US illegal: History of rogue empire REQUIRING arrests in the present. All US/UK ‘reasons’ for war on Iraq and Afghanistan were known to be lies as they were told (10 of 11)

“The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.”  – President Harry Truman, Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman (1974) by Merle Miller, pg. 26.

3-minute video: Police, Military – Was your Oath sincere?

3-minute video: US imperialism 1900-2010:

This article series is among hundreds in alternative media that explain, document, and prove that the United States continuously engage in the viciously destructive policies of a rogue state, with a required and obvious citizen response to call for arrests of those .01% leaders of these crimes centering in war, money, and corporate media lies. The eleven parts of this series are also from my paper on teaching critical thinking skills to high school students in classes of US History, Government, and Economics.

Eleven sections:

  1. Introduction to define ‘rogue state’ as perfect match with US illegal Wars of Aggression, Crimes Against Humanity, dictatorial government
  2. The US violated ~600 treaties with Native Americans to steal Native American land. A treaty is signed by a US President, approved by 2/3 vote of the US Senate, and under Article VI of the US Constitution becomes US “supreme Law.” These ongoing “in your face” violations of “supreme Law” became the precedent to typical hypocritical and unlawful US policies of the present.
  3. US President Polk lied to Congress (with their approval) to initiate War of Aggression on Mexico. The result was the US illegally stealing 40% of Mexico in 1848. Congress opposed Abraham Lincoln’s crystal-clear explanation as a member of Congress that the Adams-Onís Treaty placed the so-called “border dispute” 400 miles within land forever promised to Mexico and forever promised as outside any US claim.
  4. The US violated our treaty with Hawaii and stole their country in 1898.
  5. The US reneged on promises of freedom after the Spanish American War to impose colonialism on the Philippines, and install US-friendly dictators in Cuba. US military slaughtered resisters, calling them yesterday’s version of “terrorists.”
  6. The US entered WW1 upon no national security threat to the US, and imprisoned the 3rd party presidential candidate for challenging “official reasons” for war.
  7. The CIA had several covert wars; perhaps most important in today’s context of war on Iran: “Operation Ajax” that overthrew Iran’s democracy and installed a US-friendly and brutal dictator.  When that dictator was overthrown and Iran refused another, the US aided Iraq to unlawfully invade and attack Iran from 1980-1988; killing up to a million Iranians. If the US lied and acted twice to unlawfully overthrew Iran’s democracy within many of our own lifetimes, shouldn’t we assume first another lie-started unlawful war today?
  8. The Vietnam War followed US permission to cancel the election to unify the country. The US stopped democracy to keep a friendly government, and perhaps to have ongoing live weapons testing and development. War escalated with the Gulf of Tonkin incident,  deliberate provocation to manipulate a false-flag event for “defensive” war.
  9. Perhaps most disturbing is the King Family civil suit that found the US government guilty in the assassination of Dr. King (and here). Corporate media, including our text publishers, omit this history. The King family’s conclusion is that Martin was assassinated to prevent his “Occupy DC” plan beginning for the summer of 1968 to end his version of today’s wars.
  10. We now know from Congressional reports that all “reasons” for war with Iraq were known to be false as they were told.
  11. The two “reasons” for war with Iran are as false as the “reasons” for war with Iraq: Iran never threatened Israel, and Iran’s nuclear energy and medicine programs are IAEA-verified as completely safe and lawful.


All US/UK ‘reasons’ for war on Iraq and Afghanistan were known to be lies as they were told (10 of 11)

How we know US wars are started with lies known to be false as they are told:

In addition to the illegality of US wars, we know from the disclosed evidence of our own government that all claims for current US wars were known to be lies as they were told to the American public and not “mistaken intelligence.” Read this and this for more complete documentation; here’s the summary for lies to initiate Wars of Aggression on Iraq and Afghanistan:

There were four basic claims of facts presented by US political “leadership” to invade Iraq:

  1. Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), a scary-sounding name for specific chemical and biological weapons.
  2. The US intercepted aluminum tubes that could only be used to refine nuclear material; irrefutable evidence that Iraq had restarted a nuclear weapons program.
  3. Saddam had attempted to purchase enriched uranium from Niger; more evidence that Iraq had reconstituted nuclear weapons development.
  4. Saddam had links to Al Qaeda, the alleged terrorists who attacked the US on 9/11.

Here’s what we now know about the evidence from which those claims were made:

  1. George Tenet, Director of the CIA, acknowledged that all US intelligence agency reports “never said there was an imminent threat.”  This was based on a long history of intelligence reports, the facts that the chemical and biological weapons under consideration were relatively weak without a delivery system, and that Iraq was highly motivated NOT to use them against the US given their understanding such use would provoke war with the world’s most powerful military. Because all 16 US intelligence agencies stated in writing in their official National Intelligence Estimate report there is no evidence of any imminent threat, and US leaders used an argument of WMD as a reason for war without documentation of evidence while refuted by every US intelligence agency’s official report, that means this claim was a lie known to be false as it was told.
  2. The Bush administration claim of aluminum tubes that could only be used as centrifuges to refine fissionable material for nuclear weapons is directly refuted by the best expert witnesses available, the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Their conclusion is that the tubes in question had diameters too small, the tubes were too thick, using aluminum as the material would be “a huge step backwards,” and the anodized surface made them impossible to serve this purpose. They also found that the tubes were easily explained for conventional use, as the specifications perfectly matched tubing for other purposes. The Senate Committee on Intelligence agreed that this claim had no basis from any available evidence. See also here. When the US makes a war-reason without explanation and the evidence is refuted by the two leading expert agencies before the war, that means this claim was a lie known to be false as it was told.
  3. This claim, repeated by President Bush in the 2003 State of the Union Address, was based on the “Niger documents.” These papers were written in grammatically poor French, had a “childlike” forgery of the Niger President’s signature, and had a document signed by a foreign minister who had been out of office for 14 years prior to the date on the document. The forgeries showed-up shortly after the Niger embassy in Rome was robbed, with the only missing items being stationery and Niger government stamps. The same stationery and stamps were used for the forged documents. The CIA warned President Bush on at least three occasions to not make the claim due to the ridiculous evidence. In addition, if Saddam really was making an illegal uranium purchase, it’s likely that both Saddam and the Niger government officials would insist on not having a written record that would document the crime. Republican US Ambassador to Niger, Joseph Wilson, confirmed this information and reported in detail to Vice President Cheney’s office and the CIA. When President Bush and other “leaders” use this claim as a war reason without explanation while analysis of the evidence with all available experts conclude it’s crude forgery, that means this claim was a lie known to be false as it was told.
  4. As to the claim of a relationship between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda, all US intelligence agencies reported that no such relationship existed (and here). When Vice President Cheney makes an unsubstantiated war-reason while all 16 US intelligence agencies officially report no such evidence exists AND compelling evidence exists to refute the claim, that means this claim was a lie known to be false as it was told.

Some war liars argue that UN Security Council Resolution 687 from 1991 authorizes resumption of force from the previous Gulf War. This resolution declared a formal cease-fire; which means exactly what it says: stop the use of force. The resolution was declared by UNSC and held in their jurisdiction; that is, no individual nation has authority to supersede UNSC’s power to continue or change the status of the cease-fire (further explanation here). The idea that the US and/or UK can authorize use of force under a UNSC cease-fire is as criminal as your neighbor shooting one of your family members and claiming that because police have authority to shoot dangerous people, that means he can do it, too. When US leaders claim authority they clearly and OBVIOUSLY do not have, that means this claim was a lie known to be false as it was told.

War lies for unlawful war on Afghanistan: The US acknowledges the Afghanistan government had nothing to do with 9/11. The UN Security Council issued two Resolutions after 9/11  (1368 and 1373) for international cooperation for factual discovery, arrests, and prosecutions of the 9/11 criminals. The Afghan government said they would arrest any suspect upon presentation of evidence of criminal involvement. The US rejected these Resolutions, and violated the letter and intent of the UN Charter by armed attack and invasion of Afghanistan.

The US government requested the cooperation of the Afghanistan government for extradition of Osama bid Laden to be charged with the 9/11 attacks. The Afghan government agreed, as per usual cooperative international law, as soon as the US government provided evidence of bin Laden’s involvement. The US government refused to provide any evidence. The Afghan government refused US troops entering their country and extradition until evidence was provided, and made their argument to the world press for the rule of law to apply to the US extradition request. The US invaded Afghanistan without providing evidence and without UN Security Council approval. President Bush stated, “There’s no need to discuss evidence of innocence or guilt. We know he’s guilty.” Because the Afghanistan government did not attack the US, there was no evidence of imminent threat, the US violated the UN Security Council’s legal authority, the Afghan government took every reasonable act to cooperate, that means this US war claim of “self-defense” was a lie known to be false as it was told.

In conclusion of this section of Emperor’s New Clothes’ unlawful Wars of Aggression, all based on lies known to be lies as they were told: It’s simple enough for anyone to document the crystal-clear letter and intent of two treaties forbidding military armed attack unless under attack by another nation’s government (or imminent threat).

It’s also simple to document what we now know of “reasons” for war to prove they were all known to be false as they were told, when the facts are available for objective view.


Note: I make all factual assertions as a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History, with all economics factual claims receiving zero refutation since I began writing in 2008 among Advanced Placement Macroeconomics teachers on our discussion board, public audiences of these articles, and international conferences. I invite readers to empower their civic voices with the strongest comprehensive facts most important to building a brighter future. I challenge professionals, academics, and citizens to add their voices for the benefit of all Earth’s inhabitants.


Carl Herman is a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History; also credentialed in Mathematics. He worked with both US political parties over 18 years and two UN Summits with the citizen’s lobby, RESULTS, for US domestic and foreign policy to end poverty. He can be reached at

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  • diogenes

    The Maine was a lie, the Lusitania was set up to sink by the British Admiralty, FDR provoked and enabled Pearl Harbor, the Gulf of Tonkin incident was a fake … is there a pattern discernible? Why is America lied into war? Who does the lying? Cui bono? For whose benefit? Where does the money go — over half of the Federal budget — that is spent on “Defense” (as the obscene euphemism goes)? On the day the first Iraq War ignited the Business section of the SF Chronicle on its front page had a single word headline, WAR! and below i the picture of a young broker at the exchange, suit jacket off, tie loosened, arm in air, with a jubilant look on his face and a gleam in his eyes. WAR! Who is making war on who and for what? What is the ratio of profits on investments to chidrens’ blood shed? On whose hands? WAR! Yippee! $$$$$! All bow down! Bow down to God Mammon! Kill kill kill for money money money. It’s the American Way — so they say. Who?????

  • Southernfink

    Highly recommended, a masterpiece.

    Real journalism is about reporting the truth as opposed to building careers.

  • AL233

    I wish more people would read this….so important to understand the context of our world today. Thank you for putting this together — it is an amazing resource.

  • Just denounce Harry Truman FIRST, than to make a quote from him, before you talk about the hypocrisy of USA.
    Just drop his name from the US career(warship) right now.
    Otherwise nothing is convincing.

    I tell you, Harry Truman which you pleasantly quoted from, is a name of a mass murderer, child killer, and how can you talk about the hypocrisy of the imperialism IN HIS NAME?
    To your high school students?
    What a mess.

    • Carl_Herman

      Michiko-san: the quote supports Americans to consider your point that what they are taught are lies of commission and omission, including the War Crime of dropping two atomic weapons on Japanese civilians. There’s more Japanese history to enslave them after WW2 with puppet leaders following US orders, of course.

      That said, with all respect and partnership to end the .01% psychopathic Crimes Against Humanity, can you document a better article series that concisely and accurately helps Americans understand the truth than this one?

      If you can, I’d like to read it. As far as I know, there is nothing else available to high school students and the public other than these brief chapters I’ve synthesized for public consideration.

      • First, there’s no ANY parnership ever existent between your country and mine.
        Because there’s nothing such able to happen between human beings and monkeys, and your government has never found us out to be human beings worth like they are, since they sent the blackships I think you know what I mean.
        Every problem between the two countries is ALL ABOUT human rights from the start.
        American white Christians can’t see us out to be human beings whatsoever, that is the cause of all the misery we are forced to beat with.

        Second, I don’t quote from former Emperor or Tojo or any leaders back then.
        Because they were concerned with aggression, those war crimes giving grave suffer against humanity, on foreign people, and to their own people as well.
        They are NO WORTH QUOTING FROM.
        They don’t deserve ANY KIND OF HONOR.
        How about you?
        How do you think if I show you some quote from former Emperor or Tojo PROUDLY, like you did?
        You quoting from Truman PROUDLY is OUTRAGEOUS, really.
        He’s worth nothing.
        B S.

        I am nothing to do with America, or any other country, I am just an ordinary boring Japanese native born and raised up in mainland Japan and I am sure you Americans are really gone stupid, narrow viewed, in general.
        That’s okay not my business if only your state of mind is nothing concerning ME AND MY COUNTRY.
        But it definitely does, no matter with my choice.
        You really don’t care about the foreign people you are treading on.
        For instance, do you know what is happening in US force in Japan lately?
        Do you know what kind of grisly crimes they made in a short term like March to this month?
        Were those crimes reported in USA?
        I doubt it.

        A childkiller never deserves any honor, and when you say you have ANOTHER IDEA, show me how you figure him out to be someone worth referring to, without any denouncement for his TREMENDOUS crime.

        • Carl_Herman

          Michiko-san, with all respect, the title of the article series states my intent: “US illegal” with the call to arrest the criminals managing it today.

          Again, if you have any better article series to communicate this vital message you and I share and feel, please provide it.

          Americans have been lied to; they need to see the truth. I do not quote Truman “proudly,” but to show Americans a central truth. And, importantly, we all have more history to learn and should help each other learn it.

          • You quote him proudly, definitely, and your students learned it too.
            Ask them, how they feel about Truman, if they are ashamed of what he did.
            If they are proud of Truman or not.

            You are just one of those pathetic average American who have an idea like “USA dropping atomic bombs was a right thing, that’s the justice done” aren’nt you?
            I know I know.
            You are nothing entitled to be a history teacher, outside America.
            Cheers, have a nice stupid American life, in keeping treating us like monkeys.
            And go to h*ll.

          • Southernfink

            Michiko, Most of the regulars on this site, we’re all opposed to imperialism, including the author of this article.

            Think about it, there are not many sites where you could find information like this.

          • Hi Southern, that’s okay and my words are not out of my personal will only.
            All those dead people make me speak.
            They talk through me, so I can’t make any compromise only on my will, because they don’t make me.
            So when someone deletes my comment, or bans me, he/she is forcing those dead people dumb, not “me”.
            Making me not speak is equal to shut the mouths of the dead people.
            In Japan, dead people are present, not with God.

            Without denouncement to his WAR CRIME, the dead people never be convinced, no matter if I am convinced or not.


          • Southernfink

            There’s only here and now, dead people do not talk.

            Truman died in 72 !

            The real trouble is the ”transnational investment class” represented by f.e. the Neo-Cons, that is what IMO we should be focusing on.

          • No.
            We have dead people talking.
            We have dead people who need us to do something for what they feel wrong.
            We are not the same with western people.
            Truman is keeping his reputation as a hero.
            Like this author deems of.
            While Truman is nothing but a war criminal who should have been hanged.
            Targeting non-combatant civilians is never going to be justified.
            This is illegal.
            And he tells his student Truman is a great man, who deserves admiration.
            So he ignores everything I pointed out.
            He see Truman hero, has no idea to change the valuation, and talking about “hypocrisy of USA”, that is not acceptable.
            This IS hypocrisy.
            This is what the dead people don’t feel good.
            No past, no future.

          • Carl_Herman

            Michiko: stop speaking for me: “Like this author deems of.”

            You have zero understanding of who I am, what I say, and how students see the world from interacting with this information. I do not tell my students what you say; I speak the opposite. I have ignored nothing you have said. I do not see Truman as a hero; I see him as a typical racist, and relatively weak to allow slaughter and lies in his name.

            You won’t see it, but you are being hypocritical to not see what I actually wrote. And for the third time: where is any essay better than mine to point to the facts? Do you have any better one, Michiko? I’ll ask a third time: what better information do you have?

            My wife’s mother, Yoshiko, is 89 years old, and was in the hills above Nagasaki as an 18-year-old with the US atomic bomb on her city. My wife says that her mother would never speak of what she saw except that it was awful, and there is nothing to be proud of human beings mass-murdering other human beings, especially a rural farming location like her city.

            If you want to continue to attack your partners to communicate the truth, go ahead. Your fight is your choice, and your war will continue as long as you want. Among human beings, I am a leader to point to the facts of US Wars of Aggression, and offer the exit of arrests of these obvious criminals.

            I offer my hand for partnership for that purpose.

            Attack me if you choose. This is up to you.

          • Oh, I know I know.
            Intimidation and threatening are what you Americans do at the best.
            “Yelling at a Japanese is what works most” is the motto of Joseph Nye.
            That is also what US force in Japan is doing on us locals too.
            Congrats, you are genuine American, from your head down to your toes, you’ve proven it.
            Have a nice, stupid American life.

          • Carl_Herman

            You have no better written work to offer than mine, is the obvious conclusion after you ignore three times that I ask.

            You insult me for providing only a quote that the only thing new is the history you didn’t know. You show zero evidence from the ACTUAL PAPER YOU COMMENT UPON to support all your claims that I am among the evil who wage war.

            It might be that the Empire has damaged you too much to see your partners.

            You’ll have the quality of life that you care to express, Michiko. Choose wisely.

          • Carl_Herman

            Michiko-san, with all respect, my students learn exactly what I wrote to begin each part in this article series:

            “This article series is among hundreds in alternative media that explain, document, and prove that the United States continuously engage in the viciously destructive policies of a rogue state, with a required and obvious citizen response to call for arrests of those .01% leaders of these crimes centering in war, money, and corporate media lies.”

            With all respect, I speak for the hundreds of millions poverty-murdered, and played a part in saving likely over 100 million lives through microcredit:

            We share the same commitment for all beings on this planet to be free from these monsters who slaughter, enslave, and mock us.

            Thank you for your beautiful, powerful, and unique voice for a brighter future, Michiko-san.

          • MCB

            Get a life Michiko. Take your own advice and clean up your own house because it’s also a filthy mess.

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  • Daniel “No Passport” Bruno

    Hello Michiko, I am a colored man from New York, I spent much time in Tokyo, Kyoto and Fukuoka. My poem about sanjusangendo is at Mori Tower library. I met Japanese people very angry about the US army base near Roppongi. I think the street is named Stars and Stripes, even now.

    It is true that Truman was a mass murderer of Japanese women and children. We dont support him. Carl Hermann does not support the atomic bombing of cities. We know that Japan tried to surrender before this happened.

    Sometimes a writer will quote from someone he disagrees with. We can quote from the Nazi Goebbels about the Big Lie. But we do not support Goebbels.

    Now, Japan has deep cooperation with the US military and nuclear forces, to compete with China and North Korean forces.

    Japan is a healthier and far more reasonable society than the US. Quality of life is much higher in Japan and people are free from the police and crazy legal system. This is one reason why so many American Blacks go there to live. At the same time, many Japanese cant take the job pressure in Japan and escape.

    The American Empire is coming to an end soon. When it falls, American troops will leave Okinawa.

    Look for video of Counselor Fujita in the Diet. He showed all of them the video of World Trade Center 7 falling and he understood that only the US government could do this. You see, the regime kills its own people, so it can make war.