NEW YORK (AP) - Saddam Hussein told aides in the mid-1990s that he warned the United States it could be hit by a terrorist attack, ABC News reported Wednesday, citing 12 hours of tapes the network obtained of the former Iraqi dictator's talks with his Cabinet.I don't know what to make of this, other than to say somebody's got some 'splainin' to do. I suppose it could have gone under the same heading as the PDB with the title: Bin Laden Determined To Attack On U.S. Soil. That is, yeah, yeah, yeah, we've heard it all before....
One of Saddam's son-in-laws also explained how Iraq hid its biological weapons programs from U.N. inspectors, according to the tapes from August 1995.
The coming terrorist attack Saddam predicted could involve weapons of mass destruction.
'Terrorism is coming. I told the Americans,' Saddam is heard saying, adding he 'told the British as well.'
'In the future, what would prevent a booby trapped car causing a nuclear explosion in Washington or a germ or a chemical one?' Saddam said.
But he insisted Iraq would never launch such an attack. 'This story is coming, but not from Iraq,' he said.
Remember that before Desert Storm, Saddam thought of himself as an ally to the U.S. Afterward, he may have been grateful that we didn't go all the way and unseat him then. I suppose there is a chance he tried to warn us. Maybe he wanted us to know that if/when it happened, it wasn't his fault. That would make his warnings, and the response or lack of one from leaders here, another chink in the rationale for invasion.