Friday, October 15, 2004

How the United States armed Saddam Hussein

Here's a useful graph showing who armed Hussein over the period 1973 - 2002:
Iraqi Weapons Importations

Indeed the US is in there.

Useful to point to when the anti-war crowd talk of how the US created Saddam.


Blogger see-moan said...

Oh dear, hardly an objective analysis, given the legend is it??

If theire figures are correct, I'd like to see it broken down into 5 year blocks.

What this proves more than anything, is that there is very little rational debate on the subject, on either side.

15 October 2004 at 3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the units measured? If the graph is by dollar value it's pretty damning. If it is by units then that's a whole 'nother story. 2 F16s vs 2000 rifles?

15 October 2004 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger Sock Thief said...

The amounts are percentage of dollar values. The source is the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and checking out their web site they don't appear to have any particular axe to grind. They are just anti arms trade.

The arms supplies don't take into account other forms of support. The US at some points did give Iraq intelligence on Iran, but the proprotions of such support most likely mirrors armament supply.

16 October 2004 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Sock Thief said...

Dissident Frogman labelled the axes with his bias, but the data is correct. I tracked down the raw data here:

16 October 2004 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger sagenz said...

great link. I have seen it before but leftoids dont like to think of america as anything other than the great satan. stockholm peace institute are and have to be politically non partisan

16 October 2004 at 10:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It also explains the spankings Iraq has got when faced by the US rather than Iran or Kuwait. The combination of second (French) and third (Russian) tier weaponry with clueless and cowardly operators is not conducive to victory. I've read that the Pentagon's pre-invasion calculations indicated that the difference between the Iraqis doing their best, or just standing around to be shot, was an 8 minute delay in the inevitable American victory. Sure, it was a joke - but like all good ones, with a solid basis in reality!

18 October 2004 at 10:45 PM  
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