12 Years Into Washington’s Endless Wars: The US Neocons behind the Carnage

March 21st, 2015 - by admin

Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Scott Horton / Medium.com – 2015-03-21 22:57:37

12 Years Into Iraq Wars, Gen. Dempsey Marvels at ‘Deja-Vu’

The War Party:
The Neocons Behind America’s Wars

Charles Ewing Smith / BBC Panorama

(August 8, 2011) — Here are the powerful men who led us into this mess. Meet the NEOCONS and what they want.

12 Years Into Iraq Wars,
Gen. Dempsey Marvels at ‘Deja-Vu’

Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com

(March 20, 2015) — 12 years ago, the US invaded Iraq, falsely claiming an Iraqi weapons of mass destruction program, and 9/11 as pretexts. Like most American wars, it was supposed to be a cakewalk, a quick regime change and being “greeted as liberators.” Like most American wars, it didn’t turn out that way.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey took part in the 1991 Iraq War and the 2003 Iraq War, and today marveled at the sense of “deja-vu” he is experiencing as the US builds up for another protracted war in Iraq.

Gen. Dempsey insisted he didn’t expect the US military to be active in Iraq by now, something most officials can probably relate to. The “easy” wars have added up into a single, protracted disaster.

Dempsey and other Pentagon officials are trying to play up lessons learned in the past failures, but they again warn that the whole thing hinges on some sort of unity between Iraq’s Shi’ite and Sunni populations, something the US has proven time and again to be unable to pull off.

16 Articles That Expose How
They Lied Us Into War in Iraq

A list by Scott Horton for the anniversary of the start of the Iraq War

The Path of War Timeline
Larisa Alexandrovna and Muriel Kane / Raw Story

Selective Intelligence
Seymour M. Hersh / The New Yorker

They call themselves, self-mockingly, the Cabal-a small cluster of policy advisers and analysts now based in the in the Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans.

The Stovepipe
Seymour M. Hersh / The New Yorker

Since midsummer, the Senate Intelligence Committee has been attempting to solve the biggest mystery of the Iraq war: the disparity between the Bush Administration’s prewar assessment of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and what has actually been discovered.

The Lie Factory
Robert Dreyfuss and Jason Vest / Mother Jones

It’s a crisp fall day in western Virginia, a hundred miles from Washington, D.C., and a breeze is rustling the red and and gold leaves of the Shenandoah hills.

In Rumsfeld’s Shop
Karen Kwiatkowski / The America Conservative

Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski recently retired from the US Air Force. Her final posting was as an analyst at the Pentagon during a period of intense ideological upheaval, as the United States prepared to launch — for the first time in its history — a “preventive” war.

Conscientious Objector
Karen Kwiatkowski / The America Conservative

By the end of the summer of 2002, our Near East South Asia (NESA) office spaces were beginning to get crowded . . . . Chatter swirled, and word went out that NESA was looking for additional space.

Open Door Policy
Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski / The American Conservative

A former Pentagon insider, concludes her observations on the run-up to the Iraq war.

The New Pentagon Papers
Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski / Salon.com

In July of last year, after just over 20 years of service, I retired as a lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force.

How Ahmed Chalabi conned the neocons
John Dizard / Salon.com

The hawks who launched the Iraq war believed the deal-making exile when he promised to build a secular democracy.

Special Investigation: The Spies who Pushed for War on Iran
Julian Borger / The Guardian

It was becoming increasingly clear in Washington that the scandal was only a small, well-documented symptom of a complete breakdown in US intelligence that helped steer America into war. It represents the Bush administration’s second catastrophic intelligence failure.

Agents of Influence
Bob Dreyfuss / The Nation

Did Ariel Sharon, the Prime Minister of Israel, run a covert program with operatives in high-level US government positions to influence the Bush Administration’s decision to go to war in Iraq?

CIA Probe Finds Secret Pentagon Group Manipulated Intelligence on Iraqi Threat
Jason Leopold / AntiWar.com

A 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.

“Special” Pentagon Unit Skirted CIA on Iraq
Greg Miller / The Los Angeles Times

Pentagon group’s role in shaping White House views about ties between Hussein and Al Qaeda was greater than known, Senate panel hears.

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