Wednesday, 16 February 2011

The 2011 counterterrorism calendar, working for you

... Nothing new

This week marks the 20th anniversary of Desert Storm, the war to drive Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait, and the long-simmering argument continues over whether April Glaspie, as U.S. ambassador to Baghdad, gave the Iraqi dictator a green light to invade his neighbor.

The dispute flared up a few weeks ago when WikiLeaks issued Glaspie's July 25, 1990, secret cable to Washington outlining her version of what she said to Hussein, a former Washington ally against the ayatollahs in Iran.

The leaked document prompted historian Juan Cole, among others, to blog that the Glaspie memo "vindicates her" from accusations that she let Hussein think Washington would not care if he invaded.

Maybe so, but detractors fired back on the blog that the cable most certainly does nothing of the sort. And so the argument went on...

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