The Americans had such DOOMSDAY plans during the Cold War and probably still do.
It's called 'deterrence'. Who knows what the confused and usually stumbling Arab countries, including Iraq,
have at this point in history.
By NILES LATHEM
September 16, 2002 -- WASHINGTON - U.S.
intelligence officials fear that Saddam Hussein has
concocted a doomsday plan that would use al Qaeda to
attack America with Iraqi-provided biological weapons,
The Post has learned.
The threat has been raised in secret intelligence
assessments provided to top military officials and White
House policymakers as they prepare for war,
administration officials told The Post.
The officials came up with the nightmare scenario - which
could include easily concealed briefcase bio-bombs - after
concluding that Saddam has few options available to him
once U.S. attacks begin. They're convinced his military
would crumble and he'd face serious internal challenges
from powerful Sunni Muslim tribal chiefs and a majority of
The wild card in Pentagon invasion scenarios is Saddam's
weapons of mass destruction, military officials say.
Faced with a war that would bring down his regime, the
Butcher of Baghdad, they fear, will fire chemical or
biological warheads on U.S. bases in the region, as well as
at Israel, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Even more chilling, Saddam could provide al Qaeda or
other terror groups with easy-to-conceal biological agents
that could be smuggled into U.S. and Israeli cities - once he
sees a serious American military build-up, officials said.
"This is what we are most concerned about and what we
are working hardest on," said one high-ranking official.
Bio weapons configured for a terrorist attack would be
small, easy to conceal and extremely difficult for the border
patrol or U.S. Customs to detect.
"You're talking vials, briefcase bombs or gallon jugs. You
can even do it by sending an infected suicide terrorist here,"
said one defense official.
For now, officials believe Saddam is treading carefully,
trying to beat back the Bush administration's "regime
change" policy through the United Nations and trying to
deny the United States a pretext to invade.
"He no doubt regards his biological-weapons arsenal as his
ace in the hole," said Peter Singer, a former Pentagon
Iraq is believed to have produced anthrax, botulism,
carcinogenic aflatoxin and even smallpox agents in secret
labs. Some experts also believe Saddam has developed a
range of unconventional bombs, missile warheads and even
unmanned drone aircraft to deliver these witches' brews.
The analysts base their warnings on frightening intelligence
developed after the 1991 Gulf War.
In the aftermath of the fighting, Iraqi officials admitted that
they had dispersed missiles with chemical and biological
warheads throughout the country. Iraqi officials said they
were to be have been used for retaliatory attacks on U.S.
troops if the regime were to collapse or find itself unable to
control Iraqi military forces.
U.S. military officials also admitted that efforts to track the
locations of these weapons were, for the most part,
American intelligence agencies fear that Iraq has gotten
even better at hiding its weapons of mass destruction.
U.S. intelligence officials say there is no evidence to date
that Saddam has given terrorists biological weapons.
The issue was also raised by former President Bill Clinton
in an appearance with David Letterman last week.
"If he's got these stocks of chemical and biological
weapons and he knows he's toast, don't you think he'll use
what he can and give away what he can't to people who
will be using them against us for years to come so he can
have the last laugh?" Clinton said.