Iraq War – compilation of 9/11/14

“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. 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

How the Bush Administration Sold the War – and We Bought It by Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame Wilson, The Guardian, February 28, 2013

Presidential administration on 9/11/01 – President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Ari Fleischer, Scott McClellan, Defense Policy Board chairman Richard Perle. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz plus Senator John McCain, Doug Feith, Marc Thiessen, Robert Kagan, William Kristol and more

The Project for the New American Century. By William Rivers Pitt, February 25, 2003, www.informationclearinghouse.info…The Project for the New American Century, or PNAC, is a Washington-based think tank created in 1997….desires and demands one thing: The establishment of a global American empire to bend the will of all nations… When [George W.] Bush assumed the Presidency, the men who created and nurtured the imperial dreams of PNAC became the men who run the Pentagon, the Defense Department and the White House…. On September 11th, the fellows from PNAC saw a door of opportunity open wide before them, and stormed right through it. The defense contractors who sup on American tax revenue will be handsomely paid for arming this new American empire. The corporations that own the news media will sell this eternal war at a profit, as viewership goes through the stratosphere when there is combat to be shown…Through it all, the bankrollers from the WTO and the IMF will be able to dictate financial terms to the entire planet… There will be adverse side effects. The siege mentality average Americans are suffering…will increase by orders of magnitude as our aggressions bring forth new terrorist attacks against the homeland. These attacks will require the implementation of the newly drafted Patriot Act II…The American economy will be ravaged by the need for increased defense spending…Many people, of course, will die. They will die from war and from want, from famine and disease. At home, the social fabric will be torn in ways that make the Reagan nightmares of crack addiction, homelessness and AIDS seem tame by comparison. This is the price to be paid for empire, and the men of PNAC who now control the fate and future of America are more than willing to pay it. For them, the benefits far outweigh the liabilities….

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 

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

Timeline highlights — Iraq War — 1965 to 2009 

Neoconservatives

Iraq War Cost U.S. More Than $2 Trillion, Could Grow to $6 Trillion, Says Watson Institute Study By Daniel Trotta, Reuters 3/14/13

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

How the US Press Lost its Way By Robert Parry, Consortium News,  May 21, 2012

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, ProgressiveValues.org 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,  September 1, 2012

Neocons and the Iraq War: Their view then and now 10 years later By Eric Black, Minnpost.com, March 15, 2013

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  …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…

 

 

 

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