April 5th, 2008

Chris Keeley

transcript of April Glaspie's interview last week with a Lebanese newspaper

Here is a poorly edited transcript of April Glaspie's interview last week with a Lebanese newspaper which breaks nearly 20 years of silence regarding her ill-fated encounter with Saddam. I send it as an unabashed admirer of April (far and away the smartest, toughest and wisest of State's "Arabists") whose career was ruined by the need of her political masters to find a scapegoat for the ensuing disaster.

Dick V.

US Ambassador to Baghdad Tells Al-Hayat The Story of Her Famous Meeting With Late Iraqi President
Randa Takieddine     Al-Hayat     - 15/03/08//

Al Hayat:  When Saddam Hussein asked you to meet with him, didn't you suspect something was getting prepared since he never met with ambassadors?
April Glaspie:  He met occasionally with ambassadors; I had met him once before he brought over a group of ambassadors. I had not met with him singly, for he never even accepted credentials himself, so he did not receive any new ambassador presenting his credentials.  As for my meeting with him, a week before he invaded Kuwait in 1990, the foreign ministry called me.  I assumed they called me to tell me to come to talk in the Foreign Ministry to Nizar Hamdoun who was deputy to Tarek Aziz and possibly talk to Tarek himself.  They just asked me to come without telling me who I was to meet.  Then once I arrived to the Foreign Ministry they put me in a car I had never seen with a driver I have never met. They told him to take me somewhere and I wanted to know before where I was heading to in this car. They said you are going to the Presidency.  On my way I still did not think I was going see Saddam, I thought somebody else because he did not call anybody to meet with.  When I realized that it was he that I was going to see, I thought that it was not impossible that the very strong warnings that had been given to the Iraqis by me through Nizar Hamdoun and also and specially to the Iraqi ambassador in Washington by our Deputy Assistant Secretary might not have been reported to him because everybody was so terrified of him.  So I said it was a good opportunity for me to repeat my instructions which were do not invade Kuwait, keep your hands off this country. When the Iraqi ambassador to Washington was summoned by the State Department, he was told not to invade Kuwait and was urged to inform Bagdad of this instruction immediately. Everybody in the Arab world was concerned, knowing the man is unpredictable.  So as soon as this meeting in Washington was finished the one with   the Iraqi ambassador I repeated them to Nizar Hamdoun in Bagdad and told him my President( Georges Bush)  is very concerned that your President be informed immediately about the warning not to invade Kuwait . Of course, it was then useless to ask to see Saddam because he always said no. You could not see anybody in Bagdad. Michel Aflaq lived in Bagdad but no foreigner was permitted to call on him even though in Iraqi protocol at the time you would be interested to know he outranked the President of the Republic.
Al Hayat:  When you saw Saddam what was your conversation with him? Were you aware of the Iraqi troops massing along the border with Kuwait?  Did the satellite monitor that?
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Chris Keeley

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