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.



  1. “Bush apologists keep saying that no one could have predicted that chaos and civil war into which Iraq has descended.”

    This is so much bullshit. My son, who was 19 at the time, and I both predicted it and we’re nobodies. I’m sure there were millions of other nobodies who predicted it along with us. Maybe we need to start letting some nobodies run the country. They couldn’t do any worse than the “somebody” with the family pedigree and his “somebody” cohorts have done.

  2. Most (as do I) agree that our motives for Iraq were misguided. I think the better question that we need to think about now is “how do leave Iraq a better place than it is at the present moment?”

    The milk has already been spilled, we owe it to the citizens of Iraq to clean it up.

  3. It’s amazing how liberals hate war but love to fight. Your outcry of all the atrocities in Iraq yet fail to realize the own atrocities in your own country. 1.4 Million babies are MURDERED every year in the name of abortion and I never hear liberals fighting for these innocent in our society. Life, liberty, justice and the pursuit of happiness is for every American…but yet card-carrying liberals eliminate the first element, LIFE!

  4. mattcario –

    It wasn’t milk, it was blood. And without accountability for the crimes committed in starting this war, there will be no brake against another senseless war by another senseless president. And Iraqis are better prepared to fix their country than the collection of blind ideologists who invaded and occupied their country.

    steve –

    You have apparently lost your way and stumbled onto an intelligent blog. I hope you find your rock very soon and crawl back under it.

  5. Things wrong with Steve’s comment:
    1. Never gave a supporting statement for the assertion “liberals hate war but love to fight”
    2. incorrectly labeled aborted fetuses as “babies”
    3. There is no card required to be either a liberal or to be a supporter of the things this nation vows to protect its citizens the right to, such as “Life, liberty, justice and the pursuit of happiness”
    4. Liberals don’t advocate the taking of the lives of this nation’s citizenry, and are generally opposed to taking the lives of other nation’s citizenry
    5. As Ric pointed out, clearly this was made at the wrong place, although I can’t imagine any place where such mistaken thoughts would be right.

  6. Ric, don’t get all worked up over a simple metaphor. Are you advocating we should just leave Iraq and let them fend for themselves? Leave and help financially? Help build infrastructure?

    It’s understandable that you may be upset by the decisions of this president, but what do you think we should do in the future besides punish those who made the decisions to go to Iraq?

  7. mattcario –

    Leave. Offer aid to help them, but leave. Pay reparations, but leave. We are not going to fix Iraq. The Iraqis are the only ones who can do that, who can settle among themselves what kind of country they want. And the country most of us want is one that is not being crippled and broken on the reefs of Iraq in a senseless, moronic, and criminal war. If the Iraqis need a civil war to find their way to a government they want, then so be it. We cannot baby sit religious and political hatreds that go back a thousand years. Had Saddam Hussein been run over by a truck and his ruling clique broken up, the same result would obtain.

    And the metaphor was not simple. You equate through your milk metaphor a devastating war in which a million may have been killed and five million uprooted and displaced, and two economies wrecked.

    To call that spilled milk suggests that you have no sense of it, nor want a sense of it, and reeks of Republicans and Conservatives trying to worm their way out of responsibility (as usual) for what they have done by calling for the country to look forward and stop focusing on the past. Now you may very well be empathetic and sensitive to the profound damage, but your language gives no hint of it.

    ‘Fend for themselves…’ That’s very cute. They’re adults. They’re armed. They’re smart. They’ve been taking care of themselves for a few thousand years longer than Europe and America existed. And a good many of them have held off the American military for five years, even though outgunned and out-technologied, as it were.

    Past and present are inextricably bound in this war. The wingnuts don’t want that to be so, because they don’t want to pay for what they’ve done.

  8. Point taken Ric…I think as Americans we are best off focusing on solutions. I agree with the notion of getting out of babysitting mode.

  9. mattcario: (sorry for the delay in answering, I got to go on a drive today with my family down to Lancaster — just got back) My take on why the blame for the war matters is this: Until Americans admit that we entered the war under false pretenses, that, no matter how bad Hussein was (and he was), the war was a mistake, there can be no competent decision made regarding the war. Until the truth is accepted by American citizens, it will remain a political weapon to be used by the Republican Party to retain their hold on power. Until America accepts its culpability in allowing an insane and incompetent administration to create this war, no resolution is possible without it becoming a political football in the same way that Vietnam created Reagan and Bush.

    Steve: Welcome to my blog. I see (while I was gone) others already tore you a new one, but here I go. America is a secular democracy, not a theocracy. If your version of religion says abortion is a no-no, fine. You should not, in a secular democracy, attempt to shove your beliefs into the lives of others.

  10. I agree with Ric. I appears that Steve meant to post his relatively unintelligent comment on Ann Coulter’s site. I can see how he got confused. Looking at that tile pattern up there, he simply got dizzy.

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