Newly-declassified report shows U.S. invaded Iraq with no hard evidence of WMDs

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The Iraq War was a protracted armed conflict that began with the invasion of Iraq on March 20, 2003, 1½ years after the traumatic 9/11 attacks, by a U.S.-led coalition.
The invasion began with a “shock and awe” bombing campaign. Iraqi forces were quickly overwhelmed as U.S. forces swept through the country. The invasion led to the collapse of the Ba’athist government of Saddam Hussein, who was captured in December 2003 and executed by a military court three years later.
But the war continued for much of the next decade as an insurgency emerged to oppose the occupying forces and the post-invasion Iraqi government. Worse still, Saddam’s former military officers morphed into ISIS, which became the Islamic State. (See Blowback: ISIS leaders are former officers of Saddam Hussein’s army”) Although the United States officially withdrew from Iraq in 2011, we became re-involved in 2014 as the Iraqi government proved itself unable to cope with ISIS.
Altogether, the Iraq War exacted a toll of hundreds of thousands in casualties:

  • An estimated 151,000 to 600,000 Iraqis were killed in the first 3–4 years of conflict.
  • 6,045 Americans were killed: 4,491 soldiers; 1,554 contractors. Additionally, 76,106 Americans were wounded: 32,226 soldiers; 43,880 contractors.

The Iraq War cost the U.S. government more than $845 billion — $720 million a day, if one takes into account the long-term health care for veterans, interest on debt and replacement of military hardware, according to Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and Harvard public finance professor Linda Bilmes.  
The George W. Bush administration based its rationale for war principally on the assertion that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) — yellow-cake uranium poison gas, biological weapons — and that Saddam’s government posed an immediate threat to the United States and its coalition allies. Saddam was also accused of of harboring and supporting al-Qaeda, the terrorist group identified as the instigator of 9/11.
The rationale for the Iraq War has since been discredited. But a newly-declassified report to the then-Joint Chiefs of Staff provides even more evidence that the Bush administration went to war with, at best, flimsy evidence of Iraq’s WMDs — a war in which 6,045 Americans lost their lives.
Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense 2001-2006
John Walcott, adjunct professor in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, reports for Politico, Jan. 24, 2016, that on September 9, 2002, as the Bush administration began its public-opinion campaign for an invasion of Iraq, a classified report from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld landed on the desk of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Air Force General Richard Myers.
The report began with these words:

“Please take a look at this material as to what we don’t know about WMD. It is big.”

The report was an inventory of what U.S. intelligence didn’t know about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. The report admitted that what the U.S. didn’t know about Iraq’s WMD program ranged from 0% to about 75%While the threat posed by a nuclear-armed Iraq was at the heart of the administration’s case for war, the JCS report conceded that:

“Our knowledge of the Iraqi (nuclear) weapons program is based largely—perhaps 90%—on analysis of imprecise intelligence.”

Myers already knew about the report because the Joint Staff’s director for intelligence had prepared it. Clearly, Rumsfeld’s urgent tone conveyed how seriously he viewed the report’s potential to undermine the Bush administration’s case for war.
But neither Rumsfeld nor Myers shared the 8-page report with key members of the administration such as then-Secretary of State Colin Powell or top officials at the CIA, according to multiple sources at the State Department, White House and CIA who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity. Instead, the report disappeared, and with it a potentially powerful counter-narrative to the administration’s argument that Saddam Hussein’s nuclear, chemical and biological weapons posed a grave threat to the U.S. and its allies, which was beginning to gain traction in major news outlets, led by the New York Times.
A month after Rumsfeld’s note to Myers, on October 7, 2002, Bush appeared at a VFW hall in Cincinnati, where he declared without reservation: Iraq “possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons.” In February 2003, Powell appeared before the UN General Assembly to make the administration’s case, with CIA Director George Tenet sitting behind him:

“My colleagues, every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources. These are not assertions. What were giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence.

Below are screenshots of the 8-page report, preceded by Rumsfeld’s memo to Myers, and Director for Intelligence Major Gen. Glen Shaffer’s memo to the JCS (source: Politico). I supplied the red-color emphasis.
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The Bush administration invaded Iraq — a war that cost the lives of 6,045 Americans and over $845 billion — with the justification that Saddam had Weapons of Mass Destruction and was an imminent threat to U.S. security, although both the U.S. Defense Secretary and the Joint Chiefs of Staff knew we had only flimsy hard evidence — that U.S. intelligence depended “heavily on analytic assumptions and judgment rather than hard evidence” and that “We don’t know with any precision how much we don’t know.”
Let that thought sink in . . . .
Meanwhile, the Neo-con warmongers in Congress are fast-tracking a resolution to give Obama unlimited war-making powers — unrestricted in time or geography.
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~Eowyn

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  2. A large number of people, including George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Madelyn Albright should stand trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity for our destruction of Iraq alone.
    President Eisenhower warned us about the “military-industrial complex,” and it turns out he was absolutely correct. Gen. Smedley Butler warned us with his book, “War Is A Racket.”
    I look at it a bit cynically: There are no governments. There are only banks and corporations. And American foreign policy has bred a lot of hatred for this country.

     
  3. This proves what D.D.E. SAID IN HIS FAREWELL ADDRESS was correct . Not verbatim , the biggest threat to America is the military-industrial complex .
    Keep feeding the bankers who finance both sides …The so-called Revolutionary War , War of 1812 , the War between the States ., W.W. 1 , W.W.2 . Korea , Viet Nam , the first Iraqi war , when ” Poppy ” got his boxers in a wad , the second exercise in mental masturbation , following the false flag of 9/11 ………….then to the never ending ” WAR ON TERROR ” What a crock of shit . !
    These pols keep plunging us further and further into debt . Without a care in the world . And who is going to pick up the tab ?………..We know damn well the answer to that question .

     
  4. Wow! And I thought Obama’s people were the masters of using a crisis for their own purposes!

     
  5. what do you expect from a President that thinks Islam is a religion of peace, the guy proved himself dilusional since that speach after 9/11

     
  6. Reblogged this on Wotan's Spear and commented:
    Like I have been stating time and time again: # 4. Invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan to secure energy resources for the Globalist Elites and to create the new terrorism class for US perpetual war. Excerpt from The Elites State; Force of Violence, Financial Wars on the Publix Consciousness – Human Society https://wp.me/p1amkx-2FX
    This is why we can with great confidence claim past the veneer there is no essential difference between the Bushes, Clintons and Obamas. Sadly, many attribute war, Jack Boot Fascism to one political figure or one political party in Amerika. This is an extension of the illusionary fight of the two-party system between perceived opposing forces.
    We are fully aware there are those that still believe there is a fully, independent functioning federal government. Global Governance has for intentional purposes already arrived with most Amerikans still living in the fairytale land their minds defense mechanism keeps them trapped.
    A government of the United States of America does not actually exist, it is merely a shell really, a tool for the globalists to bring the population to its knees.

     
  7. “Of course I wish I do not maintain nearly a nearly perfect 99.99999999999999999999999999999999999999999% ‘I Told You So and Validated Prediction’ rate when it comes to the Globalist (Communist) Revolution, Perpetual War for Profit, Western-Civilization.” ~Wotan’s Spear
    “Thought Revolution with Western-Civilization at The Crossroads”

     
  8. Is this the FOTM website or BernieSanders.com?

     
  9. IF you saw the last speech of Boosh pleading to Americans we must go to war you could see he was really trying to convince US of the lie. It was an embarrassing speech.
    Now we know why! There was NOTHING to go on….

     
  10. they did have “Hard evidence” and this report seems to be biased. 1> despite those who forget, at the time there was full knowlege of chemical attacks against the kURDS BY sADAAM AND THERE WAS 2 VERSIONS of what was then called Sadaam’s Super Gun which was said to have the ability to launch chemical and biological weapons into Israel….This report ignores that some weaons have been found and that just because no large stores were found we gave them months to hide the stuff before we finally went in.
    There was much value in allowing such weapons to remain ” unfound” so that they could later be sold to the highest bidder such as Hillary’s ISIS for use in SYria………and this has happened

     
    • How is “this report” biased? Do you dispute Rumsfeld’s report to Myers? Please point out the factual errors in my post.
      As for Saddam’s use of chemical agents on the KURDS and the threat posed by the SuperGun against ISRAEL, none of this equals to Iraq being a “clear and present” imminent threat to the security of the United States — which was Bush administration’s contention and justification to invade Iraq.
      If I were the parent or spouse or child of one of the 4,491 American soldiers killed in the Iraq War, I would sue Rumsfeld and Myers for their unconscionable and criminal withholding of the report from Congress and the American people who are entitled to know all the facts before giving our approval to a war. Wouldn’t you?

       
      • Given the information upon the screen shots of the report(s), it is indicated that they were not shared in totality with members of the Administration (possibly including Bush himself). This is utterly terrible.

         
  11. Hey, we had bubkis intel; however, we did actually find a lot of Iraqi chemical weapons… just without any evidence leading one to conclude they were there.
    “U.S. Troops Found Nearly 5,000 Abandoned Chemical Weapons in Iraq from 2004 to 2011: Report,” by Dylan Stableford, NYT via Yahoo! News, 15 Oct 2014
    https://news.yahoo.com/chemical-weapons-found-in-iraq-nyt-report-135347507.html

     
  12. Bush said there wasn’t back in 2007 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

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