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General Georges Sada Shares Saddam’s Secrets

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

Did Saddam Hussein’s Iraq have weapons of mass destruction (WMD)? If so, what happened to them?

Was Saddam Hussein ever planning to attack his neighbors?

Was Saddam Hussein really a bad guy, or was he just misunderstood?

I know it’s difficult for most of us to believe, but since some time has passed, more than a few Americans have forgotten who Saddam Hussein was and what he did. They probably only vaguely remember the leftist mantra, “Bush lied, people died.” So a quick history lesson is in order.

Here’s an extract from the CIA country study on Iraq:

In August 1990, Iraq seized Kuwait but was expelled by US-led, UN coalition forces during the Gulf War of January-February 1991. Following Kuwait’s liberation, the UN Security Council (UNSC) required Iraq to scrap all weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles and to allow UN verification inspections. Continued Iraqi noncompliance with UNSC resolutions over a period of 12 years led to the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and the ouster of the SADDAM Husayn regime.

Yes, I know.

They spelled Saddam’s last name wrong. I don’t know if the spelling was changed when the page was updated on 6 November 2008 or some time earlier. After a little research I discovered that there are multiple acceptable spellings since it is merely a transliteration of the Arabic language. I don’t think it was intended to disassociate the dead dictator’s last name from the middle name of our President-elect.

Did I say dead dictator?

Yes I did.

Iraq’s High Tribunal found Saddam Hussein/Husayn guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced him to hang in 2006. The trial wasn’t about WMD or any intent to invade his neighbors, instead it was about some of his murders in 1982. To have tried him for all his crimes, would have taken many years–maybe decades. As it was, it only took one conviction and one hanging to put an end to him.

But we’re stuck with those lingering questions. Was it all a sham? How will we ever really know?

Come to think of it, how do you know anything? Think about it.

There’s only two ways to know anything. You either have to experience the event or believe somebody else’s account of what happened. Most of the stuff you know, you know because you’ve taken someone else’s word for it. The challenge is to decide who to believe.

In legal proceedings and in historic research, the closer the witness is to actually experiencing the event, the more reliable they are as a source. For instance, the personal testimony of an eye-witness is considered more reliable that the testimony of a person who read about the event in a newspaper or saw it on an edited television news cast. Even somebody who talked with an eye-witness of an event is more creditable than someone who formed an opinion based on a collection of news reports and documentaries. And when the testimony is supported by circumstantial evidence, greater credence can be given to the witness.

So what about the Iraqi WMD?

Many blogs and news reports declare that there weren’t any. But how could they know? And who has disagreed with them?

Bill Clinton did in 1998 and still did as late as 2003. Maybe he was wrong. Do you think? Several other people disagreed also, such people as Nancy Pelosi, Sandy Berger, and Madeline Albright. Maybe they were wrong too. Certainly they weren’t all liars. No, they had to believe what they were saying, which had to be based on some reliable source they had access to. So much of that high-level stuff remains unavailable to the average American due to classification levels.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could talk to an eye-witness about what was going in Iraq. Or at least be able to read a book written by a witness. Maybe then we could have some certainly about whether there were WMD in Iraq.

Well, now there is.

A retired Iraqi Air Force Vice Air-Marshall (a.k.a. General) Georges Sada has written his testimony called Saddam’s Secrets. It answers the questions I asked at the beginning of this column. If you’d prefer to read the book and find the answers yourself, you need to stop reading now. Otherwise, here goes:

Did Saddam Hussein’s Iraq have weapons of mass destruction (WMD)?

Yes (page 71).

Then what happened to them?

Some of them were found by occupying forces, but most of them were transported to Syria in the summer of 2002. Pretending to provide humanitarian support in response to a collapsed dam in Zeyzoun, fifty-six flights on modified commercial 747s and 727s transported hundreds of tons of WMD (pages 260-261). I found an article referencing an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story about 20 plane-loads of aid from Iraq to Syria on 9 June 2002. There are some people who say they know where the WMD in Syria are today.

Was Saddam Hussein planning to attack his neighbors?

Yes. As most people know he initiated an eight-year war with Iran and then in 1990 he invaded Kuwait. However, he also planned to attack Israel with a air-armada of 98 aircraft all using chemical WMD (pages 128-129, 135, 140). And he intended to attack Saudi Arabia with twelve combat divisions (pages 171, 172). The primary reason he canceled the attacks against Israel and Saudi Arabia is because of the US-led attack which neutered his military power (page 173).

Was Saddam Hussein really a bad guy, or was he just misunderstood?

He was about as bad as a human can be. See pages 299 and 300 for a summary, but multiple accounts are scattered throughout the 315-page book.

Who is this General Sada and why should we care about him?

He graduated from Iraq’s Air Academy in 1959, received training in Great Britain, Russia, and the United States, trained many Iraqi pilots, and was the second ranking officer in Saddam Hussein’s air force. He was forced into retirement in 1986 because he was a member of the Baathist party, but was recalled during the First Gulf War to interrogate coalition pilots. He placed his life on the line by refusing to execute the coalition pilots as Qusay (the son of Saddam) ordered him to do (pages 181-187).

Without General Sada’s actions, no coalition pilots POWs would have survived to tell their tales.

When was this book, Saddam’s Secrets, published?

2006. 2006! Why haven’t I heard about this book before now?

He was briefly interviewed on Fox News’ Hannity and Combs, and then again on the comedic Daily Show. He has talked to a few churches around the country. But otherwise, he’s mostly ignored. I suggest there are at least six reasons why Saddam’s Secrets hasn’t been given much press coverage.

First of all, it is filled with little stories about Georges Sada’s life. For the reader who is searching for information about WMD, these stories can be annoying. Initially, I found them to be so, but the more of them I read, the more I grew to like the author. His account of his first flight in the MiG-21 on pages 54 to 62 was the turning point for me. As an Air Force pilot I understood what he went through as a 28-year-old aviator trying to do a mission without being fully trained for it. From there on, he was a friend telling me about his life. A life which had a connection to an evil dictator.

Saddam’s Secrets in not complimentary of the United Nations (UN). From high-level leadership down to the lowly blue-helmeted UN peace-keeper, they are all portrayed as bride-seeking individuals supporting nothing that relates to peace or justice. Some people might think it could bolster the traditional anti-UN sentiment of many Americans, whose tax-dollars pay 22% of the UN operating costs.

Georges Sada also talks about a Chinese connection in a deal to supply nuclear weapons to Iraq. Saddam offered them $100 million, but the deal was squashed when coalition-efforts prevented the transfer of funds. This information might set back the progress of elected officials working to convince Americans to accept China as a strategic partner and friend.

Probably the second worst offense in the book is that he warns us about a cultural invasion by the followers of Islam. Ever since shortly after 9/11, President Bush has repeatedly insisted that Islam is a religion of peace. Sada’s discussion on pages 285 to 291 suggests America and Europe are under going an assimilation that if ignored will soon transform our customs, history, and languages. This type of talk is not popular in an age where tolerance is culturally demanded, even written into our laws.

He criticizes the American handling of Iraq after the defeat of Saddam’s military. Not only were their major mistakes made after the 1991 war it was worse after the 2003 war. Disbanding the military the way it was, depleted the resources that could have been used to expedite stability and even worse encourage thousands of former officers to join the violent opposition. Shortly after the war, General Sada offered to establish security for Baghdad if he could have 40,000 UNARMED former Iraqi air force personnel assigned as police to him. The plan was rejected by the Americans in charge.

But Georges Sada’s greatest offense to the popular media might be that he is an Assyrian Christian. As an Assyrian, his ancestral claims to live where he does predate those of Arabs. It’s like a 2000-year trump card on the “evil-Crusading-invaders” argument used by many non-Christians. Greater than being Assyrian, the “Christian” descriptor is an obvious offense to non-Christians in the 21st century.

General Sada does more than just say he’s a Christian, throughout his book, he often gives thanks to Jesus for things that went right in his life. He also suggests that others should seek the truth of Christianity in several places throughout his book. He even has a small lecture for young people concerning their dress and sexual behavior–how dare he.

Personal testimonies of Christians often make non-Christians feel uncomfortable. I discovered through other sources that while Georges Sada was raised in the “old-style Christianity” of the middle-east, he actually became a born-again Christian in 1989. That was after an American preacher from California visited his church and taught about the individual relationship a person can have with Jesus. That explains a lot to those who understand what it means.

So Georges Sada has at least six reasons for people not to promote his book. Nevertheless the book is published and you might want to read it. If you don’t have a friend to lend one to you, it might be in your local library, or you can order a copy on-line at Amazon.com for about $17, it retails for about $25.

Another subplot in the book dealt with Saddam’s leadership style. Specifically, he placed very incompetent people below him in positions of great authority. While this tactic resulted in national leaders who were terrible at their jobs, they were totally loyal to Saddam. Without the power of Saddam to support and protect them, they would never be followed by the people they supervised. Thus revolution was impossible.

Doesn’t that make you wonder?

If you ever worked for an incompetent boss, did you ever wonder how he got there? Was it just a fluke, or was it a parallel of the Saddam principle of leadership?

Kinda makes you think about what your boss’s boss is thinking.

It just makes sense.

11 Nov 2008 – The Chuck

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Veterans’ Day … a day we remember the millions of folks, much like you and I, who served our nation. I know all of us, even though we get lost in the details occasionally, know our nation has its own version of “revolution” every 4-years (but don’t forget the mini-revolution we have every 2-years).

It’s not a lot different from what we experienced in the service. In 32 years I had 18 assignments and I had 32 commanders (I might be off by 3% or so). Your ratio was probably something close to that.

The lesson that came out of that was not to worry too much if you drew an idiot for a commander–he’d be moving on before too long. Likewise, if you drew a great commander you weren’t supposed to get to used to him because he’d be gone soon enough too.

There’s a great lesson in life that comes from that. Don’t put your faith in mortal kings. Unless you can shield yourself from the media completely, you’ve had your eyes and ears assaulted with the rejoicing of the loud-mouthed 52% “majority” who think they’ve elected the Messiah.

As we watch our Misery Index rise over the next couple of years, you might have a chance to ask somebody, “How do you like him now?” Of course, it’s way to early for that. Believe me when I say you’ll get your chance to ask somebody that … remember to have smile on your face when you say it–you’ll feel better for it.

We really should pray for BHO because the worse he does, the more we’ll feel it. I believe he’s very smart, it’s possible that he only pretended to be a Marxist in order to get the 52% to excrete their support. I really hope he does a good job for America.

I pray he is convicted, or even haunted by the Holy Spirit every time he shuts his eyes to think about the 50,000,0000 Americans who’ve been slaughtered since 1973 in the American Holocaust. Maybe that will encourage him to consider nominating Supreme Court judges who are at least open to discussing overturning Roe-v-Wade instead of being militantly supportive of abortion on demand.

I pray that when he looks at the Flag he notices that the red is the color of the blood shed by generations of American’s who’ve ensured our freedom. Maybe that will make him reconsider his rhetoric that he might dismantle our military advantage over the peoples who hate us and want to kill us.

I pray that whenever he sees a penny on the ground, he will understand that massive tax-hikes during an economic down-turn will result in worse economic conditions. Then he will also understand that the destruction of the US economy will not just hurt “the rich” but it will bring great misery to other folks too.

If BHO was the pilot of an airliner you were a passenger on, you’d want him to fly safe and land well. Even more so, if your family were passengers. As President he’ll “have the aircraft” for the next four-years.

Even if he does as poorly as some may think he will do, let us not forget:

The Tomb is still empty. We serve a risen Savior. God is in control. Nothing can change any of that.

Happy Veterans’ Day my Band of Brothers.

Obamanation Nightmare

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Howdy All

 

I am…of course… in a particular foul mood.  I think we all knew this was going to happen; and now we are faced with the reality.  So… I avoid watching much television and news paper reading, internet news ect ect. 

 

Still I keep reviewing over and over again in my mind and in my nightmares the notion that we “the Americans” are riding on the Titanic that just hit the mother of all ice burgs, in the middle of shark infested ice water….and most of the passengers are planning to attend the inauguration ball for the new captain.  Hell the ship stewards are all out crying “change is coming and the new captain wants everyone to start taking swimming lessons!”  The ships officers are all in meetings developing plans to sue the maker of the ice burg and the kitchen staff is holding contest on who can hold their breath the longest. Of course the ships finance officer is handing out dixie cups so we can start bailing when the water gets over the gunwales.  The captain has assured us that he has signaled the SS France, SS Russia, SS Cuba and SS Iran for advice on navigation.  They have all forwarded detailed plans for replacing the port holes with screen doors.  The ship’s news paper men are broadcasting that under the new administration everyone will be employed in new high paying jobs as whale watchers.  Hell you won’t even have to leave your birth to see the sea life. You will have your own port hole view!  Who needs internet porn when you can watch half naked mermaids!
As for me and my lot we have purchased our berths in the California section were the Cali nut-jobs have decided not to wait for the ice berg damage to sink the ship.  No they have listened to the NEA teachers section and have decided that Archimedes was wrong –because he was a bitter old white man — So they have started drilling holes in the boat hull (and each other) to let the water out.  As for the upper class berths, there will be no escape on the few life boats.  No the California groups have launched all the life boats with the livestock on board to provide more living space for the chickens, hogs and cows. 
Besides all the San Francisco men have are already dressed as women and children…no not to escape on the boats…they are holding a protest rally on the promenade in drag, until the new captain marry’s them to each other. Down below in the third class berths all the poor assholes, after drinking the blue cool-aid, are trying to lift the boat and make it fly by pulling on their shoe strings chanting “yes we can”.    

 I can’t imagine having to tred 30 degree water for eight years. My only solace is being able to watch some of the idiots who voted for this
Moron drown first. 

 

Oh yeah Happy Vets Day!

 

Peace Out!

Bob in Houston town

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Good evening one and all,

I just wanted to say hello to everybody, and let you know that I enjoy the videos and the commentaries that are posted on here.  I do not get to write a lot, because as I have mentioned I have opened my own small business.   For me it is exciting, and scary at the same time.  I have now hired a legal assistant, a paralegal, and have a Secretary that helps me.  Now before you get too excited the legal assistant and the paralegal are part time and I cannot pay the wages they deserve.

So far we are undefeated in legal issues.  the firm has started operating six days a week, which sometimes means that I work seven days a week.  Hopefully that’ll be for a short while, but it is such an exciting and interesting world that I do not mind the long weeks.  I have a current case at the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, which is taking up a lot of our time.  the case involves a Korean War veteran.  I really hope to get his VA benefits for him.  On the other hand we have some local trials which is very interesting.  I mainly due consumer law with a specialization of landlord-tenant and home repair issues.  The consumer law cases or paying the bills, until hopefully we start earning money through the veterans claims.

We currently have about 30 veteran claims that are being worked.  So far we are doing pretty well.

One thing that I wanted to state to all of the all is that by reading your posts, they remind me what a very talented and diverse group that you are.  It is quite interesting to see a telescope being built, read about the home improvement projects, and just remember what wonderful people you are.

I would like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas.  I hope each one of you has a wonderful week and if your down in Texas and especially in Houston please give a call.  Bob

Misery Index

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

The “misery index” was coined by the economist Arthur Okun. It is calculated by adding the unemployment rate to the inflation rate. Jimmy Carter often referenced it when he was campaigning for the Presidency in 1976. Carter declared that since America was stuck with a misery index of 13.5, President Ford had no right to ask for re-election.

Was he right?

After Jimmy Carter was elected, the misery index continued to rise until his administration was vanquished in a landslide victory for Ronald Reagan. The chart below shows the progress of the misery index using October of each year from 1968 to 2008 as a data point.
Misery Index 1968-2008 Presidents

Be careful before you draw any conclusions.

Here’s a color-coded version of the same chart. It uses the modern media’s assignment of red to the Republicans and blue to the Democrats. Trying to make sense out of why the misery index goes up or down based solely on the party of the President in office comes up with some mixed results.

Presidents misery Index color

For instance, during Richard Nixon’s Republican administration the misery index continued to climb until Gerald Ford, also a Republican, took office. Ironically, President Ford’s misery index was trending lower the entire time he was in office and even as candidate Jimmy Carter made an issue of snap-shots of the index to oust Ford.

The misery index increased so much during Jimmy Carter’s administration that the American people embraced Republican Presidents for the next 12 years.

Misery is not easily forgotten.  But sometimes, like old soldiers, it just fades away. Listen to the old folks if you ever have the time.

As much as some people would like to tag all Democrat Presidents with the misery heaped on Americans during Carter’s administration, it doesn’t prove true when you look at the historic trend on the charts I’ve provided.

Bill Clinton presided over the lowest misery index since the early 1960’s and 1950’s. And we can’t blame the most recent after-burner climb of the misery index on a Democratic Party president since we’re nearing the end of eight years of a Republican administration.

So how can this be?

It is clear that which party the President belongs too is not the sole determiner of how miserable Americans will be. In addition, one of the most repeated lessons in history is to never put your faith in mortal kings. They’ll eventually let you down. The President alone does not control the misery index.

Is there another branch of government that has some control over the economy?

Yes, there is. It’s called the legislative branch, and it’s comprised of the House of Representatives and the Senate. They do the grunt work on budgets and taxes. The President has an influence, and sometimes he can force them to do his will–but not always.

What was going on in the legislative branch while that misery index was rising and diving?

Here’s the same chart of the 1968-2008 misery index showing which political party and which Speaker of the House was maybe culpable for American misery. It’s easy to see that Speakers of the House Albert and O’Neill and their fellow Democrats were in control during the most miserable times, but it doesn’t seem consistent.

Misery Index 1968-2008 Speakes

Notice how in 1980 the misery index plummets even with O’Neill as the Speaker of the House. Using this data, it is clear to see that the Speaker of the House alone does not control the misery index.

So what was happening with the Senate from 1968-2008?

Take a look at the chart below.  The Senate is often called the “upper house” so I’ve placed Democratic Party and Republican icons at the top of the chart along with the names of the Senate Leaders at the time. Notice how the misery index drops rapidly with the beginning of Senate Leader Baker’s control. It levels off when power switches to Senator Byrd, climbs again when Senator Mitchell comes to power but then defies the logic of blame by decreasing in the middle of his term of leadership.

Misery Index 1968-2008 Senate Leaders
While the chart appears to show that when Democrats control the Senate the misery index goes up, it is not consistently true. Thus, it is clear to see that the Senate Leader alone does not control the misery index.

What happens when we combine all three of these charts?

Misery Index 1968-2008 combined
When the misery index chart shows the President in office along with which party controls the House of Representatives and Senate, it becomes more clear that certain combinations result in more misery for Americans.

When the House and the Senate are controlled by the Democratic Party, regardless of which party the President belongs to, the misery index trends upwards. This is evident on the chart from 1968-1980, 1986-1993, and in our current time. But in contrast, when a Republican Senate is combined with either a Republican President or Republican House, the misery index trends downward.

The extraordinary drop in misery during President Reagan’s administration, according to the chart, appears to have been possible because of help from Baker’s and Dole’s Senate leadership. Notice how the misery index rose when the Democrats retook the Senate in 1986. The next big drop in the misery index occurred in 1995.  Interestingly, the Republicans control both the House the Senate while the Democrats control the Presidency.

So what does all of this mean?

By examining past results we can make some predictions about the future with some confidence of accuracy. We can deduce that the President can neither increase nor decease the misery of Americans by himself.

What a remarkable system we’ve inherited via the Constitution. As Veterans’ Day approaches, maybe we can understand a little better why America’s military pledges an oath to protect and defend the Constitution.  No American takes an oath to a Party, ruler, or place.

Based off of what we see in the trend chart below, the misery index of the Carter administration was not completely Jimmy Carter’s fault. He was enabled by a Democrat-controlled House and Senate. The result was the greatest misery index since statistics have been kept.

Misery Index 1968-2008 combined with arrows
You probably couldn’t help but to notice the sudden upswing in the misery index over the last two years.  Did you also notice how it seems to parallel the late 1960’s and the early 1970’s? That can be attributed to the Party that controls both the House and the Senate. And I’m sure you’ve notice that America just elected a Democratic Party member to be the next President of the United States.

If the trends of the last 40-years of Party-induced misery stays true to past performance, America will experience another big rise in misery beginning shortly after power is transferred. Just like during the Jimmy Carter years, when the Executive branch and both houses of Congress are controlled by the Democrat Party, nothing can dissuade their economic policies from pushing misery upwards.

So misery seems certain to come.  Here’s the solution to prevent a new record in American misery.

If the misery index keeps rising over the next two years, America should realized that the only way to stop it is to balance the power through the 2010 election. We have already seen a Republican Senate and House combine to lower misery in 1996–some may argue it even made Clinton successful enough to be re-elected.  While that can neither be proved nor disproved, we do know that it worked to lower misery.  The chart above clearly shows that.  The chart suggest that it will probably work again in 2010.

Looking backwards, that would have been the solution in 1976–but alas, it wasn’t tried. Some people said we got what we deserved for keeping one-party control back then. But saying that didn’t make life any better. Anybody old enough to remember 17% house loans, 22% car loans, and Staff-Sergeants standing in line for food stamps?

I am.  It was miserable.

When the misery index rises–and it will–and if the American people fail to balance the power by voting a Republican majority into both houses of Congress in 2010, some people might say we’ll get what we deserve.

Talk is cheap. Misery is expensive.

It just makes sense.

I’ve posted this on my political commentary site http://charlessutherland.com with charts that are easier to read–you don’t have to click on them to view them.  It’ll stay there until I get another vision.

 Cheers,