Sunday, July 11, 2004

The New York Times > Senate Panel Describes Long Weakening of Hussein Army

The New York Times > International > Middle East > Panel Describes Long Weakening of Hussein Army:
"The Senate's report on prewar intelligence about Iraq, which asserts that warnings about its illicit weapons were largely unfounded and that its ties to Al Qaeda were tenuous, also undermines another justification for the war: that Saddam Hussein's military posed a threat to regional stability and American interests.

In a detailed discussion of Iraq's prewar military posture, the report cites a long series of intelligence reports in the decade before the war that described a formerly potent army's spiral of decay under the weight of economic sanctions and American military pressure.

The main risk of an attack by Mr. Hussein against the United States and nations in the region was his unpredictability, these reports indicated. The reports found it especially hard to predict what he would do if threatened by the likelihood of American military action. But the Senate Intelligence Committee called this analysis relatively weak."

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/11/international/middleeast/11MILI.html?pagewanted=all&position=
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