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13 December 2015


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Obama at the Pentagon just said he sent Sec Carter to the Middle East "to secure more military contributions to this fight."



good. We will count them when they show up. pl



You have actually discovered that people want to make money! You are boring. pl


Robert Willman

I don't care what some half assed writer created. I actually know what happened, but, in this case the material supports my knowledge of the event of the meeting. pl



In your opinion what is the motivation of a person like Hof.



Self serving Type A obsession. He has a history of eliminating imagined rivals. pl


Sanders also supported arming the "rebels" in Libya.


“We must be very careful about not making a complex and dangerous situation in Syria even worse,” Sanders said in a statement to The Washington Post. “I support President Obama’s efforts to combat ISIS in Syria while at the same time supporting those in that country trying to remove the brutal dictatorship of Bashar Assad.”

Chris Chuba

"I was intimately familiar with the equipment inventory of the Iraqi forces. they had virtually no US manufactured equipment"

I got the reference from here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran%E2%80%93Iraq_War#1988:_Iraqi_offensives_and_the_UN_ceasefire that Iraq was able to get U.S. made Howitzers through Jordan. However, I accept your answer as authoritative on this matter over a Wikipedia entry, that Iraq had a negligible quantity of U.S. weapons.

"We did not give them intelligence to help in their chemical
weapons delivery. Quite the opposite, we told them that if they used what target intelligence we gave to deliver chemical weapons the programs would end."
According this reference and I found others that referenced battles starting around Basra in 1987, the U.S. supplied intelligence and the Iraqi's launched large chemical weapons attacks through 1988 inflicting large losses. Were there any repercussions for misusing our intelligence?

I'm not Iranian; my interest began when I heard Republicans assert that we should never negotiate with the Iranians because they have blood on their hands. I thought this was a small minded view for Presidential candidates to take because we should look to the future rather than perpetuate blood feuds. I recalled that we got our pound of flesh so I read up on the matter. Our role in Iran/Iraq should be properly understood. It looks like Iraq used chemical weapons in all of their major engagements in 1988 so for us to not be not be involved at all would require us to have severed our intelligence relationship with them almost completely by then. However, even one attack with our intelligence puts us in the mix.


chris Chuba

We provided no intelligence for the Iraqi offensive on the Fao Peninsula which must be what you refer to in the Basra area. Yes, the Iraqis used gas there in their fire preparation along with HE. What has that to do with us? I am impressed with the corruption and falseness of what is called scholarship. I have had this problem with "scholars" of the VN War who have insisted that I did not know what I was talking about because I had not read some academic jerk's article. What are you, the Guardian Angel of the Iranians? There was a war on and the US decided to yield to the entreaties of SA to try to prevent a possible Iraqi defeat. If that does not satisfy you,go screw yourself. Do you imagine that I do not grieve for the dead, the actual dead and maimed as opposed to the academical dead? Have you ever smelled a recent battlefield with the dead rotting in the sun? They fart a lot as their bellies swell. pl


Excellent post, CP.

Babak Makkinejad

I have heard from various sources that the civilians cannot bear to hear all that was done to the Iranian POWs by the Iraqis.

Therefore some memoirs are not allowed to be published or had sections of them excised.


Rand Paul

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