Today's date:
Winter 1999

Without Effort to Overthrow Saddam, Bombing Strikes are Counterproductive

Ahmad Chalabi is president of the executive council of the main Iraqi opposition coalition to Saddam's rule, the Iraqi National Congress. His comments here are adapted from a conversation with NPQ editor Nathan Gardels in London on December 17.

London - The American and British bombing campaign against Iraq was counterproductive because it was not linked with a plan to overthrow Saddam. Even though US Congress had already passed the Iraq Liberation Act, allocating $97 million to support our efforts to that end, there was no coordination with the Iraqi opposition groups in the launching of military action.

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