December 16, 2003


Documents Found With Saddam Point to Regime Network (Jim Garamone, Dec. 16, 2003, American Forces Press Service)

Intelligence from the capture of Saddam Hussein already is making Baghdad a safer place.

Army Brig. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, commander of the 1st Armored Division here, said documents found with Saddam have allowed his forces to attack cells of former regime figures and make significant inroads against the financial network supporting the groups.

"What the capture of Saddam Hussein revealed is the structure that existed above the local cellular structure – call it a network," Dempsey said during an interview with press traveling with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers. "We now know how the cells are financed and how they are given broad general guidance."

Dempsey said Saddam did not exercise control of the cells as Americans would define it. Rather, the cells were provided funds and given a broad mission. "We still believe their actions against us are conducted locally, and with very little guidance from above other than 'impede progress,'" he said.

The general said 10 to 14 of these cells have operated in Baghdad, and that the 1st Armored Division has been successful against six. "The remaining challenge is about eight cells and that network that sits above them," Dempsey said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 16, 2003 11:17 PM

Think Arafat.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at December 17, 2003 1:43 AM

Is it necessary to discuss these issues with the press?

Posted by: h-man at December 17, 2003 5:48 AM

One of the nice things about the press is that you can say these things to them and it will make absolutely no difference. They'll keep on writing stories about how Saddam had no connection to the resistence and how his capture makes no difference. President Bush has made brilliant use of this, hiding his plans and confounding his enemies by announcing exactly what he's going to do and why.

Posted by: David Cohen at December 17, 2003 7:49 AM

Truth telling in a sinister world is very discombobulating.

While lying constantly--and imaginatively--is, or ought to be at this stage of the game, quite illuminating.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at December 17, 2003 8:02 AM

The media has already gotten over Sadddam's capture and is once again painting Iraq as a quagmire since some attacks continue and Baghdad wasn't istantly transformed into nirvana. It is really annoying watching them bend into pretzels to continue to maintain their quagmire view.

Posted by: AWW at December 17, 2003 8:06 AM

Nothing would slow down the media monorail unless Saddam said (into the camera and in English): "My best agents in America were Dan, Peter, and Tom. Peter Barnett was a diversion - the real heroes of the revolution work at 43rd St. and on that radio thing, what is it...., ah yes, NPR. And, Allah be praised, my personal slaves at CNN served me well".

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 17, 2003 9:13 AM

I'm less interested in the journalists, though they've played their roles quite well. I'm more interested in the bigger fish.

Let's see. Chirac, Haider, Galloway, Primakov.

For starters.

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Posted by: Barry Meislin at December 17, 2003 11:49 AM

Haider? He is an anti-Semite, but I didn't know he was in cahoots with Iraq. A minnow at best. And hasn't Galloway's goose already been cooked?

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 17, 2003 1:22 PM

Haider made several publicized trips to Iraq in the late 90s until Saddam fell. And made several more unpublicized.

Got the VIP treatment, etc....

Posted by: Barry Meislin at December 18, 2003 3:43 AM