first casualty when war comes is truth"-Hiram W Johnson,
a Republican Senator from California from 1917-1945
W. Bush-Pez Dispenser
How Bush Justified A War With Lies
Bush Administration's Iraq strategy appeared to be based on
the proposition that if you repeat lies enough times, people
will accept them as facts. This pattern of deception and deceit
rivals the Nixon Administration and, as former Nixon White House
counsel John Dean points out, launching a country into war based
on fabrications would make Watergate "pale by comparison."
House Admits fabricating case for war
in a stunning admission, the White House confirms that the president's
statement was simply not true. It was a mistake, aides acknowledge,
to include it in the State of the Union.
Crime and the Cover-Up
there is a scandal brewing over the Iraq war and the Bush administration
claims of Iraqi weapons arsenals that led to the shooting. Clearly,
there is a cover-up taking place. Yet this instance, the crimes
that have led to the cover-up are worse by orders of magnitude
than the cover-up itself.
new Pentagon papers
high-ranking military officer reveals how Defense Department
extremists suppressed information and twisted the truth to drive
the country to war.
Probe Finds Secret Pentagon Group Manipulated Intelligence on
half-dozen former CIA agents investigating prewar intelligence
have found that a secret Pentagon committee, set up by Secretary
of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in October 2001, manipulated reams
of intelligence information prepared by the spy agency on the
so-called Iraqi threat and then delivered it to top White House
officials who used it to win support for a war in Iraq.
INTELLIGENCE by SEYMOUR M. HERSH
Donald Rumsfeld has his own special sources. Are they reliable?
call themselves, self-mockingly, the Cabalconceived by
Paul Wolfowitz, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, a small cluster
of policy advisers and analysts now based in the Pentagons
Office of Special Plans have produced a skein of intelligence
reviews that have helped to shape public opinion and American
policy toward Iraq.
on the Record - The Bush Administration's Public Statements
on Iraq Data
Base of Lies
recent days, Administration officials have made statements that
are inconsistent with or contradict previous public statements.
Appalling Lies We Were Told About Iraq
chemical, biological or nuclear weapons have been found in Iraq,
nor any documentation of their existence, nor any sign they
were deployed in the field. The mainstream press, after an astonishing
two years of cowardice, is belatedly drawing attention to the
unconscionable level of administrative deception. They seem
surprised to find that when it comes to Iraq, the Bush administration
isn't prone to the occasional lie of expediency but, in fact,
almost never told the truth.
a Whistle on Bush's 9/11 Failures
more than 3,000 people were killed on 9/11 by 19 hijackers,
none of whom were Iraqi, Clarke said, "The president dragged
me into a room with a couple of other people, shut the door
and said, 'I want you to find whether Iraq did this,' and in
a very intimidating way. I mean that we should come back with
president's real goal in Iraq
war, should it come, is intended to mark the official emergence
of the United States as a full-fledged global empire, seizing
sole responsibility and authority as planetary policeman. It
would be the culmination of a plan 10 years or more in the making,
carried out by those who believe the United States must seize
the opportunity for global domination, even if it means becoming
the "American imperialists" that our enemies always
claimed we were. Once that is understood, other mysteries solve
U.S. commandos refused a key and instead broke down doors and
went in with guns drawn. They carried away the prisoner in the
dead of night with helicopter and armored vehicle backup
even though there was no Iraqi military presence and the hospital
staff didn't resist.
Real 'Saving of Private Lynch'
Real 'Saving of Private Lynch' Iraqi Medical Staff Tell a Different
Story Than US Military 'We all became friends with her, we liked
her so much.' All Hollywood could ever hope to have in a movie
was there in this extraordinary feat of rescue except,
perhaps, the truth.
Iraq - View of an obsessed administration grows clearer
new book by Washington Post editor Bob Woodward is the third
in recent months to assert that President George W. Bush charted
a far more determined course to invade Iraq than the American
public was led to believe. Parts of each book describe an obsession
by some in the Bush inner circle with removing Iraqi dictator
Saddam Hussein, a proposal that became politically palatable
after the 9/11 attacks, although Hussein was not involved in
of the most under-reported findings of the joint congressional
inquiry into the suicide hijackings of 9/11, published July
24, is that U.S. intelligence had no evidence that Iraq was
involved in the attacks or that it supported the al-Qaeda terrorist
network that planned and carried them out.
Bush, You Are A Liar, By William Rivers Pitt
knows no political affiliation, and a bloody lie is a bloody
lie is a bloody lie. The time has come for Congress to fulfill
their constitutional duties in this matter, to defend the nation
and the soldiers who live and die in her service. The definition
of 'is' has flown right out the window. This 'is' a crime. George
W. Bush lied to the people, and lied to Congress. There are
a lot of people dead because of it.
27-Year CIA Veteran Ray McGovern
primary attention is on the forgery of the Niger documents that
supposedly proved Iraq was developing a nuclear program. It
seems to me that you can have endless arguments about the correct
interpretation of this or that piece of intelligence, or intelligence
analysis, but a forgery is a forgery. It?s demonstrable that
senior officials of this government, including the Vice President,
knew that it was a forgery in March of last year. It was used
anyway to deceive our Congressmen and Senators into voting for
an unprovoked war."
Says Iraq War Case a 'Fraud'
case for going to war against Iraq was a fraud ``made up in
Texas" to give Republicans a political boost, Sen. Edward
Kennedy said Thursday.
Said Iraq Talks Concerned Afghanistan
an important meeting on Iraq war planning in late 2001, President
Bush told the public that the discussions were about Afghanistan.
He made no mention afterward about Iraq even though that was
the real focus of the session at his ranch.
Zinni: 'They've Screwed Up'
has been poor strategic thinking in this, says Zinni.
There has been poor operational planning and execution
on the ground. And to think that we are going to stay
the course, the course is headed over Niagara Falls.
more he listened to [Deputy Defense Secretary Paul] Wolfowitz
and other administration officials talk about Iraq, the more
Zinni became convinced that interventionist 'neoconservative'
ideologues were plunging the nation into a war in a part of
the world they didn't understand.
Evidence Bush Pushed Iraq War Right After 9/11
to a report in the new edition of Vanity Fair, former British
Ambassador to the United States Christopher Meyer said that
President Bush made clear at a dinner4 with Prime Minister Tony
Blair nine days after the Sept. 11 attacks that he wanted to
confront Iraq. The assertion is corroborated by the Washington
Post, which reported that President Bush personally signed a
two-and-a-half page directive on September 17th, 2001 ordering
the Pentagon to begin drawing up Iraq invasion plans.
of Mass Destruction
Lies of George W. Bush' by David Corn
the Iraq war, Bush claimed that Saddam Hussein was "dealing
with" al Qaeda and that it was this connection that made
Hussein a threat to America.
lack of evidence--continues to mount suggesting that Bush and
his aides made false statements about Iraq's weapons of mass
destruction before the war.
Dean on the Missing Weapons Of Mass Destruction
George W. Bush has got a very serious problem. Is Lying About
The Reason For War An Impeachable Offense?
WMD Report Slams Bush White House
leading non-proliferation experts from a prominent think tank
charge that the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush
"systematically misrepresented" the threat posed by
Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
Bush's New Iraq Commission Won't Be Investigating the Key WMD
How the Executive Order Fatally Limits Their Agenda
W. Bush has been nothing short of a magician when it comes to
making unpleasant matters confronting his presidency disappear.
And on February 6, Bush once again did a bit of conjuring.
Tracing The Pattern of WMD Lies Back To The Source
to the former official, also feeding information to the Office
of Special Plans was a secret, rump unit established last year
in the office of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel. This
unit, which paralleled Shulsky's and which has not previously
been reported prepared intelligence reports on Iraq in
English (not Hebrew) and forwarded them to the Office of Special
Plans. It was created in Sharon's office, not inside Israel's
Mossad intelligence service, because the Mossad which
prides itself on extreme professionalism had views closer
to the CIA's, not the Pentagon's, on Iraq. This secretive unit,
and not the Mossad, may well have been the source of the forged
documents purporting to show that Iraq tried to purchase yellowcake
uranium for weapons from Niger in West Africa, according to
the former official."
as it sounds, there's a bit more to be said about the famous
16 words in President Bush's State of the Union address. The
more you know about the 16 words, the more you realize how murky
the intelligence business is.
Claim Was Known for Months to Be Weak
revelations by officials at the CIA, the State Department, the
United Nations, in Congress and elsewhere make clear that the
weakness of the claim in the State of the Union speech was known
and accepted by a wide circle of intelligence and diplomatic
personnel scrutinizing information on Iraqi weapons programs
months before the speech.
the Yellowcake Road
it start with a break-in? On the morning of Jan. 2, 2001, Italian
police discovered that the Niger Embassy in Rome had been ransacked.
Not much was reported missing. Italian investigators, who only
last week reopened the case, have theorized that the thieves
who broke into the Niger Embassy had come looking for letterhead
stationery and official seals that could be copied to create
of Threat Outgrew Supporting Evidence
article is based on interviews with analysts and policymakers
inside and outside the U.S. government, and access to internal
documents and technical evidence not previously made public.
new information indicates a pattern in which President Bush,
Vice President Cheney and their subordinates -- in public and
behind the scenes -- made allegations depicting Iraq's nuclear
weapons program as more active, more certain and more imminent
in its threat than the data they had would support. On occasion
administration advocates withheld evidence that did not conform
to their views. The White House seldom corrected misstatements
or acknowledged loss of confidence in information upon which
it had previously relied:
faked it, says UN
few hours and a simple internet search was all it took for UN
inspectors to realize documents backing US and British claims
that Iraq had revived its nuclear program were crude fakes,
a UN official said.
Libby the Phantom Bigfoot?
probably only a matter of seconds before we find out which White
House official insisted that the fateful yellowcake reference
be inserted into the State of the Union address. We now know
for certain somebody did because Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., blabbed
on Good Morning, America that CIA Director George Tenet dropped
a dime on him (or her) in yesterday's closed-to-the-public hearing
of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Ties to Iraq
vs. Facts Database
Center for American Progress has launched this new database
project to chart conservatives' dishonesty and compare
it with the truth. In this database, each conservative quote
will be matched against well-documented facts, so that users
can get a more accurate picture of the issues.
Panel Says Iraq Rebuffed Bin Laden
contradicting the Bush administration, the commission investigating
the Sept. 11 attacks reported Wednesday there was "no credible
evidence" that Saddam Hussein helped al-Qaida target the
Qaeda links weak, say former Bush officials
former Bush administration officials who worked on intelligence
and national security issues have told National Journal that
the prewar evidence tying al Qaeda to Iraq was tenuous, exaggerated,
and often at odds with the conclusions of key intelligence agencies.
ties to al Qaeda appear faulty
a year after U.S. and British troops invaded Iraq, no evidence
has turned up to verify allegations of Hussein's links with
al Qaeda, and several key parts of the administration's case
have either proved false or seem increasingly doubtful.
Kleinmaier: Wake up! No link of Saddam to 9/11
you believe that Saddam Hussein played no role in the Sept.
11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States?If you do, you
are in the minority.