Originally Posted by Bobby_Light
The French helped build a reactor facility in Iraq. The US provided intelligence, technology, and the means needed to make WMDs. We exported anthrax to Iraq; we also provided funding (over a $1 billion) and arms.
This is a LA Times article written in 1992 that supports my argument.
BUSH SECRET EFFORT HELPED IRAQ BUILD ITS WAR MACHINE
We were in bed with Saddam for years. See "Iraq-gate." Get a grip.
We provided them aid to buy food. We extended them credit to buy American grain and other food stuffs. Saddam had a WMD capability without any American support. He used WMD before the US had any relations with him. We provided him no weapons as the article you linked to shows. There were some proposals to trade for Soviet weapons we needed examples of but they were never followed through on.
Are you aware that anthrax and botulism are naturally occurring pathogens? The CDC provided the Iraqis samples of research quality anthrax, not weaponized anthrax.
The Iraqi army was equipped with Soviet equipment and advised by Soviets. Its air force flew Soviet and French aircraft. It had virtually no US made weapons and those that it did have it got through third parties.
It was a Soviet client state.