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Saddam's generals on U.S. payroll.

On September 7, a grim milestone was reached when the U.S. military death toll reached 1,000. Supporters of "Operation Iraqi Freedom" insist that those killed in action gave their lives to defend our country, and liberate the long-suffering Iraqis. Those claims are impossible to reconcile with the fact that in the ongoing war to "liberate" Iraq, Washington has retained the services of the same Saddamera military elite from which that nation was supposedly freed.

"Dozens of Saddam Hussein's former generals and colonels are being paid hundreds of dollars a month by the Pentagon to advise U.S. and Iraqi officials on how to contain the insurgency in northern Iraq," reported the French AFP wire service on September 8. "First installed in Baquba by Colonel Dana Pittard three months ago, Saddam's generals are working as US consultants in a bid to ease violence in the provinces of Slahuddin, Tamim, Sulaimaniya, and Diyala, the U.S. military said."

Several of the generals "have links with anti-US insurgents operating throughout the province [of Diyala]," continued the report. In exchange for modest pay-offs, those military commanders--previously denigrated in administration propaganda as Ba'athist "holdouts" or "dead-enders"--use their influence with the guerrillas to end attacks on U.S. troops.

This amounts to a reversal of the "de-Ba'athification" policy installed in May 2003, in which the Iraqi army was effectively disbanded, thereby swelling the armed insurgency and fueling the insurrection that has claimed hundreds of American lives. And insurgents who are bought off rarely stay bought. As Kipling warned over a century ago, if you pay the "Dane-geld," you never get rid of the Dane.
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Title Annotation:Insider Report; Saddam Hussein
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 4, 2004
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