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Saturday, August 02, 2003

More on The "Imminent Threat" From Iraq

From the AP:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A close aide to Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) says the Iraqi dictator did in fact get rid of his weapons of mass destruction but deliberately kept the world guessing about it in an effort to divide the international community and stave off a U.S. invasion.

The strategy, which turned out to be a serious miscalculation, was designed to make the Iraqi dictator look strong in the eyes of the Arab world, while countries such as France and Russia were wary of joining an American-led attack. At the same time, Saddam retained the technical know-how and brain power to restart the programs at any time.

OK, we had suggested this very notion back on July 4, and had identified Jeff Hauser as a the source on June 4, so we will accept a flood of congratulatory e-mails, and move on. The post below will peer at the President's State of the Union Address, and we will attempt to see just how "imminent" a threat the President described.

UPDATE: Hint to congratulatory e-mailers - "unusually astute" and "unexpectedly insightful" are somewhat back-handed compliments. Try to minimize the qualifiers, please.

And more on Saddam's subtle poker skills here.

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