Of Course Bush and Cheney Lied About Iraq

We in the alternative media reported over and over and over and over and over and over that all of the insiders knew that Iraq didn’t have weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

Vox writes:

Mother Jones’s David Corn has been excellent about chronicling specific examples over the years. Here are just a few:

  • In October 2002, Bush said that Saddam Hussein had a “massive stockpile” of biological weapons. But as CIA Director George Tenet noted in early 2004, the CIA had informed policymakers it had “no specific information on the types or quantities of weapons agent or stockpiles at Baghdad’s disposal.” The “massive stockpile” was just literally made up.
  • In December 2002, Bush declared, “We do not know whether or not [Iraq] has a nuclear weapon.” That was not what the National Intelligence Estimate said. As Tenet would later testify, “We said that Saddam did not have a nuclear weapon and probably would have been unable to make one until 2007 to 2009.” Bush did know whether or not Iraq had a nuclear weapon — and lied and said he didn’t know to hype the threat.
  • On CNN in September 2002, Condoleezza Rice claimed that aluminum tubes purchased by Iraq were “only really suited for nuclear weapons programs.” This was precisely the opposite of what nuclear experts at the Energy Department were saying; they argue that not only was it very possible the tubes were for nonnuclear purposes but that it was very likely they were too. Even more dire assessments about the tubes from other agencies were exaggerated by administration officials — and in any case, the claim that they’re “only really suited” for nuclear weapons is just false.
  • In August 2002, Dick Cheney declared, “Simply stated, there’s no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.” But as Corn notes, at that time there was “no confirmed intelligence at this point establishing that Saddam had revived a major WMD operation.” Gen. Anthony Zinni, who had heard the same intelligence and attended Cheney’s speech, would later say in a documentary, “It was a total shock. I couldn’t believe the vice president was saying this, you know? In doing work with the CIA on Iraq WMD, through all the briefings I heard at Langley, I never saw one piece of credible evidence that there was an ongoing program.”

They also knew that the Iraq war could increase terrorism.

War crime, anyone?

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  • Carl_Herman

    Yes, War Crime.

    Until enough of us recognize “We the People” are used to pay and fight these lie-started and illegal Wars of Aggression, we will have them.

    Until enough of us speak and act responsibly to demand arrests of the War Criminals, “We the People” will be rolled for these crimes among literally ~100 of such magnitude.

    • MrLiberty

      Those who willingly volunteer to support the empire in its unjustified wars of aggression are equally to blame. Without their blind willingness to follow whatever orders are given, the ruling elite would no be able to wage these wars. Time for some cultural and personal accountability as well. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, etc. were most certainly NOT the first in the long series of unjustified wars the US has waged over the past century or more.

  • Bob

    Come on now. Bush and his neocon clan are no more guilty of war crimes than Hillary Clinton is for mishandling classified email.

  • ICFubar

    The original lie, from which all the others have sprung, was the 9/11/2001 event To immortalize this act by the Apex Elites they built a monument at “ground zero’ representing the mass volume of three thousand open graves of the murdered on that day with the urine of these Apex Elites, drunk on power, pouring into those graves for eternity.

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