March 24, 2006

UNbelievable (Well, Not Really)

Just in case anyone was holding out hope that the UN would be able to effectively deal with Iran's desire to acquire nuclear weapons:

Russia provided intelligence to Iraq's government in the opening days of the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, including information that fed Iraqi suspicions that the main U.S. invasion force coming from Kuwait was actually a diversion, a Pentagon report released on Friday stated. The report said an April 2, 2003, document from the Iraqi minister of foreign affairs to President Saddam Hussein stated that Russian intelligence had reported information on American troops plans to the Iraqis through the Russian ambassador. The intelligence, the document stated, was that the American forces were moving to cut off Baghdad from the south, east and north, that U.S. bombing would concentrate on Baghdad and that the assault on Baghdad would not begin before around April 15.

Just for the record, Pootie-Poot suckie-sucks. But, good luck with that whole "we are the world" thing, Secretary Rice:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice issued a veiled warning Thursday to holdouts in a diplomatic impasse at the United Nations over Iran's disputed nuclear program. "There can't be any stalling," Rice said in response to a question about U.S. efforts to get Russia and China to sign on to a strongly worded rebuke to Tehran. Russia and China have refused to back a U.N. Security Council statement proposed by Britain, France and the United States demanding Iran suspend uranium enrichment.

To abuse a tired aphorism, the friend of my enemy is not my friend.

DOWNDATE: It just occurred to me that if the Russians did give our battle plan to Saddam Hussein just before we liberated Iraq, it only makes our quick success in routing Saddam's forces there look all that more impressive.

Posted by Charles Austin at March 24, 2006 02:21 PM