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Reflections On a Major Debacle
Posted By Washingtons Blog On March 19, 2013 @ 7:00 pm In Think Tank,War/Defense | Comments Disabled
Preface: Many experts and alternative writers pointed out the false justifications and huge downsides before the Iraq war started. I know for a fact that many letters and phone calls were made to Congress in an attempt to stop the war.
And the protests against the Iraq war were the largest protests in history .
Yet the politicians plowed ahead with the disastrous war and refused to listen to the facts … or the will of the people.
The Iraq war started 10 years ago. This is a roundup of the facts that have been documented about the debacle in the last decade.
The American government planned the Iraq war long before 9/11 .
Former CIA director George Tenet said that the White House wanted to invade Iraq long before 9/11, and inserted “crap” in its justifications for invading Iraq. 
Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill – who sat on the National Security Council – also says  that Bush planned the Iraq war before 9/11.
Top British officials say  that the U.S. discussed Iraq regime change even before Bush took office.
Indeed, neoconservatives planned regime change in Iraq – and throughout the Middle East and North Africa – 20 years ago .
U.S. officials are guilty of war crimes for using 9/11 as a false justification  for the Iraq war. Indeed, the entire torture program was implemented in an attempt to justify  the Iraq war.
Saddam allegedly  offered to leave Iraq if the U.S. would call off the war … but we refused. We wanted to invade.
No wonder …
As even the top Republican leaders have admitted , the Iraq war was – in fact – for oil.
The U.S. engaged in a systematic program of torture in Iraq, which rounded up innocent farmers, reporters, old people and children . People were murdered and sexually abused  as part of the torture program.
The Pentagon sent in one of the main US creators of the death squads in El Salvador to set up paramilitary death squads and torture centers  in Iraq.
Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz estimated in 2008 that the Iraq war could cost America up to $5 trillion dollars .
But a new study by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies says the Iraq war costs could exceed $6 trillion , when interest payments are taken into account.
Given that top economists say that war is bad for the economy , the Iraq war is one of the primary reasons for our current economic problems.
National security experts – including both hawks and doves – agree that waging war against Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries has weakened America’s national security and increased terrorism risks. See this , this , this , this , this , this , this  and this. 
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 largest protests in history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protests_against_the_Iraq_War
 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://web.archive.org/web/20090212090955/http://www.cato.org/dispatch/10-06-00d.html
 this: http://www.aolnews.com/2011/02/08/donald-rumsfeld-files-reveal-pre-9-11-focus-on-iraq/
 this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/02/newly-released-memos-of-donald-rumsfeld-prove-knowing-iraq-war.html
 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
 Everyone knew: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/11/everyone-knew-that-iraq-didnt-have-wmds.html
 here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/18/panorama-iraq-fresh-wmd-claims
 using 9/11 as a false justification: 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
 the entire torture program was implemented in an attempt to justify: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/03/911-commission-deceived-an-unintentional-work-of-fiction-based-on-cheneys-communist-torture-program.html
 considered lettering Saddam should down a U.S. or UN plane, in order to provide a false justification for war: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/06/high-level-american-officials-admit-that-the-united-states-uses-false-flag-terror-and-warn-of-future-attacks.html
 allegedly: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=484162
 even the top Republican leaders have admitted: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/03/top-republican-leaders-say-iraq-war-was-really-for-oil.html
 systematic program of torture in Iraq, which rounded up innocent farmers, reporters, old people and children: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/04/9-torture-myths-debunked.html
 this: http://www.afrri.usuhs.mil/www/outreach/pdf/mcclain_NATO_2005.pdf
 this: http://www.rand.org/pubs/monograph_reports/2005/MR1018.7.pdf
 this: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0812-06.htm
 this: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C04E3DA103FF93AA15752C0A9679C8B63
 this: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0403-05.htm
 this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2003/apr/25/internationaleducationnews.armstrade
 Chemical weapons were used in Falluja: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/army-to-be-sued-for-war-crimes-over-its-role-in-fallujah-attacks-1961475.html
 rate of birth defects: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/10/fallujah-birth-defects-ra_n_571119.html
 one of the main US creators of the death squads in El Salvador to set up paramilitary death squads and torture centers: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/06/pentagon-iraqi-torture-centres-link
 worse off now: https://www.google.com/search?q=iraqis+worse+off&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&sei=1vhHUYjoLoiXiAKjo4GYDA&gbv=2#hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&gbv=2&q=iraq+worse+off&spell=1&sa=X&ei=1_hHUdzCAurNiwLutYGIAw&ved=0CDIQBSgA&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.44011176,d.cGE&fp=4c2b0560b6e50aac&biw=667&bih=287
 before the Iraq war: https://www.google.com/search?q=iraqis+worse+off+than+under+saddam&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a
 more widely persecuted: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/08/u-s-government-is-prosecuting-christians.html
 $5 trillion dollars: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=acXcm.yk56Ko
 $6 trillion: http://costsofwar.org/sites/default/files/Us_Costs_of_Wars.pdf
 bad for the economy: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/02/debunking-the-myth-that-war-is-good-for-the-economy-once-and-for-all.html
 this: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/10/18/it_s_the_occupation_stupid
 this: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/23/AR2006092301130.html
 this: http://www.counterpunch.org/feingold09292005.html
 this: http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/100102_against_war.html
 this: http://www.rand.org/news/press/2008/07/29/
 this: http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/10/12/terrorism
 this: http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/10/06/terrorism
 this.: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/30/syria-foreign-jihadists-aleppo-al-qaida
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