Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Lies Were True: Initial Reasons for Iraq Invasion Were False

Just a quick update about recent news regarding the supposed "facts" which led to the invasion of Iraq by the George W. Bush administration.

In a McClatchy Washington Bureau story, called Senate committee: Bush knew Iraq claims weren't true, the Senate Select Intelligence Committee report on the initial invasion of Iraq finds that there was no intelligence to support President Bush and Vice-President Cheney's assertions that Sudam Hussein was collaborating with Al-Qaeda or had nuclear weapons/weapons of mass destruction.

Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV, D- W. Va. states in the story:

"Before taking the country to war, this administration owed it to the American people to give them a 100 percent accurate picture of the threat we faced. Unfortunately, our Committee has concluded that the administration made significant claims that were not supported by the intelligence."

It is interesting, although not all that surprising, that the Bush administration did not give the whole truth surrounding the Iraqi invasion. They detain prisoners without trial and hold them in secret prisons (such as the one mentioned in The Largest Minority). Their aims in Iraq seem to more than benevolent in nature. Most people had a sense that there was no factual basis behind the invasion of Iraq, but now it is proof.

Some people on the McClatchy webpage have commented that it will change nothing because the people involved are too high to reach, and there are frankly just too many people involved, but that is thinking on a small scale (or narrow minded thinking). If you look at the bigger picture for instance, the fact that people will be more questioning of the goals of their government when they go to war, I think this report is very influential. People need to take heed from the evidence brought forth, and learn from the past.

Knowledge is power, and with power comes great responsibility (yes, I know that sounds like a hybrid of Sir Francis Bacon and Spiderman). People need to use the knowledge that has been giving them and put it to good use. It is not logical to just shrug this off and say, "oh well! That's the government for you." For a change to take place, people need to be cognizant of what is happening around them and look for ways to improve their situations.

(If you want to check out the report by the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, it is available here)


Caledonian Jim said...

In the UK we had Tony Blair getting his spin doctors to "sex up" an intelligence report, to include nonsensical claims like "Saddam could launch missiles at Britain within 45 minutes" .

In 1945 we charged the Nazi leadership with "planning aggresive war" and by our own criteria Blair and Bush, together with their respective entourages, should be similarly arrested and brought before the International War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague .

How many more young soldiers from our countries are going to have to be killed or maimed for a lie ?

DC said...

Jim, I am totally behind you. This type of top-down disinformation is what causes so much of the world's problems.

People such as President Bush, and former Prime Minister Tony Blair, should be accountable to someone when they start wars based on lies. The Hague sounds like a good idea to me, although I wish they had more power to carryout their verdicts (ie: how the US just chooses to ignore them).