Who is Tariq Aziz?
Posted by aogMonday, 05 May 2003 at 09:47 TrackBack Ping URL
The story is now going out that Tariq Aziz, former deputy prime minister of Iraq, is not cooperating during his interrogation following his capture. This may or not be true, but consider the previous rumour that Aziz tipped off the Coalition about Saddam Hussein's location during the war. If that's true, perhaps these latest tales of being uncooperative are designed to cover for that. Consider:
“Tariq was still terrified of what the remnants of Saddam's regime would do to his family if he surrendered to us,” said a Western security officer.
Might it be that this spin is part of a deal struck with Aziz, that we claim he's not cooperating when he is?

Alternatively, it could be that we got some very good information from him and we don't want to tip off those who would be in danger from such information in our hands. That would indicate some actual forethought.