Selling the War: Weapons of Mass Destruction

After 9/11, the Iraq war was sold in two phases.

  • First it was sold to President G. W. Bush (2001 after 9/11),
  • then it was sold to Congress and the American public (2002 WMDs).

The first phase started immediately, with Rumsfeld apparently targeting Iraq from day one, and with a huge 19 hour meeting of the Defense Policy Board taking place at the end of the first week. Tellingly, [#Chalabi] played a large role at that meeting, but Colin [#Powell] was not informed until afterwards. The decision was to invade Iraq whether or not it was connected to 9/11.

[#PNAC] summarized that meeting in a letter to the Washington Times signed by 40 neocons (thought not those inside the administration). It focus almost entirely on defending Israel, giving twice as much space to Hezboolla as to Osama bin Laden. By the end of 2001, Bush had been convinced to invade Iraq.

The second phase, hinged on convincing America (the rest of the world did not fall for this) that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction.

... thousands of tons of ... mustard gas, sarin nerve gas, VX nerve gas ... growing fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles ... to disperse chemical or biological weapons ... exploring ways of using these UAVS for missions targeting the United States. ... smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.  —President Bush, Cincinnati, Ohio Speech, Oct. 7, 2002.

But less than three years later, after a year-long exhaustive search by a team of 1400, the President's Commission on Intelligence Capabilities filed it's report, which it summarized as follows: 

We conclude that the Intelligence Community was dead wrong in almost all of its pre-war judgments about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. 

Although, the Commission concluded, for the most part, that the CIA had just been confused, to anyone paying attention, it was obvious all along that the neocons were just conning America. Although the neocons are a smart bunch, their Achilles' heal is their arrogance. They simply believed they could predict everything that had happened and would happen in Iraq. They were frustrated by a complete lack of credible evidence for WMDs, but since they "knew" they must exist, and that the rest of us were fools for doubting them, they felt justified in using all sorts of fabricated evidence to con the Congress and the public. And, so they did. As to the CIA, they were not so stupid as they've been made out to be, and they did no which side the bread was buttered on.
 
 
   

Iraq PopNotes


[#PopNotes]

[=IASPS] Institute for Advanced Strategic & Political Studies
"A Jerusalem-based think tank with an office in Washington, D.C."
Explained importance of Iraq war for Israel.  more...
[=Clean Break] 1996 Report from Richard Perle and IASPS to Israeli Prime Minister urging Iraq war.  
[=PNAC] Project for a New American Century
Neoconservative think tank formed by Cheney,  Rumsfeld,  Wolfowitz,  Feith,  Bolton,  Libby,  Abrams,  Wurmser,  Perle, etc.
Main force behind Iraq war from 1998 (before 9/11).  more...
[=JINSA], The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
"explaining the link between U.S. national security and Israel’s security"
Served on JINSA's Advisory Board:  Cheney,  Wolfowitz,  Feith,  Bolton,  Perle  more....  
[=Board] Defense Policy Board
This board was at the heart of the push for war, from the first days after 9/11.
Richard Perle, Chairman, Newt Gingrich, Henry Kissinger, Dan Quale, James Woolsey, etc.   more...
[=Standard] The Weekly Standard
Main neoconservative magazine. Funded by Rupert Murdoch. Editor: William Kristol, co-founder of PNAC, son of Irving Kristol, the neconservative's "godfather."  more...   
[=Abrams] Elliot Abrams, Deputy Assistant to G. W. Bush
1997, Signer of founding PNAC "Principles" with Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Bolton, Libby.  more...  
[=Bolton] John Bolton
Undersecretary of State. Signed PNAC Letters to Clinton (1998), Gringrich, Lott advocating Iraq War.  more...
[=Chalabi] Ahmed Chalabi
The Iraqi who conned the neocons and the CIA with fabricated evidence of weapons of mass destruction.  more...  
[=Cheney] Dick Cheney
Principle force behind Iraq war. Signed PNAC's Founding Principles in 1997.  more...
[=Fairbanks] Charles Fairbanks
Paul Wolfowitz subordinate under Reagan.
Co-authored the IASPS "Clean Break" report with Feith, Perle and Wurmser.   more...  
[=Feith] Douglas Feith, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Dumbest (expletive) guy on the planet.  —General Tommy Franks.
Leading member of the "Office of Special Plans" which pressured CIA to accept fake information from Chalabi.  more...
[=Kagan] Robert Kagan
Co-founder with Kristol of PNAC the main neocon lobby.   more...  
[=Kristol] William Kristol
Co-founder and chairman of PNAC. Son of neoconservative “godfather” Irving Kristol.  more...  
[=Libby] Scooter Libby, Cheney's Chief of Staff
Indicted for revealing the identity of a CIA agent in 2005 in retaliation for her husband revealing fake WMD information.  more...   
[=Perle] Richard Perle, Defense Policy Board Chairman
In 1996 brought IASPS "Clean Break" report, advocating Iraq war,  to Israeli Prime Minister.  more...
[=Rumsfeld] Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense.  more...  
[=Wolfowitz] Paul Wolfowitz, Asst. Sec.of Defense
Wolfowitz--the intellectual godfather of the war--is its heart and soul. (12/29/2003, Time)  more...
[=Wurmser] David Wurmser, Middle East Adviser to Cheney.
1999 Published book on why Saddam must go and why that's good for Israel.  more...
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