[Marxism] Russia Gave Iraq Intelligence On US Invasion

Jeffrey Thomas Piercy, El Pato Comunista mqduck at sonic.net
Fri Mar 24 15:12:51 MST 2006

My gut wants to be happy to hear this, but my brain reminds me that 
Russia giving military aid to a "good cause" is no better than the US 
doing so.

I like this line in particular:
"Army Brig. Gen. Anthony Cucolo of U.S. Joint Forces Command told a 
briefing he viewed Russia's decision to give intelligence to Saddam's 
government as 'driven by economic interests.'" What a fucking shock!


Pentagon report says Russia gave Iraq intelligence
Fri Mar 24, 2006 3:33 PM ET172
By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia provided intelligence to Iraq's government 
on U.S. military movements in the opening days of the U.S.-led invasion 
in 2003, a Pentagon report released on Friday said.

The report said an April 2, 2003, document from the Iraqi minister of 
foreign affairs to President Saddam Hussein stated that Russian 
intelligence had reported information on American troops plans to the 
Iraqis through the Russian ambassador.

The intelligence, the document stated, was that the American forces were 
moving to cut off Baghdad from the south, east and north, that U.S. 
bombing would concentrate on Baghdad and that the assault on Baghdad 
would not begin before around April 15. In fact, Baghdad fell about a 
week before that date.

"Significantly, the regime was also receiving intelligence from the 
Russians that fed suspicions that the attack out of Kuwait was merely a 
diversion," the report stated.

Army Brig. Gen. Anthony Cucolo of U.S. Joint Forces Command told a 
briefing he viewed Russia's decision to give intelligence to Saddam's 
government as "driven by economic interests." The report noted Russian 
business interests in Iraqi oil.

The revelations were contained in a report by the U.S. military's Joint 
Forces Command assessing the Iraqi view of events in the opening months 
of the war, from March to May 2003, based on interviews with senior 
Iraqi officials and captured documents.

The report said a document sent to Saddam on March 24, 2003, stated, 
"The information that the Russians have collected from their sources 
inside the American Central Command in Doha is that the United States is 
convinced that occupying Iraqi cities are (sic) impossible, and that 
they have changed their tactic," to avoid entering cities.

The report said this kind of information was "only one of the 
fog-generators obscuring the minds of Iraq's senior leadership."

The report also dealt with the issue of Iraqi weapons of mass 
destruction. President George W. Bush cited the threat posed by such 
weapons as the prime justification for the invasion. No such weapons 
ever were found.

The authors stated that the report was not intended to examine "the 
technical extent of Saddam's WMD capabilities," noting that other 
investigators had done so.

"But the tension created by the regime's steadfast refusal to 'come 
clean' with regard to WMD shaped the actions and interactions of both 
sides leading up to war," the report stated. "Saddam walked a tightrope 
with WMD because as he often reminded his close advisors, they lived in 
a very dangerous global neighborhood where even the perception of 
weakness drew wolves."

It stated that there were benefits for Saddam to let his enemies believe 
he had such weapons, even if he did not, while at the same time it was 
critical to his survival for the United States and the rest of the West 
to believe he did not have them.

"He had placed himself into a diplomatic and propaganda Catch-22," the 
report said.

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