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|Invasion of Iraq: The Iraqi Body Counts|
Wednesday, July 14 @ 03:34:23 UTC
|Memo To: Sen. Pat Roberts [R KS]|
From: Jude Wanniski
Re: More Bad Intelligence
As chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Roberts, you have done the country a great service by issuing the committee's report on the errors made by the Intelligence Community [IC] that led to the President's decision to war against Iraq. You have also been good enough to acknowledge that if what is now known to be true – that Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction and no connection with 9-11 – there would not have been the votes in the Senate in November 2002 to authorize the use of force against Iraq should diplomacy fail. What seems to be the consensus view of the Intelligence Committee, especially its vice chairman Jay Rockefeller [D-WV], is that the IC came to believe the administration was bent on regime change in Iraq and the "group think" produced the erroneous intelligence. That is, the "process" was flawed, directing information up the ladder to the Oval Office in ways that would support a war decision and suppress counter arguments that would prevent that flawed information flow.
I was a bit puzzled, Senator, because I have been following the "genocide" issue in Iraq for several years and wondered how you could get these numbers. If you were not chairman of the Intelligence Committee, I wouldn't bother you today, because most members of Congress have bought the genocide story that has become embedded in the national consciousness because it has been repeated too many times. As a result, I contacted your staff (your eyes and ears, so to speak), and asked: "Can you help me better understand where Senator Roberts gets the numbers of Iraqis killed by Saddam Hussein... particularly the number 500,000. He used it several times in the weekend talk shows. There have been reports of as many as 200,000 killed in the Anfal campaign of 1987–88, but so far no mass graves have been found in Kurdistan, none at all. The Senator also says he watched 18,000 bodies being unearthed at a gravesite at Hillah. The most recent number I've seen relating to that area is 2,200. The Senator's inference is that these dead were victims of genocide, when all the accounts say the victims were Shiite rebels who were attempting to overthrow the government – and were of the belief the USA would come to protect them because they were incited to rebel by CIA agents."
Full Article : lewrockwell.com
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|Invasion of Iraq: Defending Aggression: The David Kay Report|
Sunday, February 01 @ 15:00:18 UTC
|By Mike Whitney|
January 30, 2004
"We were all wrong"
We can finally put Weapons of Mass Destruction issue to rest.
With the publishing of the Kay report it is clear that the entire pretense for the Iraq war was nothing more than a hoax. Kay appeared before a Senate subcommittee to disclose his findings and admitted that he and his team had found no stockpiles of proscribed weapons in Iraq.
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|Invasion of Iraq: Seeing no evil doesn't mean there is no evil|
Saturday, January 03 @ 16:03:17 UTC
|By Firas Al-Atraqchi, yellowtimes.org |
In recent weeks, I have been writing more profusely about the Iraq situation. I have been in touch with various Iraqi groups and individuals, human rights groups, non-governmental agencies, and other independent journalists who have visited Iraq since the capture of Baghdad. The news from all is absolutely dismal; Iraq has disintegrated into a ruthless avenue of rogue militias serving one cleric or another, various business interests of some foreign-based Iraqi corporations competing against other Arab enterprises, or a spectacular venue for revenge killing.
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|Invasion of Iraq: The Weapons That Weren't|
Wednesday, December 24 @ 14:52:34 UTC
|Michelangelo Signorile, www.signorile.com
"So what's the difference?" a slightly flustered George W. Bush asked Diane Sawyer last week when she challenged him on whether Saddam Hussein actually had weapons of mass destruction, or just wanted to get his hands on some.
"The possibility that he could acquire weapons," Bush continued, now defending the invasion and occupation of Iraq based on Saddam's thoughts, desires and wildest dreams rather than his actions, "if he were to acquire weapons, he would be the danger. That's what I'm trying to explain to you."
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|Invasion of Iraq: Saddam in Irons: The War's Hard Truths Remain|
Wednesday, December 17 @ 12:33:03 UTC
|By Rahul Mahajan and Robert Jensen|
Saddam Hussein's capture and the hope he will be held accountable for crimes against the people of Iraq and neighboring states is welcome news, no matter what one's position on the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
But this doesn't vindicate the U.S. invasion. It doesn't change the fact that the administration lied about Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction or that Iraq is undergoing occupation, not liberation.
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|World Focus: News you may have missed in 2003|
Monday, December 01 @ 07:34:34 UTC
|by Carlton Meyer, www.g2mil.com|
Saddam never gassed his own people
A Stephen C. Pelletiere commentary appeared in the January 31, 2003 New York Times, yet no one seems to have noticed. Here is part of what he wrote about frequent statements that Saddam Hussein gassed 5000 Kurds at Halabja in 1991:
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|War and Terror: Cake walk|
Friday, July 18 @ 16:05:29 UTC
|By Chris Floyd, Moscow Times|
The convoluted controversy over whether or not Saddam Hussein tried to buy uranium "yellowcake" ore from Niger last year and whether or not George W. Bush should have mentioned this alleged attempted transaction in his State of the Union address last January is a classic case of fretting about a molehill when a mountainous volcano is erupting right behind you.
While it is of course highly edifying to see the designer-shod feet of George W. Bush and Tony Blair held to the fire over their mendacious manipulation of crudely forged documents concerning the Niger nukestuff, the persnickety parsing of a few words in a couple of speeches is merely a diversion from the larger moral corruption that stems from aggressive war and military occupation -- a corrosive flow that eats away the very spirit of a nation.
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|War and Terror: What's Happening? Boron Interviews Chomsky|
Monday, June 16 @ 22:47:12 UTC
|by Noam Chomsky and Atilio Boron|
June 14, 2003 ZMag
Atilio A. Boron: Looking at the recent US policies in Iraq, What do you think was the real goal behind this war?
Noam Chomsky: Well, we can be quite confident on one thing. The reasons we are given can't possibly be the reasons. And we know that, because they are internally contradictory. So one day, Bush and Powell would claim that "the single question," as they put it, is whether Iraq would disarm and the next day they would say it doesn´t matter whether Iraq disarms because they will go on and invade anyway. And the next day would be that if Saddam and his group get out then the problem will be solved; and then, the next day for example, at the Azores, at the summit when they made an ultimatum to the United Nations, they said that even if Saddam and his group get out they would go on and invade anyway. And they went on like that. When people give you contradictory reasons every time they speak, all they are saying is: "don't believe a word I say" . So we can dismiss the official reasons.
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|War and Terror: Bay of Pigs Meets Black Hawk Down|
Monday, March 31 @ 15:37:21 UTC
|By Robert Parry, March 30, 2003|
Whatever happens in the weeks ahead, George W. Bush has "lost" the war in Iraq. The only question now is how big a price America will pay, both in terms of battlefield casualties and political hatred swelling around the world.
That is the view slowly dawning on U.S. military analysts, who privately are asking whether the cost of ousting Saddam Hussein has grown so large that "victory" will constitute a strategic defeat of historic proportions. At best, even assuming Saddam's ouster, the Bush administration may be looking at an indefinite period of governing something akin to a California-size Gaza Strip.
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|War and Terror: US propaganda fuelled the first Gulf war and will fuel this one too|
Thursday, December 05 @ 17:33:01 UTC
|Maggie O'Kane, Dec. 5, 02, Guardian UK|
I have a picture from the last Gulf war. It was taken in the basement of the Al Rashid hotel, the night the war started. The look on my face is one you might expect of a 28-year-old reporter at the centre of one of the biggest stories of my lifetime: earnest, excited and thrilled to be in Baghdad.
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|War and Terror: 'Saddam's bombmaker' is full of lies|
Tuesday, December 03 @ 21:28:06 UTC
|By Imad Khadduri, Nov. 27, 2002|
The book "Saddam's Bombmaker," recently published by Khidhir Hamza, recounted the author's 22 years of experience with the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC). Hamza exaggerated to a great extent his own role in the nuclear weapon program. As I personally know the author and have worked with him during these two decades, I wish to clarify the following untruths and misinformation that has been postulated by him in his book.
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|War and Terror: Fact and Myth|
Friday, October 25 @ 00:00:00 UTC
|by Anthony Arnove Socialist Worker |
WHEN THE writer I.F. Stone used to speak to journalism students, he said that the most important thing to know about being a reporter could be summed up in two words: "Governments lie." Particularly when they want to sell a war.
The U.S. government has been at war with Iraq for more than a decade, and the lies have been piling up ever since. But Washington's war makers have kicked into high gear over the past few months--as George W. Bush and Co. try to sell us on another invasion of Iraq.
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|War and Terror: Albert Interviews Chomsky on Iraq|
Wednesday, September 25 @ 18:58:55 UTC
| By N. Chomsky, Sept 05, 02, ZMag|
Various questions are circulating among people worried about war. On Sept 1, 2002, Michael Albert put a dozen of these to Noam Chomsky, via email. Here are the first three questions and his responses...
1. Has Saddam Hussein been as evil as mainstream media says? Domestically? Internationally?
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