Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Lies That Took Us Into the Iraq War

The Iraq War was not a war of self defense no matter what anybody says.  It was an aggressive attack on the part of the United States(and a few allies who were taken along for the ride)  and it furthered the interests of a small group of people at the expense of millions of Iraqi civilians, the American public and the soldiers of every nation who lost their lives and souls in it.  It may have changed  the political landscape of the Middle East, but, it was definitely NOT about democracy, freedom  or even the attacks of September 11th.

 It was about a small but powerful elite, manipulating public fear after the terrorist attack.  It was, like all wars, about power and money, in this case, spelled "o-i-l." Fear and anger over the attacks of September 11th were skillfully diverted into the sideshow of attacking Iraq.  The excuse was that the attack was  to neutralize the threat of  weapons of mass destruction that even the UN weapons inspectors could not find.

Kudos to Mother Jones for exposing the truth in a detailed timeline showing how we the people were totally jerked around. You would think that after Viet Nam and the Gulf of  Tonkin Resolution, we would have learned our lesson, but no.  It seems we have not.  Here's a teaser.  Follow the link at the end of the quote for some eye opening week-end reading.
"The blame for Iraq does not end with Cheney, Bush, or Rumsfeld. Nor is it limited to the intelligence operatives who sat silent as the administration cherry-picked its case for war, or with those, like Colin Powell or Hans Blix, who, in the name of loyalty or statesmanship, did not give full throat to their misgivings. It is also shared by far too many in the Fourth Estate, most notably the New York Times' Judith Miller. But let us not forget that it lies, inescapably, with we the American people, who, in our fear and rage over the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001, allowed ourselves to be suckered into the most audacious bait and switch of all time."    To see the complete article and the timeline follow this link to

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