Lies Leading to Iraq War
Attacking Iraq was on the top of the Bush agenda from the moment he took
office. The top-secret energy policy meetings arranged by Vice President Cheney
in early 2001 solidified the oil industry's goal of securing the oil and natural gas
reserves in the Middle East. Vice president Cheney refused to release any information,
including who attended these meetings. Vice President Cheney fought releasing this
information and took this case all the way to the United States Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court who elected George Bush, of course, sided with
Vice President Cheney.
From that point forward, the Bush administration perpetrated one lie after the next
to support its agenda of securing the oil and natural gas reserves in the Middle East.
The Bush administration needed a "New Pearl Harbor" which they planned and
orchestrated to take place on 9/11.
Was Bob Woodward Slam-Dunked?Was Bob Woodward Slam-Dunke
By Robert Parry
July 7, 2006
One of the most memorable behind-the-scenes accounts of pre-Iraq War decision-making was Bob
Woodward’s story of an Oval Office meeting on Dec. 21, 2002, when George W. Bush and his top
advisers reviewed the CIA’s case against Saddam Hussein for supposedly hiding weapons of mass
Using flip charts, deputy CIA director John McLaughlin presented the evidence while President
Bush watched impatiently. When McLaughlin finished, Bush reportedly remarked, “Nice try”
and added “I’ve been told all this intelligence about having WMD and this is the best we’ve got?”
According to Woodward’s account, CIA director George Tenet then rose from a couch, threw his
arms into the air and exclaimed, “It’s a slam-dunk case!”
By CRAIG UNGER
The Bush administration invaded Iraq claiming Saddam Hussein had tried to buy yellowcake
uranium in Niger. As much of Washington knew, and the world soon learned, the charge was false.
Worse, it appears to have been the cornerstone of a highly successful "black propaganda" campaign
with links to the White House
t's a crisp, clear winter morning in Rome. In the neighborhood between the Vatican and the
Olympic Stadium, a phalanx of motor scooters is parked outside a graffiti-scarred 10-story apartment
building. No. 10 Via Antonio Baiamonte is home to scores of middle-class families, and to the embassy
for the Republic of Niger, the impoverished West African nation that was once a French colony.
Though it may be unprepossessing, the Niger Embassy is the site of one of the great mysteries of our
times. On January 2, 2001, an embassy official returned there after New Year's Day and discovered
that the offices had been robbed. Little of value was missing—a wristwatch, perfume, worthless
documents, embassy stationery, and some official stamps bearing the seal of the Republic of Niger.
Nevertheless, the consequences of the robbery were so great that the Watergate break-in pales by
The Downing Street Memo is only the beginning of the proof we were all lied to.
"All war is based on deception." -- Sun Tzu, The Art of War
There is nothing new in a government lying to their people to start a war. Indeed because most
people prefer living in peace to bloody and horrific death in war, any government that desires to
initiate a war usually lies to their people to create the illusion that support for the war is the only
possible choice they can make.
State Department Memo: '16 Words' Were False
By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t | Report
Monday 17 April 2006
Eleven days before President Bush's January 28, 2003, State of the Union address in which he said
that the US learned from British intelligence that Iraq had attempted to acquire uranium from Africa - an
explosive claim that helped pave the way to war - the State Department told the CIA that the intelligence
the uranium claims were based upon were forgeries, according to a newly declassified State Department
The revelation of the warning from the closely guarded State Department memo is the first piece of
hard evidence and the strongest to date that the Bush administration manipulated and ignored intelligence
information in their zeal to win public support for invading Iraq.
By Robert Scheer, AlterNet
Posted on April 12, 2006, Printed on April 15, 2006
The president played the scoundrel -- even the best of his minions went along with the lies -- and when a
former ambassador dared to tell the truth, the White House initiated what Special Prosecutor Patrick J.
Fitzgerald calls "a plan to discredit, punish or seek revenge against Mr. Wilson." That is the important
If not for the whistle-blower, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, President Bush's falsehoods about
the Iraq nuclear threat likely would never have been exposed.
On Monday, former Secretary of State Colin Powell told me that he and his department's top
experts never believed that Iraq posed an imminent nuclear threat, but that the president followed
the misleading advice of Vice President Dick Cheney and the CIA in making the claim. Now he tells us.
Stephen Hadley Just a Month before the Niger Forgeries First Surfaced.
By Laura Rozen
Web Exclusive: 10.25.05
With Patrick Fitzgerald widely expected to announce indictments in the CIA leak investigation,
questions are again being raised about the intelligence scandal that led to the appointment of the
special counsel: namely, how the Bush White House obtained false Italian intelligence reports
claiming that Iraq had tried to buy uranium "yellowcake" from Niger.
The key documents supposedly proving the Iraqi attempt later turned out to be crude forgeries,
created on official stationery stolen from the African nation's Rome embassy. Among the most
tantalizing aspects of the debate over the Iraq War is the origin of those fake documents -- and the
role of the Italian intelligence services in disseminating them.
By Robert Parry
April 7, 2006
Lewis Libby’s testimony identifying George W. Bush as the top official who
authorized the leaking of intelligence about Iraq’s alleged nuclear weapons program
raises two key questions: What did the President tell the special prosecutor about this
issue in 2004 and what is Bush’s legal status in the federal criminal probe?
Bush’s legal danger came into clearer focus with the release of a court document
citing testimony from Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff who
claimed that Bush approved the selective release of intelligence in July 2003 to counter
growing complaints that Bush had hyped evidence on Iraq’s pursuit of enriched uranium.
04/06/2006 @ 10:38 am
Filed by RAW STORY
A former White House aide under indictment for obstructing a leak probe, I. Lewis Libby, testified
to a grand jury that he gave information from a closely-guarded "National Intelligence Estimate" on
Iraq to a New York Times reporter in 2003 with the specific permission of President Bush, according
to a new court filing from the special prosecutor in the case, THE NEW YORK SUN reports Thursday.
White House Lies
By Bob Fertik
Created 2006-03-28 01:19
Something remarkable happened Monday: the Corporate Media finally
got sick of Bush's endless lies about Iraq, and started to tell the
The immediate cause was a front-page New York Times story about
the "White House Memo," a 5-page report on the White House meeting
between George Bush and Tony Blair on January 31, 2003 - seven weeks
before the invasion of Iraq.
March 27, 2006
By DON VAN NATTA Jr.
LONDON — In the weeks before the United States-led invasion of Iraq,
condemning Iraq, President Bush's public ultimatum to Saddam Hussein was blunt:
Disarm or face war.
But behind closed doors, the president was certain that war was inevitable. During
a private two-hour
meeting in the Oval Office on Jan. 31, 2003, he made clear to Prime Minister
Tony Blair of Britain that he was determined to invade Iraq without the second
resolution, or even if international arms inspectors failed to find unconventional
weapons, said a confidential memo about the meeting written
by Mr. Blair's top foreign policy adviser and reviewed by The New York Times.
Prosecutor That Could Lead To Impeachment
by Francis T. Mandanici
Wednesday, 29 June 2005
Some have observed that the Bush Administration's claims that Iraq
had weapons of mass destruction were not just good faith mistakes
but actual lies. Some have even recently compared President Bush's
false claims about Iraq to the Watergate scandal that led to
President Nixon's resignation. See Truth And Deceit by Bob Herbert
and Don't Follow the Money by Frank Rich in The New York Times, June
2, 12, 2005. Some, such as the organizations AfterDowningStreet and
DemocracyRising.US, have even called for the initiation of
impeachment proceedings based in part on the Downing Street Memo
that revealed that according to a British intelligence official the
Bush Administration prior to the war against Iraq fixed the
intelligence and facts to justify the war.
Cover Up the Deception
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
Posted June 7, 2005
Before America went to war with Afghanistan, another war was underway --
against its own people: the war to deceive America into attacking Iraq. This is
no longer a theory or conjecture; it is a documented fact.
Those in the Mainstream Media, including the New York Times and
Washington Post, who choose to ignore this reality, or couch it in qualifying
terms (such as "unproven assertions") are no longer trying to debunk a
conspiracy, because the deliberate deception that forced America into war
with Iraq is not a conspiracy theory.
In fact, the evidence is so abundant and damning, it is those who deny
the reality that the Bush Administration intentionally deceived America into
a ruinous war based on calculated lies who are part of an untenable
There is nothing new in a government lying to their people to start a war.
Indeed because most people prefer living in peace to bloody and horrific
death in war, any government that desires to initiate a war usually lies to
their people to create the illusion that support for the war is the only possible
choice they can make.
By Peter Wallsten, Tom Hamburger and Josh Meyer
Times Staff Writers
December 3, 2005
WASHINGTON — The FBI has reopened an inquiry into one of the most
intriguing aspects of the pre-Iraq war intelligence fiasco: how the Bush
administration came to rely on forged documents linking Iraq to nuclear
weapons materials as part of its justification for the invasion.
By Elizabeth de la Vega
Legally, there are no significant differences between the investor fraud
perpetrated by Enron CEO Ken Lay and the prewar intelligence fraud
perpetrated by George W. Bush. Both involved persons in authority who
used half-truths and recklessly false statements to manipulate people who
trusted them. There is, however, a practical difference: The presidential
fraud is wider in scope and far graver in its consequences than the Enron
fraud. Yet thus far the public seems paralyzed.
By Norman Solomon
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Monday 08 August 2005
A lot of people want to believe that the current war on
Iraqis some kind of
aberration - a radical departure from the previous baseline of
foreign policy. US
That's a comforting illusion.
Yes, the current administration in
is notable for the extreme mendacity Washington
and calculated idiocy of its claims. But - decade after decade - the propaganda fuel
for one US war after another has flowed from a standard set of lies.
George W. Bush is a Goddamn Liar
If George W. Bush tells us that we invaded
Iraqbecause Saddam did not
let the inspectors in, and we all know that the inspectors were indeed
let in, then how does anyone not realize we are being lied to about
the reason for going to war? It is SO OBVIOUS!
Must See Video
on Iraq-237 Lies of the Bush Administration
Posted July 4, 2005
Readies New Questions for Defense Secretary
As the rest of Congress shuffles off to their Memorial Day recess,
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) is drafting a letter to Defense Secretary —
Donald Rumsfeld seeking answers after a report in the Sunday London Times
U.S.and Britainmay have sought to goad into war even Iraq
as UN negotiations were ongoing, RAW STORY has learned.
A staffer said the congressman called the latest revelations "the smoking
bullet in the smoking gun."
Conyers' early draft, leaked to RAW STORY, raises a battery of questions
surrounding the Administration's plans for the
"If true, these assertions indicate that not only had our nation secretly and
perhaps illegally agreed to go to war by the summer of 2002, but that we
had gone on to take specific and tangible military actions before asking
Congress or the United Nations for authority," the ranking Democrat on the
House Judiciary Committee pens.
This is a must watch Video!!
Saturday May 21, 2005
In the recent parliamentary elections, the British people, given the
choice between standing for the rule of law or embracing partisan
politics, chose the latter, voting with their pocketbooks, even
though it meant re-electing a man who led Britain into an illegal
war of aggression, based on lies and misrepresentation of fact.
British Memo Reopens War Claim
By Stephen J. Hedges and Mark Silva
The Chicago Tribune
Tuesday 17 May 2005
Leaked briefing says US intelligence facts `fixed' around policy.
Washington - A British official's report that the Bush
administration appeared intent on invading Iraq long before it
acknowledged as much or sought Congress' approval--and that
it "fixed" intelligence to fit its intention--has caused a stir in
But the potentially explosive revelation has proven to be
something of a dud in the
. The White House has denied United States
the premise of the memo, the American media have reacted slowly to
it and the public generally seems indifferent to the issue or
unwilling to rehash the bitter prewar debate over the reasons for
SENIOR American congressmen are considering sending a delegation to
Londonto investigate Britain’s role in preparations for the war in Iraq.
Inspired by Kos diary, bloggers take on
By John Byrne
Posted May 21, 2005What do a communications manager from an industrial multinational, a law
student, a graphic
designer and a Canadian civil servant have in common?
The answer? DowningStreetMemo.com.
In response to
media silence surrounding a pre-war memorandum leaked on U.S.
the eve of the recent British elections, the foursome created a website referencing
the memo written in the heart of British government,
10 Downing Street.
By Walter Pincus
Post Staff Writer Washington
Sunday, May 22, 2005
On Jan. 24, 2003, four days before President Bush delivered his State
of the Union address presenting the case for war against
, the Iraq
National Security Council staff put out a call for new intelligence to
bolster claims that Saddam Hussein possessed nuclear, chemical and
biological weapons or programs.
The person receiving the request, Robert Walpole, then the national
intelligence officer for strategic and nuclear programs, would later tell
investigators that "the NSC believed the nuclear case was weak," according
to a 500-page report released last year by the Senate Select Committee
claims of Iraq-Qaeda link
Chalabi's Hands Now
Deep In The Cookie Jar
Posted May 17, 2005
If you ask anyone who the most powerful person is in
Iraq, you may get varied answers: the stooge prime
minister; the stooge president; or even Sistani. They
are all wrong. The most powerful person is Ahmed
Chalabi. That is not a typo.
Posted May 9, 2005
A top Democratic senator released formerly classified documents
that he said undercut top U.S. officials' pre-Iraq war claims of a
link between Saddam Hussein's regime and the Al-Qaeda group.
Posted May 9, 2005
The news media is reporting, with much theo-praise, that the new
Iraqi MPs have appointed people to several cabinet posts, ending
months of fighting. The New York Times reported: "Almost three
months after the January elections,
's national assembly...created Iraq
the first elected government in Iraqi history."
ENDGAME: The most important cabinet position in
, the Oil Iraq
Ministry, is now filled by a spy, an embezzler, a liar and a fraud named
Ahmad Chalabi. Our fraud, I should clarify.
Eighty-eight members of Congress call on Bush for answers
Posted May 7, 2005Eighty-eight members of Congress have signed a letter authored by
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) calling on President Bush to answer questions
about a secret U.S.-UK agreement to attack Iraq, RAW STORY has learned.
A Fig Leaf Of Legality (has disappeared)
May 4, 2005
John Prados is a senior fellow with the National Security Archive in
Washington, DC. He is author of Hoodwinked: The Documents
That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War (The New Press).
It has been rumored that the brief, antiseptic legal opinion-citing that a
legal basis for the Iraq war did exist-that British Prime Minister Tony
Blair received from his attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, did not actually
reflect the advice of the top British government lawyer. That turns out to
Posted May 1, 2005
ENDGAME: The most important cabinet position in
, the Oil Ministry, is Iraq
now filled by a spy, an embezzler, a liar and a fraud named Ahmad Chalabi.
Our fraud, I should clarify.
Thu Mar 31st, 2005 at 12:21:52 PM EST
Bush's hand-picked crew of whitewashers has put out a report blaming the
entire Iraq debacle on the intelligence community. The report is a farce, a
fraud, evidence that the White House has managed to win its little war with
CIA by sticking Goss in there and silencing whistleblowers by way of
Plame-like intimidation. The corporate news media, of course, has helped.
My immediate thought: If the intelligence was so bad, so wrong, why are we still there?
The Crime and the Cover-Up
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Monday 21 July 2003
The scandal axiom in Washington states that it is not the crime that destroys you, but the
cover-up. Today in Washington you can hear terms like 'Iraqgate' and 'Weaponsgate'
bandied about, but such obtuse labels do not provide an explanation for the profound
movements that are taking place.
Clearly, there is a scandal brewing over the Iraq war and the Bush administration claims
of Iraqi weapons arsenals that led to the shooting. Clearly, there is a cover-up taking place.
Yet this instance, the crimes that have led to the cover-up are worse by orders of magnitude
than the cover-up itself.
The simple fact is that America went to war in Iraq because George W. Bush, Dick Cheney,
Don Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and virtually every other public face within
this administration vowed that Iraq had vast stockpiles of chemical, biological and nuclear
weapons. America went to war because these people vowed that Iraq had direct connections
to al Qaeda, and by inference to the attacks of September 11.
Posted April 12, 2005
In the few weeks before its fall, Iraq's Ba'athist regime made a series of increasingly desperate peace offers to Washington, promising to hold elections and even to allow US troops to search for banned weapons. But the advances were all rejected by the Bush administration, according to intermediaries involved in the talks.
The Missing WMD Report
David Corn, March 24, 2005
Below is a piece I wrote for the latest issue of The Nation. It seems that
Pat Roberts, the Republican chairman of the Senate intelligence committee,
wants to break the promise he made last year to investigate whether the
Bush administration misrepresented the prewar intelligence on WMDs. What a
A SECRET blueprint for
USglobal domination reveals that President Bush and
his cabinet were planning a premeditated attack on
to secure 'regime change' Iraq
even before he took power in January 2001.
By Scott Ritterof
Thursday 05 February 2004
The fact is, Ray McGovern and Scott Ritter, and the scores of intelligence
professionals, retired or still in service, who studied Iraq and its WMD
capabilities, are reasonable men. They got it right. The Bush
administration, in its rush
toward war, ignored their advice and the body of
factual data they used, and instead relied on rumor, speculation,
exaggeration and falsification
tomislead the American people and their
elected representatives in
tosupporting a war that is rapidly turning in to
a quagmire. They knew the truth aboutSadly, no one listened
's WMD. Iraq
Search for Banned Arms In
Iraq Ended Last Month
Critical September Report to Be Final Word
By Dafna Linzer
Post Staff Writer Washington
Wednesday, January 12, 2005; Page A01
The hunt for biological, chemical and nuclear weapons in
Iraq has come to an end nearly two years after President Bush
troops to disarm Saddam Hussein. The top CIA U.S.
weapons hunter is home, and analysts are back at