Pages

Jump to bottom

6 comments

1 Great White Snark  Feb 16, 2015 9:28:18am

It’s a footnote, but glad to see the CIA keeping this from the likes of Daesh. Yeow.

2 cinesimon  Feb 16, 2015 10:59:24am

“Still, it clearly was not true that Iraq had no chemical weapons.”
This is one of those weird refutations that is constantly argued against nobody.

3 team_fukit  Feb 16, 2015 3:27:38pm

The question I have about this story is that if the CIA ended up buying the weapons, then doesn’t it seem more foolish that we went to war in the first place?

4 Bass Reeves  Feb 16, 2015 6:57:22pm

re: #1 Great White Snark

I don’t see the connection. Or at least I don’t see how paying this unknown person untold amounts of money harmed Daesh, or IS, or whatever you want to call it. If we pay more than market value for that stuff, and the people we buy it from are less than honest, we are just continually funding our own opposition. I’ve seen it happen in both Iraq and Afghanistan on varying scales, and it’s not like we’ve seen the CIA be *smart* about anything in the last decade or so. Or couple decades.

5 Dark_Falcon  Feb 17, 2015 4:47:36am

re: #4 Bass Reeves

I don’t see the connection. Or at least I don’t see how paying this unknown person untold amounts of money harmed Daesh, or IS, or whatever you want to call it. If we pay more than market value for that stuff, and the people we buy it from are less than honest, we are just continually funding our own opposition. I’ve seen it happen in both Iraq and Afghanistan on varying scales, and it’s not like we’ve seen the CIA be *smart* about anything in the last decade or so. Or couple decades.

Paying to acquire and get rid of this nerve agent didn’t directly harm any Islamist terror movement, but it kept them from getting their hands on it. ISIS has already used chlorine gas as a weapon, they’d use Tabun or Sarin (the nerve agents produced in Iraq under Saddam Hussein) in a heartbeat. This CIA action ensured they are not able to do that.

6 Bass Reeves  Feb 17, 2015 5:24:50am

re: #5 Dark_Falcon

I’m sorry, I might have been unclear. In Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorists/insurgents have sold undesirable munitions to the US to buy more modern/effective munitions, under the Small Rewards program.

Many rockets were in poor condition and some were empty or held a nonlethal liquid, the officials said. But others contained the nerve agent sarin, which analysis showed to be purer than the intelligence community had expected given the age of the stock.

Neither the C.I.A. nor the soldiers persuaded the man to reveal his source of supply, the officials said. “They were pushing to see where did it originate from, was there a mother lode?” General Zahner said.

So if there was a large cache of stuff that the AQIZ people considered too unstable to use, by selling them to us, they would have easily been able to purchase better stuff. And since from the article it appears that no real rigor was applied to checking the background of the seller, I feel pretty confident that the purchases didn’t protect us in any significant way.


This page has been archived.
Comments are closed.

Jump to top

Create a PageThis is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.
Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.
Last updated: 2016-01-01 10:29 am PST
LGF User's Guide RSS Feeds Tweet

Help support Little Green Footballs!

Subscribe now for ad-free access!Register and sign in to a free LGF account before subscribing, and your ad-free access will be automatically enabled.

Donate with
PayPal
Square Cash Shop at amazon
as an LGF Associate!
Recent PagesClick to refresh
Who Is, or Was, the Greatest Martial Artist in History?I only got to the rank of 2nd degree black belt in Chinese & American Kenpo, so I am certainly no expert. I earned all my higher belts at American Karate Studios in Northeastern Ohio, and was a competitor on ...
Samuel Vargo
5 days, 2 hours ago
Views: 311 • Comments: 4 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
The Way We Regulate Self-Driving Cars Is Broken—here’s How to Fix It The key issue is this: the current system is built around an assumption that cars will be purchased and owned by customers. But the pioneers of the driverless world—including Waymo, Cruise, and Uber—are not planning to sell cars to ...
Thanos
5 days, 5 hours ago
Views: 291 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Android’s Trust Problem Isn’t Getting Better Android security is largely failing due to a smorgasbord of issues and lies. Published today, a two-year study of Android security updates has revealed a distressing gap between the software patches Android companies claim to have on their devices ...
Thanos
6 days, 10 hours ago
Views: 545 • Comments: 3 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Tour of the Moon in 4K Take a virtual tour of the Moon in all-new 4K resolution, thanks to data provided by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. As the visualization moves around the near side, far side, north and south poles, we highlight interesting features, ...
Thanos
6 days, 14 hours ago
Views: 516 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Vermont Governor Signs Sweeping Gun Control Measures Vermont Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday signed sweeping gun control measures -- including limits on the size of magazines -- that the Legislature passed last month after contentious debate. The measures:-- Raise the minimum age for gun buyers to ...
Thanos
1 week ago
Views: 609 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Roseanne Barr Is Tweeting About QAnon, a New Pizzagate-Style Conspiracy Theory Barr's been full metal Trump-loving wingnut in a social liberal suit for a long long time. This is why I would never watch her show, and why I won't be spending money with advertisers on her show once someone ...
Thanos
2 weeks, 5 days ago
Views: 1,900 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0