Do you just make this stuff up as you go along? Richard Sales' UPI article has been thoroughly debunked. By the way, you accuse me of plagiarism for posting Saddam's military assets then you cut and paste, word for word, Sale's article with absolutely no attribution? I guess we can all see who the plagiarist is. Except there is no evidence of any sort that the CIA had any contact with Saddam prior to 1980. The CIA's own records show that. I am beginning to doubt you even have that. The difference between "your" and "you're" is taught in the 4th grade. Yes, you are. Or maybe you can't tell the difference between 1959 and 1980. Yes. I learned history in high school. Of course, that was while Saddam was busy in Egypt, but so what. No, the UN did not control the schools I attended. They had not yet gotten powerful enough. The schools I attended in the late 40s and early 50s were still run by local community school boards who alone made all decisions regarding curriculum and teacher qualifications. It was not until the formation of the US Department of Education in 1979 that educational standards in the US dipped to the point they produced functional illiterates who don't know the difference between "your" and "you're" or how to spell "taught." I sincerely doubt it.