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Still Fighting the Bush-Iraq War


Remember the run-up to the Bush invasion of Iraq, after September 11, 2001?  Well, that’s “ancient history” now, almost fifteen years ago.  It seems that a lot of people wanted to invade Iraq, including Hillary Clinton.  However, they were all acting on forged intelligence.  One reporter who smeared Iraq all over the headlines, Judith Miller, wound up going to jail to protect Scooter Libby when he outed a serving CIA agent to the general public.  She wrote a book that tried to defend her role in the Iraq reportage and protecting Scooter, but apparently she has failed in her attempt to make herself look good.

Here’s an enlightening comment from the New York Times story about the Judith Miller book:

“From J.J. Goldberg, writing in the Jewish Daily Forward: “…four months after the September 11 attacks, Israeli national security council director Uzi Dayan met in Washington with his American counterpart Condoleezza Rice. She told him — to his surprise, he later told me — that President Bush had decided to invade Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein. A month later Dayan’s boss, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, met with Bush in the White House and offered some advice, based on decades of Israeli intelligence.
Removing Saddam, Sharon said, according to three sources with direct knowledge, will have three main results, all negative. Iraq will implode into warring tribes of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. You’ll be stuck in an Iraqi quagmire for a decade. And Iran, a far more dangerous player, will be rid of its principal enemy and free to pursue its ambitions of regional hegemony. Bush didn’t agree.
On September 12, 2002, however, a different Israeli voice visited Washington: ex-prime minister-turned-private citizen Benjamin Netanyahu. A longtime Sharon rival, closely allied with Washington’s neoconservatives, he’d been invited to address the Republican-led House as an expert on Iraq. Baghdad, he said, was hiding mobile centrifuges “the size of washing machines.” Moreover, ‘if you take out Saddam, Saddam’s regime, I guarantee that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region.’Bush, of course, listened to Netanyahu and the neocons…”

So Bush had already decided to invade Iraq before any of the bogus weapons of mass destruction reporting came out.  What could have possessed him to destroy a country that was already hurting under a murderous dictator?  Apparently he thought that military force could somehow rectify the situation, even though the Iraqis hated America almost as much as they hated Saddam.  Once again, Netanyahu has proven to be a force for destruction in the United States as well as the Middle East.

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