Iraq War

There is a pervasive idea in today’s American society that regardless of political philosophy or party affiliation, one must never criticize the members of the United States military.












With the tenth anniversary of the Iraq invasion coming up next month, we can expect a surge of explanations for what made that catastrophe possible. An axiom from Orwell — “who controls the past controls the future” — underscores the importance of such narratives.

I encountered a disturbing version last week while debating Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Largely, Wilkerson blamed deplorable war policies on a “bubble” that surrounds top officials. That’s not just faulty history; it also offers us very misleading guidance in the present day.

During our debate on Democracy Now, Wilkerson said: “What’s happening with drone strikes around the world right now is, in my opinion, as bad a development as many of the things we now condemn so readily, with 20/20 hindsight, in the George W. Bush administration. We are creating more enemies than we’re killing. We are doing things that violate international law. We are even killing American citizens without due process. . .”

But why does this happen?…


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.”


Thomas Frank on the establishment economists, bankers, journalists, and foreign policy experts who create our consensus reality, via the Baffler: A résumé filled with grievous errors in the period 1996–2006 is not…


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Via Media Roots:

Abby & Robbie Martin cover White House spin regarding Gaddafi’s vs. Bin Laden’s death footage and the third declared “end” to the Iraq War, MoveOn’s attempt to hijack elements of Occupy Wall Street, Democratic presidents using the cloak of NATO to initiate military interventions, CIA involvement in false flag terrorism and cases of fake “terror” manufactured by aspects of the U.S. government in the newest edition of Media Roots Radio.