TBIMG Question #21 ~ No Reprisals?

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TBIMG Question #21 ~ No Reprisals?

Unread postby Liz » Sun Jul 29, 2007 10:03 am

Pg. 168. After Hussein Kamel’s defection, the NMD was forced to admit that I was the leader of the centrifuge program. In mid-September, I received the order to meet inspectors in my acknowledged role.

After being named by Hussein Kamel as the head of the centrifuge program, why do you think that Saddam allowed Dr. Obeidi to live so long?
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Re: TBIMG Question #21 ~ No Reprisals?

Unread postby nebraska » Sun Jul 29, 2007 11:35 am

Liz wrote:Pg. 168. After Hussein Kamel’s defection, the NMD was forced to admit that I was the leader of the centrifuge program. In mid-September, I received the order to meet inspectors in my acknowledged role.

After being named by Hussein Kamel as the head of the centrifuge program, why do you think that Saddam allowed Dr. Obeidi to live so long?


Maybe he was smart enough to know how transparent it would be to have Dr. Obeidi suddenly disappear.......and he probably also knew he had Dr. O completely terrified of what would happen to his family if he betrayed Saddam and his government. Saddam may also have felt that the WMD program still had a future and Dr. O would be valuable in continuing it.

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Unread postby Betty Sue » Sun Jul 29, 2007 1:12 pm

Good answers, nebraska! The only answer that came to my mind was your last. I thought Saddam might be arrogant enough and uninformed enough to have hopes for a WMD program still. And he would value Dr. O's input tremendously. Also, Dr. O had an excellent track record of coming through for Saddam.
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Unread postby suec » Sun Jul 29, 2007 1:31 pm

I don't think he had any reason to kill him. He is able to give vent to his spleen by killing Hussein Kamel, and Dr Obeidi may still have been useful to him.
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Re: TBIMG Question #21 ~ No Reprisals?

Unread postby Linda Lee » Sun Jul 29, 2007 2:10 pm

I think he was allowed to live because he covered their tracks so well at the Rashdiya site and he didn't give any information to the inspectors. Also, he wasn't seen as likely to defect and I think Saddam saw him as useful in the future if he decided to resurrect the project.
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Sun Jul 29, 2007 3:28 pm

Good answers, all. :cool: Dr. Obeidi was very good at what he did and he never crossed those in power, that they knew of anyway. He was good at walking the line.
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Unread postby Liz » Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:19 am

All of your answers make sense to me. :cool: Thanks for answering this question, which I personally had a hard time with. That's why I asked it.

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Unread postby gemini » Mon Jul 30, 2007 4:49 pm

Where was I yesterday? Missed this one.

After being named by Hussein Kamel as the head of the centrifuge program, why do you think that Saddam allowed Dr. Obeidi to live so long?

I think Dr Obeidi may have been the only one with all their knowledge and without him they could not resume the project later. He did not co operate with the inspectors so Saddam didn't suspect his loyalty.

Just my opinion, since Iraq really had no air force or true means of fighting the US, I don't think Saddam really expected an all out attack because he knew he couldn't win. In his mind, I think he believed he could go on playing cat and mouse with the inspectors and have Dr Obeidi pick up where he left off.
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