“Bush Lied, People Died”. Remember the good old days? The mission objective of Operation Iraqi Freedom was to wrest weapons of mass destruction from Saddam Hussein. Weapons that our intelligence reports said he had and weapons he had was known to have used against his own people. But alas, no wmds were found. Evil George Bush started a war on false pretenses. He was getting even because of his Daddy. He was a big fat liar. Well…..sort of.
Yesterday, President Obama caved to the pressure of accusations that he was ducking the White House Press Corps and held a press conference. During which he said something that was very, very interesting. I rewound the DVR a couple of times to make sure I heard what he just said. Here’s a YouTube clip. It starts getting good at 1:44 into it.
[ed note: Rumors about “High Level White House Officials ” leaking confidential information for political gain are really, really false. Wink…um…wink.]
“We have been very clear to the Assad regime but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us, is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.That would change my calculus.That would change my equation.” -President Obama
How about that? The president is concerned about WMD’s that “didn’t exist”. He’s suggesting military intervention to prevent their use against civilians or “other players on the ground “. Sound familiar ? Like Bush, he is NOT LYING, but rather acting on intelligence he as commander in chief is being briefed about.
Remember when Secretary of State Colin Powell went to the U.N. Security Council with satellite photos about a mysterious convoy of trucks going from Baghdad to Syria?
Wow! Heavy trucks at WMD sites. Go figure. Fast forward to 2006. Read this, a letter detailing the movement of the WMD’s from Iraq to Syria. The bad english is due to the translation.
Document that was written sometimes after the Iraq war talks about an Iraqi dissident named “Abu Abdallah” who says that Iraqi WMD were moved to Syria before the war on the month of 10 Mouharam (Islamic calendar) i.e. March 10. The document was apparently reviewed by the Department of Defense as the word D.O.D (in Latin letters) was written on the side of the document.
Beginning of the translation
Dear Respected Sir
Warm salute… and then
To review with regards and please and return the document to Mrs. Mona after the translation with thanks.
To the Respected Responsible for the bureau of follow up and coordination.
Subject: We have information about the location of the Weapons of Mass Destruction
In the day of 10 Mouharam before the coalition forces started the war on Iraq, 50 trucks for land transportation entered Syria on an intermittent convoy. I met some of the drivers and they did not know what they carried in these trucks. These trucks were loaded from an unknown location in Baghdad and was brought to the drivers and the Iraqi Intelligence was with them. Each time they crossed a certain distance, the Iraqi Intelligence stopped them and asked them what are they carrying and their answer was we do not know. And when these trucks arrived to Syria in the area of Deir Al Zour the drivers were taken out of their trucks and the Syrian Intelligence ride instead. These trucks were entered into large warehouses and when these trucks were emptied it was given back to the Iraqi drivers. And they were given a reward worth of 200 dollars for the safety of arrival. One of the drivers mentioned to me that this was second time they carry these secrets loads and the first time was 1 Mouharam.
I have a friend in Syria who works in a Syrian company as partner with a Syrian merchant. This person is an Iraqi ex-Consul in the Iraqi embassies and he resigned from the diplomatic circle and he has strong connection with the Iraqi Embassy in Syria and he knows all the Iraqi Intelligence and those knows that I work for the Iraqi opposition in Syria. I was visiting him daily during this period to find out the important news. When the trucks entered Syria I went to him and told him that Iraqi Weapons entered Syria so he said to me who told you that and I said to him I knew from my sources, and he told me to keep this confidential and not tell anyone because it indeed entered.
Under translation and print
Moustafa Al Khaliye.
So what do you think? I think the October Surprise just might be “Operation Syrian Freedom”.