- The Big Picture - http://www.ritholtz.com/blog -

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

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 [1]

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

Everyone knew [2] 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 [3] … and so a false justification also needs to be concocted.  George W. Bush [4]John McCain [5], Sarah Palin [6], a high-level National Security Council officer [7], Alan Greenspan [8] 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 [9]:

Indeed, neoconservatives planned regime change in Iraq – and throughout the Middle East and North Africa – 20 years ago [16].

The government tried to falsely blame the anthrax attacks on Iraq [17] 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 [20] at establishing such a false linkage.

A new book by NBC News and Newsweek investigative reporter Michael Isikoff [21] adds details, including a memo written by Rumsfeld in November 2001 [22] – 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 [1]

Here is the whole memo:

1 74bfa9d607 Newly Released Memo by Donald Rumsfeld Proves Iraq War Started On False Pretenses

2 7f74c41013 Newly Released Memo by Donald Rumsfeld Proves Iraq War Started On False Pretenses

3 226040efcf Newly Released Memo by Donald Rumsfeld Proves Iraq War Started On False Pretenses

The Bush administration launched the Iraq war under false pretenses … unfortunately, Obama is no better [23].


Article printed from The Big Picture: http://www.ritholtz.com/blog

URL to article: http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/02/iraq-war-started-under-false-pretenses/

URLs in this post:

[1] Image: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Rums.jpg

[2] Everyone knew: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/11/everyone-knew-that-iraq-didnt-have-wmds.html

[3] war is sold just like soda or toothpaste: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/11/war-is-sold-just-like-soda-or-toothpaste.html

[4] George W. Bush: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2005/08/31/bush_gives_new_reason_for_iraq_war/

[5] John McCain: http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/05/02/974014.aspx

[6] Sarah Palin: http://thinkprogress.org/2008/08/31/palin-iraq-is-a-war-for-oil/

[7] 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

[8] Alan Greenspan: http://web.archive.org/web/20110715222651/http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article2461214.ece

[9] before 9/11: http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/new-documents-show-bush-administration-plan

[10] 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

[11] says: http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/01/10/oneill.bush/

[12] say: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/nov/24/iraq-war-chilcot-inquiry

[13] said: http://www.cato.org/dispatch/10-06-00d.html

[14] see this: http://www.aolnews.com/2011/02/08/donald-rumsfeld-files-reveal-pre-9-11-focus-on-iraq/

[15] reported: http://web.archive.org/web/20030402124132/http://www.sundayherald.com/28224

[16] 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

[17] 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

[18] 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

[19] 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

[20] 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

[21] Michael Isikoff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Isikoff

[22] memo written by Rumsfeld in November 2001: http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/02/16/building-momentum-for-regime-change-rumsfelds-secret-memos/

[23] Obama is no better: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/02/more-rape-of-americans-by-elites-more-erosion-of-freedom.html

Copyright © 2008 The Big Picture. All rights reserved.