Iraq Update – 2014


The First Iraq War Was Also Sold to the Public Based on a Pack of Lies by Joshua Holland,, June 27, 2014

Bush and Cheney are war criminals, says former Bush counterterrorism official by David Phillips, Las Vegas Democrat Examiner, May 29, 2014

The Worst Mistake in U.S. History — America Will Never Recover from Bush’s Great Foreign Policy Disaster By Peter Van Buren, Tom Dispatch, March 7, 2013 

Combat Veteran and Military Historian [Andrew Bacevich] Tells Bill Moyers, “No Way” Do We Go Back into Iraq – interview by Bill Moyers, Moyers and Company, posted on, June 20, 2014 Moyers…former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Elizabeth wrote a long essay in “The Wall Street Journal.” They say, “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many. Too many times to count, Mr. Obama has told us he is ‘ending’ the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—as though wishing made it so…ANDREW BACEVICH: Well, I’d say rarely has a major American newspaper published an op-ed that was so thoroughly shameless. Again, what is the cause? What was the catalyst of the instability that racks Iraq today? The simple answer is the one that Cheney and his daughter don’t want to mention: the unnecessary, misguided, and frankly immoral war launched by the United States in 2003. We destabilized Iraq. In many respects, we destabilized the larger region. And misfortune of Barack Obama is that he inherited this catastrophe, created by the previous administration….I think the contrast between what Cheney said in 1994 and what he says 20 years later is actually very illustrative of this point. And that is that what passes for foreign-policy debate today, is just nakedly partisan…For somebody like Vice President Cheney berating Barack Obama for somehow surrendering American leadership and in the course of doing that simply ignoring the record of the administration in which he served– that’s duplicity. That’s malicious partisanship.

The Collapsing Obama Doctrine By Dick Cheney And Liz Cheney , Opinion, Wall Street Journal, June 17, 2014   - ...Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many….

Iraq Is Coming Apart at the Seams — Here’s Our Essential Reader by Joshua Holland,, June 18, 2014

The totality of the Bush administration’s failure in Iraq is stunning by Ezra Klein,, June 17, 2014

Mainstream Media’s Echo Chamber on Iraq by Eric Alterman,, June 19, 2014 … Where were the watchdogs of the press?… No one denies that the truth was available at the time. Not all of it, of course, but enough to know that certain catastrophe lay down the road……the very same people who sold us the war are today trying to resell us the same damaged goods…Paul BremerDoug Feith …Marc Thiessen …Robert Kagan …William Kristol…Dick Cheney.

Glenn Beck: ‘Liberals, You Were Right’ About Iraq War By Alana Horowitz, The Huffington Post 06/17/2014 …”From the beginning, most people on the left were against going into Iraq. I wasn’t…. Liberals, you were right. We shouldn’t have.” Glenn Beck

On Iraq, Echoes of 2003 by Nicholas Kristof, The Opinion Pages, New York Times, JUNE 18, 2014  Is this 2014 or 2003? I’m flinching at a painful sense of déjà vu…Our 2003 invasion of Iraq should be a warning that military force sometimes transforms a genuine problem into something worse. The war claimed 4,500 American lives and…500,000 Iraqi lives… latest estimate is that the total cost to the United States of the Iraq war will be $4 trillion. That’s a $35,000 tax on the average American household. The total would be enough to ensure that all children could attend preschool in the United States, that most people with AIDS worldwide could receive treatment, and that every child worldwide could attend school — for the next 83 years. Instead, we financed a futile war that was like a Mobius strip, bringing us right back to an echo of where we started…The least surprising hawk is Dick Cheney, who in a Wall Street Journal op-ed article with his daughter Liz preserves an almost perfect record of being wrong. From the vice president who himself obtained every possible deferment to avoid Vietnam, who asserted “with absolute certainty” in 2002 that Saddam was making nuclear weapons, and insisted in 2005 that the Iraqi insurgency was in its “last throes,” we now have a blast at President Obama for failing to extinguish the continuing throes….Let’s acknowledge that hawks are right, that Iraq presents a serious problem. But is American military intervention really the best response at this time? Not at all.

The 25 Most Vicious Iraq War Profiteers The Iraq war is many things to different people. It is called a strategic blunder and a monstrous injustice and sometimes even a patriotic mission, much to the chagrin of rational human beings. For many big companies, however, the war is something far different: a lucrative cash-cow. The years-long, ongoing military effort has resurrected fears of the so-called “military-industrial complex.” Media pundits are outraged at private companies scooping up huge, no-questions-asked contracts to manufacture weapons, rebuild infrastructure, or anything else the government deems necessary to win (or plant its flag in Iraq). No matter what your stance on the war, it pays to know where your tax dollars are being spent. Following is a detailed rundown of the 25 companies squeezing the most profit from this controversial conflict. 1. Halliburton (a long string of military/KBR wartime partnerships, thanks in no small part to Dick Cheney’s former role with the parent company.) 2. Veritas Capital Fund/DynCorp 3. Washington Group International 4. Environmental Chemical 5. Aegis 6. International American Products………….

Big Shocker—Iraq War Architect Goes on ‘Meet the Press’ to Argue for Endless War By Laura Clawson, Daily Kos, posted on, June 16, 2014  The George W. Bush Iraq War sales team was out in force on the Sunday [June 16,2014] talk shows to explain that if President Obama had just made Iraq a truly endless war, everything would be fine and dandy over there now….How is it that after the destruction these people wrought—the horror in Iraq then and now, the deaths and injuries of American troops, the massive financial cost—they are still considered serious commentators whose opinions we should consider on this issue?

The Real Goal of Iraq War in 2003: Oil and Inciting Terrorism to Create Permanent Conflict by Steven Jonas, MD,, June 16, 2014   …Iraq. It is now teetering on the brink of even more disaster than it has been subject to since the US invasion…one of its original major justifications, other than the non-existent WMD, was that the War on Iraq was a part of the “War on Terror”…” But it was very much in the interests of those forces which forced the US into war to cement the “terror/fear” environment in the minds of the US people. And they certainly have achieved that goal, within the GOP/TP “base,” at least let’s connect the dots to see what was really happening. 1…Bush/Cheney lied the U.S. into war. 2. There was no post-war planning…the US eventually left Iraq, not with any kind of “victory” but because it was pushed out, by the very puppet government that Bush/Cheney set up. But the Permanent War Society, or at least the Permanent Preparation for Permanent War Society, is very much in play. In terms of its original objectives, regardless of what happens in the Middle East now, the War on Iraq can only be said to have resulted in a victory - for those who originally planned and prosecuted it.. full text

Pat Robertson unloads on Bush for latest Iraq crisis: ‘We were sold a bill of goods!’ By David Edwards,, June 16, 2014  Televangelist Pat Robertson on Monday blasted former President George W. Bush for selling Americans a “bill of goods” before the Iraq invasion, which led to the violence that is currently sweeping across the country….In the end, Robertson reckoned that there would be conflict in Iraq until an Antichrist appeared before the Second Coming of Christ. “They will continue to play out until such times that the Lord brings out of Babylon some evil Antichrist or something,” he remarked. video from CBN’s The 700 Club, broadcast June 16, 2014.

The Iraq Mess: Place Blame Where It Is Deserved John Cassidy, The New Yorker, June 13, 2014  …we have reached the moment that skeptics of the 2003 United States invasion warned about all along: the implosion of the country, and, possibly, the entire region…President Obama and his military advisers are scrambling to come up with a response…the blame game has already begun…“Could all of this have been avoided? The answer is absolutely yes.”  McCain is right; it could have been avoided. If, in the aftermath of 9/11, President George W. Bush had treated the arguments of Doug Feith, McCain, and other advocates of the Iraq War with the disdain they deserved, we (and the Iraqis) wouldn’t be where we are today…greatest mistake was the initial one. In invading Iraq and toppling Saddam, the Bush Administration opened Pandora’s Box. Given what has happened since 2003, it is almost comical to read the prewar prognostications of the neocons and paleocons for what would happen after Saddam was gone. There was talk of turning Iraq into a democratic model for other Middle Eastern countries…The irony is painfully acute. Eleven years ago, in response to a terrorist attack by a group of anti-American religious fanatics, the United States invaded an Arab country with hardly any jihadis, or very few of them, to overthrow a secular dictator. Today, with much blood and money having been spent, northern and western Iraq is full of jihadis, and the U.S. government is figuring out how to prevent them from overrunning the rest of the country.…the October, 2011, decision, which had the overwhelming support of the American public, will be relitigated. That’s a legitimate debate to have. But it shouldn’t be allowed to distract from the broader truth, which is that Iraqis and the rest of us are still living with the consequences of the initial determinations made by President Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney, and their colleagues. The Iraq invasion and occupation was ill-conceived, ill-executed, and ill-fated. It had terrible consequences not just for Iraq but for many other countries. It illustrated the limits of American military power—the opposite of what it was intended to do—and it helped accomplish what Osama bin Laden could never have achieved on his own: drawing the United States and its allies into an open-ended global battle with militant Islam. When you hear Feith and other architects of the Iraq invasion criticizing Obama for cutting and running, it is well to remember that.

Real Goal of Iraq War in 2003: Oil and Inciting Terrorism to Create Permanent Conflict by Steven Jonas, MD,, June 16, 2014

The Iraq War Was Launched to Own the Country, Not to Liberate It by MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT, June  17, 2014 Mini-excerpt – You can start with the profoundly tragic irony that the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld Iraq War of 2003 created a terrorist threat instead of ending one…With the power vaccum opened up by the US overthrow of Hussein, the groups labeled as terrorists started amassing in Iraq in the absence of a centralized government outside of the US military…If there is another 9/11, as [Senator Lindsay] Graham forecasts, it is because of the false narrative and war crimes that he and others promoted at the behest of the Bush administration. The terrorist threat did not exist in Iraq until Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld decided to try to own it – and in doing so, broke it.  

A refresher course on Iraq for Republican revisionists by Bruce Lindner, June 17, 2014

“What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in [the Bush] administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne,” he said. “What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income – to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression. That’s what I’m opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war.” Barack Obama, State Senator from Illinois, 2002

Statement by Sen. Wellstone regarding military action against Iraq delivered on the floor of the senate October 3, 2002. YouTube

Former Envoy Pipes Up in Conservative Chorus of ‘Told You So’ on Iraq By JENNIFER STEINHAUER, New York Times, JUNE 18, 2014 …John R. Bolton…the opinionated, galvanic former United States ambassador to the United Nations … is among the cavalcade of neoconservatives newly emerged on cable television and in hawkish policy seminars to say “We told you so” on Iraq…Paul Wolfowitz, William Kristol …what amounts to a homecoming week for the Bush administration…Mr. Wolfowitz, a deputy defense secretary under Mr. Bush who is widely viewed as an architect of the Iraq war, echoed Mr. Bolton on MSNBC, saying that he was not the architect of the war but that if he had been, “things would have been run very differently.”…For Mr. Bolton, a regular contributor to Fox News, the current crisis is a new opportunity to criticize Mr. Obama’s foreign policy as fecklesshis views are a balm to traditional conservatives in Congress and beyond who worry about the ascent of libertarians within the party, like Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who lean more isolationist.He has been a good, clear voice on peace through strength,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, of Mr. Bolton. “Some people in our party are to the left of Obama on foreign policy, and we are pushing back.”…“He oversaw some of the most disastrous foreign policy decisions in American history,” said Lincoln Chafee, the Democratic governor of Rhode Island, who at the time was a Republican senator whose objection to Mr. Bolton helped block his nomination, and who has no regrets. “He has just been wrong on every issue.”…

The War in Iraq Cost $4 Trillion and Enormous Loss of Life: 8 Warmongers Who Would Take Us Back by Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet, June 13, 2014  The Iraq War hawks are back. And they have two knee-jerk ways of seeing the convulsions in Iraq where Sunni militants have seized cities from Syria to Baghdad’s doorstep, killing government workers and civilians, and grabbing weapons from a vanishing Iraqi Army. First, it is always President Obama’s fault; and second, the U.S. must return to war, despite what has been one of the biggest debacles in American military history. Hawks are only happy when we are at war, fueling the military-industrial complex as U.S. soldiers die and platoons of maimed veterans return home to underfunded medical care…the same warmongering editorial pages and many of the same writers who gladly carried the water for Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Colin Powell, Ari Fleischer, Scott McClellan are back at it…1. Senator John McCain 2. Senator Lindsey Graham 3. House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon 4. Former George W. Bush Speechwriter Micheal Gerson 5. Wall Street Journal Columnist Daniel Henninger 7. The Weekly Standard’s Max Boot 8. Washington Post Columnist Jennifer Rubin … George W. Bush’s war of choice in Iraq lit a time bomb that has cost trillions of taxpayer dollars, killed thousands of U.S. soldiers, maimed 320,000 with brain injuries, and left more than 650,000 Iraqis dead. Despite everything the U.S. has tried, Iraq is still falling into chaos and civil war of its own making. Yet America’s war hawks want us to go back in, for ridiculous reasons that can only make a bad situation worse.

The Duplicity of the Ideologues by Andrew J. Bacevich,,  June 4, 2014

Previous postings about Iraq War

10 Years After the Invasion: America Destroyed Iraq But Our War Crimes Remain Unacknowledged and Unpunished

About the Iraq tragedy — commentary and information

Lessons from the Iraq War tragedy - e-letter of March 20, 2013

Reflections on Iraq tragedy compiled by Phyllis Stenerson,

Lessons from Iraq tragedy — excerpts

Iraq War excerpts updated 3–30-13

Timeline highlights — Iraq War — 1965 to 2009

Ten years of questions, outrage, tragedy, grief and change — The Iraq War, e-letter of Feb­ru­ary 15, 2013

Prince of Darkness denies own existence — Richard Perle by Dana Milbank, Washington Post, February 20, 2009 

10 Years After the Invasion: America Destroyed Iraq But Our War Crimes Remain Unacknowledged and Unpunished By Nicolas J.S. Davies, AlterNet, March 15, 2013   

Ten years of questions, outrage, tragedy, grief and change — The Iraq War by Phyllis Stenerson, e-letter of February 15, 2013

Tony Blair [and George Bush] should face trial over Iraq war, says Desmond Tutu by Toby Helm, political editor, The Observer,  1 September 1, 2012

Ten Years — A decade in American democracy — Editorial, September 2011 Uptown Neighborhood News, Minneapolis, MN — September 2011 - Editorial by Phyllis Stenerson  

The Attack-Syria Coalition: Brought to You By the Same People Who Gave Us the Iraq Debacle By Samer Araabi, Right Web,, October 15, 2012

Romney’s Neocon Foreign Policy: Written by Those Who Ignored al Qaeda Threat 



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