Mubarak warned US not to invade Iraq: US cable

Last Updated: Friday, February 11, 2011 - 00:52

London: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
had warned the US not to invade Iraq for "you won’t be able to
get out", but Washington had refused to heed his advice,
according to a secret US diplomatic cable.

"Mubarak said that when President Bush Sr had called
and asked what Mubarak thought about invading Iraq to get to
rid of Saddam Hussein during the first Gulf war, Mubarak had
told him not to because `you won’t be able to get out and you
will drown in Iraq,`" according to cables released by
WikiLeaks.

Mubarak had told him not to because "you won`t be able
to get out and you will drown in Iraq, according to the Daily
telegraph.

Mubarak also told Dick Cheney, the former US
vice-president, "three or four times" not to depose
Saddam Hussein, according to the cables.

"I told (Vice President) Cheney three or four times?
that Iraq needed a strong leader and that it would be unwise
to remove Saddam Hussein; doing so would only `open the gate
to Iran,`" Mubarak was quoted as saying in the secret
document.

Unfortunately, he said, "the vice-president did not
listen to his advice."

Mubarak said he had tried to convey the same message
to the current administration, only to be ignored.

Mubarak complained that the Bush administration had
pushed Egypt too hard to "open up" politically, the report
said.

By ignoring his advice and invading Iraq, Mubarak
warned that the Americans had managed to increase the threat
posed by Iran.

Mubarak made the comments during a breakfast meeting
with US congressmen at the presidential palace in Cairo in
December, 2008.

He told one of the delegation, Sen Byron Dorgan, that
the US needed to "listen to its friends" in the region.

"When George Bush Senior was president, `he listened
to my advice. But his son does not,`" he said, according to a
the US cable sent on January 14, 2009.

Mubarak said he had tried to convey the same message
to the current administration, only to be ignored.

"By making these mistakes, the US has empowered Iran,
whose goal, according to Mubarak, is `to control the entire
region," the cable said.

He [Mubarak] added that Iran is waiting for the US to
leave Iraq in order to `fill the vacuum and emphasised that
Iran is the source of funds for many extremist groups in the
region, such as Hizbollah, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood,
according to the report.

PTI



First Published: Friday, February 11, 2011 - 00:52

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