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       All of the "coalition" partners that have people inside Iraq, what could they be getting out of it.
       There probably was some bribery, maybe some back-channel coercion, opportunism in the hopes of getting reconstruction contracts, and international status and distraction for Eastern European countries that have horrendous internal problems.

       Yet there is another reason to have agents of your government placed in a foreign country: ESPIONAGE.  Think about it, if there was a whole lot of shit going down somewhere, billions of dollars changing hands and major shifts in geo-political power, wouldn't you want some of your people collecting information for you?!!
       Not just Iraqis, either.  Think about it.  140,000 troops of the world's foremost superpower engaged in daily combat, wouldn't that be a fantastic opportunity to collect information on American military strategy, capabilities, personnel and weaponry.  Particularly American military technology, alot of it is getting blown up, or lost.  Wouldn't it be nice to get your hands on American equipment, virtually free of charge, without having anybody else know about it?

       Weaponry, tactics, and especially communications equipment.  Remember the Haifa street missile strike, where an American chopper missiled a disabled Bradley F.V., killing a bunch of people and an arab reporter live on camera!  A bunch of screwy explanations for it were given, but the most likely reason is that the Bradley's crew failed to destroy the communications rig.  It contained all kinds of goodies that could help compromise American military communications.  

       That Bradley was just one vehicle, with a few goodies.  Tons and Tons of equipment are being lost over there, whether getting destroyed or just simply disappearing.  I'll bet that, in the years to follow, we will find out that this Iraq war was a bonanza for foreign intelligence agencies.

       In addition, I suspect that the extended tours of troops with low morale leads to another dynamic: recruitment of spies.  With that many military personnel out there, it shouldn't be too hard to identify at least a few Americans willing to become spies.  Some of them for the money and other material benefits, others because they feel betrayed by the US Government.

       American history may look back on this Iraq War as the greatest American military blunder ever.  Not just money, not just casualties, not just loss of reputation and international respect, and not just the division of opinion on the home front, but also a terrible loss of technological advantage over other countries and vastly increased number of spies within our armed forces.

     

    One hand forward with a flower, one hand behind with the dagger.

    by Predator Saint on Tue Oct 05, 2004 at 04:31:13 PM PDT

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