You just don't like me, do you?
He said that the Soviets, the French, the British, and the Germans armed Saddam. I said we did too. If you look up the list you'll find that in his last response to me he made mention of the 100 helicopters that we did sell to Saddam.
Yeah, we didn't do as much as the others he mentioned. In the interests of honesty though we ought to recognize that we did contribute to Saddam's military inventory.
Now, as I said before, I cant speak about secret backdoor dealings, and potentially dual purpose material. But the roughly 100 helicopters are not strictly attack choppers. They are training and liason types.
This one looks like an old MASH tin can type. 2 seats, no weapons.
about 30 of these: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MD_Helicopters_Defender
This one is capable of carrying some weapons, but the US never sold them with weapons such as the TOW.
A weapon-less transport helicopter, that in its current uses are ferries to offshore oil platforms. Again no weapons, it is more or less a civilian use type.
Again, a chopper that is used in America as a police and television station platform.
Granted these could be used to transport troops and officers to various battle field locations if needed. But from what I have researched none of them were used in the 91 war or the 2003 invasion. Yes the US did sell them roughly 100 helicopters for transport use. Most of them carrying 2-4 people.
The French and Germans are the two biggest western countries responsible for arming Saddam. The Soviets and eastern bloc were far and away the largest. But certainly the US did not supply weapons systems as other countries did.
It is a matter of, at a few points throughout the mutual history of the US and Iraq especially in the last 30 years, there have been fairly good relations. But good relations can always go bad. Just like bad relations can improve.