It is now common knowledge (at least amongst the 50 percent of the U. S. population informed enough to know that Iraq had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks and that Iraq and al Qaida were not in league) that President Bush, Vice-president Cheney, former Secretary of State Powell, Condolezza Rice, and any number of other top administration officials lied their way into war with Iraq. Such is such common knowledge, in fact, that recognition of the fact has even permeated our sorrowful mainstream media.
Remember the aluminum tubes that Bush and Rice declared were intended for use in nuclear centrifuges, even after nuclear intelligence experts in the Department of Energy indicated they were rocket tubes? Remember the mobile biological weapons labs that Bush and Chency decried, even after the British government identifed the mobile units as hydrogen generators for filling weather baloons?
The fact is that many top administration officials were signatories of a 1998 letter from the Project For The New American Century urging President Clinton to remove Saddam Hussein as the Iraqi head of state.
PNAC letter to Clinton
We also know from the July 23, 2002 “Downing Street Memo”, published in the Times of London on May 1, 2005 and largely ignored by the U.S. media, that already in the Summer of 2002:
Downing Street Memo
“Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. The NSC had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime’s record. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action.”
And we know from the Downing Street Memo that Defense Secretary Rumsfeld:
”…said that the US had already begun “spikes of activity” to put pressure on the regime. No decisions had been taken, but he thought the most likely timing in US minds for military action to begin was January, with the timeline beginning 30 days before the US Congressional elections.”
We also know, from the reporting of Jeremy Scahil in “The Nation” that the Bush administration actually began the conquering of Iraq in May 2002 with increased bombing ostensibly to protect the “no-fly zones”, established after the Gulf War, but which were in reality:
Jeremy Scahil’s report
“…offensive attacks on Iraq, that were intended to take out communications infrastructure in the country, the ability of commanders in the Iraqi military to communicate with one another, pretty much defensive mechanics for the country, and these attacks were happening with the justification that they were protecting the so-called no-fly zones in Iraq.”
The fact the Bush was intent upon go to war in Iraq from the earliest days of his administration has been previously reported by former Treasury Secretary O’neill:
CBS report of the content of O’neill’s forthcoming book
“From the very beginning, there was a conviction, that Saddam Hussein was a bad person and that he needed to go,” says O’Neill, who adds that going after Saddam was topic “A” 10 days after the inauguration– eight months before Sept. 11. “
The evidence that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, Rice, Wolfowitz, and etc. lied their way into a war against a nation that both Powell and Rice declared in 2001 posed no threat to the U. S. is overwhelming. I am hoping that the talk of the impeachment of Bush, now percolating in both the Congress and the media, results in actual impeachment.