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  • I kind of like that conspiracy theory. It takes into account the fact that we've sold Iraq basically all of his nasty weapons: bio, chemical, etc.

    As Ted Rall said on "Real Time with Bill Maher", "we know he has chemical and biological weapons because we kept the reciept."

    Ted may be a rather crazy left wing kind of guy but he hit that one on the head.
    • It's funny, but I've not heard a shred of evidence to back it up.

      From what I understand, Americans gave Saddam some Anthrax samples back in the Carter administration that Iraq claimed they needed for medical reasons. Many other countries were given similar samples. The US never gave them weaponized Anthrax nor any information on how to do that.

      I don't believe we ever gave Iraq VX, nor instructions on how to make it.

      I don't believe we gave him mustard gas, but the instructions on making that are pretty easily attainable. The technology goes back to WWI, after all.

      It's thought that Iraq may have Smallpox, because UNSCOM uncovered evidence that they were working with camelpox (a similar virus) in weaponization experiments and there was an outbreak of Smallpox in 1971 from which he could get samples.

      What evidence is there that the US gave Iraq any of these agents except those Anthrax samples? Anyone have anything, or is this just a popular slam on the US?

      Giving Iraq Anthrax samples is actually a pretty small thing as Anthrax is fairly common in nature, it just saves a bit of work growing it.

      Just look at Iraq's military. They've been buying stuff mostly from Russia, France, China and Germany for the last 30 years. If he buys his weapons systems from these countries, where do you think he goes for his Weapons of Mass Destruction?

      • This article [] outlines the evidence.
        • I don't find this very compelling. All that's really clear was that US and US companies gave samples of some nasty bugs. Oh, and US companies sold them chemicals too numerous to mention.

          It's not like the US is France, selling Iraq, the country with the 2nd largest known Petroleum reserves, a nuclear power plant that could produce weapons grade fisile material.

          You know, Anthrax and especially, botulism are pretty common microorganisms. Pretty funny how this article throws around things like "Other leth

      • Ok, in order to make sure I was clear on the US's role in Iraq's bio/chem/nuke programs I started doing some googling.

        Here's what I initially found. My first links pertain to a general overview of the Iran-Iraq War []. No real leads here but some interesting info about a UN report []. The same site had some stuff on Iraq's Chemical Weapons []. I did find a page about the US involvement [] in the Iran-Iraq war.

        Those seems to be rather on the level. I did find a report [] done by a Swedish group that seemed rather forthri