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Rumsfeld Memo Reveals Iraq War Started Under False Pretenses
Posted By Washingtons Blog On February 21, 2013 @ 1:30 am In Think Tank,War/Defense | Comments Disabled
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
But war is sold just like soda or toothpaste  … and so a false justification also needs to be concocted. George W. Bush , John 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 in Iraq – and throughout the Middle East and North Africa – 20 years ago .
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:
- The FBI was actually told to blame Anthrax scare on Al Qaeda by White House officials 
- High-level government insiders pointed towards Iraq as the source of the anthrax , even though there was absolutely no reason to think that the anthrax had come from Iraq
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?
Here is the whole memo:
The Bush administration launched the Iraq war under false pretenses … unfortunately, Obama is no better .
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Rums.jpg
 Everyone knew: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/11/everyone-knew-that-iraq-didnt-have-wmds.html
 war is sold just like soda or toothpaste: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/11/war-is-sold-just-like-soda-or-toothpaste.html
 George W. Bush: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2005/08/31/bush_gives_new_reason_for_iraq_war/
 John McCain: http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/05/02/974014.aspx
 Sarah Palin: http://thinkprogress.org/2008/08/31/palin-iraq-is-a-war-for-oil/
 high-level National Security Council officer: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2008/07/did-cheney-and-the-oil-bigs-plan-the-iraq-war-before-911.html
 Alan Greenspan: http://web.archive.org/web/20110715222651/http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article2461214.ece
 before 9/11: http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/new-documents-show-bush-administration-plan
 wanted to invade Iraq long before 9/11, and inserted “crap” in its justifications for invading Iraq.: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/27/AR2007042700550.html?nav=most_emailed
 says: http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/01/10/oneill.bush/
 say: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/nov/24/iraq-war-chilcot-inquiry
 said: http://www.cato.org/dispatch/10-06-00d.html
 see this: http://www.aolnews.com/2011/02/08/donald-rumsfeld-files-reveal-pre-9-11-focus-on-iraq/
 reported: http://web.archive.org/web/20030402124132/http://www.sundayherald.com/28224
 in Iraq – and throughout the Middle East and North Africa – 20 years ago: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/neoconservatives-planned-regime-change-throughout-the-middle-east-and-northern-africa-20-years-ago.html
 tried to falsely blame the anthrax attacks on Iraq: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/02/is-the-government-exaggerating-the-threat-of-terror-for-political-purposes.html
 told to blame Anthrax scare on Al Qaeda by White House officials: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/us_world/2008/08/02/2008-08-02_fbi_was_told_to_blame_anthrax_scare_on_a.html
 High-level government insiders pointed towards Iraq as the source of the anthrax: http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Suicide_raises_questions_about_attempts_to_0801.html
 falsely linked Iraq with 9/11 … and the entire torture program was aimed: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/10/5-hours-after-the-911-attacks-donald-rumsfeld-said-my-interest-is-to-hit-saddam-he-also-said-go-massive-sweep-it-all-up-things-related-and-not-and-at-2.html
 Michael Isikoff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Isikoff
 memo written by Rumsfeld in November 2001: http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/02/16/building-momentum-for-regime-change-rumsfelds-secret-memos/
 Obama is no better: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/02/more-rape-of-americans-by-elites-more-erosion-of-freedom.html
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