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Rumsfeld spreads Christmas cheer
(Source: U.S. DoD Photo by Gerry J. Gilmore)
Rumsfeld presents Army Sgt. Chris Scott, 29, of Oklahoma City, Okla. a Purple Heart with the same hand that shook Saddam's over 20 years prior.
Shaking Hands with Saddam Hussein:
The U.S. Tilts toward Iraq, 1980-1984
Following further high-level policy review, Ronald Reagan issued National Security Decision Directive (NSDD) 114, dated November 26, 1983, concerned specifically with U.S. policy toward the Iran-Iraq war. The directive reflects the administration's priorities: it calls for heightened regional military cooperation to defend oil facilities, and measures to improve U.S. military capabilities in the Persian Gulf, and directs the secretaries of state and defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to take appropriate measures to respond to tensions in the area. It states, "Because of the real and psychological impact of a curtailment in the flow of oil from the Persian Gulf on the international economic system, we must assure our readiness to deal promptly with actions aimed at disrupting that traffic." It does not mention chemical weapons
I printed off a copy of Document 26 of National Security Decision Directive 114 to keep on my wall so that if anyone should ask why anyone would assume we would use our military for the simple sake of protecting our oil addiction, I can show them.
Oil and the Middle East was a concern over twenty years ago and we made the wrong decisions then as we are doing now. We are not taking steps to address the core issue. The "real and psychological impact of a curtailment in the flow of oil" is still a concern, maybe even moreso today than back then. Have we become any less dependent on Middle East oil?
You are an utter fool to think that we would ever let "Iraqi Democracy" interfere with the need to protect our economic interests. We have already decided that the new Iraqi government will be friendly to U.S. interests, giving us preffered access to their oil as well as permission to build military bases in their country. The elections are nothing more than a sham to give our occupation there a thin film of legitimacy. The Iraqis know that should they make the wrong decision they will be punished.
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