2002 September 30 Monday
US trying to deterrent Iraqi chem/bio weapons use

The goal is so send a strong message to Saddam's field commanders that they will be much better off after the war if they restrain from using chemical and biological weapons:

Whether a plan to deter Iraqi commanders from employing the weapons will work is a matter of disagreement among military experts. The Republican Guard units that control the weapons are run by Hussein's most loyal officers.

"They will face a short-term or a long-term problem," one former senior intelligence official said. "We may come after them when the fighting is over. But there may be a Saddam loyalist with a gun who is threatening to kill him right away if he doesn't follow orders."

This article pretty much just sums up what has already been reported elsewhere. Previously there has been rumoured to be a document from Iraq in the hands of US intelligence that, if it is authentic, is orders from Saddam issued last spring to his field commanders pre-authorizing the field commanders to use chemical and biological weapons in the event that field commanders lose communications with higher level commanders. It seems very likely that Saddam would issue such orders.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2002 September 30 07:01 PM  US Foreign Preemption, Deterrence, Containment


Comments
Marie said at January 30, 2003 1:31 PM:

Yes, we've all heard this before. But, what I would like to know is what the U.S. believes Iraqi possesses in the way of chem/bio weapons? Yes, we have been reporting that we suspect they have something, but what? Sarin? Botulinum toxin? Anthrax?

Reply at my e-mail address with any answers.


--Marie


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