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May 08, 2008

More On Purported Bush Sr. Assassination Plot

When the Pentagon released a study about Iraq's terrorist activities under Saddam, I thought it was interesting they hadn't mentioned anything about Saddam's supposed attempt to assassinate George H.W. Bush in Kuwait in 1993. But I missed this article by Michael Isikoff at the time, on exactly this subject:

[C]uriously little has been heard about the allegedly foiled assassination plot in the five years since the U.S. military invaded Iraq. A just-released Pentagon study on the Iraqi regime's ties to terrorism only adds to the mystery. The review, conducted for the Pentagon's Joint Forces Command, combed through 600,000 pages of Iraqi intelligence documents seized after the fall of Baghdad, as well as thousands of hours of audio- and videotapes of Saddam's conversations with his ministers and top aides. The study found that the IIS kept remarkably detailed records of virtually every operation it planned, including plots to assassinate Iraqi exiles and to supply explosives and booby-trapped suitcases to Iraqi embassies. But the Pentagon researchers found no documents that referred to a plan to kill Bush. The absence was conspicuous because researchers, aware of its potential significance, were looking for such evidence. "It was surprising," said one source familiar with the preparation of the report (who under Pentagon ground rules was not permitted to speak on the record). Given how much the Iraqis did document, "you would have thought there would have been some veiled reference to something about [the plot]."

But it turns out absence of evidence still isn't evidence of absence:

"It would not have surprised me at all if the Iraqis expunged any record of that—it was an utter embarrassment for them," says Paul Pillar, the CIA's former top analyst on the Middle East.

You bet. Likewise, given the utter embarrassment the CIA felt when its remote control mechanism failed to crash Flight 93 into the Capitol on 9/11, I'm not surprised they've expunged all references to it from their records.

EARLIER: The FBI chemist who tested the explosives recovered in Kuwait describes how his report was falsified.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at May 8, 2008 12:45 PM

We didn't man kill, as in "Do that again, and I'll kill you," but more like "erase from the page of time." You know, Yale talk.

Posted by: donescobar at May 8, 2008 02:06 PM

I heard that those records were buried underground with the WMD, near the unfindable nuclear reactor facility staffed entirely by Saddam look-alikes.

Posted by: darrelplant at May 8, 2008 03:15 PM

thanks for the two posts (current and october 2004). the pernicious influence of the bush crime family has been a corruption on this country for far too long. here they had me thinking that bill clinton was an idiot for falling for the saddam-hussein-is-evil-beyond-all bandwagon back in the '90s. he was being played -- by the freaking bush crime family. the idea that their fingerprints are identifiable deep within significant government agencies when they have no official capacity is, while not surprising, sickening and depressing beyond measure.

each day i learn about some new thing they or their cohorts have done/are doing/think is a really, really great idea, and i become incrementally more paranoid. but you aren't paranoid if someone really is out to get you, are you?

Posted by: alicesprings at May 9, 2008 12:28 AM

The missing Iraqi documents and tapes detailing Saddam Hussein planning and ordering the assassination of George H.W. Bush are hidden in the exact same location where all of Saddam Hussein's missing, massive quantities of WMD are hidden, at which site are also hidden all the documents and tapes detailing the operational links between Saddam Hussein's regime and al Qaeda prior to the the 9/11 attacks...and...and...and...wait a second.

All the claims made by the Bush administration before their ordering the invasion of Iraq seems to involve things that have never been supported by any evidence...unless all the evidence is secreted away in some super-duper double-secret location...which it may take a 100 years to least per the Iraqi timeline of John McCain.

Posted by: The Oracle at May 9, 2008 02:57 AM

It's funny watching people try to pin this one on Bush, when it was Clinton's fabrication.

Posted by: David Grenier at May 9, 2008 09:51 AM

"bill clinton was an idiot for falling"

clinton was an idiot all right, but he never "fell" for the bush lies, he was part and parcel.... always.

clinton killed a heck of a lot of innocent people.

Posted by: Susan - NC at May 11, 2008 01:02 PM