were all wrong," White House chief weapons
hunter and longtime war booster David Kay admitted
last week. There were no weapons of mass destruction
in Iraq, as the U.S. and Britain had long alleged.
nuclear weapons, death rays, vans of death, drones
of death, mobile germ labs, poison gas factories,
hidden weapons depots, long-range missiles, links
to al-Qaida - all were bogus.
only thing real is Iraq's oil.
Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction (WMD),
as it long insisted, we must draw one of two conclusions.
President George Bush, and secretaries Colin Powell
and Donald Rumsfeld, lied about the global threat
they claimed Iraq posed, and deceived Congress
and the American people. Or, they were grossly
misinformed by their intelligence experts and
must be judged fools of the first order.
Bush and his team of chest-thumping, self-proclaimed
national security experts were really misinformed
about Iraq's weapons and capabilities, then they
started a war by mistake - and presided over the
two biggest national security fiascos since Pearl
Harbor: the 9/11 attacks and the invasion of Iraq.
turns out President Saddam Hussein, whom Bush
repeatedly branded a "liar," was in
fact telling the truth all along when he said
all of Iraq's old weapons systems had been destroyed.
It was Bush and British PM Tony Blair who weren't
telling the truth.
should hire attorney Johnny Cochrane and sue the
U.S. and Britain for all they're worth.
take your pick.
Iraq war either was the Mother of All Lies, or
the Mother of All Fiascos.
by these ugly facts, Bush tried to rebrand the
unprovoked war against Iraq by claiming it was
justified because Saddam was such a horrid man.
Saddam committed his worst deeds - in the 1980s
- he was a close U.S. ally, secretly supported
by Washington and London with arms, intelligence,
technicians and cash.
the White House is trying to blame the Central
Intelligence Agency for the Iraq fiasco.
director George Tenet may have wronged his agency
and the nation by not going public to debunk White
House war propaganda over Iraq.
active and retired CIA officers kept warning the
public and media (including this writer) that
intelligence on Iraq had been deeply manipulated
and politicized by a cabal of pro-war neo-conservative
ideologues in the Pentagon and the vice president's
shadowy Pentagon intelligence unit was created
by the neo-cons to whip up war fever against Iraq.
fed either fake or wildly exaggerated reports
about Iraq to the White House and Pentagon, which
were then trumpeted by the neo-con media.
column has maintained for the past 10 years that
a campaign of lies and disinformation was being
waged against Iraq.
I detested Saddam, whose brutal secret police
once threatened to hang me, I was incensed to
see western democracies fabricating war propaganda.
watched with disgust as so-called "Iraq experts"
and neo-con propagandists, few of whom had ever
been to Iraq, warned night after night on U.S.
TV about the "deadly threat" from Iraq.
Mideast specialists were systematically excluded
from U.S. media commentary.
challenging war propaganda, I became the object
of attacks by colleagues at this newspaper chain,
and by other media pundits in the U.S. and Canada.
week, I was flooded with hate e-mail.
be on the losing side," a close friend warned
last year. "Why risk your career and reputation
by insisting Iraq has no WMD?"
Because I was absolutely convinced of my position,
and I passionately hate propaganda of all kinds
- especially when it comes from western democracies.
you feel vindicated?" a radio show host asked
me last week. "You predicted a year ago that
no WMD would be found in Iraq."
vindicated. Just dismayed.
by the continuing widespread indifference - or
even approval - by many Americans of the aggression
against Iraq that violated international law and
basic norms of civilized behaviour.
by the craven attitude of the U.S. Congress and
deeply concerned by growing hatred for the U.S.
around the globe.
few Americans seem troubled their president either
lied or blundered into a horrible mess in Iraq,
so far costing 520 American dead, nearly 10,000
casualties and $200 billion US for 2003-04.
is an historic malfeasance far exceeding in gravity
Nixon's Watergate scandal or Bill Clinton's prevarications
war fever and xenophobia fostered by the Bush
administration continues to grip America.
am not comparing the U.S. to Nazi Germany.
one does begin to understand in all this how the
Germans, another educated and highly civilized
people, were driven in the 1930s by a campaign
of fear and lies, into supporting a policy of
aggression, religious hatred and racism.
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Posted: February 3, 2004