Saddam's generals on U.S. payroll.
"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|
|Date:||Oct 4, 2004|
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