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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

      • This article [onlinejournal.com] 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 lethal samples included botulins and E. coli." I've never heard of weaponizing E. coli. There is that new strain that's found in hamburger that's pretty dangerous, especially to children and the elderly, but I don't believe it has any weapons use.

          I recently saw James Woolsey on TV expound that he thought there was a strong chance that Iraq had produced the Anthrax found in the letters in Florida and NY after 9/11. Why? Because only 3 countries possessed military grade Anthrax, the US, Russia and Iraq.

          Except in the case of bioengineered super-bugs, the challenge with such things is not growing the microbes, but weaponizing them, producing lots of them, keeping them viable and making delivery systems. I see nothing in that article that suggests we gave Iraq any secrets that helped in this area.

          I was wrong about the Carter administration sharing Anthrax with Iraq, it seems. I can't find any support for that now. My bad memory.