Friday, 21 March 2008

Five Years on, the Iraq WMD Lies: The Words of Mass Deception

Dick Cheney
August 26, 2002:
Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.

George W. Bush
September 12, 2002:
Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons.

Donald Rumsfeld
March 30, 2003:
We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.
10 January 2004
Based on extensive interviews with both US investigators and Iraqi scientists, the Washington Post, which pursued an editorial policy in clear support of the war, found that Iraq not only did not possess any of the claimed weapons, but also lacked the material conditions to even create them. Its scientific institutions and factories had been thoroughly beaten down by 12 years of conflict, arms embargo and strangling economic sanctions, the Post found.

[I]nvestigators said they have discovered no work on former germ-warfare agents...that led US scientists on a highly classified hunt for several months... And they found the former nuclear weapons program, described as a grave and gathering danger by President Bush and a mortal threat by Vice President Cheney, in much the same shattered state left by UN inspectors in the 1990s, the Post reported.[1.]

The neconservative politicians and their supporters lied to get their war:

A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The study concluded that the statements "were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses."

Launching an unprovoked war of aggression is a War Crime. If the US Congress were not so corrupted we would see hearings and trials of those officials who planted the lies about the WMD intelligence.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 21th, 2008.]

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