Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Western Media Persists in Propaganda About Iraq’s Purported WMD

The mainstream media is reporting that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein told his FBI interrogators after his capture that he lied about having weapons of mass destruction (WMD) because he feared Iran. But there’s just one problem with this claim: Saddam Hussein never claimed to have WMD, but, as everybody knows, repeatedly denied that this was so.

This propaganda line had its origins early on following the U.S. invasion of Iraq. David Kay, who early on headed up the CIA’s effort to find WMD, the Iraq Survey Group (ISG), suggested at the time that Saddam had “bluffed” about having WMD in order to deter Iran.

The deception served to absolve the Bush administration of responsibility for having lied about the “threat” by making it seem as though it was reasonable to arrive at that conclusion since Saddam had claimed to possess WMD, even though he did not.

In actual fact, however, far from admitting possession, Iraq repeatedly denied having WMD in the months and years leading up to the invasion.


The corporate bosses running the mainstream media made sure that the news networks did their "patriotic duty" and followed the White House lead on Iraq. Now, because of the willingness of the corporate media to spew lies, we have hundreds of thousands of people dead in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Independent News from places like Knight Ridder and the online blogs had pointed out the problems with the official claims about the WMDs yet, somehow, all those mainstream media journalists failed to pick up on the story.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 7th, 2009.]

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