2003 Iraq war
Excerpts from a couple speeches that George W. Bush gave in the two months following 9/11, juxtaposed with some of what we've since heard about the 28 pages from former Senator Bob Graham, 9/11 victims' family members and a number of Congressmen.
In his May 18th, NYT op-ed column,Paul Krugman finally has the smarts to write the obvious. To paraphrase another researcher, maybe if Krugman lives another century he'll figure out 9/11.
"The Iraq war wasn’t an innocent mistake, a venture undertaken on the basis of intelligence that turned out to be wrong. America invaded Iraq because the Bush administration wanted a war. The public justifications for the invasion were nothing but pretexts, and falsified pretexts at that. We were, in a fundamental sense, lied into war".
…"And at this point we have plenty of evidence to confirm everything the war’s opponents were saying. We now know, for example, that on 9/11 itself — literally before the dust had settled — Donald Rumsfeld, the secretary of defense, was already plotting war against a regime that had nothing to do with the terrorist attack. “Judge whether good enough [to] hit S.H. [Saddam Hussein] ...sweep it all up things related and not”; so read notes taken by Mr. Rumsfeld’s aide".
Set Audacity Level to Maximum.
"There was no shortage of mistakes about Iraq, and I made my share of them. The newsworthy claims of some of my prewar WMD stories were wrong. But so is the enduring, pernicious accusation that the Bush administration fabricated WMD intelligence to take the country to war".
by Judith Miller
I took America to war in Iraq. It was all me.
OK, I had some help from a duplicitous vice president, Dick Cheney. Then there was George W. Bush, a gullible president who could barely locate Iraq on a map and who wanted to avenge his father and enrich his friends in the oil business. And don’t forget the neoconservatives in the White House and the Pentagon who fed cherry-picked intelligence about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, or WMD, to reporters like me.
None of these assertions happens to be true, though all were published and continue to have believers. This is not how wars come about, and it is surely not how the war in Iraq occurred. Nor is it what I did as a reporter for the New York Times. These false narratives deserve, at last, to be retired.
The 10th anniversary of the publication of the Commission report has just passed.
This message was sent to the following UK media: Daily Mail, Express, Telegraph, Guardian, Observer, The Times, The Sunday Times, Independent, Evening Standard, Channel 4 News and ITN news.
I am writing with reference to the continued delay in the publication of the Chilcot report into the invasion of Iraq.
Given Lady Butler-Sloss was forced to stand down over a perceived conflict of interest, I hope the information contained in this letter will be useful.
The mandated investigation timeframe for the enquiry is “the period from the summer of 2001 to the end of July 2009” and hence encompasses the 9.11 attack. No evidence was found to link Iraq to 9.11 and a UK report entitled “Responsibility for the Terrorist Atrocities in the United States” published in October 2001 forewarns the reader with a caveat stating “This document does not purport to provide prosecutable case against Osama Bin Laden in a court of law”. So the evidence was good enough for two illegal invasions but not for a jury.
An analogy to understand US wars after 9/11 are Orwellian unlawful. Americans, especially US military, are under Oath to refuse and end them. The analogy has US, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran all within the US with populations of 100,000 to compare casualties.
You live in United City with a population of 100,000. On September 11, 2001, a “suicide” car driver downtown kills one person and injures two. Media and your mayor, Dick Tator, blame a “terrorist” who resides in Afghan City and demand extradition. The mayor of Afghan City expresses condolences, and agrees upon presentment of due process evidence. The FBI claim jurisdiction, and order cooperation to discover who committed this crime for arrest and prosecution. Dick Tator violates the FBI order with the following actions against Afghan City, nearby Tigres City, and Tehrangeles:
An analogy of US relations with Iraq and Iran (documentation of facts below):
“Uncle” Sam had a Machiavellian business history of 40 years with Saddam; a history that included transactions worth billions in profits. Sam helped Saddam attack Mahmoud from 1980-1988 after Mahmoud refused Sam’s control over his area of the business. Sam had previously overthrown Mahmoud’s control over business and profits from 1953-1979, making billions. After further complex history between Sam and Saddam, Saddam began selling product for currencies other than Sam’s.