Five Years and Counting: Lives Lost to Lies!21 March, 2008
Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.
-Dick Cheney, Speech to VFW National Convention, August 26, 2002
Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons.
-George W. Bush, Speech to UN General Assembly, September 12, 2002
If he declares he has none, then we will know that Saddam Hussein is once again misleading the world.
-Ari Fleischer, Press Briefing, December 2, 2002
We know for a fact that there are weapons there.
-Ari Fleischer, Press Briefing, January 9, 2003
Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent.
-George W. Bush, State of the Union Address, January 28, 2003
We know that Saddam Hussein is determined to keep his weapons of mass destruction, is determined to make more.
-Colin Powell, Remarks to UN Security Council, February 5, 2003
We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons — the very weapons the dictator tells us he does not have.
-George W. Bush, Radio Address, February 8, 2003
If Iraq had disarmed itself, gotten rid of its weapons of mass destruction over the past 12 years, or over the last several months since (UN Resolution) 1441 was enacted, we would not be facing the crisis that we now have before us . . . But the suggestion that we are doing this because we want to go to every country in the Middle East and rearrange all of its pieces is not correct.
-Colin Powell, Interview with Radio France International, February 28, 2003
So has the strategic decision been made to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction by the leadership in Baghdad? . . . I think our judgment has to be clearly not.
-Colin Powell, Remarks to UN Security Council, March 7, 2003
Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised.
-George W. Bush, Address to the Nation, March 17, 2003
Well, there is no question that we have evidence and information that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical particularly . . . all this will be made clear in the course of the operation, for whatever duration it takes.
-Ari Fleisher, Press Briefing, March 21, 2003
There is no doubt that the regime of Saddam Hussein possesses weapons of mass destruction. And . . . as this operation continues, those weapons will be identified, found, along with the people who have produced them and who guard them.
-Gen. Tommy Franks, Press Conference, March 22, 2003
I have no doubt we’re going to find big stores of weapons of mass destruction.
-Defense Policy Board member Kenneth Adelman, Washington Post, p. A27, March 23, 2003
One of our top objectives is to find and destroy the WMD. There are a number of sites.
-Pentagon Spokeswoman Victoria Clark, Press Briefing, March 22, 2003
We know where they are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.
-Donald Rumsfeld, ABC Interview, March 30, 2003
Obviously the administration intends to publicize all the weapons of mass destruction U.S. forces find — and there will be plenty.
-Neocon scholar Robert Kagan, Washington Post op-ed, April 9, 2003
But make no mistake — as I said earlier — we have high confidence that they have weapons of mass destruction. That is what this war was about and it is about. And we have high confidence it will be found.
-Ari Fleischer, Press Briefing, April 10, 2003
We are learning more as we interrogate or have discussions with Iraqi scientists and people within the Iraqi structure, that perhaps he destroyed some, perhaps he dispersed some. And so we will find them.
-George W. Bush, NBC Interview, April 24, 2003
There are people who in large measure have information that we need . . . so that we can track down the weapons of mass destruction in that country.
-Donald Rumsfeld, Press Briefing, April 25, 2003
We’ll find them. It’ll be a matter of time to do so.
-George W. Bush, Remarks to Reporters, May 3, 2003
I’m absolutely sure that there are weapons of mass destruction there and the evidence will be forthcoming. We’re just getting it just now.
-Colin Powell, Remarks to Reporters, May 4, 2003
We never believed that we’d just tumble over weapons of mass destruction in that country.
-Donald Rumsfeld, Fox News Interview, May 4, 2003
I’m not surprised if we begin to uncover the weapons program of Saddam Hussein — because he had a weapons program.
-George W. Bush, Remarks to Reporters, May 6, 2003
U.S. officials never expected that “we were going to open garages and find” weapons of mass destruction.
-Condoleeza Rice, Reuters Interview, May 12, 2003
I just don’t know whether it was all destroyed years ago — I mean, there’s no question that there were chemical weapons years ago — whether they were destroyed right before the war, (or) whether they’re still hidden.
-Maj. Gen. David Petraeus, Commander 101st Airborne, Press Briefing, May 13, 2003
Before the war, there’s no doubt in my mind that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical. I expected them to be found. I still expect them to be found.
-Gen. Michael Hagee, Commandant of the Marine Corps, Interview with Reporters, May 21, 2003
Given time, given the number of prisoners now that we’re interrogating, I’m confident that we’re going to find weapons of mass destruction.
-Gen. Richard Myers, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, NBC Today Show interview, May 26, 2003
They may have had time to destroy them, and I don’t know the answer.
-Donald Rumsfeld, Remarks to the Council on Foreign Relations, May 27, 2003
For bureaucratic reasons, we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction (as justification for invading Iraq) because it was the one reason everyone could agree on.
-Paul Wolfowitz, Vanity Fair interview, May 28, 2003
It was a surprise to me then — it remains a surprise to me now — that we have not uncovered weapons, as you say, in some of the forward dispersal sites. Believe me, it’s not for lack of trying. We’ve been to virtually every ammunition supply point between the Kuwaiti border and Baghdad, but they’re simply not there.
-Lt. Gen. James Conway, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Press Interview, May 30, 2003
Do I think we’re going to find something? Yeah, I kind of do, because I think there’s a lot of information out there.”
-Maj. Gen. Keith Dayton, Defense Intelligence Agency, Press Conference, May 30, 2003
“Costs of any [Iraq] intervention would be very small.”
–White House economic advisor Glen Hubbard, October 4, 2002.
“Iraq has tremendous resources that belong to the Iraqi people. And so there are a variety of means that Iraq has to be able to shoulder much of the burden for their own reconstruction.”
–Ari Fleischer, February 18, 2003.
“We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.”
–Paul Wolfowitz, March 27, 2003.
“A year from now, I’ll be very surprised if there is not some grand square in Baghdad that is named after President Bush.”
–Richard Perle, September 22, 2003.
“I expect we will get a lot of mitigation [from other countries re: the cost of rebuilding Iraq], but it will be easier after the fact than before the fact.”
–Paul Wolfowitz, March 27, 2003.
“Some of the higher-end predictions that we have been hearing recently, such as the notion that it will take several hundred thousand U.S. troops to provide stability in post-Saddam Iraq, are wildly off the mark.”
“I am reasonably certain that they will greet us as liberators, and that will help us to keep requirements down.”
“Well, I don’t think it’s likely to unfold that way. . . . The read we get on the people of Iraq is there is no question but what they want to the get rid of Saddam Hussein, and they will welcome as liberators the United States when we come to do that.”
–Dick Cheney, when asked if the American public is ready for a long, bloody battle, March 16, 2003.
“I don’t think it would be that tough a fight.”
“There are other differences that suggest that peacekeeping requirements in Iraq might be much lower than historical experience in the Balkans suggests.”
–Wolfowitz, February 27, 2003
“Bring ‘em on. We’ve got the force necessary to deal with the security situation.”
–President Bush, when asked if the insurgency and resulting U.S. casualties might cause him to ask for more help from U.S. allies, July 2, 2003.
Clinton lied about a consensual sexual encounter with an adult and was impeached. The American (liberal(?)) press covered that one lie with thousands of articles, thousands of headlines, thousands of breathless reports on broadcast and cable news. Then the press, the so-called liberal press, ignores the above statements, and all of the lies that followed. Clinton’s lie resulted in a stained dress and a mockery of the impeachment process. Bush’s lies, and the lies of his sycophants, have resulted in almost 4,000 American combat deaths (and that number is still too small — if a soldier is seriously wounded in Iraq, and then dies six months or so later from the injuries, that is NOT counted as a combat death), 30,000 American combat wounded (and that number is also too small — only those requiring hospitalization are counted as wounded, and the psychiatric cases are just discharged with a pre-existing mental condition), and 600,000 to 1,000,000 additional Iraqi deaths.
Yes, it was, for the ‘pride’ of America, satisfying to take down a truly destructive dictator. Never mind that we helped to make him. Never mind that we winked at his use of poison gas against Iran and his own people. Never mind that, no matter what his frightened scientists said, he had no programme to produce weapons of mass destruction. Never mind that he never threw the inspectors out. Never mind that there never was ANY link between the secular dictatorship of Saddam Hussein and al Qaida. Never mind that the uranium purchases were a clumsy forgery.
Bush apologists keep saying that no one could have predicted that chaos and civil war into which Iraq has descended. Never mind that General Zinni called it right before the war. Never mind that General Shinseki predicted the cost and the necessary number of troops to occupy a post-war Iraq. Never mind that the career bureaucrats in the State Department predicted what would happen. Never mind that mid-level military intelligence officers predicted, with an accuracy Nostradamus would have envied, the chaos of post-Saddam Iraq.
These were not accidental misstatements. These were not unintentional errors. No one in this administration can fart without making sure it agrees with the official party line. These statements were a planned misinformation campaign in order to sell an invasion to the American public.
Even if the Iraq invasion was the only criminal and anti-American act of this administration, even if the assault on civil liberties is not factored in, even if the transfer of wealth from the middle class to the rich is ignored, even if the assault on the environment is ignored, even if the give-aways to the religious right are ignored, even if the entire domestic agenda of the Bush administration is ignored, the Bush administration can be summed up as follows: Worst. President. Ever.