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Rumsfeld Meets Saddam - Rare Version with Sound

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Published on Jun 27, 2008

Declassified U.S. Documents show that American officials KNEW that Saddam was USING CHEMICAL WEAPONS AGAINST THE KURDS & the Iranians, but decided to support Saddam anyway...first in secret, then formal relations were restored in November 1984.

Not only that, they secretly okayed shipments of CHEMICAL PRECURSORS TO IRAQ and
instructed the American UN Delegate to garner support from the Western Countries for a motion of 'NO DECISION' on a draft UN Resolution to condemn Iraqi use of Chemical Weapons...or failing that to ABSTAIN (& EFFECTIVELY VETO THE RESOLUTION) !!!!

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A United States Declassified Document from Nov 1, 1983 states:

"We have recently received additional information confirming Iraqi use of Chemical Weapons."

"in order to maintain the credibility of US policy on CW," it would be a good idea to mention these measure to Iraq in an effort to "reduce or halt, what now appears to be Iraq's almost daily use of CW"

http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/N...

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In December 1983 Donald Rumsfeld (in full knowledge that Iraq was using chemical weapons on a daily basis & had gassed the Kurds) met & shook hands with Saddam:


Rumsfeld has since claimed he mentioned US dissatisfaction with Iraqis use of Chemical Weapons at the meeting - HOWEVER - there are no mentions in the detailed notes of the meeting:

http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/N...

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On March 4, 1984, a Dept of State Cable from George P.Shultz to the U.S. Interests Section in Iraq shows that a shipment of 22,000 pounds of phosphorous fluoride being sent to Iraq via Europe was being held back pending further advice;

It requests the interests section advises the Iraq Ministry of Foreign Affairs that;

"We anticipate making a public condemnation of Iraqi use of Chemical Weapons in the near future"

On Iraqi use of U.S. chemicals to make CW:

"When we become aware of attempts to do so, we will act to prevent their export to Iraq."

(Something the American's know fine well that Saddam is doing)

http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/N...

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The Iranians drafted a UN Resolution condemning Iraqi use of Chemical Weapons.

The Dept. of State sent a cable to the Mission to the European Office of the UN instructing the U.S. delegate to;

"work to develop general Western position in support of a motion to take 'No Decision' on Iranian draft resolution on use of chemical weapons by Iraq."

Failing to get support for such a motion, the U.S. "should abstain" (effectively vetoing the resolution).

http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/N...

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Reagan took Saddam off list of States sponsoring Terror:

THE WORLD IN SUMMARY; Readjustments In the Mideast
New York Times
February 28, 1982


"Apparently without consulting Congress, the Administration has quietly dropped Iraq, a virulent foe of Israel, from a list of countries barred from receiving American weapons because they 'have repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism'.''

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage...

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Remembering the Dead: Reagan Armed Iraq and Iran in 1980s War That Killed Over 1 Million
Democracy Now
June 09, 2004


"First on Hussein's shopping list was helicopters—he bought 60 Hughes helicopters and trainers with little notice. However, a second order of 10 twin-engine Bell "Huey" helicopters, like those used to carry combat troops in Vietnam, prompted congressional opposition in August, 1983... Nonetheless, the sale was approved."

"In 1988, Saddam's forces allegedly attacked Kurdish civilians with poisonous gas from Iraqi helicopters and planes. U.S. intelligence sources told The LA Times in 1991, they "believe that the American-built helicopters were among those dropping the deadly bombs."


http://www.democracynow.org/2004/6/9/...

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Check out the more of the Declassified Documents at the George Washington University:

http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/N...

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