January 12, 2004

Pot Claims Kettle Is Black

U.S. Says It Has Proof of Sales to Iraq

It's always interesting to see what happens when people start pointing. This one's a little more ridiculous than usual, though: the US says that Russia exported equipment to Iraq, which was used during Gulf War II.

What they forget to mention is that the US sold equipment to Iraq as well, during the 1980s. In fact, we supplied quite a bit of ordinace to them, some of which came back to haunt us during Gulf War I, and no doubt was also around during Gulf War II. We also did it extensively: check out this pay article if you want more information.

Oh, and the fact we don't currently sell to Iraq? Well, since we imposed the embargo, it's a little difficult for people to sell arms to Iraq from the US. So the question is: how much of the sales are Russian, and how much are companies who have in the past operated in the US and now operate in the free-for-all in Russia? Just a thought.

Posted by Ted Stevko at January 12, 2004 12:18 AM | TrackBack