Friday, March 17, 2006

El-ahrairah says "I told you so"

El-ahrairah directed my attention to this Strategy Page post, which detailed how Saddam's deception of having WMDs not only fooled the CIA and European intelligence agencies, but his own generals. Money quote:

As a result of all this fear and deception, anyone outside Iraq, trying to find out what was happening, would gather all sorts of information indicating that Saddam still had WMD. Even Arab diplomats, who could schmooze with senior Iraqi officials, got the same story. Saddam especially wanted the Arab world to believe he had WMD, because that made him a hero in the Arab world. And so it came to pass that Saddam fooled everyone, including himself.


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