10-Year Iraq War Anniversary: What We’ve Learned In the Past Decade

Reflections On a Major Debacle

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 War Was Planned Long Before 9/11

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.

In 2000, Cheney said a Bush administration might “have to take military action to forcibly remove Saddam from power.” And see this and this.

Indeed, neoconservatives planned regime change .

Weapons of Mass Destruction and 9/11

Everyone knew that Iraq did not possess weapons of mass destruction (update here).

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.

American officials considered lettering Saddam should down a U.S. or UN plane, in order to provide a false justification for war.

Saddam allegedly offered to leave Iraq if the U.S. would call off the war … but we refused. We wanted to invade.

The Real Reason

No wonder …

As even the top Republican leaders have admitted, the Iraq war was – in fact – for oil.

War Crimes

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 American military widely used depleted uranium in Iraq, which can cause cancer and birth defects for decades (see this, this, this, this, this and this).

Chemical weapons were used in Falluja, which greatly increased the rate of birth defects.

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.

(And Iraqis are worse off now than before the Iraq war. Christians are more widely persecuted than under Saddam.)

Cost: $5-6 Trillion Dollars

The government claimed that the entire Iraq war would cost $50-60 billion. How much did it really end up costing?

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.

The War Has Hurt America’s National Security

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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  • The Ghost of Frederick Soddy

    Limited hangouts – When politicians trained in the arts of
    lying and deception ‘fess up’, it’s time to look twice. It is hard or
    impossible to deny that Iraq,
    Iran
    and US foreign and energy policies have
    been NOMINALLY about oil. Oil is the lifeblood of industrial
    economies. Without it they grind to a halt. But the same is true
    for money. Fortunately money is MUCH
    cheaper and easier to produce. Almost
    all of the world’s money is created as debt, nothing but computer entries in
    accounting ledgers.

    So when a country which once enjoyed a virtual monopoly in
    the market for manufactured goods, which until the end of WWII was the world’s
    leading exporter of oil, loses these advantages – when it burns up the monetary
    wealth acquired over generations exploiting them – it can still export its
    money, i.e. debt.

    As the economist Hyman Minsky said, “Any unit (i.e. anyone)
    can create money. The problem is getting
    it accepted.” However, when countries
    like Iraq, Iran, China or those in ‘Old Europe’ stop
    buying – i.e. stop accepting that debt – the architects of an “Empire of Debt”
    have a problem. As the British
    discovered it is just too expensive to militarily occupy the world when your
    customers start defecting. The U.S. approach
    seems to be simply attempting to control the pumps of the world’s lifeblood,
    its oil.

    Its next generation of exports is already in development –
    terror weapons. It is a product to which
    the world will not be able to say ‘no’. One
    of the world’s greatest economists, Dr. Michael Hudson, has repeatedly observed
    that “the product of Wall Street is debt”.
    The same could be said for a government run by people whose lust for
    power will not be sated until the world’s people are firmly under their control
    – but one smart enough not to make the people pay up front for its ambitions.

    So the world’s choice will be to either continue accepting US debt or take
    delivery of these new ‘exports’. In the
    meantime, it is business as usual. This
    is what former President Jimmy Carter, with his solar panels on the White House
    roof top, just didn’t get: A world
    economy powered by renewable energy – or any other source the US does not
    firmly control – is simply inconsistent with the imperial ambitions…

    Of its government, of its bankers and financiers… But I repeat myself.

  • amerikagulag

    The first thing I learned is that Iraq was NEVER a “WAR. It was always and remains today, an ILLEGAL INVASION AND OCCUPATION OF A SOVEREIGN NATION AGAINST ALL INTERNATIONAL AND MORAL LAW. The second thing I learned is that the same applies to Afghanistan.

  • gozounlimited

    Tomas Young, Dying Iraq War Veteran, Pens ‘Last Letter’ To Bush, Cheney On War’s 10th Anniversary
    Huffington Post

    From Young’s letter, published on TruthDig:

    I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power.
    I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.

    read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/19/tomas-young-letter-iraq_n_2908335.html

  • gozounlimited

    Tomas Young, Dying Iraq War Veteran, Pens ‘Last Letter’ To Bush, Cheney On War’s 10th Anniversary
    Huffington Post

    From Young’s letter, published on TruthDig:

    I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power.
    I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.

    read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/19/tomas-young-letter-iraq_n_2908335.html

  • nveric

    I admit I was for removing Hussein. Anything more I knew would turn out bad.
    But as I was not allowed to vote, …. excrement happens.

  • Washington76

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  • Washington76

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