Iraq Briefing:
Lies, Lies, Lies

1) Truth's Already a Victim of War
2) What the US President wants us to forget
3) White House 'exaggerating Iraqi threat'
4) In war, some facts less factual
5) America's case for war is built on blindness, hypocrisy and lies
6) Foreign Policy Wrong
7) Eight Washington Lies About Iraq
8) The lies leaders tell when they want to go to war

Truth's Already a Victim of War

by Eric Margolis

SAN FRANCISCO - Once the United States overthrows Saddam Hussein and `liberates' Iraq, it will then proceed to spread democracy, human rights, and enlightenment throughout the world, but most notably in the Mideast. So vows Bush Administration's National Security Advisor, Miss Condoleeza Rice, an academic expert on Soviet affairs, who has drawn up much of the recently-proclaimed Bush Doctrine of worldwide intervention.

One hopes her preposterous assertion is simply part of the Administration's propaganda buildup before invading oil-rich Iraq. Truth is indeed the first casualty of war. Recall in 1990 the famous heart-jerker about Kuwaiti babies thrown from incubators by evil Iraq soldiers, a canard that ignited war fever across America, but turned out to be a total fabrication. Or White House claims to have photographic evidence of an impending Iraqi invasion of Saudi Arabia. These claims were also phony, but they succeeded in stampeding the petrified Saudis into allowing the US to permanently station military forces in the kingdom, where they remain to this day.

If Miss Rice truly believes the US will bring democracy to the Mideast, she must also believe in the tooth fairy. Such naivete is unacceptable in a senior policy maker.

Robert Fisk: What the US President wants us to forget
09 October 2002
War against terrorism

Each day now, someone says something even more incredible, even more unimaginable, about President Bush's obsession with war. Yesterday, George Bush was himself telling an audience in Cincinnati about "nuclear holy warriors". Forget for a moment that we still can't prove Saddam Hussein has nuclear weapons. Forget that the latest Bush speech was just a re-hash of all the "ifs" and "mays" and "coulds" in Tony Blair's flimsy 16 pages of allegations in his historically dishonest "dossier". Forget that if Osama bin Laden ever acquired a nuclear weapon, he'd probably use it first on Saddam. No. We've got to fight "nuclear holy warriors". That's what we have to do to justify the whole charade through which we are being taken now by the White House, by Downing Street, by all the decaying "experts" on terrorism and, alas, far too many journalists.

White House 'exaggerating Iraqi threat'

Bush's televised address attacked by US intelligence

Julian Borger in Washington
Wednesday October 9, 2002
The Guardian

President Bush's case against Saddam Hussein, outlined in a televised address to the nation on Monday night, relied on a slanted and sometimes entirely false reading of the available US intelligence, government officials and analysts claimed yesterday.

Officials in the CIA, FBI and energy department are being put under intense pressure to produce reports which back the administration's line, the Guardian has learned. In response, some are complying, some are resisting and some are choosing to remain silent.

In war, some facts less factual
Sep 6, 2002

Some US assertions from the last war on Iraq still appear dubious.

By Scott Peterson
Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

MOSCOW When George H. W. Bush ordered American forces to the Persian Gulf to reverse Iraq's August 1990 invasion of Kuwait part of the administration case was that an Iraqi juggernaut was also threatening to roll into Saudi Arabia.

But when the St. Petersburg Times in Florida acquired two commercial Soviet satellite images of the same area, taken at the same time, no Iraqi troops were visible near the Saudi border just empty desert.

"It was a pretty serious fib," says Jean Heller, the Times journalist who broke the story.

America's case for war is built on blindness, hypocrisy and lies.

George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld are wilfully ignoring the realities of the Middle East. The result can only be catastrophic

By Robert Fisk

The Independent - 15 September 2002:

Years ago, in a snug underground restaurant in downtown Tehran, drinking duq - an Iranian beverage of mint and yoghurt - Saddam Hussein's former head of nuclear research told me what happened when he made a personal appeal for the release of a friend from prison. "I was taken directly from my Baghdad office to the director of state security," he said. "I was thrown down the stairs to an underground cell and then stripped and trussed up on a wheel attached to the ceiling. Then the director came to see me.

" 'You will tell us all about your friends - everything,' he said. 'In your field of research, you are an expert, the best. In my field of research, I am the best man.' That's when the whipping and the electrodes began."

All this happened, of course, when Saddam Hussein was still our friend, when we were encouraging him to go on killing Iranians in his 1980-88 war against Tehran, when the US government - under President Bush Snr - was giving Iraq preferential agricultural assistance funding. Not long before, Saddam's pilots had fired a missile into an American warship called the Stark and almost sunk it. Pilot error, claimed Saddam - the American vessel had been mistaken for an Iranian oil tanker - and the US government cheerfully forgave the Iraqi dictator.

Foreign Policy Wrong
August 9, 2002

Last September, when President Bush declared his war on terrorism, I said that you can't kill your way out of a terrorism problem. I cited the Israelis as an example.

Does anyone want to argue with that? Israel is still wracked with terrorism, despite having reoccupied virtually all of the West Bank and having killed Palestinians at a prodigious rate. Nor have we solved our terrorism problem, even though, for the time being, the terrorists are lying low.

I also said in October that American troops would be in Afghanistan long enough to realize that Afghanistan's summers are as blazing hot as its winters are cold. That was when everyone was celebrating the "short" war. Our troops are still there. Moreover, the Bush administration doesn't have the foggiest notion of how long they will have to stay.

We are in this mess because the Bush administration foreign policy is based on lies. It is based on lies in order to avoid the politically incorrect truth that our problem with terrorism is solely the result of our outrageously unjust policy of blind support of Israel. Neither Bush nor Congress wants to admit this, so they come up with absurd lies that terrorists are jealous of our freedom and wealth.

Eight Washington Lies About Iraq
by Jon Basil Utley

The War Party in Washington has mounted a vast campaign in conservative media to attack Iraq again. See Georgie Anne Geyer column on lobby in Anti-Arab Advocates Risk U.S. Interests. Saddam is an enemy of Islamic Fundamentalists. Iraqi women are among the most emancipated in the Moslem world. You never see Saddam wearing a robe and shouting about Holy War. Iraq has not been a supporter of "global terrorism," although it does support Palestinian terrorists against Israel's UN declared illegal settlements on the West Bank. There is no evidence of Iraqi nuclear ability, nor that it ever provided chemical weapons to other nations or terrorists.

Robert Fisk: The lies leaders tell when they want to go to war

'The problem with Arafat is that he has a lot in common with Sharon: old, ruthless and cynical'

30 March 2002

How much longer can Ariel Sharon pretend that he's fighting in the "war against terror"? How much longer are we supposed to believe this nonsense? How much longer can the Americans remain so gutlessly silent in the face of a vicious conflict which is coming close to obscuring the crimes against humanity of 11 September? Terror, terror, terror. Like a punctuation mark, the word infects every Israeli speech, every American speech, almost every newspaper article. When will someone admit the truth: that the Israelis and Palestinians are engaged in a dirty colonial war which will leave both sides shamed and humiliated?

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