I don’t know why anyone would be surprised, but I’m angry as hell about this. Saddam was paying off the French diplomats with the UN-run Oil For Food program, those Frenchies backstabbed Colin Powell and now ABC News has found from the Saddam Files that the Russian Ambassador handed over our war plan to Iraq.
Following are the ABC News Investigative Unit’s summaries of five documents from Saddam Hussein’s government, which the U.S. government has released.
The documents discuss Osama bin Laden, weapons of mass destruction, al Qaeda and more. The full documents can be found on the U.S. Army Foreign Military Studies Office Web site.
Note: Document titles were added by ABC News.
“U.S. War Plan Leaked to Iraqis by Russian Ambassador”
Documents dated March 5-8, 2003
Two Iraqi documents dated in March 2003 — on the eve of the U.S.-led invasion — and addressed to the secretary of Saddam Hussein, describe details of a U.S. plan for war. According to the documents, the plan was disclosed to the Iraqis by the Russian ambassador.
The first document (CMPC-2003-001950) is a handwritten account of a meeting with the Russian ambassador that details his description of the composition, size, location and type of U.S. military forces arrayed in the Gulf and Jordan. The document includes the exact numbers of tanks, armored vehicles, different types of aircraft, missiles, helicopters, aircraft carriers, and other forces, and also includes their exact locations. The ambassador also described the positions of two Special Forces units.
The second document (CMPC-2004-001117) is a typed account, signed by Deputy Foreign Minister Hammam Abdel Khaleq, that states that the Russian ambassador has told the Iraqis that the United States was planning to deploy its force into Iraq from Basra in the South and up the Euphrates, and would avoid entering major cities on the way to Baghdad, which is, in fact what happened. The documents also state “Americans are also planning on taking control of the oil fields in Kirkuk.” The information was obtained by the Russians from “sources at U.S. Central Command in Doha, Qatar,” according to the document.
This document also includes an account of an amusing incident in which several Iraqi Army officers (presumably seeking further elaboration of the U.S. war plans) contacted the Russian Embassy in Baghdad and stated that the ambassador was their source. Needless to say, this caused great embarrassment to the ambassador, and the officers were instructed “not to mention the ambassador again in that context.”
(ABC News Editor’s Note: The Russian ambassador in March 2003 was Vladimir Teterenko. Teterenko appears in documents released by the Volker Commission, which investigated the Oil for Food scandal, as receiving allocations of 3 million barrels of oil — worth roughly $1.5 million. )
This is stunningly outrageous and I think it is about time the United States held the United Nations and our backstabbing allies to account for their deceit and support of terrorism against our country through Iraq. Imagine how much more we are going to find out since these first few translated documents are just a small part of the whole kit and kaboodle. It certainly puts the whole Jan-Mar 2003 UN debate on Iraq in a new and pathetic light.
I do have to praise ABC News for taking my advice…. it appears they are the only national news organization that is taking an interest in translating the Saddam Files. I have a feeling there will be a lot of liberals eating crow over the next few weeks.