The 2002 Advertisement Which Warned Against Invading Iraq

Via Bear Left!, six months before the start of the Iraq War, the New York Times op-ed page featured an advertisement containing a statement signed by 33 leading scholars of international relations from universities across the United States. Dismissed at the time by mainstream pundits, today their points read as prediction of everything that was to come in Iraq:

WAR WITH IRAQ IS NOT IN AMERICA’S NATIONAL INTEREST

• Saddam Hussein is a murderous despot, but no one has provided credible evidence that Iraq is cooperating with al Qaeda.
• The first Bush administration did not try to conquer Iraq in 1991 because it understood that doing so could spread instability in the Middle East, threatening U.S. interests. This remains a valid concern today.
• The United States would win a war against Iraq, but Iraq has military options—chemical and biological weapons, urban combat—that might impose significant costs on the invading forces and neighboring states.
• Even if we win easily, we have no plausible exit strategy. Iraq is a deeply divided society that the United States would have to occupy and police for many years to create a viable state.
• Al Qaeda poses a greater threat to the U.S. than does Iraq. War with Iraq will jeopardize the campaign against al Qaeda by diverting resources and attention from that campaign and by increasing anti-Americanism around the globe.

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8 Responses to The 2002 Advertisement Which Warned Against Invading Iraq

  1. kowalityjesus March 20, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    [sobbing] why didn’t we listen????

    • Heath March 20, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

      Dont touch the plate it’s hot!!!

    • BuzzCoastin March 20, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

      money, greed, power, stupidity
      and wee the sheeple did listen
      but the sheeple have no real power in a fake democracy
      they’re simply window dressing for the oligarchs
      in order to justify their crimes in the name of the sheeple

    • Daniel Gill March 20, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

      Still proud of Jean Chretien Canada’s prime minister at the time that we didn’t co-operate with the USA.

      • dd1976 March 28, 2013 at 11:05 am #

        I am so surprised/pleased to read your post! I remember at the time where I worked a lot of people were furious with him…they thought that not going in meant we were not “with” the US and Britain. I am absolutely proud to have voted for him, he was a great leader and I don’t think he gets enough credit for keeping us out of that war….by the way I am not anti US at all and we still are “helping” in Afghanistan.

  2. tomasiepants March 21, 2013 at 1:10 am #

    Ron Paul. He’s said this, predicted 911, the housing crash….

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