Iraq War’s Curveball Confesses All

The-Iraqi-defector-codena-007Remember how the Bush era had pivotal, history-altering characters with names like “Brownie” and “Curveball”? The latter comes clean and has no regrets, via the Independent:

A man who helped to make the case for invading Iraq – starting a nine-year war costing more than 100,000 lives and hundreds of billions of pounds – will come clean in his first British television interview tomorrow. “Curveball”, the Iraqi defector who fabricated claims about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, smiles as he confirms how he made the whole thing up.

When it is put to him, “We went to war in Iraq on a lie. And that lie was your lie”, Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi simply replies: “Yes.”

His lies were presented as “facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence” by Colin Powell when making the case for war at the UN Security Council in February 2003, after US officials “sexed up” Mr Janabi’s drawings of mobile biological weapons labs, admits General Powell’s former chief of staff.

Mr. Janabi tries to defend his actions: “My main purpose was to topple the tyrant in Iraq.”

More: Independent

8 Comments on "Iraq War’s Curveball Confesses All"

  1. So this guzzano defects his own country goes to US tells a bunch of lies just to please his american masters to let them loot his own country and still thinks it’s all OK? What a massive inferiority complex this imbecile must have …

  2. rapemeagain | Apr 3, 2012 at 7:56 pm |

    Horrible useless wars that created so much instability in the world.  God help the future generations or whatever you believe in or don’t.  I look over what I wrote about as a child and 20 years later it’s the same nothing has changed but I tried my best and that wasn’t good enough.  Vince Foster I’ll be joining you soon!   Winning always meant protecting the kids and those that couldn’t fend for themselves not control. 

  3. Unfortunately it happens all to often, you topple one tyrant only to replace them with another, often worse tyrant, in the meantime the whole population was terrorised by a military junta.
    The US spent so much time training military juntas in South America to ensure US corporations could continue to exploit those countries that they finally became one. 

  4. Redacted | Apr 4, 2012 at 3:43 am |

    Any thoughts on what the Iraq war was actually about? The only winner in the debacle is Iran, who’s most immediate threat and biggest rival was Saddam Hussain.

    Meanwhile the Kurds get left out in the cold again.

    • Eric_D_Read | Apr 4, 2012 at 4:26 am |

      Aside from the obvious (oil reserves), Iraq began refusing to accept U.S. dollars in their oil sales just a couple of years before the invasion. That’s why Bush and friends were already planning an invasion before 9/11 provided the excuse. 
      Libya did the same a few months before Qaddafi was toppled. Aside from military power, the U.S. global power base rests on its status as the world’s reserve currency.
      Iran stopped accepting U.S. dollars for their oil as of March 20 this year.

    • Hadrian999 | Apr 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm |

       from being there in the beginning and seeing how poorly it was planned I would have to say that the planners believed it was going to be a short slam dunk that would was supposed to put the region on notice. there were no long term plans for occupation or reconstruction.

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