War of Terror Update: Iraq

The quotes from liars that sent us to war – The People’s Voice 4/20/08

Among others:
“Oh, no, we’re not going to have any casualties.”
– President George W. Bush, response attributed to him by the Reverend Pat Robertson, when Robertson warned the president to prepare the nation for “heavy casualties” in the event of an Iraq war, 3/2003
“Why should we hear about body bags and deaths? Oh, I mean, it’s not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?”
– Barbara Bush, former First Lady (and the current president’s mother), on Good Morning America, 3/18/03
“It is unknowable how long that conflict will last. It could be six days, six weeks. I doubt six months.”
– Donald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense, 2/7/03
“It won’t take weeks… Our military machine will crush Iraq in a matter of days and there’s no question that it will.”
– Bill O’Reilly, 2/10/03
“Now, it isn’t gong to be over in 24 hours, but it isn’t going to be months either.”
– Richard Perle, Chairman of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board, 7/11/02
“The idea that it’s going to be a long, long, long battle of some kind I think is belied by the fact of what happened in 1990. Five days or five weeks or five months, but it certainly isn’t going to last any longer than that.”
– Donald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense, 11/15/02
“I think it will go relatively quickly…weeks rather than months.”
– Vice President Dick Cheney, 3/16/03
“The costs of any intervention would be very small.”
– Glenn Hubbard, White House Economic Advisor, 10/4/02


We Are All Responsible 

Depleted Uranium Shells Used by U.S. Military Worse Than Nuclear Weapons – Uruknet 5/21/08


Babies born in Fallujah are showing illnesses and deformities on a scale never seen before – Global Research 6/12/08


War-related birth defects in Fallujah – PressTV Iran via InfoWars 5/30/08


US issues threat to Iraq’s $50bn foreign reserves in military deal – Independent, UK 6/6/08

EXCERPT: “The US is holding hostage some $50bn (£25bn) of Iraq’s money in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to pressure the Iraqi government into signing an agreement seen by many Iraqis as prolonging the US occupation indefinitely…Iraqi critics of the agreement say that it means Iraq will be a client state in which the US will keep more than 50 military bases. American forces will be able to carry out arrests of Iraqi citizens and conduct military campaigns without consultation with the Iraqi government. American soldiers and contractors will enjoy legal immunity.”
“The US had previously denied it wanted permanent bases in Iraq…The US has security agreements with many countries, but none are occupied by 151,000 US soldiers as is Iraq. The US is not even willing to tell the government in Baghdad what American forces are entering or leaving Iraq, apparently because it fears the government will inform the Iranians…Iraqi officials say that, last year, they wanted to diversify their holdings out of the dollar, as it depreciated, into other assets, such as the euro, more likely to hold their value. This was vetoed by the US Treasury because American officials feared it would show lack of confidence in the dollar.”


Revealed: Secret plan to keep Iraq under US control – Independent, UK 6/5/08

EXCERPT: “A secret deal being negotiated in Baghdad would perpetuate the American military occupation of Iraq indefinitely, regardless of the outcome of the US presidential election in November. The terms of the impending deal, details of which have been leaked to The Independent, are likely to have an explosive political effect in Iraq. Iraqi officials fear that the accord, under which US troops would occupy permanent bases, conduct military operations, arrest Iraqis and enjoy immunity from Iraqi law, will destabilise Iraq’s position in the Middle East and lay the basis for unending conflict in their country.”
“But the accord also threatens to provoke a political crisis in the US. President Bush wants to push it through by the end of next month so he can declare a military victory and claim his 2003 invasion has been vindicated. But by perpetuating the US presence in Iraq, the long-term settlement would undercut pledges by the Democratic presidential nominee, Barack Obama, to withdraw US troops if he is elected president in November. The timing of the agreement would also boost the Republican candidate, John McCain, who has claimed the United States is on the verge of victory in Iraq – a victory that he says Mr Obama would throw away by a premature military withdrawal.”


How the Media Abandoned the Iraq War – Alternet 6/4/08


New agreement lets US strike any country from inside Iraq – GulfNews 6/3/08 


Australian troops pull out of Iraq – NYTimes 6/1/08


US paying allies to fight war in Iraq – Times of India 5/31/08

EXCERPTS: “In her testimony, Ugone [deputy inspector general of accounts in the Pentagon] also revealed that $135 million were given to forces from three countries UK, South Korea and Poland to facilitate their participation in the war. This is the first time that the US has officially admitted paying its allies in the so-called Coalition of the Willing that invaded Iraq in March 2003.” …
“In an earlier report released in November 2007, the Inspector General had concluded that the Defense Department couldn’t properly account for over $5 billion in taxpayer funds spent in support of the Iraq Security Forces. It said that thousands of weapons, including assault rifles, machine guns, and rocket-propelled grenade launchers were unaccounted for, and millions of dollars had been squandered on construction projects that did not exist.”
“Ugone’s testimony gave detailed examples of the bizarre manner in which US defense officials doled out huge amounts of money without recording where it was going. In one case a sum of $320 million was paid an Iraqi official for paying salaries with only an incompletely filled voucher signed by one official. Since no details of the spending plan were attached as required by Pentagon rules the auditors have no clue as to where the money went. This payment was made from assets seized from Iraq. Auditors found that the Pentagon gave away $1.8 billion from seized Iraqi assets. There were 53 vouchers noting these payments but not even one adequately explained where the money went. In another instance, two vouchers, one for $5 million and the other for $2.7 million showed payments to a vendor for goods and services provided except that there were no details of what goods or services were actually delivered.”

Former high-ranking Bush officials enjoy war profits – Salon 5/29/08

Now working inside America’s “shadow” spy industry, George Tenet, Richard Armitage, Cofer Black and others are cashing in big on Iraq and the war on terror.


Ex-officials: Bush admin. ignored Iraq corruption (AP) – AP/Yahoo 5/13/08


Marine says he was ordered to delete photos of Iraqis killed by US in Haditha – AP/Google 5/29/08


Peace Group Sues Bush Administration, Charging Iraq War Is Unconstitutional – New Jersey Law Journal 5/14/08


Former Press Secretary McClellan: Bush Misled U.S. on Iraq – Washington Post 5/28/08


Video: Beyond Treason: Chemical and Biological Warfare – Global Research 5/20/08

“Beyond Treason investigates causes of Gulf War Illness and continuing deaths of gulf war veterans. It outlines: exposure to depleted uranium munitions used on the battlefield, chemical and biological exposures, experimental vaccines given. Statistics show that 250,000 troops are now permanently disabled, 15,000 troops are dead and over 425,000 are ill and slowly dying. Beyond Treason documentary presents comprehensive and compelling documentation from United States Government archives of a massive cover-up lasting over two generations”


US spending in Iraq ignored rules – BBC 5/23/08

“An audit of some $8 billion paid to US and Iraqi contractors has found that almost every payment failed to comply with US laws aimed at preventing fraud. In one instance, $11m was paid to a US company without any record of what goods or services were provided, the US defence department audit said.”


KBR driver caught with child porn, fired, rehired, and caught with more child porn – AP/Houston Chronicle 5/9/08


The new immorality of the Iraq War – Boston Globe 5/5/08



Soldiers of the War On Terror Speak Out – Alternet 4/18/08

Theodore Roosevelt: “To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”


McCain on Meet The Press: I would have started Iraq war regardless of WMD – Raw Story 1/6/08




Diplomat’s suppressed document lays bare the lies behind Iraq war – Independent, UK 12/15/06

EXCERPT: “The Government’s case for going to war in Iraq has been torn apart by the publication of previously suppressed evidence that Tony Blair lied over Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction. A devastating attack on Mr Blair’s justification for military action by Carne Ross, Britain’s key negotiator at the UN, has been kept under wraps until now because he was threatened with being charged with breaching the Official Secrets Act…He also reveals that British officials warned US diplomats that bringing down the Iraqi dictator would lead to the chaos the world has since witnessed. “I remember on several occasions the UK team stating this view in terms during our discussions with the US (who agreed),” he said. “At the same time, we would frequently argue when the US raised the subject, that ‘regime change’ was inadvisable, primarily on the grounds that Iraq would collapse into chaos.”


Bush administration tore out 8,000 pages of Iraq WMD dossier – Common Dreams 12/22/02

EXCERPT: “THE United States edited out more than 8000 crucial pages of Iraq’s 11,800-page dossier on weapons, before passing on a sanitized version to the 10 non-permanent members of the United Nations security council.  The full extent of Washington’s complete control over who sees what in the crucial Iraqi dossier calls into question the allegations made by US Secretary of State Colin Powell that ‘omissions’ in the document constituted a ‘material breach’ of the latest UN resolution on Iraq. Last week, Secretary General of the UN Kofi Annan accepted that it was ‘unfortunate’ that his organization had allowed the US to take the only complete dossier and edit it.”


Star Witness on Iraq Said Weapons Were Destroyed – FAIR 2/27/03

EXCERPTS: “On February 24, Newsweek broke what may be the biggest story of the Iraq crisis. In a revelation that “raises questions about whether the WMD [weapons of mass destruction] stockpiles attributed to Iraq still exist,” the magazine’s issue dated March 3 reported that the Iraqi weapons chief who defected from the regime in 1995 told U.N. inspectors that Iraq had destroyed its entire stockpile of chemical and biological weapons and banned missiles, as Iraq claims….Kamel is no obscure defector. A son-in-law of Saddam Hussein, his departure from Iraq carrying crates of secret documents on Iraq’s past weapons programs was a major turning point in the inspections saga. In 1999, in a letter to the U.N. Security Council (1/25/99), UNSCOM reported that its entire eight years of disarmament work “must be divided into two parts, separated by the events following the departure from Iraq, in August 1995, of Lt. Gen. Hussein Kamel.” Kamel’s defection has been cited repeatedly by George W. Bush and leading administration officials as evidence that 1) Iraq has not disarmed; 2) inspections cannot disarm it; and 3) defectors such as Kamel are the most reliable source of information on Iraq’s weapons.”


Bush knew Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction – Salon 9/6/07

“Two former CIA officers say the president squelched top-secret intelligence, and a briefing by George Tenet, months before invading Iraq.”


Former Treasury Secretary O’Neill: Bush ‘plotted Iraq war from start’ – BBC 1/12/04


British officers knew on eve of war that Iraq had no WMDs – Scotsman 2/4/04


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