Clinton’s CIA put car-bombs into the hands of an Iraqi dissident group–Iyad Allawi’s.
WASHINGTON, June 8 — Iyad Allawi, now the designated prime minister of Iraq, ran an exile organization intent on deposing Saddam Hussein that sent agents into Baghdad in the early 1990’s to plant bombs and sabotage government facilities under the direction of the C.I.A., several former intelligence officials say.Dr. Allawi’s group, the Iraqi National Accord, used car bombs and other explosive devices smuggled into Baghdad from northern Iraq, the officials said. Evaluations of the effectiveness of the bombing campaign varied, although the former officials interviewed agreed that it never threatened Saddam Hussein’s rule.
So we armed terrorists–car bombers are terrorists, right? That’s what the president keeps saying–and sent them into a foreign country to terrorize the population? Don’t worry, though–they were ineffective.
The Iraqi government at the time claimed that the bombs, including one it said exploded in a movie theater, resulted in many civilian casualties. But whether the bombings actually killed any civilians could not be confirmed because, as a former C.I.A. official said, the United States had no significant intelligence sources in Iraq then.One former Central Intelligence Agency officer who was based in the region, Robert Baer, recalled that a bombing during that period “blew up a school bus; schoolchildren were killed.” Mr. Baer, a critic of the Iraq war, said he did not recall which resistance group might have set off that bomb.
Other former intelligence officials said Dr. Allawi’s organization was the only resistance group involved in bombings and sabotage at that time.
But one former senior intelligence official recalled that “bombs were going off to no great effect.”
“I don’t recall very much killing of anyone,” the official said.
So maybe it’s OK because the terrorists we sent in–trained by the guy who’s taking over the interim govt in Iraq–were incompetent?. Oh, good. I feel so much better now.