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2004.10.28

Hey, about those missing explosives, y'all -- There's more.

Googling a name passed to me by my favorite American Poet, Russ Vaughn, led to two March 2004 news items which have direct bearing on the NYTrogate matter I mentioned here and here. The following quotes are from a Washington Times guest column written by Ion Mihai Pacepa, the former acting chief of Communist Romania’s espionage service. A roughly concurrent Front Page Magazine interview with Mr. Pacepa contains further background information. Mr. Pacepa's remarks address missing WMDs, but as you read you will see that they also provide a very likely explanation for the disappearance of the Al Qaaqaa material.

On March 20, Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the U.S.-led "aggression" against Iraq as "unwarranted" and "unjustifiable." Three days later, Pravda said that an anonymous Russian "military expert" was predicting that the United States would fabricate finding Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov immediately started plying the idea abroad, and it has taken hold around the world ever since.

As a former Romanian spy chief who used to take orders from the Soviet KGB, it is perfectly obvious to me that Russia is behind the evanescence of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. After all, Russia helped Saddam get his hands on them in the first place. The Soviet Union and all its bloc states always had a standard operating procedure for deep sixing weapons of mass destruction — in Romanian it was codenamed "Sarindar, meaning "emergency exit."

[...]

Iraq, in my view, had its own "Sarindar" plan in effect direct from Moscow. It certainly had one in the past. ... KGB chairman Yury Andropov, and later, Gen. Yevgeny Primakov, told me so too. In the late 1970s, Gen. Primakov ran Saddam's weapons programs. ...

The Soviet bloc not only sold Saddam its WMDs, but it showed them how to make them "disappear." Russia is still at it. Primakov was in Baghdad from December until a couple of days before the war, along with a team of Russian military experts led by two of Russia's topnotch "retired" generals, Vladislav Achalov, a former deputy defense minister, and Igor Maltsev, a former air defense chief of staff. ... "I did not fly to Baghdad to drink coffee," was what Gen. Achalov told the media afterward. They were there orchestrating Iraq's "Sarindar" plan.

[...]

Gee, y'all, do you suppose there could have been anything besides nerve gas and anthrax spores that the Russians wouldn't have wanted to leave where the American military was going to find it? Hmmm...

Update: "The Truth Laid Bear" and "Wizbang" continue to stay on top of this here, here, and here. This post even got a link from TTLB!

Update: Power Line has extensive coverage on the latest developments as well, posted tonight at 22:57.

Update: Captain's Quarters also has a good informative post on this subject. posted just under two hours ago.

Posted by Bill Faith on October 28, 2004 at 09:39 PM | Permalink


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