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whitehouse.gov Feb 22, 2001
The mission was twofold -- one was to send him a clear message that this administration will remain engaged in that part of the world. I think we accomplished that mission. We got his attention.
And secondly, the mission was to degrade his capacity to harm our pilots who might be flying in the no-fly zone. And we accomplished that mission, as well.
Review of Iraq Policy Under way, DoD Official Says, Aug 21 2001
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2001 -- Will the United States and its coalition partners patrolling the no-fly zones continue to play aerial "cat-and-mouse" with Iraqi anti-aircraft missiles and guns in the months ahead?
Stay tuned, a senior DoD official said.
"We have not forgotten about Iraq," Peter W. Rodman, assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, said to reporters at the Pentagon Aug. 21. Rodman noted that the Bush administration and several government agencies, including DoD, are now reviewing defense security policy and strategies concerning Iraq.
Pentagon Attention on Iraq Is Long-standing, Rumsfeld Says Feb 12 2002
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2002 -- President Bush raised public speculation about U.S. military involvement in Iraq when he called that country part of "an axis of evil" during his Jan. 29 State of the Union address.
But Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today the Pentagon's concerns over Iraq are not a recent shift. "This building has always been attentive, … for at least more than a decade now, toward Iraq," Rumsfeld told Pentagon reporters
Rumsfeld: Iraq Lying About Not Having WMD, June 10 2002
Rumsfeld said he hopes to see Hussein ousted during his tenure as defense secretary. "I would think most of the people in the region and in the world recognize that the world would be a better place without that regime," he said.
The Bush administration has repeatedly said it favors a change of regime in Iraq. Toward that end, Rumsfeld said, the United States and other coalition nations are working to enforce sanctions and no-fly zones in the north and south of the country.
Originally posted by MaskedAvatar
PNAC. January 26, 1998.
The neo-cons that infiltrated the Whitehouse through the Supreme Court appointment of puppet Bush, put pen to paper long before in a powerful approach to then president Clinton to urge the invasion of Iraq to secure American interests in the stability of the region and in US-strategic resources.
All there for you to read:
Note the signatories.
Bush after September 11 2001 referred to the worst national security failure in US history as the last leg of the "trifecta" he needed to implement the neo-cons' agenda.
Keep retracing, but note that this is all a predetermined agenda, with "facts", fraudulence and fabrication being selectively used to dupe you into fear, terror and nationalistic pride in foreign incursion, all along the way.
[edit on 16-11-2004 by MaskedAvatar]
Originally posted by MaskedAvatar
It's a good synopsis of their position and it is why 9/11 was used in part to justify further deception by the Bush admin about WMDs and a rotating litany of lies as the reason for invasion.
Originally posted by Valhall
It's a good synopsis of their position and it is why 9/11 was used in part to
Actually, what might be a better idea is to read the historical record...versus a "think tank" postulation. The historical record (both concerning Clinton as well as you) tend to speak well for themselves. On Clinton's part...he bombed an aspirin factory...and spun up a level of resentment in bin Laden that led to 9/11...but then, you brought this up first, now didn't you?
Originally posted by Kidfinger
Bush made it known within the first three months he was in office that he wanted a regime change in Iraq. Yes, that was even before 9/11.
[edit on 11/16/04 by Kidfinger]