reply to post by charles1952
Sorry mate but that Guardian timeline leaves out a huge amount of material, and doesn't make any mention of the LIES used by Bush and Cheney to
secure their war.
The Project for a New American Century (PNAC) - founded by Cheney, Scooter Libby, Donald Rumsfeld, Jeb Bush, Paul Wolfowitz, and other top neocons.
The PNAC was among the single greatest driving forces to push us to re-invade Iraq, and involved a host of Military-Industrial CEOs as they planned
"nation building" at the expense of the American taxpayer and Iraqi resources.
Ahmed Chalabi - President of the Iraqi National Council who "conned the neo-cons", and provided the Iraqi defector
whose stories proved complete fabrications regarding bio-weapons and
aluminum fuel rods.
MI6 calls "Curveball" a fabricator.
German Intel. calls "Curveball" a fabricator.
Cheney's secret Energy Task Force which involved disgraced companies like Enron on how to divvy up Iraq.
(Cheney Energy Task Force Docs Feature Iraq Oil Fields
Pentagon pre-war documents like: "Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts" - Cheney and the DoD were already parceling out the Iraqi oil fields
long before we invaded.
Secretary of State Colin Powell: Saddam "has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction."
A month before 9/11 the CIA flies to Crawford to call Bush's attention to an intel briefing document ("Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US.").
Bush replies, "All right, you've covered your ass now."
Then IGNORES the briefing while deciding how best to attack Iraq.
The SAME DAY that Al Qaeda hits the WTC, Rumsfeld comes to a cabinet meeting with a plan to include IRAQ in retaliation for the attack. "Best info
fast. Judge whether good enough [to] hit SH [Saddam Hussein] @ same time. Not only UBL [Usama bin Laden]."
John Yoo, rewrote War Powers Act shredding the constitution in the process, allows the US to strike anyone, anywhere in the world, no Congressional
declaration of war needed. "[T]he government may be justified in taking measures which in less troubled conditions could be seen as infringements
of individual liberties."
Yoo is also the guy that declares that the "laws of war, including the Geneva Conventions, do not apply to the conflict in Afghanistan.", and begins
incorporating torture in interrogating prisoners - Waterboarding, sleep deprivation, "Palestinian Crucifixion", starvation, forced standing,
sweatboxes, sexual abuse/humilation are put into practice, even by untrained enlisted personnel at military prisons in Iraq and Gitmo and secret CIA
Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi (caught in Pakistan), is tortured to the point he fabricates tales he thinks his captures want to hear, including tales of Al
Qaeda operatives receiving chemical weapons training from Iraq. The DIA and CIA summaries note his 'confession' "lacks details and suggests that he
is most likely telling interrogators what he thinks will 'retain their interest.'" Bush Admin. still uses it
as part of their war
(diplomat) denied Bush's allegation of Saddam buying yellowcake in Niger, and the
subsequent outing of his wife as a CIA agent by someone in Cheney's office.
Another pre-war summit, this one with Carlyle Group, United Defense Ind., Bechtel, and a host of other Military-Industrial bigwigs, titled "Focus on
War and Economy" - "There's money to be made in Iraq". This best sums up why we went to war in Iraq.
Hans Blix who denies finding any 'smoking guns' in Iraq. Team Bravo disprove all of "Curveball's" bio-weapons sites. Blix tells UN Iraq is
cooperating with weapons inspectors.
And the numerous
memos from MI6, German Intel., and even our own Intel. agencies that deny or refute White House claims about Iraq.
All Bush, Cheney and his neo-con crew did was extract
nearly a trillion dollars in profit from their little venture into Iraq, and none of them
give a damn about the murder they committed, against American or allied soldiers and especially not against the Iraqi population.
It's impossible to touch on all the points raised in the OP article in a single post, just as the OP article itself can scarcely touch on all the
points of deceit spanning spanning nearly the entire Bush administration.