Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bush-Cheney Knew Iraq Wasn't A Threat And That Invasion Was Risky

"Bush And Cheney's Toxic Legacy In Iraq"

Cheney's Lucid 1994 Rationale For NOT Invading Iraq. Conservatives "Must" See This

Hans Blix' Fruitless Search For WMD And Bush/Cheney's Rush To War In Iraq

"The Fall Of Iraq. Jawdropping Video Footage Of Cheney, Albright, Gen Clarke & Others"

"Israeli War Historian, Martin van Creveld's Startling Commentary On The Iraq War"
Excerpt: "For misleading the American people, and launching the most foolish war since Emperor Augustus in 9 B.C sent his legions into Germany and lost them, Bush deserves to be impeached and, once he has been removed from office, put on trial along with the rest of the president’s men. If convicted, they’ll have plenty of time to mull over their sins." War historian Martin van Creveld is the only non-U.S. author whose writings are obligatory reading by America's Officer Corps."

FALLOWS: Policymakers knew at the time that Iraq wasn't a threat and the invasion would be risky."No one ever again—not a news person nor a civilian, not an American nor one from anyplace else—should waste another second asking, 'Knowing what we know now, would you have invaded Iraq?' ... Leaders don’t make decisions on the basis of 'what we know now' retrospectively. They have to weigh evidence based on 'what we knew then,' in real time. ... The 'knowing what we know' question presumes that the Bush Administration and the U.S. public were in the role of impartial jurors, or good-faith strategic decision-makers, who while carefully weighing the evidence were (unfortunately) pushed toward a decision to invade, because the best-available information at the time indicated that there was an imminent WMD threat. That view is entirely false." The Atlantic

BRODY: A report concluded years ago that the Bush administration misrepresented intelligence officers' conclusions. "That report, from June 2008, found that President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, and others used information from the intelligence community in public statements about Iraq but routinely glossed over uncertainties, some of which were significant. ... Administration officials’ statements about the link had no basis in analysts’ conclusions, while officials' repeated insinuations that Iraq would give terrorists WMDs to attack the U.S. actually 'were contradicted by the available intelligence.' The report also addressed the administration’s rosy predictions about postwar Iraq. ... Before the war, the intelligence community actually believed that '[e]stablishing a stable democratic government in postwar Iraq would be a long, difficult and probably turbulent challenge.' "Bloomberg


Alan: Retired Air Force general friend, AC, knew Cheney in the sixties and seventies and cannot imagine what shifted him to "the dark side." (My term, not my friend's.)
I believe Cheney and Bush became painfully aware that they dropped the ball on 9/11 and unconsciously compensated to the point of lunacy.

Despire "Hair On Fire" Intelligence Briefings, Bush And Cheney Ignored Intel Re Imminent Attack

"Maybe it's part of our national character, you know, we like to have these problems nice and neatly wrapped up, put a ribbon around it. You deploy a force, you win the war, and the problem goes away, and it doesn't work that way in the Middle East; it never has and isn't likely to in my lifetime."  
Dick Cheney, 1996

Dick Cheney, on Face the Nation, January 1992: 
"I think the important thing for us is not to be overly fixated on Saddam Hussein... How many American lives is toppling Saddam Hussein worth? My answer to that is not very damn many."  

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