Newly-Released Memo by Donald Rumsfeld Proves Iraq War Started On False Pretenses

Rums Newly Released Memo by Donald Rumsfeld Proves Iraq War Started On False Pretenses

Everyone Knew Iraq Had No WMDS … and Was Not Behind Anthrax Attacks or 9/11

Everyone knew that Iraq didn’t have weapons of mass destruction.

Indeed, Secretary of State Colin Powell’s chief of staff – Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson – just said that Powell knew that there were no WMDs:

I wonder what will happen when we put 500,000 troops into Iraq and comb the country from one end to the other and find nothing

(starting at 6:43 into video).

But war is sold just like soda or toothpaste … and so a false justification also needs to be concocted.  George W. BushJohn McCain, Sarah Palin, a high-level National Security Council officer, Alan Greenspan and others all say that the Iraq war was reallyabout oil.

It has been extensively documented that the White House decided to invade Iraq before 9/11:

Indeed, neoconservatives planned regime change .

The government tried to falsely blame the anthrax attacks on Iraq as a justification for war:

When Congress was originally asked to pass the Patriot Act in late 2001, the anthrax attacks which occurred only weeks earlier were falsely blamed on spooky Arabs as a way to scare Congress members into approving the bill. Specifically:

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, President Bush and VP Cheney all falsely linked Iraq with 9/11 … and the entire torture program was aimed at establishing such a false linkage.

A new book by NBC News and Newsweek investigative reporter Michael Isikoff adds details, including a memo written by Rumsfeld in November 2001 – a year and a quarter   before the start of the Iraq war – asking how to start a war against Iraq, and suggesting as one potential “justification” for war:

US discovers Saddam connection to Sept. 11 attack or to anthrax?

Rums Newly Released Memo by Donald Rumsfeld Proves Iraq War Started On False Pretenses

Here is the whole memo:

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The Bush administration launched the Iraq war under false pretenses … unfortunately, Obama is no better.

Category: Think Tank, War/Defense

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6 Responses to “Rumsfeld Memo Reveals Iraq War Started Under False Pretenses”

  1. leveut says:

    From: Fair Game – My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, Valerie Plame Wilson, Afterword by Laura Rozen 2007 ISBN -13:978-1-4165-3761-8 (Yes, that is THE Sainted Valerie Plame)

    pg 95 “…Writing these pages in 2007, four years after the invasion of Iraq, and the evidence of the manipulations of intelligence and failures of the intelligence community prior to the war, it is easy to surrender to a revisionist idea that all the WMD evidence against Iraq was fabricated. While it is true that powerful ideologues encouraged a war to prove their own geopolitical theories, and critical failures of judgment were made throughout the intelligence community in the spring and summer of 2002, Iraq, under its cruel dictator Saddam Hussein, was clearly a rogue nation that flouted international treaties and norms in its quest for regional superiority. The U.S. intelligence community was not the only actor that found Iraq’s provocations alarming. The Center for Nonproliferation Studies (www.cns.miis.edu), a nonpartisan, nongovernmental research organization devoted to training the next generation of nonproliferation experts, was also concerned. Here’s what some of their research revealed about the state of Iraq’s WMD programs in 2001…”

    and

    pg 155 “…That summer of 2003, however, there was just confusion at CIA Headquarters as we tried to figure out what the hell had happened to the vaunted Iraqi WMD program. Why aren’t we finding anything? What is going on out there? How could we have been so wrong? …”

  2. ilsm says:

    At the end of 10 years of dracionian sequester the war machine will have 25% morereal dollars each year than it started 2001 with.

    The arsonists were ruining the fire house: “no prince prospers from long war”.

    “Why aren’t we finding anything? What is going on out there? How could we have been so wrong? …”

    There was nothing, US embargoes had harmed more Iraqis than the vicious Ba’athist.

    War is high profit and fits the anti New Deal Bircher agenda.

    Goebbels could not have done better.

  3. 1280pat says:

    Plus just think of all of the suffering and wasted money from Bremmer et al completely screwing up the “De-Baathification” (as in they shouldn’t have done much of it at all) of Iraq. It set off a civil war.

    I really wonder how much if the planet’s population is just flat out 100% screwed because they can’t get away from venal and incompetent government and central bankers.

  4. Moss says:

    Is there any wonder why we have lost trust in our institutions?
    Where are the Tea Party patriots?
    Is it only the so called liberals who care about this?

    What are the chances u see anything about this on Fox?

    It becomes a partisan divide as opposed to a national tragedy.

  5. ComradeAnon says:

    And none of the people involved think they did anything wrong.