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Declassified CIA Document Reveals Iraq War Had Zero Justification

Rumsfeld, Bush, Cheney - the Iraq war had zero justification

The justification for going to war in Iraq thirteen years ago, was based on a 93-page classified document that allegedly contained “specific information” on former Iraqi leader President Saddam Hussein and the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs he was apparently running.

Now that document has been declassified and it reveals that there was virtually zero justification for the Iraq war. The document reveals that there was “no operational tie between Saddam and al Qaeda” and no WMD programs.

The report reveals that the intelligence community and the US Department of Energy did not think Saddam was pursuing any type of WMD program, and was instead developing rocket motors.

Vice.com reports:

The CIA released a copy of the NIE in 2004 in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, but redacted virtually all of it, citing a threat to national security. Then last year, John Greenewald, who operates The Black Vault, a clearinghouse for declassified government documents, asked the CIA to take another look at the October 2002 NIE to determine whether any additional portions of it could be declassified.

The agency responded to Greenewald this past January and provided him with a new version of the NIE, which he shared exclusively with VICE News, that restores the majority of the prewar Iraq intelligence that has eluded historians, journalists, and war critics for more than a decade. (Some previously redacted portions of the NIE had previously been disclosed in congressional reports.)

For the first time, the public can now read the hastily drafted CIA document [pdf below] that led Congress to pass a joint resolution authorizing the use of military force in Iraq, a costly war launched March 20, 2003 that was predicated on “disarming” Iraq of its (non-existent) WMD, overthrowing Saddam Hussein, and “freeing” the Iraqi people.

A report issued by the RAND Corporation last December titled “Blinders, Blunders and Wars” said the NIE “contained several qualifiers that were dropped…. As the draft NIE went up the intelligence chain of command, the conclusions were treated increasingly definitively.”

An example of that: According to the newly declassified NIE, the intelligence community concluded that Iraq “probably has renovated a [vaccine] production plant” to manufacture biological weapons “but we are unable to determine whether [biological weapons] agent research has resumed.” The NIE also said Hussein did not have “sufficient material” to manufacture any nuclear weapons. But in an October 7, 2002 speech in Cincinnati, Ohio, then-President George W. Bush simply said Iraq, “possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons” and “the evidence indicates that Iraq is reconstituting its nuclear weapons program.”

One of the most significant parts of the NIE revealed for the first time is the section pertaining to Iraq’s alleged links to al Qaeda. In September 2002, then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld claimed the US had “bulletproof” evidence linking Hussein’s regime to the terrorist group.

“We do have solid evidence of the presence in Iraq of al Qaeda members, including some that have been in Baghdad,” Rumsfeld said. “We have what we consider to be very reliable reporting of senior-level contacts going back a decade, and of possible chemical- and biological-agent training.”

But the NIE said its information about a working relationship between al Qaeda and Iraq was based on “sources of varying reliability” — like Iraqi defectors — and it was not at all clear that Hussein had even been aware of a relationship, if in fact there were one.

“As with much of the information on the overall relationship, details on training and support are second-hand,” the NIE said. “The presence of al-Qa’ida militants in Iraq poses many questions. We do not know to what extent Baghdad may be actively complicit in this use of its territory for safehaven and transit.”

The declassified NIE provides details about the sources of some of the suspect intelligence concerning allegations Iraq trained al Qaeda operatives on chemical and biological weapons deployment — sources like War on Terror detainees who were rendered to secret CIA black site prisons, and others who were turned over to foreign intelligence services and tortured. Congress’s later investigation into prewar Iraq intelligence concluded that the intelligence community based its claims about Iraq’s chemical and biological training provided to al Qaeda on a single source.

“Detainee Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi — who had significant responsibility for training — has told us that Iraq provided unspecified chemical or biological weapons training for two al-Qai’ida members beginning in December 2000,” the NIE says. “He has claimed, however, that Iraq never sent any chemical, biological, or nuclear substances — or any trainers — to al-Qa’ida in Afghanistan.”

Al-Libi was the emir of the Khaldan training camp in Afghanistan, which the Taliban closed prior to 9/11 because al-Libi refused to turn over control to Osama bin Laden.

Last December, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a declassified summary of its so-called Torture Report on the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program. A footnote stated that al-Libi, a Libyan national, “reported while in [redacted] custody that Iraq was supporting al-Qa’ida and providing assistance with chemical and biological weapons.”

“Some of this information was cited by Secretary [of State Colin] Powell in his speech to the United Nations, and was used as a justification for the 2003 invasion of Iraq,” the Senate torture report said. “Ibn Shaykh al-Libi recanted the claim after he was rendered to CIA custody on February [redacted] 2003, claiming that he had been tortured by the [redacted], and only told them what he assessed they wanted to hear.”

Al-Libi reportedly committed suicide in a Libyan prison in 2009, about a month after human rights investigators met with him.

The NIE goes on to say that “none of the [redacted] al-Qa’ida members captured during [the Afghanistan war] report having been trained in Iraq or by Iraqi trainers elsewhere, but given al-Qa’ida’s interest over the years in training and expertise from outside sources, we cannot discount reports of such training entirely.”

All told, this is the most damning language in the NIE about Hussein’s links to al Qaeda: “While the Iraqi president “has not endorsed al-Qa’ida’s overall agenda and has been suspicious of Islamist movements in general, apparently he has not been averse to some contacts with the organization.”

The NIE suggests that the CIA had sources within the media to substantiate details about meetings between al Qaeda and top Iraqi government officials held during the 1990s and 2002 — but some were not very reliable. “Several dozen additional direct or indirect meetings are attested to by less reliable clandestine and press sources over the same period,” the NIE says.

The RAND report noted, “The fact that the NIE concluded that there was no operational tie between Saddam and al Qaeda did not offset this alarming assessment.”

The NIE also restores another previously unknown piece of “intelligence”: a suggestion that Iraq was possibly behind the letters laced with anthrax sent to news organizations and senators Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy a week after the 9/11 attacks. The attacks killed five people and sickened 17 others.

“We have no intelligence information linking Iraq to the fall 2001 attacks in the United States, but Iraq has the capability to produce spores of Bacillus anthracis — the causative agent of anthrax — similar to the dry spores used in the letters,” the NIE said. “The spores found in the Daschle and Leahy letters are highly purified, probably requiring a high level of skill and expertise in working with bacterial spores. Iraqi scientists could have such expertise,” although samples of a biological agent Iraq was known to have used as an anthrax simulant “were not as pure as the anthrax spores in the letters.”

Paul Pillar, a former veteran CIA analyst for the Middle East who was in charge of coordinating the intelligence community’s assessments on Iraq, told VICE news that “the NIE’s bio weapons claims” was based on unreliable sources such as Ahmad Chalabi, the former head of the Iraqi National Congress, an opposition group supported by the US.

“There was an insufficient critical skepticism about some of the source material,” he now says about the unredacted NIE. “I think there should have been agnosticism expressed in the main judgments. It would have been a better paper if it were more carefully drafted in that sort of direction.”

But Pillar, now a visiting professor at Georgetown University, added that the Bush administration had already made the decision to go to war in Iraq, so the NIE “didn’t influence [their] decision.” Pillar added that he was told by congressional aides that only a half-dozen senators and a few House members read past the NIE’s five-page summary.

David Kay, a former Iraq weapons inspector who also headed the Iraq Survey Group, told Frontline that the intelligence community did a “poor job” on the NIE, “probably the worst of the modern NIE’s, partly explained by the pressure, but more importantly explained by the lack of information they had. And it was trying to drive towards a policy conclusion where the information just simply didn’t support it.”

The most controversial part of the NIE, which has been picked apart hundreds of times over the past decade and has been thoroughly debunked, pertained to a section about Iraq’s attempts to acquire aluminum tubes. The Bush administration claimed that this was evidence that Iraq was pursuing a nuclear weapon.

National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice stated at the time on CNN that the tubes “are only really suited for nuclear weapons programs, centrifuge programs,” and that “we don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.”

The version of the NIE released in 2004 redacted the aluminum tubes section in its entirety. But the newly declassified assessment unredacts a majority of it and shows that the intelligence community was unsure why “Saddam is personally interested in the procurement of aluminum tubes.” The US Department of Energy concluded that the dimensions of the aluminum tubes were “consistent with applications to rocket motors” and “this is the more likely end use.”

The CIA’s unclassified summary of the NIE did not contain the Energy Department’s dissent.

“Apart from being influenced by policymakers’ desires, there were several other reasons that the NIE was flawed,” the RAND study concluded. “Evidence on mobile biological labs, uranium ore purchases from Niger, and unmanned-aerial-vehicle delivery systems for WMDs all proved to be false. It was produced in a hurry. Human intelligence was scarce and unreliable. While many pieces of evidence were questionable, the magnitude of the questionable evidence had the effect of making the NIE more convincing and ominous. The basic case that Saddam had WMDs seemed more plausible to analysts than the alternative case that he had destroyed them. And analysts knew that Saddam had a history of deception, so evidence against Saddam’s possession of WMDs was often seen as deception.”

According to the latest figures compiled by Iraq Body Count, to date more than 200,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed, although other sources say the casualties are twice as high. More than 4,000 US soldiers have been killed in Iraq, and tens of thousands more have been injured and maimed. The war has cost US taxpayers more than $800 billion.

In an interview with VICE founder Shane Smith, Obama said the rise of the Islamic State was a direct result of the disastrous invasion.

“ISIL is a direct outgrowth of al Qaeda in Iraq that grew out of our invasion,” Obama said. “Which is an example of unintended consequences. Which is why we should generally aim before we shoot.”

Iraq October 2002 NIE on WMDs (unedacted version)

This article was originally published in 2015 and is frequently updated

  • joseph40108

    So the Dixie Chicks were right

    • BrotherRog

      A whole lot of us were.

    • Alex Sheibani

      Unfortunately this not only means the Gulf war had no Justification, it also means
      that the US under the Bill Clinton Presidency was intentionally setting up Iraq for an
      invasion as part of a bipartisan plan to not allow Saddam to Normalize his
      countries relations & leave Iraqi’s stuck under Sanctions for a
      Decade, causing many children to die needlessly & long after Saddam had
      with verification of the UN in the year following the first Gulf War
      destroyed all his Countries chemical weapons. Hans Blix kept saying his U.N.
      inspectors had been unable to ascertain whether Saddam still had WMD’s
      or not, this was a blatant lie keeping Iraq weak stuck under sanctions. If the CIA
      knew that Saddam had in fact allowed them all to be destroyed, needlessly
      extending Sanctions that killed thousands of babies a year under Bill Clinton.
      What a Filthy & Criminal UN & US administrations. No wonder Bill wanted to focus
      on getting blow jobs from interns, his immorality & inhumanity matched.

      • Penny Furr

        The only Gulf War I supported was the war to help Kuwait when they were invaded. After that there was no reason to invade Iraq. I realize they had Hunan rights abuses but those did not require an invasion. Things are worse now. More people are being killed. The invasion did nothing good for the people of Iraq. It aided in the rise of Isis.

        • Alex Sheibani

          The Undeclared Aim of the Invasion was to create more extremism, wikileaks made that absolutely clear, countries that do what they exposed, like setting up torture centers across Iraq against International law, in the hands of extremist partners to give deniability exposed much of what the real aim was. Yet the WMD was all destroyed in less than the first year after the first Gulf War (& the likely motive for Iraq to leave it ambiguous, was to discourage Iran from occupying them), but it was not ambiguous to the US Secret Service. So why keep the sanctions which succeeded in killing babies & young children due to raised mortality rates? Who cares?

          It’s Beautiful how easy it is to manipulate & deceive the educated, it’s why politics works. The USA, UK, France, Germany, Russia & China are all in Love with extremist terrorism for the Region, which they created to serve their own ends of1) selling weapons, 2) preventing development, 3) reducing economic competition, 4) creating customers in exchange for their resources. It is not even a Secret, but published. Where can any person find it? “M.I.T.’s recommendations to the Club of Rome” Every side of the Political Charade is working towards the aim of keep Regimes like the IRI in Power based on Support from the people in the “Civilized Democracies plus elect a Representative Russia & China,” where as extremist Regimes have no legitimacy within their own countries, the people are literally not as stupid as they are made out to be. Extremism has been hated & unwanted by the Majority from the very first day it was created & artificially maintained.

          Elect A representative Government is unproven as all can see it is good at finding how to best rape, pillage & plunder others, while looking as if it is a force for Freedom, Justice, Peace, Progress, The Rule of Law & Human Rights. Thanks to the wonderful politicians, journalists, professors & all other compliant members of the worlds psychopathic civilizations, like doctors, lawyers, teachers & the middle class we can all sing together in joy as we shuffle towards conflict between the 6 Leading regimes which can’t even agree on how to share the proceeds of their ongoing & never ending policies of raping, torturing, murdering & concealing evidence.

          • http://hereitgoesthen.tumblr.com/ Nick Cooper

            The real aim was the largest transfer of wealth in recorded history. How Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney et al are not in prison is beyond comprehension. All the no-bid contracts worth hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars were steered to the Halliburton’s and other neo-con owned corporations. Even if the invasion had been based on true intel, our leaders broke law after law while sucking up the US Treasury as fast as possible.

          • Alex Sheibani

            Very True, but you must not forget that these activities are BiPartisan, committed as a form of team work by both sides, in a way they can deny it. Had Clinton not artificially kept Iraq on the UN list for chemical weapons which they destroyed a long time ago & the sanctions which killed many children over the years, the second Iraq invasion would not have been possible in the first place.

            Why only look at the tip of the ice berg, with Bush & the Halliburtons?

            Western imposed & maintained regimes like the Extremist one Iranians have had stuck on them for the past 37 years using extremists the West Paid to train & organize in 1970’s are made to look like they are neither imposed or maintained to people living in elected regimes, so officials can deny what they are doing to their own people. This was how they decided to treat this Peaceful Leaders Development of his Country in order to thwart the country & do what was done to Africa to the Region of the Middle East. He was portrayed like a Monster even Bernie the Moron claimed he was a Terrible Dictator which he was not in the debates recently, as the Extremists were portrayed as Men of God (Propaganda to the Extreme), I have no idea how to address Democracies Tyranny from both sides rooted in perverse levels of greed other than enlightening people kept in the dark. This interview helps what do you think? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-grR1e6dw8

          • Alex Sheibani

            We are saying mostly the same thing. The Largest transfer of wealth in bully fashion is done by creating extremism & using as a tool to sell weapons & start wars. Sadly we have to get used to living with the trauma’s & sad stories we are allowing both political parties in bipartisan fashion to make for us at our expense.

            What do they call the form of government where the leaders have absolute power, break their own constitutions for personal gain, enjoy protection from the rule of law/justice & brutally harm their own people first & then others? I forget what they call it? I’m certain it’s what the Democrats used to call that Peaceful Leader in Iran, the Shah which was a close & faithful ally of the USA & succeeded in developing a government that was focused on Peace, Progress, Rule of Law & Human Rights, (Before the media did a hatchet job on his Government based on Propaganda).

        • Alex Sheibani

          This Politics is sadly bipartisan, with team work from all sides of the existing establishment.

        • http://www.southparkstudios.com/news Abdullah Oblongata

          We should have stayed out of Kuwait also. They were stealing Iraq’s oil via slant drilling.

          • Alex Sheibani

            The aim is not to do anything good for any of the people in the middle east, it is to thwart the region & rob it. With no concern for the rule of law, human rights, peace, progress, freedom or justice. The reality with elect a representative Governments is much Nastier in terms of Tyranny, Dictatorship, Despotism & Corruption than anyone wants to admit. Only those women & children suffering for the last 37 ears under Western Created Oppression know what I am talking about, really. Meanwhile, in the West People are programed to like to vote & realizing they have blood on their hands every time they vote is disturbing, regardless of who is elected & given a Nobel Peace Prize.

          • LAFFIN-ALL-THE-WAY!

            Fucking waste of space..now trying to bash Obama? You got nothin..just type fancy believable lines but any research shows you’re liying

        • Brian K / X the Owl

          They had Chinese food rights abuses??? 🙂

        • LeeAnne Shiver

          Exactly….suidam Hussain was a horrible person but if he was left in power Isis would not exist now

        • LeeAnne Shiver

          Actually now its reported that the information about the killing of hundreds of thousands of death at sudaim Husain were completely false…
          Don’t get me wrong he was a horrible man but we were a lied to so war would be declared…

          http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2805%2970470-0/fulltext

      • Bill Lommey

        Alex Sheibani, are you trying to say that The Bush administration was NOT responsible for the decision to invade Iraq? Surely, Clinton was culpable with the many points you list but you seem ONLY focused on Clinton.

        • Alex Sheibani

          No, that is not my point. Bush was responsible for the second invasion & occupation, Clinton acted to create the opportunity. My Point is US policy is bipartisan, both sides are working as a team as they blame one another publicly. They don’t want to show their team work & agreement, yet they both are the ones aiming to manufacture extremism & keep extremism in power to serve their own goals at the expense of the region. It’s why they made a Nuclear Deal with the IRI to help keep them in power with all elements of their power including propaganda & brainwashing, while republicans pretend to oppose the deal, that W Bush made possible with the IRI. In trying to conceal their hand & their agenda, their actions reveal who they are & where they are going. Leads to my next point, elect a representative regimes as always have never been proven, from the stand point of Peace, Progress, Human Rights, Rule of Law as they claim. They are well protected Criminal Organizations, trying to show themselves as something they are not, with no ground to stand on even against a Ghadafi or an Assad, who are at least not supporting extremism to rape, pillage & plunder countries like Iran/Iraq in North Africa & the Middle East.

          • thatpageguy

            You are ignoring the Project for the New American Century, a creation wholly of Republican neocons. It was they who formulated the rationale for an Iraq invasion, they were the ones who had the Iraq Liberation Act passed that led to Clinton going along for political purposes. Yes, he should have vetoed that bill, but he never sought to invade Iraq like the neocons. He saw it as a statement of support for the democratic opposition in Iraq. See http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=55205 To equate Clinton with the PNAC neocons shows a real lack of judgment and an inability to distinguish degrees of culpability.

      • LeeAnne Shiver

        Read this article today that says we were lied to about the deaths oh hundreds of thousand of Iraqi children were completely false..
        http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2805%2970470-0/fulltext

        • thatpageguy

          I didn’t get this from this article. The fact is that Iraq could have avoided the child deaths, but Saddam Hussain chose to direct supplies so that the child deaths occurred. He undoubtedly did this for propaganda purposes. From the NY Times in 1995: “The Security Council responded to these concerns earlier this year when it offer Iraq the opportunity to sell $2 billion worth of oil to purchase food and medicines under United Nations supervision, the second such offer in four years. Iraq rejected both as infringements of its sovereignty and has continued to demand an unconditional end to sanctions.” And this was an action of the UN Security Council, not just the US. Any of the five permanent members could have vetoed the action.

          • Alex Sheibani

            Iraq should never have been Under Sanctions. These Crimes, are always committed based on a Bipartisan process with
            the support of Both Republican & Democratic Establishments working Hand in Hand to the same end in their
            Elected Houses of Tyranny, the US Congress. You are Living in
            A Denial of Reality built around a Memory Hole. Even Hillary Voted to Invade Iraq yet you remain the
            defiant Patsy on the Issue. It’s Ironic because even a Patsy knows All
            Bill Clinton Had to do, to not help the Cabal which he works for, was
            give the UN weapons Inspector the Proof that Iraq had given up all its
            WMD which it had. That was a Crime to not do so. The CIA under President Blow Job Clinton knew the Amount of WMD they destroyed was the totality of what they had
            with Confidence, yet BJ did not allow the Sanctions to be removed from
            Iraq during his Presidency & helped pave the way for his Partners
            the Republicans to Invade Iraq yet again, while he could claim deniability in the process. He knew Iraq did not have WMD
            for the years of Injustice his Admin imposed on it’s people after the War.
            That is the real Story, which Most people are distracted from &
            others Deny. It became exposed the minute the US invaded Iraq under W
            Bush & the Truth Could not be Hidden Anymore that Iraq has destroyed all of its WMD the reason which Sanctions had been unlawfully maintained to achieve another end (which was to weaken Iraq before a Pre-planned Invasion Agenda).

      • LAFFIN-ALL-THE-WAY!

        What a fucking piece of crap to lay this at Clinton”s feet..utterly hilarious..you are pathetic.

        • Jason Taylor

          If idiots like that knew they were idiots they wouldn’t be idiots.

        • Alex Sheibani

          These Crimes, are always committed based on a Bipartisan process with the support of Both Republican & Democratic Establishments in their Elected Houses of Tyranny, the US Congress. You are the One Living in Denial Reality. Even Hillary Voted to Invade Iraq yet you remain the defiant Patsy on the Issue. It’s Ironic because even a Patsy knows All Bill Clinton Had to do, to not help the Cabal which he works for, was give the UN weapons Inspector the Proof that Iraq had given up all its WMD which it had. The CIA under President Blow Job Clinton knew this with Confidence, yet BJ did not allow the Sanctions to be removed from Iraq during his Presidency & helped pave the way for his Partners the Republicans to Invade Iraq yet again. He knew Iraq did not have WMD for the years of Injustice he imposed on it’s people after the War. That is the real Story, which Most people are distracted from & others Deny. It became exposed the minute the US invaded Iraq under W Bush & the Truth Could not be Hidden Anymore.

      • Michtou

        Well, I’m sure there are a few facts in that incoherent ramble.

        • Alex Sheibani

          Iraq should never have been Under Sanctions. These Crimes, are always committed based on a Bipartisan process with the support of Both Republican & Democratic Establishments working Hand in Hand to the same end in their Elected Houses of Tyranny, the US Congress. People are Kept in Denial of reality using Memory Holes. Even Hillary Voted to Invade Iraq yet most people remain
          defiant Patsies on the Issue. It’s Ironic because even a Patsy knows All Bill Clinton Had to do, to not help the Cabal which he works for, was give the UN weapons Inspector the Proof that Iraq had given up all its WMD
          which it had. That was a Crime to not do so. The CIA under President
          Blow Job Clinton knew the Amount of WMD they destroyed was the totality
          of what they had with Confidence, yet BJ did not allow the Sanctions to be removed from Iraq during his Presidency & helped pave the way for his Partners the Republicans to Invade Iraq yet again, while he could claim deniability in the process. He knew Iraq did not have WMD for the years of Injustice his Admin imposed on it’s people after the War. That is the real Story, which Most people are distracted from & others Deny. It became exposed the minute the US invaded Iraq under W Bush
          & the Truth Could not be Hidden Anymore that Iraq has destroyed all
          of its WMD the reason which Sanctions had been unlawfully maintained to
          achieve another end (which was to weaken Iraq before a Pre-planned
          Invasion Agenda).

    • http://www.southparkstudios.com/news Abdullah Oblongata

      So was Phil Donahue.

    • Alex Yamach

      And so were the 10 million people that protested the decision to got to war in major cities across the country.

    • Bill Rice

      Ron Paul, “the kook,” was right.

  • Jimmy Johnson

    But but but… there were “weapons of mass destruction”…. really there were. Our pos presidents would NEVER lie to us, just to protect the failing dollar.

  • mencik

    So, now that the proof is there that the President and Vice-President lied to the American people to get us into a war we didn’t need, when do the following start:
    1) War crimes prosecutions against both
    2) Civil wrongful death lawsuits against both?

    • The ReinForcer

      Maybe we should prosecute you for intellectual dishonesty. Be thankful stupidity isn’t a crime.

  • DennisT

    Why are Bush and Darth Cheney still running around loose? Both these a-holes should be doing max time for mass murder.

    • IrishIce

      Have not heard “Darth Cheney” before. Good one.

    • Bob K

      Holder wanted to prosecute both of them on war crimes, but Obama said, “We are not going there”. Bush has been convicted in four countries in absentia.

      • The ReinForcer

        roflmao. Now Eric Holder is you authority. Oh that’s rich. Thanks for the hearty laugh.

    • The ReinForcer

      Dennis I think your testes should be removed due to your exhibition of intellectual insufficiency. We can;t have morons like you infecting our gene pool.

      • DennisT

        Coming from a moron such as yourself, I will take your asinine comment as a compliment. You clearly would lose an argument with a bag of grapefruit. Are you still giving George B. complimentary BJs, or have you switched to Drumpf?

  • Tyler Coughlan

    Dixie Chicks for President smarter than the Bush Administration

    • Bob Patenaude

      A bag of dirt is smarter than the Bush administration.

  • IrishIce

    Here’s a wild hair – the Anthrax spores were said to have been of such a level of purity that it was doubtful that the sample came out of Iraqi labs. I propose that one or all of the Triumvirate of Rove, Rummy, Cheney authorized a black op from our own supplies to further stir the pot and contribute to the national + international fears of external threats. Sadly, at the time it appears the biggest threat to our national security was The White House. And yet there are still millions of kool-aid drinking Republican Americans who believe that particular Administration still embodies everything decent and pure about American patriotism.

    • pharb

      I normally laugh at conspiracy theories, but by Jove you might be on to something here.

      • The ReinForcer

        By Jove? love your use of sarcasm. You are an artist.

    • BuckTard

      Look you stupid bitch, who do you think Iraq GOT their chemical weapons from when they used them on Iran? The ONLY reason the entire congress voted to attack Iraq, and it was controlled by Democrats, was because they all KNEW we had sold them to Iraq. Learn some history before you go out and look like an idiot in public.

      • Kenneth Olufs

        Buck… You’re simply an ass wipe. An utter dumb-ass calling other people “an idiot”…. pathetic. “Fox History” doesn’t count for anything.

        • BuckTard

          Screw Fox. Its just as biased as the multitude of left wing news. Its just better at it ratings say. What I said is true and if you are to stupid to realize it thats on you princess.

      • MFJones

        Truly intelligent people always respond to a theory with anger and vulgarity. The democrats in congress who voted for the war received the same pack of lies the rest of us did.

        • Nowpower

          Really? You mean you were pro war? You bought their bullshit? There was never any evidence offered to support attacking Iraq after 9/11 – even under the Bush/Cheney/Condi/Rummy dialogue. Even Colin Powell looked like an idiot at the UN with those stupid drawings.

          • MFJones

            No, I didn’t believe Bush/Cheney. However, we were all lied to and a lot of people did. Blaming Hillary for her vote when Bush and Cheney lied to all of us seems nothing short of stupid to me.

          • Nowpower

            Bernie had the same information Hillary had and voted against it. I knew their excuses were bullshit at the time. Frankly, you had to be asleep to believe their hogwash. Or, in favor of a war for resources and for Israel.

    • Alex Sheibani

      See My comments above they are as bad as one another both Republicans & Democrats are Manipulative & Deceitful.

    • D Coop

      It was determined years ago that the Anthrax came from a US lab. Nothing became of it, nothing at all.

      • The ReinForcer

        except for the man they identified and prosecuted. wingnut.

    • Nowpower

      The anthrax was from the Ames military strain. They tried to pin it on a lab worker whose reputation they ruined and who I believe they later suicided. It’s been a while. But recall that CIPRO is the antibiotic for anthrax and that the White House was put on CIPRO a week or two before the anthrax was sent out …

    • The ReinForcer

      Here’s a wild hair, add another layer of tinfoil to your cap dear. You need it. The FBI waves are getting to you.

      • IrishIce

        Old news. We already know it came from a US gov’t lab and a worker there. Nobody needs tinfoil. There’s enough fun & games to go around for everyone. In the batter’s box: the infamous 28 pages from the 9/11 Commission Report withheld from the public and now in the spotlight. Will merely confirm what speculation started immediately – elements from Saud directing, funding and supporting the op in the same manner as the previous attempt on the WTC.
        We would not be entertaining the release of those pageshad not the price of oil bottomed, removing us from our own fossil fuel hostage status. And all that lovely fracking in OK giving us our own mass quantities of the black stuff helps, too.
        We spent a lot of money and lost a lot of lives chasing OBL whom the Sauds could have quickly fingered + sacrificed.

  • sallyhampton

    And Hillary also knew this, but made the calculating choice that being Tough On Terror would help her win in 2008!

    • pharb

      True. Part of why I am not enthused about her. But I would vote for my dog over either of the (R) candidates.

      • DrBrownsFan

        Take a look at some of the minor party candidates if you aren’t enthused by the major party offerings. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein have the most to gain (as do their respective parties; Libertarian and Green), but if neither of them appeals to you either, there are many other options.

        A Trump vs Clinton general election (among other matchups) could spur many to cast a “protest vote” for a minor party, and if a minor party reaches a threshold of 5% (I believe) of the nationwide popular vote, it will receive tremendous benefits in 2018 and 2020, such as major televised debates and a large uptick in serious media coverage. Those benefits could lead to the end of the two party paradigm and the beginning of a new, more informed era of American politics where the people are allowed to choose the greater of all goods rather than forced to decide the lesser of two evils.

        • MFJones

          While I agree with that in theory, I’m afraid of what happens is that 5% comes from Hillary and Trump gets into office.

      • Road Scholar

        Does it have big paws?

      • Nowpower

        Then you’re an idiot. She’s as bad, or worse, than all the rest. She relishes the kill.

    • openeyedamerican

      Yup. Hillary Clinton is a war criminal as well. One needs to ask, since she was unethical enough to vote for the Iraq war, why her daughter was not thrown to the war wolves to fight in Iraq. She was 18 at the time, old enough. No accountability for her actions. If we demand that immoral politicians/congress that vote for and declare wars onto the American populace (yes, our wars abroad are direct attacks onto OUR people, as we just lie over and let millions of American youth die in wars for profit while cutting budgets in more positive areas than military such as education), that they sign a contract stating their offspring must report to “active duty” combat. That ought to stop our self destructive wars. What is really disheartening, is so many blind apathetic fools within our country insist we need to be “tough on Terror”, with no recognition war IS “terror”. They fall right into the trap purposely set for them. The only “regime change” we need to work on, is the extremist regime within. Start putting money instead into the social good of our people. Vote Bernie Sanders! He is challenging this sick structure.

      • MFJones

        Based on that theory, why didn’t the Bush twins go to war? Where were Cheney’s kids who could have also signed up and went to war? Also, why is it reasonable to force a young adult into a future they do not want based on the actions of their parents?

  • Heywood Jablome

    thats why 26000 wmds were confiscated and a dictator that gassed two million people was removed… this report has already been debunked scoffed at and considered complete hokum

    • BrotherRog

      Heywood, FYI, the most all of Iraq’s wmds were destroyed by Clinton’s airstrikes in the 1990s. Whatever were still around in 2003 would’ve degraded to nonlethal piles of powder and goo. Not operational.

      • BuckTard

        And yet we had troops that were exposed to mustard gas. Get a clue you stupid twit. This is bullshit

        • Road Scholar

          No! I’m Bullshit.

          • BuckTard

            I see what you did there.

        • Tenney Mason

          This report is a classic example of 20/20 hindsight. The fact of the matter is that Saddam was one evil dude and after 9/11 (a totally unprovoked attack) the Bush administration felt the need to establish a military presence in a part of the world inhabited by multiple political factions committed to our destruction. Getting rid of the evil dude provided a perfect opportunity to establish such a presence so we could more closely monitor future threats such as ISIS and other factions of radical islam.
          The Iraq war was successful in making this happen.
          The real blame for the rise in power of ISIS was the vacuum created by the decision to withdraw virtually all of our troops when the Obama administration took over.

          • BuckTard

            We couldnt sustain the level of troops it would have taken to stop ISIS from forming forever. Iraq’s troops were worthless unless they were attacking cowering women and children. There was never going to be a time when they could stand on their own 2 feet simply because the 2 factions would always be fighting each other over who was in power. As brutal as Saddam was he was the only thing keeping the region in check. Same as Gaddafi. Both no win situations. Until a coalition is formed to take this cancer out that involves everyone we are going to have problems with them.

          • D Coop

            How many times does it have to be repeated that it was BUSH who signed the agreement removing ALL of our troops from Iraq. I never can tell if it’s ignorance or duplicity that drives RightWingers to spout this lie about Obama over and over again. It’s not under debate, the facts are in evidence.

          • Nowpower

            You’re delusional. Apparently you supported Bush and his henchmen and now you’re seeking to justify that idiocy. Fukin Munchkin

    • Jim Harris

      Just a mindless ball of hate, aren’t you. 26000? 2 million? Do you get these numbers from somewhere or just make them up yourself?

    • pharb

      Yes, Dick Cheney has dismissed this report as complete hokum. 🙂

    • MFJones

      They were destroyed wmd’s. They found nothing that presented a threat, which is not at all what we were told. Also, while Saddam was clearly a horrible leader, the provocation they gave us for going into Iraq had nothing to do with that.

  • Kevin White

    POLICY CHANGE BELOW … OPINIONS ?

  • CCinRI

    As the Bush cabinet lives and breathes, it’s not to late to indict, try and hang them all for treason.

    • The ReinForcer

      Some one should neuter you before you are allowed to propagate. You are committing treason with you stupid post. Moron.

      • CCinRI

        Just because you’re a dickless apologist for these traitors, don’t expect your “heroes” to be respected by anyone with a working brain.

        • The ReinForcer

          Another sniveling liberal. A dime a dozen.

          • CCinRI

            And worth more in every way than the next twenty thousand you drooling patrioteers.

          • The ReinForcer

            No not really. I doubt even your mothers are proud of you. You are basically a cowardly lot who are not loyal to your own children much less you country. If you disappeared off the face of the earth tomorrow the nation would thrive. If the Patriots disappeared you would all slowly starve. You have no idea how burdensome you really are.

          • CCinRI

            Yeah, Patriots, as evidenced by your leaders, who, to the last dodged the draft and then had the nerve to block VA & vets benefits bills, calling them unaffordable, and Jason Chaffetz saying everybody had to sacrifice. Your Patriots, like Ted Nugent, and 90% of the militiamen supporting the Bundys, advocate to varying degrees secession, sedition, and assassination of the president; among others…demanding the right to open-carry military-style assault weapons but never had the balls to sign up to defend the country. And, FYI, my mother was damn proud of me, having worked my way through college, getting a PhD, and being able to retire early to take care of her and my dad when he was stricken with Alzheimers. Somewhere you and your bigoted, flag-waving, bible-thumping hypocrites became confused thinking the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence exists solely for your benefit, and grants you the right to demand legislation cede your demands over the equal rights of others. And, as far as burdens go, take a good hard look at where “the right” Red States are being the lowest educated, and most dependent on government assistance programs from healthcare to food and general welfare of any group of Americans. If you “patriots” disappeared, not only would liberals survive, but we’d thrive; no longer needing to shovel shit against the tide of neofascist boors, willing to wallow in poverty to maintain your hate of people who share your plight, but not your blindness.

          • The ReinForcer

            You are right. Like Bill CLINTON and now his wife. Scum all. Thanks for making that point.

          • CCinRI

            Clinton was, at least getting an education, unlike Cheney who just had better things to do, knocking up his wife and setting up house. And this isn’t about Bush…just Republicans in general. http://www.awolbush.com/whoserved.html

    • Alex Sheibani

      The reason it is not possible to indict them is that these crimes have many elements & support before they can happen. It was a Bipartisan Crime, built upon Crime after Crime. Iraq should never have been Under Sanctions. These Crimes, are always
      committed based on a Bipartisan process with the support of Both
      Republican & Democratic Establishments working Hand in Hand to the
      same end in their Elected Houses of Tyranny, the US Congress. People
      are Kept in Denial of reality using Memory Holes. Even Hillary Voted to
      Invade Iraq yet most people remain defiant Patsies on the Issue.
      It’s Ironic because even a Patsy knows All Bill Clinton Had to do, to
      not help the Cabal which he works for, was give the UN weapons Inspector
      the Proof that Iraq had given up all its WMD
      which it had. That was a Crime to not do so. The CIA under President Blow Job Clinton knew the Amount of WMD they destroyed was the totality of
      what they had with Confidence, yet BJ did not allow the Sanctions to be
      removed from Iraq during his Presidency & helped pave the way for
      his Partners the Republicans to Invade Iraq yet again, while he could
      claim deniability in the process. He knew Iraq did not have WMD for the
      years of Injustice his Admin imposed on it’s people after the War.
      That is the real Story, which Most people are distracted from &
      others Deny. It became exposed the minute the US invaded Iraq under W
      Bush & the Truth Could not be Hidden Anymore that Iraq has destroyed all of its WMD the reason which Sanctions had been unlawfully maintained to achieve another end (which was to weaken Iraq before a Pre-planned Invasion Agenda). In summary Many people are Guilty of the Crimes & one crime would not be possible with out the other, it’s not just the ones you are aware of, which is how Politicians from both sides play their own people for their support. The 2 people Most Guilty of All are the ones who started the Crimes, they include Jimmy Carter & his Head of CIA W Bush’s father, Bush 41 when they worked to create fanatics & extremists & backed Khomeini in 1979.

      • CCinRI

        First off, Carter replaced Bush on day 1 of his presidency, the payback for which was negotiating with Iran to keep the hostages until his puppet, Reagan, was elected president. The rest is just too much to debate entirely.

  • Jon Woolery

    The article Ignores a number of pertinent facts. Iraq under Saddam had used chemical weapons to kill thousands of Iranian troops and Iraqi Kurds. Hans Blix in his book said he and his U.N. inspectors had been unable to ascertain whether Saddam still had WMD’s or not. CIA chief George Trent told Bush it’s “a slam dunk” that the WMD’s were still there. The WMD matter arising so soon after 9/11, Bush and Congress were in no mood to take a chance they weren’t there.

    • BBoy705

      “Oh what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive.”

      http://www.counterpunch.org/2004/06/17/how-reagan-armed-saddam-with-chemical-weapons/

    • Jim Harris

      It was lies then. It’s still lies now. The evidence of WMD was all fabricated. I remember Blix at the time being against the belicose threat of war.

    • BuckTard

      who do you think Iraq GOT their chemical weapons from when they used them on Iran? The ONLY reason the entire congress voted to attack Iraq, and it was controlled by Democrats, was because they all KNEW we had sold them to iraq. Learn some history before you go out and look like an idiot in public.

      • Alex Sheibani

        They also knew that what they had left was all destroyed under their own supervision. Immediately after the first gulf war, which means the US was a double criminal, for allowing so many Iraqi children die & leave Iraq under sanctions when they knew that Saddam Had Complied 100% in the year following the Gulf war. Yet based on the lies of Hans Blix who said in his book, he and his U.N. inspectors had been unable to ascertain whether Saddam still had WMD’s or not, the sanctions remained in place even though Saddam had destroyed them all under his supervision. There is another low life that should face justice since he has been exposed.

        • BuckTard

          Theye werent all destroyed tho. We have troops that were exposed to some of these. Thats not wishful thinking, thats recorded fact. So no, it wasnt over lies. It was based on the best intel we had at the time and intel also from the British

          • Alex Sheibani

            that’s not true in the second invasion, no british troops ever faced any nerve agents or found any, not during the invasion or occupation. Same with US forces. There are records of symptoms of depleted uranium on US troops & side effects of US made weapons.

            The Undeclared Aim of the Invasion was to create more extremism,
            wikileaks made that absolutely clear, countries that do what they
            exposed, like setting up torture centers across Iraq against
            International law, in the hands of extremist partners to give
            deniability exposed much of what the real aim was. Yet the WMD was all
            destroyed in less than the first year after the first Gulf War (&
            the likely motive for Iraq to leave it ambiguous, was to discourage Iran
            from occupying them), but it was not ambiguous to the US Secret
            Service. So why keep the sanctions which succeeded in killing babies
            & young children due to raised mortality rates? Who cares?

            It’s Beautiful how easy it is to manipulate & deceive the educated, it’s
            why politics works. The USA, UK, France, Germany, Russia & China
            are all in Love with extremist terrorism for the Region, which they
            created to serve their own ends of1) selling weapons, 2) preventing
            development, 3) reducing economic competition, 4) creating customers in
            exchange for their resources. It is not even a Secret, but published.
            Where can any person find it? “M.I.T.’s recommendations to the Club of
            Rome” Every side of the Political Charade is working towards the aim of
            keep Regimes like the IRI in Power based on Support from the people in
            the “Civilized Democracies plus elect a Representative Russia &
            China,” where as extremist Regimes have no legitimacy within their own
            countries, the people are literally not as stupid as they are made out
            to be. Extremism has been hated & unwanted by the Majority from the
            very first day it was created & artificially maintained.

            Elect A representative Government is unproven as all can see it is good at
            finding how to best rape, pillage & plunder others, while looking as
            if it is a force for Freedom, Justice, Peace, Progress, The Rule of Law
            & Human Rights. Thanks to the wonderful politicians, journalists,
            professors & all other compliant members of the worlds psychopathic
            civilizations, like doctors, lawyers, teachers & the middle class we
            can all sing together in joy as we shuffle towards conflict between the
            6 Leading regimes which can’t even agree on how to share the proceeds
            of their ongoing & never ending policies of raping, torturing,
            murdering & concealing evidence.

          • Alex Sheibani

            The professor working for MI6 that said the UK intel was fake & was going to court to testify against the UK Prime Minister regarding his conversation with the Prime Minister on the Intel & what the UK knew tragically had to commit suicide the day before he was to testify in court. That’s the real face of Democracy, Human Rights & the Rule of Law. It is a Story of protection & denial, Misinformation & participation of the educated.

    • Alex Sheibani

      “Hans Blix in his book said he and his U.N. inspectors had been unable to ascertain whether Saddam still had WMD’s or not” Hans Knew that a lot of the materials had been destroyed, because he oversaw the destruction. The only reason he could not 100% be sure is that he did not have the receipts, the US had those, they knew exactly how much he bought from the US and how much they destroyed since they oversaw the destruction, so that is why the US knew he didn’t have WMD left over & was all out. But did that matter? Nooooooooooo. All that mattered was time to finish the Iraq Job
      .

  • DataguyII

    I used to be a Conservative Christian and voted for GWB 4 times (twice for Governor of Texas.)

    I’m now on the other end of the spectrum, and I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to make up for the evil that I’ve committed by voting for this war criminal.

    • Kenneth Olufs

      Not evil to be duped by a propaganda machine run by pathological liars. Thankfully, you woke up to it… and can now do something about it.

      • The ReinForcer

        So who killed the Kurds with poison gas, wing nut?

        • http://www.getoffmylawn.com/ 2words1finger

          What’s your point? If you’re really trying to say that supposed human rights violations are a justification to invade a sovereign nation, why didn’t we invade Sudan? Why haven’t we invaded China? No I’m sorry friend, but your logic just doesn’t stand up to critical scrutiny.

          • The ReinForcer

            What’s your point? Your comment doesn’t stand up to even a cursory evaluation of the facts or the history of the event. We did not invade Iraq because of it’s civil rights violations. Murdering Kurds with chemical weapons could hardly be classified as “civil rights violations.” The mass murder of 5000 Kurds proved that Saddam had WMDs in contravention of United Nations mandates. The coalition that invaded Iraq was sanctioned by the United Nations. I’m sorry friend but your comment doesn’t even make sense.

          • http://www.getoffmylawn.com/ 2words1finger

            Umm, I think you need to check your history, Captain Dumbass. The UN specifically stated that it did not support any invasion of Iraq, and that in fact such an invasion was a violation of International Law. See, this is exactly the kind of blatant ignorance that comes from getting your information from conservative-biased sources like Fox News, Breitbart, and Stormfront. Clearly you have absolutely no association with reality, and therefore I see no need to engage with you further. The simple FACT of the matter is that I am right, you are wrong, and that’s all there is to it. QED

          • The ReinForcer

            Otay panky. Or should I say general shit for brains?

          • Oscarama

            Where were all you experts before we went to War, any War? You will have other opportunities in the future. Let’s see what you do then.

    • LetMyPplGo

      Compared to many other Conservative Christians, who don’t even care to find out if they did the right or wrong thing by voting for GWB and don’t care to adjust their votes/beliefs accordingly, you look golden. In fact, many of those people are now enthralled with another pathological liar named Trump. They haven’t learned a thing, and they are trying to make the same mistakes over and over — not trying to avoid them. And that to me is what is evil, apathy toward the truth and lives of other human beings..

    • MFJones

      Not your fault for trusting the administration to be honest. It’s their fault for lying.

    • The ReinForcer

      You are an idiot.

  • deckbose

    Vice.com published this story more than a year ago, according the link’s dateline. Why is this headlining in YourNewsWire.com more than 12 months after the revelation?

    • pharb

      Because it still matters. Because we are facing a new presidential election, and we really ought to reflect on how badly we fucked it up in 2000 and 2004.

      • deckbose

        Lots of things still matter. World War II still matters. The Cold War still matters. But as history, not as breaking news.

    • DataguyII

      Maybe it’s because a large percentage of the US population still doesn’t know, or as in the case of many of the commenters here, are repeating things that simply aren’t true.

  • BuckTard

    This is pretty forkin retarded. They were also violating many UN resolutions and had been for years. This is just another gay assed Bruce Jenner grade retarded attempt at making Bush look bad.

    • Kenneth Olufs

      You’re very gifted at insulting people “BuckTard”. Problem is… you don’t have a ‘friggin’ clues what you’re talking about. Moron… fool… idiot.. “BuckTard!

      • BuckTard

        Apparently I have much more of a clue than you do. We sold those chem weapons to Saddam when he was fighting Iran. Enemy of my enemy and all that. Its why all those democrats controlling congress voted for the war on iraq. They were all briefed on it. Try to keep up dumb ass. Stupid is a choice ya know.

        • bevanmanson

          It was the Reagan Administration in 1988, when Iraq was fighting Iran, who sold Iraq the weapons.

          • BuckTard

            Im not to sure on that one. I know there was a weapons deal with Iran to get the hostages released. Loading up both sides in a war is kinda dirty unless you want both sides to off each other.

        • Alex Sheibani

          Yeah that’s right, we have the receipts to prove it! We Gave it all to them. I said “Pick up the Gun” “No I don’t want to Mister,” “Pick it up” “Nooooo” “that’s it I’m gonna Kill you for thinking about it”. sure we know they had them during the first gulf war… but by the time of the 2nd gulf war they had proven to the UN they had discarded all that we sold them, so we also knew they had none left, since we had the receipts all along!

  • BuckTard

    Who do you think Iraq GOT their chemical weapons from when they used them on Iran? The ONLY reason the entire congress voted to attack Iraq, and it was controlled by Democrats, was because they all KNEW we had sold them to Iraq. Learn some history before you go out and look like an idiot in public.

  • Kenneth Olufs

    There’s NOTHING new here. We’ve know about it for years… the War Criminals still roam free.

  • openeyedamerican

    Many of us realize that our beloved country, through secret “intelligence” agents—shady characters within CIA/DEA/DIA/Pentagon pukes have been sponsoring terrorism for decades. Arming rebels, the NATO “peacekeeping” alliance which promotes anything but peace, WMD’s are made in America. (can you say, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Gruman, Boeing, Halliburton, Blackwater) The list goes on. USA is a war economy. Its’s NEVER been about “freedom”, or democracy, or national security. At this juncture, we should ask ourselves, what is “terrorism”? The definition fits that of war. The use of force for political or economic gain. Our soldiers are mostly innocent young women and men (kids, really), made to believe they fight for their nation, to protect their citizens, to protect our “way of life”. WHAT “way of life”? For oil? Is it worth all those lives? There is nothing more sad than our good people insisting their daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers……even our grandfathers before us, ever “died for our country” our “flag” or our “freedom”. Or they could have “defended the constitution”. As horrific as this sounds, these are and always have been deep seated marketing slogans. 75% of weapons carried by ISIS were made in the USA, we armed them. CIA funds then. We created the monster. It is so sad, watching on YouTube the well done video “Military Cancer”, about how our people are so obsessed with our military, its like a cancer tearing apart the tissues of our nation, our people. Our youth sent off to be attack dogs for Wall Street, those financial weapons of mass destruction destroying America today, even come out and say heartbreakingly “we were told we were fighting terrorist, and we realized we were looked at as THE “terrorist”. I feel the most disrespectful thing anyone can say today is “thank you for your service”. It merely glorifies the violence these young girls and boys are put through, puts the violence for profit spectacle our political/economic system is on a false pedestal. Its those of us with a healthy awareness that see light, not darkness, that can say this. Our only hope is Bernie Sanders, the ONLY candidate for President questioning the sick, unsustainable status quo. All others are war criminals. Part of the establishment. The Money Monster within America is our enemy, not “ISIS”.

    • Jester

      Well said. We, the “People,” have been conditioned to believe it, and to question our government and intelligence agencies’ moral agendas is to be labeled as “unpatriotic.” I pray our youth is more aware of the truth than the past few generations have been. Thanks, media, for the brainwashing…

    • Charles Lemaire

      I believe obama administration has funded,trained,and supplied weapons to muslim radicals(ISIS). I dont believe we created them though.We have brought them to light.And their popularity has spread like wildfire across the globe.Their invasions and religious beliefs will continue to wreak havoc everywhere.We do need A strong military to continue to bring them down.Its only A matter of time when we will see blood shed on American soil in great proportions.We need A leader who will fix the injustice that has been done to our great country. A leader who will bring forward the ones responsible for the direct attack on our constitutional rights as Americans.A leader who will restore American values.And give Americans A sense of self worth.That leader is Donald Trump!

  • Wayne Smyer

    ALL THREE OF THESE DRAFT DODGING COWARDS SHOULD BE IN PRISON!!!

  • Wayne Smyer

    HOW MANY PEOPLE DID THESE COWARDS KILL? VINCINT BUGLIOSI, TtHE PROSECUTION OF GEORGE W’. BUSH FOR MURDER” VAN GUARD PRESS

    • MFJones

      Please stop yelling.

      • Wayne Smyer

        i WILL STOP YELLING WHEN THESE 3 COWARDS ARE IN PRISON!

  • Wayne Smyer

    are GOPers really that stupid? ‘YOU BETCHA’

  • C. Mason

    Well, I wouldn’t say zero. What about the need to line the pockets of traitors like Cheney, Rumsfeld, Feith, and the rest of those scumbag Republicans

  • StPete

    More like a threat to somebody’s job security.

  • Iatthend

    It was all fake. The US at direction of the White House killed innocent leaders in Iraq. They were keeping there side of the bargain from the first invasion by Daddy Bush. How much money from this debt was spent? How many lives were spent? How many will never be the same ever?

    Does anyone recall Bush I, that he promised to support Iraq rebels? He did. How many rebels started action and never received no support after Saddam found out who they were? Being a dictator who quickly found others who threatened his govt. and eliminated them. Why? That is how he took over. As long as Saddam was in power terrorists had no safe haven there.

    Colin Powell, has commented that he was duped before his speech in front of the UN on the Iraq “threat.” Why do you think he disappeared from view? Duty would not let him quit, honor made him eager to quit. He stayed until the first term ended. Then disappeared from public view.

    Only after Saddam was removed it was apparent that the country was over run with all sorts of fanatics. Peace there became war and terrorist bases. Forcing us to be in good with Iran. Iran was looking at their nation being surrounded by terrorist states. Iraq now and Yemen where the USS Cole was attacked in harbor.
    Since WWII the only war that the US was in, except the island nation that had the American medical students. Almost lost that one since no one brought armored vehicles. All the rest have ended by not ending. Cease fire in Korea. Just got up and left Vietnam. Then Iran one and two. First one the military achieved the pre-set goal and left, the Iran II were we got beat. No we did not surrender, just left. Hung around Afghanistan for a while longer then left there too.

  • JMB

    No shit!!

  • David Madewell

    The Bush Cartel is alive and well, Hillary is a Blood member and will be selected Puppedent.

  • The ReinForcer

    I guess we will have to tell the 5000 Kurds that Saddam gassed that they can’t possibly have died from WMDs because Saddam had none. Probably died of the common cold or maybe they faked their own deaths. .

  • Alex Sheibani

    Unfortunately
    this not only means the Gulf war had no Justification, it also means
    that the US under the Clinton Presidency was setting up Iraq for an
    invasions as part of a plan to not allow Saddam to Normalize his
    countries relations & leave Iraqi’s stuck under Sanctions for a
    Decade, causing many children to die needlessly long after Saddam had
    with verification of the UN in the year following the first Gulf War
    destroyed all his chemical weapons. Hans Blix kept saying his U.N.
    inspectors had been unable to ascertain whether Saddam still had WMD’s
    or not, this was a blatant lie, if the CIA knew that Saddam had in fact allowed
    them all to be destroyed, needlessly extending Sanctions that killed thousands of babies a year under Bill Clinton. What a Filthy & Criminal UN & US
    administrations.

  • robbiedunn

    “Lies and Broken Promises” on YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSECZHsjBuo
    I am sick and tired of lying murdering politicians on this planet

  • Lisa Graziano

    Rumsfeld et al. knew exactly what they were doing. Making $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. It was a wildly successful war.

  • Marc Herlands

    The CIA has been in the business of Regime Change, including taking out of Saddam Hussein. President Kennedy’s attempt to trim its power failed and cost him his life. Following presidents were not going to make that mistake! When asked by George W. Bush to write a report that was favorable towards initiating a war with Iraq it did so. It doesn’t take much to understand that the CIA promoted the US war with Iraq to create a regime change, as that policy was favored by Henry Kissinger.& Associates and clients. It does’t take much imagination to see how 9/11 set the stage for the US to go to war in Iraq, and to look at the obvious organization which had the military power, prestige, skill and connections to pull it off. No other organization in the world could coordinate all of the players necessary to make 9/11 a success as a psy op except the CIA. There was obviously the President, Vice-President, National Security Advisor, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Department, Pentagon, Air Force, Air Force Bases, NORAD, DIA, FBI, FAA, Air Traffic Controllers, the buildings at the WTC, security at the WTC, the bombs, the media, film and video production companies with special effects capabilities, the Congress, the Fed, Bank of England, European Central Bank, Interpol, coordination with foreign countries and their operatives, planting of witnesses, getting talking heads on tv, removing of Bin Laden’s family, the NYC mayor’s office, Fire Department, the Police, and then the removal of the evidence/debris by dump trucks and barges. So many players. Only the CiA could do the job.

  • Lizard

    Conservatives are a lie cloaked in the American flag and hiding behind the Bible they so vigorously thump on while lying.

  • no republycon

    The absolute worst President in the history of the U.S. GWB, what can we learn from this. Don’t ever believe anything you hear from the REPUBLYCON PARTY. They are only concerned with politics and power over the American people. The current leadership in the Senate speaks volumes of what they are really about. Most of the Bush administration should be brought up on TREASON CHARGES and crimes agains’t humanity. The war was really about Cheny and Bush making their cronies filthy rich.

  • Heider Zelzeleh

    Nothing new! ?… only renewing pain!
    Should they puplish it?

  • Joseph Leslie

    So you mean there were no WMD’s!

  • Anonymouse

    Do not question authority.

  • http://www.getoffmylawn.com/ 2words1finger

    Let’s be honest here… GW Bush was always nothing but a puppet. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, and the rest of the cabal in Bush’s cabinet – yes, even including Colin Powell – were the ones behind this. They are the ones who should be prosecuted and lined up against a wall to receive the appropriate punishment for their crimes.

  • Jacob Sabat

    The USA is terrorist nation #1 in the world today.

    The level of willful ignorance and shameless apathy is mind-boggling.

    Moreover, there is so much misinformation and disinformation put out by the corporate media and on the internet.

    i’ve done a lot of the time-consuming work of vetting the information for you already.

    All you have to do is Look, Listen and Learn.

    Let us present the facts and allow the facts to speak for themselves.

    If you have evidence to the contrary, then bring it forward for all to see so that we can all learn together.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-USA-is-terrorist-nation-1/189645587773074

  • Jacob Sabat

    The Israeli Lobby – A Danger To The World – Banned Documentary (1/5)
    http://youtu.be/JHIuZPL27iw

    The Israel Lobby’s Growing Assault on Free Speech.
    https://youtu.be/uPo7T5-4Aa4

    The Israel Lobby’s Dangerous Agenda for the US: Attack Free Speech and Criminalize Resistance
    With help from influential liberals, pro-Israel lobbyists push to define resisting Israeli apartheid as hate speech.
    By Max Blumenthal / AlterNet March 28, 2016
    http://www.alternet.org/grayzone-project/israel-lobbys-totalitarian-agenda-smash-free-speech-and-criminalize-resistance?akid=14116.270262.Qc2ZHp&rd=1&src=newsletter1053473&t=4

    USA aid to Israel is $4.9 billion…all of which is is used to bribe Congress and without it there would not have been an Iraq War or or a conflict in Syria or sanctions on Iran.
    https://youtu.be/CSrnkLxRIuE

    Israel’s influence of US policy & the Israeli lobby.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O125hGt9qt4&index=45&list=PLVfdf0kfCJqYCLbRTO4QFUUqlaqQQvTNV

    How Israel Influences the United States.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIeSx7VWrEw&index=4&list=PLVfdf0kfCJqYCLbRTO4QFUUqlaqQQvTNV

  • Jacob Sabat

    It’s so obvious that ISIS and Boko Haram are just 2 of many CIA/MI6/Mossad death squads that carry out their dirty work and are just boogeymen to justify the hundreds of billions that is spent on the military industrial complex, which is used to impose the will of the plutocratic families, the corporate oligarchs and the international banksters upon the People of the world.

    Hackers trace ISIS Twitter accounts back to internet addresses linked to Department of Work and Pensions

    Dec 16, 2015 by Jasper Hamill

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/technology/hackers-trace-isis-twitter-accounts-7010417

    Iraq Crisis: ISIS Terrorists were Trained by US in 2012 for Syria Conflict.

    http://www.ibtimes.co.in/iraq-crisis-isis-terrorists-were-trained-by-us-2012-syria-conflict-602594

    Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/03/us-isis-syria-iraq?CMP=share_btn_fb

    ISIS leader admits to being funded by the US.

    http://www.australiannationalreview.com/isis-leader-admits-funded/

    Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US “Created” ISIS As A “Tool” To Overthrow Syria’s President Assad.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-23/secret-pentagon-report-reveals-us-created-isis-tool-overthrow-syrias-president-assad

    Jihadists show off US-supplied weapons.

    http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/middleeast/article4371256.ece?CMP=Spklr-153529122-Editorial-TWITTER-thetimes-20150304-World&linkId=12682853

    Saudis To Kerry: We Created ISIS…And CIA Knew.

    https://youtu.be/Jm5fRu9xJI8

    John Pilger, Ken O’Keefe and Gearoid O’Colmain discuss the causes/government complicity in the Friday 13th, 2015 false flag Paris terror attacks and the absolutely incontrovertible facts that make clear that so-called ISIS is an extension of western so-called “intelligence services”… and therefore, any attack by “ISIS”/“IS”/“ISIL”/ etc is in fact an attack by our own western governments against the people of the nations these traitors are meant to represent.

    https://youtu.be/_gifYD6Ci8Y

    US, Al Qaeda Join Forces in Syria

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/173808/us-al-qaeda-join-forces-syria#

    Syria: Arming the Rebels

    http://video.pbs.org/video/2365255024/

    10 Signs That ISIS is a Scripted Psyop

    http://www.activistpost.com/2014/09/10-signs-that-isis-is-scripted-psyop.html

    Al Qaeda-Linked Syria Group Enjoying USAID? You’ve Got to See This to Believe It

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/09/24/al-qaeda-syria-enjoying-usaid-youve-got-to-see-this-to-believe-it/

    Confirmed: U.S. Armed Al Qaeda to Topple Libya’s Gaddaffi

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/04/confirmed-u-s-armed-al-qaeda-topple-gaddaffi.html

    Secret Pentagon report reveals West saw ISIS as strategic asset. Anti-ISIS coalition knowingly sponsored violent extremists to ‘isolate’ Assad, rollback ‘Shia expansion’.

    https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/secret-pentagon-report-reveals-west-saw-isis-as-strategic-asset-b99ad7a29092

    The Covert Origins Of ISIS.

    https://www.popularresistance.org/the-covert-origins-of-isis/

    3 ISIS Twitter accounts ‘trace back to UK govt computers,’ claim hackers.

    https://www.rt.com/uk/325994-isis-dwp-government-hackers/

    ‘I helped create ISIS’: Iraqi war veteran speaks out.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIisD3jWfsc

    FOUND: Evidence That NATO Funds ISIS.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi2qcNUCq2w

    ISIS: America’s Terrorist Mercenaries.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTz8Ed-djhg

  • Jacob Sabat

    It’s so obvious that ISIS and Boko Haram are just 2 of many CIA/MI6/Mossad death squads that carry out their dirty work and are just boogeymen to justify the hundreds of billions that is spent on the military industrial complex, which is used to impose the will of the plutocratic families, the corporate oligarchs and the international banksters upon the People of the world.

    Hackers trace ISIS Twitter accounts back to internet addresses linked to Department of Work and Pensions

    Dec 16, 2015 by Jasper Hamill

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/technology/hackers-trace-isis-twitter-accounts-7010417

    Al-Qaeda Backers Found With U.S. Contracts in Afghanistan

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-30/al-qaeda-backers-found-with-u-s-contracts-in-afghanistan.html

    UN report reveals how Israel is coordinating with ISIS militants inside Syria.

    https://www.intellihub.com/un-report-reveals-israel-coordinating-isis-militants-inside-syria/

    Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/03/us-isis-syria-iraq?CMP=share_btn_fb

    ISIS leader admits to being funded by the US.

    http://www.australiannationalreview.com/isis-leader-admits-funded/

    Assange Reveals That The West is Behind ISIS And Ukraine Crisis And Israel Behind Hamas.

    http://anonhq.com/assange-reveals-west-behind-isis-ukraine-crisis-israel-behind-hamas/

    Iraq Crisis: ISIS Terrorists were Trained by US in 2012 for Syria Conflict.

    http://www.ibtimes.co.in/iraq-crisis-isis-terrorists-were-trained-by-us-2012-syria-conflict-602594

    NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY CENTER EMPLOYEE SUSPENDED AFTER ‘REVEALING’ THAT “ISIS IS A ZIONIST PLOT”.

    http://moroccantimes.com/2014/08/8612/moroccan-dutch-working-dutch-ministry-security-suspended-job-saying-isis-zionist-plot

    Ron Paul Confirms that the US Government is supporting ISIS.

    https://youtu.be/kftWvPIQjEE

    Zionism And ISIS: Opposing Forces Or Two Sides Of The Same Coin?

    http://www.mintpressnews.com/zionism-and-isis-opposing-forces-or-two-sides-of-the-same-coin/199482/

    Who Is Omar Al-Bashir? Sudan President Says CIA, Mossad Support ISIS, Boko Haram

    http://www.ibtimes.com/who-omar-al-bashir-sudan-president-says-cia-mossad-support-isis-boko-haram-1819012

    Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US “Created” ISIS As A “Tool” To Overthrow Syria’s President Assad.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-23/secret-pentagon-report-reveals-us-created-isis-tool-overthrow-syrias-president-assad

    Jihadists show off US-supplied weapons.

    http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/middleeast/article4371256.ece?CMP=Spklr-153529122-Editorial-TWITTER-thetimes-20150304-World&linkId=12682853

    Saudis To Kerry: We Created ISIS…And CIA Knew.

    https://youtu.be/Jm5fRu9xJI8

    John Pilger, Ken O’Keefe and Gearoid O’Colmain discuss the causes/government complicity in the Friday 13th, 2015 false flag Paris terror attacks and the absolutely incontrovertible facts that make clear that so-called ISIS is an extension of western so-called “intelligence services”… and therefore, any attack by “ISIS”/“IS”/“ISIL”/ etc is in fact an attack by our own western governments against the people of the nations these traitors are meant to represent.

    https://youtu.be/_gifYD6Ci8Y

    US, Al Qaeda Join Forces in Syria

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/173808/us-al-qaeda-join-forces-syria#

    Syria: Arming the Rebels

    http://video.pbs.org/video/2365255024/

    10 Signs That ISIS is a Scripted Psyop

    http://www.activistpost.com/2014/09/10-signs-that-isis-is-scripted-psyop.html

    Al Qaeda-Linked Syria Group Enjoying USAID? You’ve Got to See This to Believe It

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/09/24/al-qaeda-syria-enjoying-usaid-youve-got-to-see-this-to-believe-it/

    Confirmed: U.S. Armed Al Qaeda to Topple Libya’s Gaddaffi

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/04/confirmed-u-s-armed-al-qaeda-topple-gaddaffi.html

    Secret Pentagon report reveals West saw ISIS as strategic asset. Anti-ISIS coalition knowingly sponsored violent extremists to ‘isolate’ Assad, rollback ‘Shia expansion’.

    https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/secret-pentagon-report-reveals-west-saw-isis-as-strategic-asset-b99ad7a29092

    The Covert Origins Of ISIS.

    https://www.popularresistance.org/the-covert-origins-of-isis/

    3 ISIS Twitter accounts ‘trace back to UK govt computers,’ claim hackers.

    https://www.rt.com/uk/325994-isis-dwp-government-hackers/

    ‘I helped create ISIS’: Iraqi war veteran speaks out.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIisD3jWfsc

    FOUND: Evidence That NATO Funds ISIS.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi2qcNUCq2w

    ISIS: America’s Terrorist Mercenaries.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTz8Ed-djhg

  • Dolph

    After 9 11 we had the world in the palm of our hands. Going in a routing out the Taliban was justified. Going into Iraq was not. They blew both operations and got many people killed, they didn’t learn a damn thing. Here we sit with a Muslim president. Who won what.

  • Big Leo

    The white paper presented to Congress had twelve hundred pages. Five of them concerned WMDs. Hussein had plutonium and U235 producing centrifuges, bought half a million pounds of yellowcake ore from Niger, We found the factories and the delivery systems for poison gas, which he used to kill hundreds of thousands of his own people. The main points of the paper is that Hussein was a heavy financer of terrorism, that he violated every article of the armistice, and that he continued to threaten aggression against his neighbors. Furthermore, this article repeats all the normal leftist lies about massive civilian casualties and the other leftist legends about the war. It was unpleasant, it was costly, it didn’t work out the way we had hoped, but if you think leaving Hussein in place would be better for us, the world, or the Iraqis, you are not in touch with reality.

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  • Carol Brown

    Bush should be held accountable for this. He should be put before a firing squad and executed because of all the military lives that were loss due to his ignorant and being
    greedy.

  • Carol Brown

    And yes the Dixie Chicks were right. But when it comes to Washington and every politician we have they are all crooked,greedy and selfish and only think of what will benefit them and there pocket book America has the worst leadership in the history of the United States. But they don’t think they do anything wrong. They don;t even realize how the American people feel about them.

  • Joy

    No there was a success to this war, it stopped the persecution of many Christians. But it was the lack of strength by Bush and others to finish quickly. They should have taken the oil. They should have made it swift and quick. But instead they crippled under the pressure of the Propoganda from the politically correct. Let’s not make the same mistake! Trump 2016!!

  • Alan Christensen

    Hook line and Sinker.

  • http://www.living-without-diabetes.com/ Living-without-diabetes

    Is anyone surprised? Is this even news?

  • KeithEns

    Bush launched one of the worst military blunders in American history. A journalist interviewed the American general who took Kandahar, Afghanistan soon after 9/11 and asked why we had to retake the city 10 years later. The General answered with one word, “Iraq”. Thanks for nothing Bush.

  • Sunshine1011

    So they will all be tried as war criminals, right?……

  • 6Doctor6Strangelove6

    How do you explain this to mothers and fathers of veterans who lost their lives, minds or limbs to the Iraq war?

  • 6Doctor6Strangelove6

    What a waste of life and treasure. This war is one of the reasons we have a huge deficit that Congress always complains about.

  • 6Doctor6Strangelove6

    During this war, I was advocating bombing Pakistan (who harbored Bin Laden), Turkey (who created ISIS) and Saudi Arabia (who sponsored Al Queda). However, it all fell on deaf, dumb and blind ears playing pin ball.

  • http://jerrypritikin.blogspot.com/ Jerry Pritikin The Bleacher

    The Birth of Halliburton Industries!

  • Greg D

    This has got to be one of the most dishonest articles ever. Fortunately, a iink to the actual document is provided (kudos for that). A glance at just the first few pages completely contradicts this article. Did the author actually read the declassified document?

  • Jaguar67

    Now imagine if this had been Obama, Biden and Kerry….we’d be on investigation #200 by now.

    Or maybe not. Since we know how much the Republicans love their needless trillion dollar wars.

  • Natalie1

    So how come I heard NO, NONE, ZERO, ZILCH from Republicons as to impeachment of George W. Bush et al for taking the nation to war through lies nor did I hear a call for an indictment of so many others who were complicit in this tragedy sacrificing THOUSANDS OF LIVES and the explosion of the Middle East we live with til this day making our foray into Iraq and Afghanistan the longest war in American history 15 years and still counting. If that does not deserve prosecutions NOTHING does CERTAINLY NOT PRIVATE EMAIL SERVERS. One action for Democrats and when Republicons are in power another for them.

  • WasIsAlwaysPali

    So those there war criminals, including Tony Blair need to be held for the invading, bombing, raping, torture, massacres, killing and destruction of Iraq. Also the return of the gold , oil, drugs they used and stole and the artifacts that are in UK and USA muesums!!! Reparations to all Iraqis who lost family and homes. Now about Afghanistan same admission should follow, cause we know who placed Osama there. Including the Truth about 911 that Saudi who plays a key role in CIA must be dealt with as well as the abolishment of the CIA, that is trying to pass as a legal identity but is the terrorist we all KNEW. Pay up!!!!

  • Tonto

    So, actually, the war was probably urged upon the US by the Saudis to protect their oil sales….. and we just sent our young people to their death at the bidding of a terror support group.