This morning, a deeply informed facebook comment from Colleen Rowley serves to introduce a new David Swanson article. How long must the human race go without recognizing that war is not only obsolete, but NEVER justified? When will all those who foment wars be formally called to account? When will we transform the entire geopolitical and economic landscape so that war benefits absolutely no one? When will those of us fortunate enough to have never (yet) experienced close-up the horror of war feel the unbearable suffering of our deeply traumatized brothers and sisters?
The fact that President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and their team knowingly lied cannot be overemphasized. This group took the testimony of Hussein Kamel regarding weapons he’d said had been destroyed years ago, and used it as if he’d said they currently existed. This team used forged documents to allege a uranium purchase. They used claims about aluminum tubes that had been rejected by all of their own usual experts. They “summarized” a National Intelligence Estimate that said Iraq was unlikely to attack unless attacked to say nearly the opposite in a “white paper” released to the public. Colin Powell took claims to the U.N. that had been rejected by his own staff, and touched them up with fabricated dialogue.
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Jay Rockefeller concluded that, “In making the case for war, the Administration repeatedly presented intelligence as fact when in reality it was unsubstantiated, contradicted, or even nonexistent.”