HOP experts have also been in Iraq assisting in the development of technology for the Piranha missile. --Fohla De Sao Paulo, 6 February 1991, p. A12, in "Consulting for Installation," Nuclear Developments, 25 February 1991, p. 16.
related articles--

thuraya-sat
photo--boeing.com)
3/10/04--Boeing has won a $35 million contract to provide telecommunications services to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq using the Boeing-built Thuraya satellite communications system.Boeing also will supply Thuraya handsets and other communications hardware, and has established a customer support operation. Two customer help desks have been set up in Iraq offering user training, system installation and logistics support.The Thuraya mobile communications system serves a region of more than 2.3 billion people throughout Europe, the Middle East, North and Central Africa, and Central and South Asia. Boeing Satellite Systems built the complete turnkey system under a contract signed in September 1997. This included the manufacture of two high-power Boeing geosynchronous-orbit mobile communications satellites, ground facilities and user handsets. The system began commercial operations in mid-2001. The Thuraya satellites were launched by Sea Launch, a company in which Boeing has a 40 percent ownership stake. (spacedaily.com)


1/6/03--UN weapons inspectors Sunday made the most dramatic use witnessed thus far of their authority to freeze both exits and entrances to any site where they are working, confining thousands of people at a sprawling government research complex, including the visiting Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations, for almost six hours.
Ambassador Mohammed Douri said he had stopped for what he thought would be a quick personal visit around 9 a.m. to the National Monitoring Directorate, the Iraqi liaison office with the inspectors, which is housed at the complex, when the UN team announced that no one could leave.--A team of 21 research inspectors went to the research campus Sunday, 14 to carry out inspections and another seven to run security. The complex houses a variety of research organizations including Iraq's space agency, which is trying to build a satellite but has also been consulted on weapons systems. (iht.com)
4/91--TEXT: 1. A SUBSIDIARY OF THE CHINA NORTH INDUSTRIES GROUP HAD INITIALLY SOLD IRAQ A SMALL AMOUNT OF LITHIUM HYDROXIDE, ONE OF THE RAW MATERIALS USABLE IN THE PRODUCTION OF NERVE GAS AND HYDROGEN WEAPONS (SIC). JUST PRIOR TO THE START OF "DESERT SHIELD/STORM", CHINA HAD AGREED TO SELL IRAQ 10 TONS OF LITHIUM HYDROXIDE AS A "HIGH ENERGY" FUEL FOR THE "IRAQ SPACE PROGRAM." THE LITHIUM HYDROXIDE IS A PRODUCT OF A CHEMICAL PLANT LOCATED IN CHENGDE, HEBEI PROVINCE. SINCE THIS BUSINESS TRANSACTION WITH IRAQ WAS CONDUCTED BY A SUBSIDIARY (NO FURTHER INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME) OF THE CHINA NORTH INDUSTRIES GROUP, THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT CONSIDER THIS TO BE A GOVERNMENT-LEVEL TRANSACTION. THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT'S SOLE INTEREST IS TO OBTAIN FOREIGN CURRENCY.--(defense dept. via fas.org)
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

THE CHILCOT REPORT--Capture of the Boka Star--YUGOSLAVIA 2002

TO HQ FROM TUCAU DETAIL SUBJ THE YUGO CONNECTION



ROAD TO BAGHDAD--
 from belgrade with love-- 8:20PM PST, Dec 9, 2002 with the discovery of tons of "dual-use" gunpowder/solid rocket fuel bound for iraq from the cargo ship boka star in croatian waters in october, there may be more to the white house claim of "solid evidence" against iraq than meets the headlines--but it might have more to do with the source of the baghdad-bound contraband than the evidence itself-- if the baghdad regime is color-coded with liars, belgrade would be running a close second--even using the same sympathy-begging technique--blaming it on "sanctions"--question is--did boka star's twin ship, the carlotta ii, carry the real hardware and was boka star just a diversion-- no matter, if belgrade came clean on what it knew of the powder shipment, it might have also handed over the rest of yugoimport's wheelings and dealings with iraq, especially in the wmd classification,including names and destinations-- the only thing missing from the boka star episode was double-oh-seven himself--lately, he's too busy making money at the boxoffice--





Yugoslavia caught on high seas shipping rocket fuel to Iraq
By DANIEL WILLIAMS AND NICHOLAS WOOD The Wasrungtal POU BELGRADE — Earlier this month, a ship carrying 14 con-tainers of chemical pellets sat in the Yugoslav military port of Tivat, prepanng for a voyage. U.S. officials believed that the cargo was solid rocket fuel and bound for Iraq, in violation of a U.N. ban on arms delivenes. Rather than tell the govern-ment of Yugoslavia, which receives $135 million in annual and from Washington, mistrust-ful U.S. officials called on neighboring Croatia to inter-cept the ship, the Boka Star, at sea. "We were uncertain what the response of the Yugoslays would be if we had asked them," said a senior U.S. official. The Croatians seized the ves-sel Saturday in the Adriatic Sea. Croatian and U.S. officials say they've determined that the cargo was in fact solid rocket fuel. It was labeled "active char-coal." The incident was one of a series of recent high-profile dis-coveries of suspected weapons-related products and technology illegally bound for Iraq — at a time when the United States is preparing for possible war with that country. The revelations threw light on Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's continuing ability to evade U.N. restnctions and import military goods and expertise, even from a country such as Yugoslavia that is nomi-nally friendly to Washington. The Yugoslav government on Thursday formally acknowl-edged illegal military sales to Iraq. "These violations con-cerned the repair and return of Iraqi let engines for MiG-21 and
MiG-23 fighter jets and provid-ing certain services in military-technical cooperation," a gov-ernment statement said. It promised to clamp down on future sales. That admission appeared to refer to claims that U.S. offi-cials made this month after NATO peacekeepers in Bosnia raided a state-owned military firm named Orao. Documents seized there indicated that Orao and Yugoimport, a Yugoslav government-run arms trading company, have been helping Iraq refurbish its antiquated air force. Iraq has used Yugoslav technicians to upgrade its air-craft. But Western officials con-tend that the relationship is deeper. A University of Bel-grade professor with training in missile technology has acknowledged visiting Bagh-dad, the Iraqi capital, in recent months. The United States sus-pects that technology that Yugoslavia sold to Libya ulti-mately was destined for Iraq and intended to provide the seeds to convert trainer jets into guided cruise missiles. Such a weapon could avoid U.S. anti-missile systems and reach American allies in the Persian Gulf and Israel. The news is potentially bad for Yugoslavia's efforts to improve its economy and foster closer relations with Western countries. It comes as the U.S. Congress is considering a men-sure to normalize Yugoslavia's trade relations with the United States, and when the United States is promoting Yugoslavia for membership in the Partner-ship for Peace program of the NATOalliance.

DAILY NEWS--OCT 25 2002--





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  • 18 Dec 2002
... 1500 design, has been public knowledge since the Yugoimport scandal broke
in Belgrade after seizure of the cargo of the BOKA STAR, and receipt ...



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THE CHILCOT REPORT--1998 The Origin of "Unfettered Access"--PRESIDENT CLINTON & REGIME CHANGE

TO HADONG BRIDGE
FROM LEPER COLONY
SUBJ HUSSEIN FLIPFLOPS IN NOVEMBER

(TU CAU FWD)--Again acting alone and against the will of the Security Council, President Clinton has no other choice but to part ways with his allies and demand stronger action be taken against Hussein. he is at least not acting completely alone and is handed an ultimatum with numerous signatures that eventually leads to a regime change policy in Iraq, the Iraq Liberation Act, long before Blair and Bush decide to go it alone with the rest of the coalition:


It is on or about this time that the watchphrase of the decade would emerge regarding the Iraqi menace and the weapons inspections---

THE DAY--NOV 16, 1998



(OCR UNEDITED)--

Iraq on Saturday sent a series of letters to the United Nations that eventually led the White House to conclude Baghdad was ready to comply with the Security Council-ordered weapons inspections. President Clinton canceled an ordered military strike against Iraq early Saturday when he received word that Saddam was backing down. Saddam's government fails to keep its word, Clinton said, overwhelming forcer°. mains an option. "We remain ready to act," he said. The president said Iraq must allow in-spectors

 "unfettered access"

to view any site they wish; it must turn over all rele-vant documents on chemical and biologi-cal weapons production; and it must not ...


THE REST IS HISTORY--FWD ALL UNITS FROM HILL 55 TO THE ROCKPILE--









THE CHILCOT REPORT--1997 Iraq and the Weapons Inspectors--PRESIDENT CLINTON ACTS ALONE

TO HQ//LEPER COLONY
FROM 27TH RLT//LZ410
SUBJ--THE PRESIDENT'S UNILATERAL ACTION--

(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:





BOCA RATON NEWS--NOV 22, 1997--


(OCR DECODED UNEDITED)--

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. ❑
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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..

FWD ALL UNITS...27TH RLT--LIBERTY BRIDGE, HILL 55..11TH ARTILLERY--CODE "YANKEE"--





THE CHILCOT REPORT--The Occupation of Irbil-1996--PRESIDENT CLINTON ORDERS UNILATERAL AIRSTRIKES

TO HQ
FROM 27TH MARINES FWD COC//
SUBJ--REPORT DRAWS A BLANK ON THIS ONE--

(LZ410)--Note that with its strict parameters, Chilcot fails to place the status quo into context, such as the United States presidential election of 1996.  On September 3, 1996, President Clinton ordered airstrikes against the Hussein regime for its occupation of the Kurdish city of Irbil, with prospects for other encroachments.



The action was unilateral, the coalition backed away from the operation--ROME NEWS TRIBUNE--


(OCR UNEDITED)--
state during the Persian Guff war. "We're going to have to do other things, and are we going to have the coalition with us?" When Saddam probes, he tests not only U.S. resolve, but the endurance of the coalition of nations that defeated him in 1991. That broad international coalition formed after Iraq occupied Kuwait is showing signs of wear. Although they fought alongside the United States to force Iraq out of Kuwait, Egypt and Syria criticized Tuesday's U.S. missile strike on military facilities in southern Iraq. France, a U.S. partner with Britain in the coalition that enforces the "no-fly" zones for Saddam's air force over north-ern and Southern Iraq, reflised,to back the U.S. action. Nor did Russia. "I think it's very clear to us here in Washington this morning that the inter-national coalition against Saddam Hussein is intact," insisted Nicholas Burns, State Department spokesman. He suggested that some of the critics were
privately pleased by the strike. That theory could be tested com-ing days and weeks. Secretary of State Warren Christopher leaves today on a previously scheduled trip to Europe that includes stops in Britain, France and Germany. Iraq is certain to be discussed. Despite the bombing, no one expects Saddam to give in to demands that he stop threatening his neighbors and per-secuting Iraqi Kurds. In a speech from the Oval Office, Clinton said Saddam's army remained in the Kurdish city of Irbil, despite claims it was withdrawing. Defense Secretary William Perry said Iraqi forces were moving toward two other Kurdish towns. Saddam also declared his forces would no longer observe the coalition-imposed no-fly zones. If Iraqi forces don't halt their aggres-sion against the Kurds and if his antiair-craft batteries fire on planes enforcing the no-fly zones, what's the response
There is no mention of this attack in the Chilcot Report--





The biased report against Blair and Bush has made it convenient to leave out extenuating circumstances to enhance its own conclusions, no different than the so-called altered dossiers that led to UK involvement in the Iraq War. As for opinion in the United States, Bob Dole, Clinton's opponent for POTUS,  led the critics in calling the President a weak leader in foreign policy: However, polls showed otherwise:



(ROME TRIBUNE--OCR DECODED UNEDITED)--
Americans support, missile attack: poll
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans overwhelmingly support President Clinton's decision to launch a mis-sile attack on Iraq, though they doubt it will stop Saddam Hussein from continuing to violate the terms of the Gulf War cease fire, according to a new poll. While the White House said political considera-. tions played no part in its decision to punish Saddam for moving troops into northern Iraq, the poll indicat-ed the move could help the president. Nearly eight in 10 Americans approved of the U.S. missile attack on Iraq early Tuesday morning, accord-ing to the ABC News poll. And 73 percent said they approved of the way Clinton is handling the situation. And should there be another warwith Iraq, 56 per-cent would choose Clinton over Bob Dole to handle it. Thirty-three percent would trust Dole, the Republican nominee. The telephone poll of 515 adults was conducted Tuesday evening, before word of a second missile strike was announced. More than half of Americans said the response was "about right," though 29 percent deemed it "too weak" Similarly, 54 percent said the Clinton adminis-tration policy on Iraq has been about right, with 39 percent saying it has been too weak But three-quarters of those surveyed said the mis-sile attack will not stop Iraq from violating the terms of the Gulf War cease fire. Just 21 percent said it would stop Saddam.


FWD ALL FIELD COMPONENTS--LIBERTY BRIDGE, THE LE[PER COLONY, THE RIVIERA...CODE "KEETON 001"--








THE CHILCOT REPORT--Operation Desert Fox-1998---PRESIDENT CLINTON AIR STRIKES

TO ISA
FROMSIERRA DELTA
SUBJ TONY BLAIR DID NOT, SAY AGAIN, ACT ALONE--

(HQ)--For some reason, most of the effort to take the low road to blame in the Gulf War has been directed to Tony Blair and George Bush. Convenient as it may seem, President Clinton had his own agenda for ridding the world of the Iraqi menace in 1998. Had it been successful, all the Chilcoot reports in the world would have been praising Blair for his part in Op Desert Fox.



How all of this played out in the Chilcot Report can be found in the opening segments--


1.1 I UK Iraq strategy 1990 to 2000
requirement for Iraq to fulfil those obligations had been confirmed in successive Security Council resolutions.2"
656. Mr Blair added that, when the MOU between Mr Annan and Iraq had been agreed in February: "... the Security Council said that any breach by Iraq of its obligations ... would result in 'the severest consequences'. The Council has condemned Iraq's decision to end co-operation again and again. On 14 November, we gave Iraq a further chance to come back into compliance. Given Iraq's manifest failure to co-operate in the past month, I am satisfied that, if we should choose to use force, we have the necessary legal authority to do so."
Operation Desert Fox 657. The US and UK launched air attacks against Iraq, Operation Desert Fox, at 2200 on 16 December.287
658. Military action began while the Security Council was holding informal discussions on the IAEA and UNSCOM reports and the options identified by Mr Annan.2" 659. MrAnnan issued a press statement in which he said it was "a sad day for the United Nations, and for the world" as well as a "very sad day" for him personally. Throughout the year, he had "done everything" in his power "to ensure peaceful compliance with Security Council resolutions, and to avert the use of force". It had "not been an easy or a painless process", but "the United Nations had to try as long as any hope for peace remained".2"
660. MrAnnan concluded:
"I deeply regret that today these efforts have proved insufficient. "What has happened to day cannot be reversed. Nor can any of us foresee the future. All we know is that tomorrow, as yesterday, there will still be an acute need, in Iraq and the wider region, for humanitarian relief and healing diplomacy. In both these tasks, the United Nations will be ready, as ever, to play its part."


661. In a public statement, President Clinton said that; while other countries had weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles, the international community had good reason to impose restrictions on Iraq because it had "repeatedly" used them,


266 House of Commons, Official Report, 16 December 1998, columns 961-962. 267 BBC News, 16 December 1998, Blair's statement on Iraq strikes: Full text. 262 UN Security Council, '3955th Meeting Wednesday 16 December 1998' (SIPV.3995). 2" UN Press Release, 16 December 1998, 'Secretary-General deeply regrets that United Nations efforts to seek peace in Iraq have proved insufficient' (SG/SM/6841).
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Liberals, academicians, non-combatants and just plain disgruntled anti-war elements in society will single out anybody and everybody to point the blame, making the tyrant Hussein look like a victim of some international plot to get rid of him. The second part of that is true. He was no victim but the plot was international, it did succeed. Bush and Blair did not act alone.


DIST ALL FWD UNITS--AFGHAN EAST//MOSUL SOUTH//..CODE "YANKEE"

THE CHILCOT REPORT--The Gulf War Scud Attack of 1991--28 AMERICANS KILLED

TO ATILA
FROM SIERRA BRAVO
SUBJ  ATTACK ON DHARAN AB, SAUDI ARABIA

(BLOG INTERRUPT)--Before the pundits and experts begin to accept or reject the long-winded report and its footnoted findings, we need only to remind ourselves of a forgotten incident early in the first Gulf War.-, not long after Operation Desert Storm had begun--



(OCR DECODED TEXT)--
Deadliest Scud hit kills 28
DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The soldiers' belongings were gathered from the debns of death and packed in their duffle bags. The small American flags they waved when they arrived in Saudi Arabia were tucked into the tops of some of the bags that would accompany 28 of them on their final journey home. In a moment's flash, a single Iraqi Scud missile inflicted more casualties on American soldiers than its million-man army and thousands of tanks have in two days of ground combat. Only hours before Iraq an-nounced it was withdrawing from Kuwait. it skyrocketed the ballis-tic weapon into a metal ware-house converted into an Ameri-can barracks and mess hall. Baghdad radio hailed the at-tack against "the coward traitors who mortgage the sacred places of the nation ... and turn Arab youth into shields of flesh." The U.S. command said 28 American servicemen were killed and 100 were wounded Monday night in by far the deadliest of nearly 70 Scud attacks. Four Americans were reported killed and 21 wounded in the opening days of the allied ground drive into Iraq and Kuwait.
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All of the criticism and blame can easily be made for the argument for or against Hussein's capability for delivery of weapons of mass destruction; all of it can be packaged into one neatly organized report to sway public opinion and condemn leadership. 

But who will answer to the families of the 28 killed that day in Saudi Arabia from a single missile, one that was supposed to miss its target, one that was used countless times in the Iran-Iraq War and supplied by the Soviet Union or China?

All it takes is one well placed SCUD to throw out all the arguments, all the blame fixing, all the hindsight.

FWD FIELD UNITS//AFGHAN//IRAQI CMD CODENAMED "YANKEE"...




THE CHILCOT REPORT--Shades of Hans Blix--THE FOOTNOTES

TO  MISSION CONTROL
FROM INDIA SIERRA
SUBJ  YET ANOTHER INTELLIGENCE FAILURE REPORT

(NIAMEY BUREAU)--What, no mention of Valerie Plame, the CIA hottie who's name was spilled by Bob Novak and set off a media war that set the front lines of the halls of Congress...The Chilcot Report, by any other name, is still a long drawn out academic bore that relies on newspaper articles, messages from whomever and a host of other sources.

All of them don't add up to a horse's patoot when it comes to the outcome of the war itself. Why bother to fix blame through some concocted thousand page release that repeats what's already been documented. But the bigger question is, why now? Does it matter how the inevitable was going to happen, somebody had to take the fall for 9/11.

It's all too easy for the British to rationalize its way out of its commitment over a decade after the fact, but not much has changed, just the characters are different. As one disgruntled looter from day one when the statue of Hussein fell in Firdos Square put it--

"Instead of one dictator, now we have 1000."

Footnotes to this article can be found here--




DIST ALL FWD UNMOVIC UNITS STILL SEARCHING--CODE--"YANKEE"--