The Lies of War: Iraq🚫💣🇮🇶

by Amber Seree Allen

{First in Series ‘The Lies of War’, up next ‘Afghanistan’.}

Why is the US even at war with Iraq? How did it start?

Did you know that the U.S. dropped over 26,000 bombs in seven countries in 2016, an estimated 12.1k of them on Iraq alone? Did you know that the United States has been at war in Iraq for 14 years? Did you know that there have been over 170k documented civilian deaths in Iraq since the illegal U.S. invasion in 2003? In 2017, as of 6/16 8,425 Iraqi civilians have already died?

But the US isn’t at war with Iraq anymore, right!? We are there to bring American Freedom to the Iraqis…wait what? Or are we?

Weapons of Mass Distraction

By now most of us understand that the Iraq War was started under False Pretenses. But in 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell made sure to give us all the info we needed to know:

My colleagues, every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources. These are not assertions. What we are giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence.” ( Colin Powell, Remarks to the United Nations Security Council, Feb 5, 2003 )

We were told Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction, we were assured by Colin Powell in early February that these were “facts” and we would continue to hear that “16 intelligence agencies” had confirmed.

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Of course, in 2015 we can observe Colin Powell stating he would never have recommended if he knew the intelligence to be false.

“If we had known the intelligence was wrong, we would not have gone into Iraq. But the intelligence community, all 16 agencies, assured us that it was right.” Colin Powell (Meet The Press, 9/6/15)

Colin Powell would go on to call the U.N. speech “a Great Intelligence Failure” and a “blot” on his record.

Too bad we didn’t know then what we know now. On March 20, 2003 the US under the Bush Administration illegally invaded Iraq, without consent nor oversight from Congress.

EXPLOSIONS IN BAGHDAD DURING AIR STRIKES.
An explosion rocks Baghdad during air strikes March 21, 2003. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Mission Accomplished, ish…

After the toppling of a statue, President Bush declared the end of major combat operations in Iraq from the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln.

The unrest and fighting which remained was brushed off.

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On May 11, L. Paul Bremer III, was named head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, the US’s ‘transitional government for Iraq’.

Five days later he signed in Order 1, which called for de-Baathification of the new government: which meant that anyone associated with Saddam’s political party was to be removed and could never serve for Iraqi government again.

On May 23, 2003  L. Bremer signed Order 2 which disbanded the Iraqi army and intelligence services, “sending hundreds of thousands of well-armed men into the streets.” (Council of Foreign Relations, Timeline of Iraq War)

Both of these Orders are considered to be partially responsible for the resistance which organized during the remaining months of 2003, and the continuation of violence in the region, but also, the eventual rise of ISIL, and ISIS.

Saddam Hussein was captured on December 14, 2003.

Mission…..Aborted?

Janurary 24th, 2004 the search for those illusive WMD’s is aborted, as the Bush Administration concedes it’s prewar arguments about WMDs.

On January 28, 2004, former top US weapons inspector David Kay testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the illusive search for WMDs in Iraq.  Let me begin by saying, we were almost all wrong, and I certainly include myself here.” Kay said. He went on to reiterate, “It turns out that we were all wrong, probably in my judgment, and that is most disturbing.”

In March 2005, the Special Advisor to the Director of Central Intelligence on Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction concluded this in his 84 page report:As matters now stand, the WMD investigation has gone as far as feasible.(CIA Report PDF)

Also in March 2005, The WMD Commission Report, established by Executive Order 13328, tasked by the president to assess whether the Intelligence Community was” sufficiently authorized” and “capable” regarding WMDs, found that in the case of Iraq, they were not.
We were to believe, asserted the report, that Iraq had reconstituted its nuclear weapons program and could assemble a device by the end of the decade; that Iraq had biological weapons and mobile facilities for producing biological warfare (BW) agent; that Iraq had both renewed production of chemical weapons, and probably had chemical weapons stockpiles of up to 500 metric tons; and that Iraq was developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) probably intended to deliver BW agent. These assessments were all wrong.(Case Study: Iraq)

But yet US troops were still engaged…

The US formally declared and end to involvement in Iraq in 2011, only to officially return in 2014 at the head of a new coalition. Some say the US never actually left.

How many people have died in Iraq so far in 2017? For the week of 3/24/17-3/31/17 441 people were killed from violence in Iraq.

Al Qaeda: a Monster Under Saddam’s Bed

Not only were we lied to about WMDs in Iraq, through careful spin of the media we were made to believe the War in Iraq had something to do with 9/11.

As John Glaser of Anti-War.com pointed out in 2013, it is easier now to see the manipulations and distortions which led us into the war with Iraq. But as central as these false claims about Saddam’s WMDs were to the propaganda campaign for war, I believe what will be most remembered is the claim of an operational connection between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda. (ANTIWAR.com, 3/18/13)

United States House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform Special Investigation from 2004, Iraq on the Record: the Bush Administration’s Public Statements on Iraq found that there were 237 public misleading statements from the Bush Admin about the threat posed by Iraq.

“The 237 misleading statements can be divided into four categories. The five officials made 11 statements that claimed that Iraq posed an urgent threat; 81 statements that exaggerated Iraq’s nuclear activities; 84 statements that overstated Iraq’s chemical and biological weapons capabilities; and 61 statements that misrepresented Iraq’s ties to al Qaeda. ( Iraq on the Record: PDF )

In 2006, according to a Poll by CNN 43% of Americans believed that Saddam Hussein was personally involved in 9/11.

So did Saddam have ties to al Qaeda?

While some still claim this is a subject of heated debate, according to a Senate Intelligence Committee Report released in 2005, there “was no evidence of a link between former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda”, reported CBC in 2006:

“Saddam Hussein was distrustful of al-Qaeda and viewed Islamic extremists as a threat to his regime, refusing all requests from al-Qaeda to provide material or operational support,” the report said.

In 2008, a report by the Institute For Defense Analyses released by the Pentagon “confirmed there was no direct link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda.” According to Barney Porter, “the study of 600,000 official Iraqi documents and thousands of hours of interrogations of former Saddam Hussein colleagues found no direct connection.”

And what about the US connection with al Qaeda?

Wikileaks Exposes US War in Iraq

Collateral Murder

On April 5, 2010 WikiLeaks released “a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad — including two Reuters news staff.” Reuters was seeking the video. According to WikiLeaks, through the Freedom of Information Act, “without success since the time of the attack. The video(YouTube), shot from an Apache helicopter gun-sight, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.”

Private Chelsea Manning was incarcerated and tortured for exposing these war crimes.

 

The Iraq War Logs

On October 22, 2010, WikiLeaks released The Iraq War Logs. “The 391,832 reports document the war and occupation in Iraq, from 1st January 2004 to 31st December 2009 (except for the months of May 2004 and March 2009) as told by soldiers in the United States Army.”

According to WikiLeaks, the IWLs show  “109,032 deaths in Iraq, comprised of 66,081 ‘civilians’; 23,984 ‘enemy’ (those labeled as insurgents); 15,196 ‘host nation’ (Iraqi government forces) and 3,771 ‘friendly’ (coalition forces). The majority of the deaths (66,000, over 60%) of these are civilian deaths. That is 31 civilians dying every day during the six year period.

Iraq Body Count told the Guardian in Oct 2010: “These logs contain a huge amount of entirely new information regarding casualties. Our analysis so far indicates that they will add 15,000 or more previously unrecorded deaths to the current IBC total. This data should never have been withheld from the public.”

 

OPERATIONS ARE STILL RUNNING IN IRAQ

But we aren’t at war with them right?

US military Operations are still happening in Iraq, 14 years later, even though we went into Iraq in the first place under false pretenses, and we are still there under false pretenses; drone strikes still happen, civilians still die.

 

“I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.” -Thomas Jefferson

 

other sources \/

https://2001-2009.state.gov/r/pa/ei/speeches/2003/index.htm

https://2001-2009.state.gov/issuesandpress/index.htm

https://www.cia.gov/library/reports/general-reports-1/iraq_wmd_2004/index.html

http://origins.osu.edu/article/century-us-relations-iraq

http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB80/

http://www.ibtimes.com/us-attacked-iraq-based-false-report-saddam-husseins-ties-al-qaeda-sen-carl-levin-1750592

 

 

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