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AUGUST 19, 2010 9:45PM

Iraq Before and After (repost)

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SHOCK & AWE, BEFORE:

We know he has been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons. And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons. Dick Cheney, Meet the Press 3/16/2003¨

AFTER:

You may be reading too much. I don't know anybody that I can think of who has contended that the Iraqis had nuclear weapons. Donald Rumsfeld, press briefing 6/24/2003 

BEFORE:

Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. Dick Cheney, speech to VFW National Convention 8/26/2002

The president of the United States and the Secretary of Defense would not assert as plainly and bluntly as they have that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction if it was not true. Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary, response to question from reporter 12/4/2002 

If he declares he has none, then we will know that Saddam Hussein is once again misleading the world. Ari Fleischer, press briefing 12/2/2002

AFTER:

I think the burden is on those people who think he didn't have weapons of mass destruction to tell the world where they are. Ari Fleischer, press briefing 7/9/2003

BEFORE:

We know that the regime has produced thousands of tons of chemical agents, including mustard gas, sarin nerve gas, VX nerve gas. George W. Bush, speech in Ohio 10/7/2002

We've also discovered through intelligence that Iraq has a growing fleet of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles that could be used to disperse chemical or biological weapons across broad areas. George W. Bush, speech in Ohio 10/7/2002 

AFTER:

DIANE SAWYER: But stated as a hard fact, that there were weapons of mass destruction as opposed to the possibility that he could move to acquire those weapons still -- 

PRESIDENT: So what's the difference? 

George W. Bush, ABC interview 12/16/2003

BEFORE:¨

It {Iraq} actively maintains all key aspects of its offensive BW [biological weapons] program. John Bolton, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control, speech to the Hudson Institute 11/1/2002

AFTER:

A British scientist and biological weapons expert, who has examined the trailers in Iraq, told The Observer last week: "They are not mobile germ warfare laboratories. You could not use them for making biological weapons. They do not even look like them. They are exactly what the Iraqis said they were - facilities for the production of hydrogen gas to fill balloons." Unnamed British Weapons Inspector, The Observer 6/15/2003 

BEFORE:

There can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein has biological weapons and the capability to rapidly produce more, many more. Colin Powell, address to U.N. Security Council 2/5/2003 

AFTER:

The biological weapons labs that we believe strongly are biological weapons labs, we didn't find any biological weapons with those labs. But should that give us any comfort? Not at all. Colin Powell, Associated Press interview 6/12/2003 

BEFORE:

I have no doubt we're going to find big stores of weapons of mass destruction. Kenneth Adelman, Defense Policy Board, Washington Post 3/23/2003 

We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat. Donald Rumsfeld, ABC interview 3/30/2003 

AFTER:

We never believed that we'd just tumble over weapons of mass destruction in that country. Donald Rumsfeld, Fox News interview 5/4/2003 

No one ever said that we knew precisely where all of these agents were, where they were stored. Condoleeza Rice, Meet the Press 6/8/2003 

BEFORE:

But make no mistake -- as I said earlier -- we have high confidence that they have weapons of mass destruction. That is what this war was about and it is about. And we have high confidence it will be found.  Ari Fleischer, press briefing 4/10/2003

AFTER:

I'm not sure that's the major reason we went to war. Bill Frist, Senate Majority Leader, NBC Today Show 6/26/2003 

For bureaucratic reasons, we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction (as justification for invading Iraq) because it was the one reason everyone could agree on. Paul Wolfowitz, Vanity Fair interview 5/28/2003 

BEFORE:

Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised. General Tommy Franks, press conference 3/22/2003

AFTER:

Based on my experience with the administration in the months leading up to the war, I have little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat. Joseph C. Wilson IV, Ambassador, New York Times editorial 7/6/2003

SIMULTANEOUSLY:

But for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong, we found them. George W. Bush, interview with TVP Poland 5/30/2003 

We've been to virtually every ammunition supply point between the Kuwaiti border and Baghdad, but they're simply not there. Lt. Gen. James Conway, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, press interview 5/30/2003 

BUT AT LEAST:

One thing is for certain: Saddam Hussein no longer threatens America with weapons of mass destruction. George W. Bush, speech at an Ohio weapons factory 5/25/2003       

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now that Operation Iraqi Freedom is being replaced by Operation New Dawn (50,000 American troops remaining to advise, assist and train, no more combat role except special troops for joint anti-terror operations), it's instructive to remember how it all got started
Why the hell aren't Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld all in jail? I get so damn angry when I think of how much money was thrown away on "democratising Iraq" or whatever bullshit phrase those liars called it. Gaaah!!!
Thanks for the reminders, Hello, She lied, and I have accordingly rated Your post.

I agree with Roy as to the importance and will add some of MY helpful reminders if how it all got started:

Presumably, if You have taken the time to read her compilation, You are aware that Gulf War (part I) was contrived when Saddam Hussein's objections to america supplying slant oil drilling to Kuwait so that they could drill oil out of Iraqi territory in the Rumaila oil field was answered when Bush I sent his envoy April Glaspie to Iraq and gave him the green light to invade Kuwait.

Then, next in the progression was testimony given to congress by a tearful UNIDENTIFIED young girl proclaiming her eyewitness accounts of Kuwaiti babies taken out of incubators.

This was orchestrated by the republican PR firm Hill and Knowleton. Her testimony was key to rallying incredible support for war, which was lingering around and under 50% at the time to 90%.

Three months later, it was revealed that :

a. Nariyah had never even been in Kuwait at the time of the events she testified to having seen; and

b. Her father, in fact, was Saud Nasir al-Sabah, Kuwait's Ambassador to the US

http://www.prwatch.org/books/tsigfy10.html

Even within this backdrop, the senate and house of representatives votes authorizing force were the narrowest since the War of 1812.

Then bush senior claimed: "Within three days, 120,000 Iraqi troops with 850 tanks had poured into Kuwait and moved south to threaten Saudi Arabia. It was then that I decided to act to check that aggression."[49]
The Pentagon claimed that satellite photos showing a buildup of Iraqi forces along the border were the source of this information, but this was later shown to be false. A reporter for the Saint Petersburg Times acquired commercial satellite images made at the time in question, which showed nothing but empty desert.[50]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_War

At this point, 100,000 sorties were flown, dropping 85,000 tons of ordinance designed to destroy the Iraqi infrastructure, which has never recovered since.

After the official conclusion of hostilities, the no-fly zones were established and a harsh boycott put in place. At one point, sec. of state madeline albright was asked if the deaths of 1/2 million CHILDREN was worth our efforts, she replied affirmatively.

As for Gulf War II, plans for this were already on the table months prior to 9/11, thanks to vp cheney:

Bush's critics have questioned whether he and his administration were focused on Iraq rather than terrorism when they took office early in 2001 and even after the Sept. 11 attacks. Former Treasury secretary Paul H. O'Neill and former White House counterterrorism coordinator Richard A. Clarke have made that charge in recently published memoirs.
According to "Plan of Attack," it was Cheney who was particularly focused on Iraq before the terrorist attacks. Before Bush's inauguration, Cheney sent word to departing Defense Secretary William S. Cohen that he wanted the traditional briefing given an incoming president to be a serious "discussion about Iraq and different options." Bush specifically assigned Cheney to focus as vice president on intelligence scenarios, particularly the possibility that terrorists would obtain nuclear or biological weapons.
Early discussions among the administration's national security "principals" -- Cheney, Powell, Tenet and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice -- and their deputies focused on how to weaken Hussein diplomatically. But Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz proposed sending in the military to seize Iraq's southern oil fields and establish the area as a foothold from which opposition groups could overthrow Hussein.
Powell dismissed the plan as "lunacy," according to Woodward, and told Bush what he thought. "You don't have to be bullied into this," Powell said.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17347-2004Apr16.html

Bush's approval rating prior to 9/11 were as low as under 50%. When highjackers, FIFTEEN of NINETEEN who were Saudis attacked the WTC, bush's approval ratings soared and then began the charade of WMDs, Al Qaeda/Saddam connections, efforts to obtain yellowcake from Niger; and successive shifting reasons to be there; all of which turned out to be lies.
No one is held accountable. No one.
I do not possess words for how outrageous this all is . . . because it's true.
And, of course, now Bush is busy promoting his rewriting of history in "his" book of lies. Rule of law? WTF?
We all know it, but thanks for the 1st-hand documentation in one concise article. Why aren't these guys in jail, indeed.
I just wanted to look at someone pretty beautiful before hitting the haystack.
Long ago
Long ago
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I ponder
in bed asking for affection
my wife said "okay" as long
as you don't wake me up`gin
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I just needed a "Hello" or a
imaginary gentle huh embrace
and then - off to bed - goo night
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