Monday, May 18, 2015

Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction, yet we continue to act as though it's water under the bridge

Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction, yet we continue to act as though it's water under the bridge, but too many people died for Bush's lies to reside underneath a bridge of forgotten yesteryear, and as cliche at it may sound, the fact that we have to revisit this question with seriousness is rather disturbing. But we rarely ask why Bush was so wrong. I mean, how the heck could anyone be so far off base within regard to Saddam's weapons programs? Only this wasn't an accident, you see Bush wanted to go to war with Iraq well before 9/11. The major sad part is Bush used that fateful Tuesday  9/11 to manipulate the American people through fear, anger, and more fear.  As of late, a number of Republican presidential hopefuls have tripped on the subject of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Last week, Megan Kelly asked Jeb Bush "knowing what we know now, would you have invaded Iraq?" Last week, Jeb Bush gave five answers, Marco Rubio said it was a good idea to go into Iraq and the world is better without Saddam Hussein. While I agree Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, I do not believe he was in any way a threat to the American people. Furthermore, Saddam's concern for Iran was equally if not more than America's.

First, what did George Bush know about Saddam's weapons program before the '03 invasion of Iraq? We'll we know that Bush manipulated documents, he had information that refuted claims Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and the capabilities to use such weapons. Bush used sources that were known liars like 'Curve Ball' who later admitted he lied about the situation. Bush also alleged Saddam wouldn't let the weapons inspectors back into Iraq to research Bush's false claims. But, in fact, the weapons inspectors were allowed into Iraq, so Bush blatantly lied.

In addition, Bush claimed Saddam Hussein sent an envoy to meet with Bin Laden, something that was never confirmed and is most likely completely false. Saddam and Bin Laden were not compatible. Osama Bin Laden thought of Saddam as an 'apostate' and Americans were in the Middle East due to Iraq his secularism.

In 2005, the pretext for the war was slowly unraveling, as there were no weapons of mass destruction, and the 9/11 commission report found no links to Al Qaida, or any terrorist organization for that matter. The mainstream media were mostly silent  on Bush's false statements, which led this country into the worst foreign policy decision in U.S. history. Speaking what of what George Bush knew, how much did his cabinet members know? Well, at least 7 cabinet members of the George Bush administration orchestrated a campaign of lies and deception, I am no lawyer and don't claim to know every nuance of International law, but this lying to the American people to drag poor kids to die for lies is for all intents and purposes evil.

Is the world better without Saddam? No. When you hear this statement, simply look at the world around us, specifically the Middle East, the world is not better off without Saddam, in fact, the world is on fire. We see people being enslaved massacred, butchered, women are being raped by ruthless thugs on their way to hell! Who are the enemies? Who is ISIL? ISIL is made up of Saddam Hussien's Baathist Party when Bush attacked Iraq, he fired the Iraqi military leaving them without jobs and pay. This caused anger and resentment.Not to mention the fact, terrorists came to Iraq to kill Americans forces.  These spin off militias morphed into what we know today as ISIL, a ruthless terrorist organization so ruthless other terror groups denounce them.

The following are the full references to quotations found in George W. Bush: War Criminal? The Bush Administration’s Liability for 269 War Crimes:
“I don’t care what the international lawyers say, we are going to kick some ass.” — George W. Bush, September 11, 2001, quoted in Clarke, Against All Enemies (2004), p. 24
“I want justice. . . [T]here’s an old poster out West . . . I recall, that said, ‘Wanted, Dead or Alive’.” — George W. Bush, September 17, 2001, White House press conference*
“We have a choice–either to change the way we live, which is unacceptable, or to change the way that they live, and we have–we chose the latter.” — Donald Rumsfeld, September 18, 2001, Department of Defense news briefing
“The President may deploy military force preemptively against terrorist organizations or the States that harbor or support them, whether or not they can be linked to the specific terrorist incidents of September 11.” — memo written by John Yoo, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice, September 25, 2001
“You are now the property of the U.S. Marine Corps.” — Guantánamo guards, on greeting second batch of prisoners, January 14, 2002, quoted in Margulies, Guantánamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power (2006), p. 64
“We can do anything we want.” — Guantánamo guards, on greeting second batch of prisoners, January 14, 2002, quoted in Human Rights Watch, The Road to Abu Ghraib (2004)
“In my judgment, this new paradigm [the "war on terror"] renders obsolete Geneva’s strict limitations on questioning of prisoners and renders quaint some of its provisions . . . ” — Alberto Gonzales, memo, January 25, 2002
“I . . .determine that none of the provisions of Geneva apply to our conflict with al-Qaida in Afghanistan or elsewhere throughout the world because, among other reasons, al-Qaida is not a High Contracting Party to Geneva. . . . I have the authority under the Constitution to suspend Geneva as between the United States and Afghanistan. . . . Article 3 of Geneva does not apply to either al-Qaida or Taliban detainees, because, among other reasons, the relevant conflicts are international in scope and common Article 3 applies only to ‘armed conflict not of an international character.’ . . .I determine that the Taliban detainees are unlawful combatants and, therefore, do not qualify as prisoners of war under Article 4 of Geneva. I note that, because Geneva does not apply to our conflict with al-Qaida, al-Qaida detainees also do not qualify as prisoners of war. . . . As a matter of policy, the United States Armed Forces shall continue to treat detainees humanely and, to the extent appropriate and consistent with military necessity, in a manner consistent with the principles of Geneva.” — George W. Bush, February 7, 2002, Executive Order
“Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.” — The Downing Street Memo, July 23, 2002
“I’m the commander . . . see, I don’t need to explain. I do not need to explain why I say things. That’s the interesting thing about being the president. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don’t feel like I owe anybody an explanation.” — George W. Bush, August 20, 2002, quoted in Woodward, Bush at War (2003), pp. 145-146
“If you don’t violate someone’s human rights some of the time, you probably aren’t doing your job.” — unidentified CIA official, Bagram Air Force Base, late December 2002, quoted in Priest & Gelman, “U.S. Decries Abuse But Defends Interrogations,” Washington Post, December 26, 2002
“We don’t kick the shit out of them. We send them to other countries so they can kick the shit out of them.” — unidentified official, referring to the practice of extraordinary rendition, late December 2002, quoted in Priest & Gelman, “U.S. Decries Abuse But Defends Interrogations,” Washington Post, December 26, 2002
“Stuff happens.” — Donald Rumsfeld, press conference comment on the unimportance of looting to American authorities in Baghdad, April 11, 2003
“Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.” — George W. Bush while on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln at San Diego, May 1, 2003, flanked by a “Mission Accomplished” sign*
“God told me to strike at Al Qaeda and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did.” — George W. Bush, quoted in Ha’aretz, June 24, 2003
“Bring ‘em on.” — George W. Bush, July 2, 2003, press conference, disparaging the significance of the rise of insurgency violence in Iraq*
“I don’t care if we’re holding 15,000 innocent civilians.” — Major General Walter Wodjakowski, quoted in “US held youngsters at Abu Ghraib,” BBC News, March 11, 2005, responding to complaints that innocent prisoners were being held at Abu Ghraib, summer 2003
“I don’t give a fuck what you do to him.” — Army Criminal Investigation Command agent Romero, giving orders to prison guards at Abu Ghraib, November 2003, quoted in Gourevitch & Morris, “Exposure,” The New Yorker, March 24, 2008
“I am the law.” — J. Paul Bremer III, summer 2003, quoted in “Blood in Basra and Beyond,” The Economist, April 17, 2008
“I don’t give a shit about international law. I made a commitment to the president that I’d privatize Iraq’s businesses.” — Thomas Foley, aide to CPA Administrator J. Paul Bremer III, 2003, quoted in Chadrasekaran, Imperial Life in the Emerald City (2006), p. 143
“We’ve got to smash somebody’s ass quickly.” — Colin Powell, after four Marines were dragged through the streets of Falluja, April 6, 2004, quoted in Sanchez, Wiser in Battle (2008), pp. 349-350
“Kick ass! . . . If somebody tries to stop the march to democracy, we will seek them out and kill them!” — George W. Bush, after four Marines were dragged through the streets of Falluja, April 6, 2004, quoted in Sanchez, Wiser in Battle (2008), pp. 349-350
“God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn’t do my job.” — George W. Bush, quoted in Lancaster New Era, July 16, 2004
“The only thing I know for certain is that these are bad people.” — George W. Bush, July 17, 2004, White House press conference comment on reports that prisoners at Guantánamo were receiving justice
“The prisoners were nothing short of a damn animal that can’t be trusted.” — Colonel Mike Baumgartner, June 2006, commenting on those under his command at Guantánamo, quoted in Margulies, Guantánamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power (2007), p. 254
“[Geneva Convention] standards are so vague that our professionals won’t be able to carry forward the [interrogation] program, because they don’t want to be tried as war criminals.” — George W. Bush, press conference, September 14, 2006
“[I]nternational law does not matter here. Geneva Conventions does not matter here. . . . I don’t care about international law. I don’t want to hear the words ‘international law’ again. We are not concerned with international law.” — unidentifed Air Force colonel, President, Combatant Status Review Tribunal, Guantánamo, October 7, 2004, quoted in Reynold, “Guantanamo: Anatomy of a Hearing,” BBC News, March 4, 2006
“We can’t fully control what that country might do.” — Alberto Gonzales, referring to the practice of extraordinary rendition to countries that practice torture, March 7, 2005, quoted in “Gonzales: U.S. Has Little Control Over Foreign Prisoner Torture,” Foxnews.com, March 7, 2005
“We can’t have acquittals. If we’ve been holding these guys for so long, how can we explain letting them get off? We can’t have acquittals. We’ve got to have convictions.” — William Haynes II, General Counsel, Department of Defense, referring to forthcoming trials at Guantánamo, August 2005, q;uoted in Tuttle, “Rigged Trials at Gitmo,” The Nation, February 20, 2008
“The Geneva Convention . . . says that there will be no outrages upon human dignity. It’s very vague. What does that mean, ‘outrages upon human dignity’?” — George W. Bush, press conference, September 16, 2006
“I would not want a U.S. citizen to go through the process.” — National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell, referring to interrogation methods authorized by Bush, July 22, 2007, quoted in Feller, “Spy Chief McConnell Defends Tactics,” Washington Post, July 22, 2007
“American-run prisons in Iraq [are] not subject to international human rights law because of the armed conflict.” — paraphrase of a statement by a U.S. State Department official, March 11, 2008, denying access to Manfred Novak, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, quoted in “U.N. Official Denied Acess to Iraq Prisons,” Los Angeles Times, March 12, 2008
*“I regret saying some things I shouldn’t have said . . . . Like ‘dead or alive’ and ‘bring ‘em on.’ . . . The [U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln] had a sign that said ‘Mission Accomplished.’ It was a sign aimed at the sailors on the ship, but it conveyed a broader knowledge. To some it said, well, Bush thinks the war in Iraq is over, when I didn’t think that. But nonetheless, it conveyed the wrong message.” — George W. Bush, November 11, 2008, quoted in Mooney, “Bush: ‘I regret saying some things I shouldn’t have said’.” cnn.com, November 11, 2008

Finally, George Tenant in his memoir admitted the Bush Administration knew Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction. Heck, Bush even tried to figure out ways, in which, we could draw Saddam into a conflict by painting a fighter jet in United Nations colors so that if Saddam fired on the plane it would be legal justification for invading. So, as you can see the legality of the war was questioned and is now well known, to have been illegal! After nearly two trillion dollars spent, and having exacerbated the Middle East, lost respect from the International Community as we committed a war crime of epic proportions, killing over 400,000 people, 5,000 United States soldiers, wounding, directly or indirectly, 40,000 U.S. soldiers, I think the answer should be ion the tip of your tongue, NO! I would not have gone into Iraq.

Bush knew Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction
Salon exclusive: Two former CIA officers say the president squelched top-secret intelligence, and a briefing by George Tenet, months before invading Iraq. http://www.salon.com/2007/09/06/bush_wmd/

NO WMD's UM SOME OF US, Bush, ALREADY KNEW THAT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1hJFjEpz0Y
Kuala Lumpur war tribunal finds Bush guilty of war crimes? - Press TV News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bmpC0ChMFc
Bush Administration Convicted of War Crimes - Dr. Francis Boyle #N3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmpAVOvMf94
1). WMD LIES - Bush Cheney Rumsfeld - THE ULTIMATE CLIP (Edited) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPJCPcYCupY

2). PROOF Bush Lied about excuse for Iraq War: 'Saddam didn't let UN weapons inspectors in' is a LIE! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOV78w2MPT0

3). Saddam Hussein said he wanted to debate George Bush on television. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsJ0UaBDBo8

4). The Bush Administration's 935 LIES about Iraq war https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs4MxB18NHE

5). Bush Administration Caught Contradicting Itself 6 Times https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz-6A59qzAU

6). WMD Lies - (Bush Administration) George W. Bush and his Lying Friends https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4RZO8y-R9k

7). Bush, Rumsfeld, Powell all lied about Iraq https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43U6ebNYEBI

8). Bush lied to America about the reason for going into Iraq https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9Qs0-F_CGo

9). BUSH LETTER FORGED War Lust - Soldiers Blood on Bush Hands https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lUZ69I9vhU

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