12 Years Into Washington's Endless Wars: The US Neocons behind the Carnage
March 22, 2015 Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Scott Horton / Medium.com
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. Here are 16 stories that expose the neocon cabal that secretly plotted to push the country into pursuing a never-ending, so-called "global war on terror."
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Bush administration applied relentless pressure on interrogators to use harsh methods on detainees widely considered torture -- in part to find evidence of cooperation between al Qaida and the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime.
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