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Thursday, 17 March 2011 21:45

Iraq War built on lies

Written by  Random Justice

Posted Mar. 17, 2011


Foreign Policy Journal / Feb. 28, 2011


...One of the two original justifications for invading Iraq was that Iraq was linked to al-Qaeda and the attacks of September 11.  Vice President Dick Cheney made such claims on several occasions.  But the truth was that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with al-Qaeda or 9/11 and he was distrustful of that elusive organization.  It was later reported by the US Senate Intelligence Committee that Hussein denied all requests to provide material or operational support to al-Qaeda, and that Cheney’s claims were all false.[1]

The second of the two original justifications for war with Iraq was that Iraq possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) and was seeking to possess more WMDs.  These claims were driven by a faction within the Bush Administration called the White House Iraq Group (WHIG), led by Bush advisors Karl Rove and Karen Hughes.[2] This group of war promoters systematically devised and implemented propaganda plans to ensure that the fear Americans were feeling as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks was leveraged to produce war in Iraq….

There is no question that the Iraq War has been a criminal, immoral and depraved endeavor.  The human cost of this war built on lies has been staggering.  Civilian deaths in Iraq are estimated to range from 100,000 to over one million.[11] Coalition soldiers who have died in the war number nearly 5,000, with the vast majority being Americans.[12] Another 33,000 to 100,000 American soldiers have been wounded based on official and unofficial estimates respectively.  Iraqis who have been wounded or otherwise had their lives permanently disrupted are too numerous to count….

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