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Newly-Released Memo by Donald Rumsfeld Proves Iraq War Started On False Pretenses

Washington’s Blog [1]
Feb 21, 2013

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Everyone knew [3] that Iraq didn’t have weapons of mass destruction.

Indeed, Secretary of State Colin Powell’s chief of staff – Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson – just said that Powell knew that there were no WMDs:

I wonder what will happen when we put 500,000 troops into Iraq and comb the country from one end to the other and find nothing

 

(starting at 6:43 into video).

 

It has been extensively documented that the White House decided to invade Iraq before 9/11 [4]:

Indeed, neoconservatives planned regime change in Iraq – and throughout the Middle East and North Africa – 20 years ago [16].

George W. Bush [14]John McCain [13]Sarah Palin [15], a high-level National Security Council officer [10]Alan Greenspan [12]and others all say that the Iraq war was really about oil.

But war is sold just like soda or toothpaste [17] … and so a false justification needs to be concocted.

The government tried to falsely blame the anthrax attacks on Iraq [18] as a justification for war:

When Congress was originally asked to pass the Patriot Act in late 2001, the anthrax attacks which occurred only weeks earlier were falsely blamed on spooky Arabs as a way to scare Congress members into approving the bill. Specifically:

And [22]:

George Bush throughout 2002 routinely featured “anthrax” as one of Saddam’s scary weapons [23].

Secretary of Defense Dona ld Rumsfeld, President Bush and VP Cheney all falsely linked Iraq with 9/11 … and the entire torture program was aimed [24] at establishing such a false linkage.

A new book by NBC News and Newsweek investigative reporter Michael Isikoff [25] adds details, including amemo written by Rumsfeld in November 2001 [26] – a year and a quarter before the start of the Iraq war – asking how to start a war against Iraq, and suggesting as one potential “justification” for war:

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US discovers Saddam connection to Sept. 11 attack or to anthrax?

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The Bush administration launched the Iraq war under false pretenses … unfortunately, Obama is no better [27].