US Iraq Policy Uncovered
Only in the U.S. can the halftime show at the Super Bowl cause more public outrage than a president's floundering attempts to justify getting more than 500 American soldiers killed and more than 3,000 wounded in an unnecessary invasion and occupation on the other side of the globe. If the American people actually were to pay attention to the President's remarks on this week's Meet the Press show, the naked truth about the Bush administration's Iraq policy could become more exposed than Janet Jackson.
Although in the past, the president has admitted that no connection existed between the September 11 attacks and Saddam Hussein, he and other administration officials, including Vice President Cheney, have repeatedly implied just such a link by associating the invasion of Iraq with the "war on terror." He continued this Goebbels-like propaganda behavior during the show. The president stated, "I made the decision [to invade Iraq] based upon that intelligence in the context of the war against terror. In other words, we were attacked, and therefore every threat had to be reanalyzed. . . . Every potential harm to America had to be judged in the context of this war on terror." More specifically, the president later said of Saddam Hussein, "he had the capacity to make a weapon [of mass destruction], and then let that weapon fall into the hands of a shadowy terrorist network." On the subject of the most important (really the only) weapon of mass destruction, he argued that Hussein "could have developed a nuclear weapon over time-I'm not saying immediately, but over time."
First, according to former Secretary of the Treasury Paul O'Neill, the Bush administration's decision to go after Iraq was made a short-time after the administration took office in early 2001-well before the September 11 attacks.
Second, having the capacity to make weapons of mass destruction is not the same as having weapons ready to use. As a justification for the war, the president and many other administration officials repeatedly emphasized that the Iraqi threat was imminent. In fact, the president had said "The Iraqi regime is a threat of unique urgency. Saddam Hussein is a threat that we must deal with as quickly as possible." Furthermore, in 2002, Vice President Cheney had declared, "On the nuclear question, many of us are convinced that Saddam will acquire such weapons fairly soon." Even though Saddam Hussein was cooperating with the international weapons inspectors that he had allowed back into Iraq and the United States had successfully contained the dictator for more than a decade, the threat suddenly became urgent in the summer of 2002 and the containment policy was abandoned in the rush to war.
Third, the president distorted the remarks of David Kay, his own weapons inspector. Indeed, Kay didn't seem to be very impressed with Iraqi efforts to reconstitute their weapons programs. In fact, it is apparent now that the international weapons inspections had deterred Iraq from restarting large-scale research, development and production of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons.
Fourth, no one ever mentions that Saddam Hussein only supported terrorist groups that did not focus their attacks on U.S. targets. He supported groups that attacked Iran and Israel. And Hussein would have had little incentive to give super-weapons, which are costly to produce, to unpredictable groups that could get him in trouble with the superpower colossus. Saddam Hussein may have been a ruthless and brutal dictator (there are many in the world), but very few experts had characterized him as the "madman" portrayed by the President Bush. Like Janet Jackson's costume, the pre-war threat from Iraq is disintegrating before our eyes.
Now, in a seemingly coordinated tack to justify invading non-nuclear Iraq instead of a much more dangerous North Korea, President Bush, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and sympathetic voices in the media-for example, Brit Hume of Fox News-are arguing that negotiations with Hussein-unlike those with North Korea-had unsuccessfully run their course. But Hussein never admitted reconstituting banned weapons (probably because he never did) and allowed the international weapons inspectors to return to Iraq. In contrast, North Korea has bragged about violating an agreement with the United States to freeze the North Korean weapons program, withdrew from its obligations under the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and kicked international weapons inspectors out.
Unlike like the clever plot by Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake to generate nationwide gossip, which succeeded brilliantly, President Bush's backpedaling and scheming to justify an unnecessary war and quagmire will be unlikely to stop tongues from wagging during and after this election year.
Ivan Eland is the Director of the Center on Peace and Liberty at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California and author of the book, Putting "Defense" Back into U.S. Defense Policy: Rethinking U.S. Security in the Post-Cold War World.
Topics: Conflicts And War, George W. Bush, Government And Politics, Iraq, Saddam Hussein
When the very Shiites were revolting against Saddam, in Gulf War I, the US knowingly let Saddam's helicopters anahilate them. Indeed there is no disputing of the US support of Saddam during his 8 years of war against Iran, including use of chemical weapons. Where was the US then??
I am a proud Shiite and really resent being used to further US/Zionist ulterior political motives. I dont' know what field your doctorate is in but please read more about the issues involved here before beating your own drum.
I am sure we are all happy to see the back of Saddam but that was not the reason the US put forward as for going to war. Truly the US must stop this double political dealing and get back to being a force for the good by not taking sides and by "upholding the good and denouncing the evil" wherever it is, including the Zionist regime of Israel.
Only then we may see some respect for the US in the Middle East. The rest is talk, politcs and rubbish really.
PS. you will see I have put the clause above in inverted comas. This is an Islamic principle. Its Arabic reads "Al-amru bil maroof wal nahiu an al-munkar". When God asks us to upohold the truth and denounce the wrong, it means in all quarters, even if it is against ourselves.
A true muslims would do that, as I would expect a true human being would, for God's command is to uphold humanity. It can never be against humanity.
Peace to all.
In this season of LOVE and PEACE, I,H.A., would like to thank the staffs/editors of Islamicity/iviews.com, ON BEHALF OF ALL the citizens who post comments here on site, for posting OUR comments with NO CHARGE and in a timely fashion...
Keep up the good work!!! Allah is the greatest! There are NO Gods, but ONE PARTNERLESS Allah.
I agree, It was known to them that Iraq didn't have WMD and hence they just went into War as the fear/hatred they created among their citizens was still raw... Stike the iron when it is hot...
i even read an article "life after Oil Crash" in Islamicity.com, dated 14-Feb-2004 that they have a plan to occupy Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabi in 2-5 years to satisfy their oil needs as there is no substitute for oil. For more details visit http://www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net/
Also, speaking of 9/11, I was under the impression that the "persistent theme" of Al Qaida appeared to be the liberation of Arabia. At this point in time, personally, I would be happy to see Arabia's liberators in black turbans (wa Sayyid insha'Allah). Also, I personally prefer front-biting to back-biting, and especially prefer to see as such in matters pertaining to foreign policy. In addition, the men in black turbans have not attacked my countrymen for the past couple of decades or so (for which the praise goes to Allah). I'm wondering if the United States might be able to unload some of that used military hardware currently in Iraq, accompanied perhaps by a guaranteed period of air superiority, to somehow replenish U.S. strategic oil reserves. Let's roll!
Perhaps you might personally be amenable to supervising the effort on-site, so to speak. Hopefully, that's not too subtle. Insha'Allah it would be my hope not to appear to be some sort of a back-biter - wa Allah maak. (Think of the reward for yourself - insha'Allah!)
First of all this article makes many points but comes to no solutions. This is typical of liberals.
Secondly the comparison of Iraq with N. Korea was not accurate. Iraq had failed, according to a unanimous security council resolution, to be forth coming with information on its weapons programs and had one final chance to do so. Iraq lost the Gulf War, and on condition that we would not depose him then, he signed a treaty to allow weapons inspectors and inspections so that the world could be satisfied. He broke all of these promises and the final one. That is why negotiations had run their course and war was the last option.
When you inform someone of the consequences of their actions and they agree to these consequences, if you do not hold them accountable for their transgressions you are as much a liar as they. The world had to hold Mr. Hussein accountable.
In regards to N. Korea, I completely agree that the situation is out of control. We should have take that evil regime out long ago. There people are starving because of their lack of personal and economic freedom. I sincerely hope the world stands together to disarm N. Korea peacefully or forcefully if needed.
Certainly the Director of the center on peace and liberty holds that liberty is important for all humans. If this can be assumed then it is quite odd he thinks it was unnecessary to liberate a people that that were subject to such a cruel regime.
Your information is incorrect about the amount wounded. As of a month ago there were at least 10,000 wounded.
Recently there has been a lot of throwing around the term Islamaphobic like it is an insult without good reason as to why people should not be Islamaphobic. I think I have been accused of Islamaphobia. I want to state I am not afraid of Islam, I am sad for muslims (Islamadysphoric).
H.A. don't worry, be happy.
America has never done any good unless its interest is involved. Here is a good book that may remove some of that dust from your eyes provided you approach the subject with open heart and read the site also:
I find it funny you mentioning Saddam gassing Halabja. That was more than a decade. Have you just heard the news?? For your info the US continued to support Saddam's regime and bullied the UN to dampen down the resolution condeming him for gassing the Kurds. So much for your chest beating saviour of the world.
If you believe the US wants to bring democracy, after all other reasons have been blown away, then you are very naeive my friend.
Here is another nasty chief much worst than Saddam shaking hands with Bush. Check it out. Its your tax dollars supporting such terrorist states.
And if the US still has Iraqi interests at heart why in the name of Christ did they push for UN sanctions for over a decade to weaken the very people who now you want to save. Do your really think we are idiots? In effect the US was instrumental in weakening the internal opposition against Saddam because we all know the sanctions never hurt him but it did hurt the people of Iraq, the opposition, big time.
Do yourself a favour a do a google for PNAC and see the archeticts of this war which was planned long before 911 and ordered via TelAviv.
You would need to have an open mind when you read such non-CNN,NBC,FOX,Holywood stuff, that is if you can remove your blinkers.
Let there be peace.
May be we should bull-doze her out of Islmicity.com like Rachel Carrie was bull-dozed and killed by the Israeli terrorists. Then and only then, she will understand who the real terrorists are.
Blaming Saddam for giving money to Paletinians!!!
WOW! another lost daughter of Mother Eve. Sister Miller!!! Do you know which country and its tax payers pay the terrorist state, Isreal, $4,000,000,000 every year to kill and oppress Palestinians. Right now, Isreal is building an apartheid wall with your tax dollars. In case you're drunk and lost your senses, its your GREAT SATANIC gov't.
"...relevance and no comparison between JJ.."
-Are you ashamed of JJ's action? There are 300,000,000 JJs in the USA. Such stupid behaviors tell the world who are civilized and who are uncivilized.
".... Where are the articles about how terrorists destroy, humiliate and make a mockery of the Islamic faith and the Arab world in the name of Islam? Where are the articles about the suffering of the families and loved ones victimized by 9/11?..."
Too bad& sad Ms. Miller! As you let your gov't sow terrorirst state, Isreal, and dictators (for oil) in the Middle East, so will you reap in the NY and Washinton. NOT A SHOCKER TO ME! If I get killed in an attack by anyone from Middle East, I would NOT complain, because the U.S. gov't dearly deserve it.The people who were killed on 9/1l was collateral damage. OBL doesn't have to come to NY and Washinton to kill Christians. There are plenty of Christians in Middle East, Russia, Ukraine and Europe. It is time you people really wake up!
You should be standing up to your evil gov't, instead of wasting time & blaming Islamicity.com. That's the only way to prevent future Bang-Bangs!
Don't let your gov't make you look STUPID all around the world....I think you, Ms.M.miller really need a reality check soon.
true that only in America would more fuss be
made over one bare breast rather than over
thousands of lives being unneccessarily
destroyed. Don't get me wrong, I love my
country...but the media coverage is just
ridiculous. It saddens me deeply, and I can
only hope that Americans will come to their
senses before Mr. Bush has the chance to
waste even more innocent lives.
support terrorists as long as they were going
to attack Irsrael and not the U.S? And, what's
this comparison to the Janet J media circus?
I'm no fan of Bush and am certainly against
war, but come on already - there's no
relevance and no comparison between JJ and
Iraq. Any competent journalist can see that. I
think this is just another anti-American article
and is intended to make all Americans look
like monsters and idiots and the rest of the
world look like victims of them . Here's a
question for Islamicity: Where are the articles
about how terrorists destroy, humiliate and
make a mockery of the Islamic faith and the
Arab world in the name of Islam? Where are
the articles about the suffering of the families
and loved ones victimized by 9/11? How about
selecting some more balanced articles?
Islamicity is just too anti-American and does
not help to reduce the anti-Islamic sentiment
that is so prevalant today. I am working with
groups who are trying to find ways to be
inclusive of people of all faiths. Your views and
the articles you choose help to widen the gap
between worlds not close them and that is
You see, I happen to have a friend with the same last name in the forensic dentistry class hummm!
- Yeah! You saved the Jews by accidently finding them in Germany. You were reluctant to help out, but when Japan BIG BANGED you, you had no choice but go to war. Is that your accomplishment?
- Yeah! of course. you've created the terrorist and ZIONIST state by forcefully displacing the Palestininas. Good job!
- yeah! currently you are living the expense of the third world people. Do you know who makes your NIKE shoes?
- Yeah! America treat women equally. How come no women president since 1776? There are only 3 women president in the world. 2/3 are in Muslim countries. American women are treated very well in rated R movies and porns...
- Yeah! America will elect a Muslim President in 2004. Senegal, which is a Muslim country, has a CHRISTIAN PRESIDENT. Hmmm...shocked! Say! Islam and Muslims are Evil/terrorists.
- Yeah! America do not discriminate! How come Al-Sharpton will NEVER be America's president, even if he has best ideas and most eloquent? I wonder if Al-Sharpton is BLACK or white.......
"...GOD BLESS AMERICA FOR ITS GUTS AND INTEGRITY..."
- Yeah! America is full of intergrity..WHERE IS YOUR WMD, the imminent danger to your country? Americans are full of guts!!! Yeah..American Soldiers are shooting at innocent Iraqis at the sound of birds flying overhead. Wow...the AMERICA THE BRAVE! The land of the BRAVES (hung at all the bridges in your country).
"....THE BIBLE SAYS RIGHTEOUSNESS EXALTS A NATION..."
- yeah! you're so upright and on moral high ground! You open up casinos/gambling to make money. YOu expose one's breast by pulling her garment while millions of innocent children are watching. You take your 5,6,9,10-year old to watch Rated R movies with YOU. You forget what the meaning of the English word "is" is while playing with interns. I can go on infinitely....
Good luck digesting my words!!! I hope you have a brave stomach.
"...AMERICA'S ELIMINATION OF SADDAM HUSSEIN'S STALINIST STATE WITH ITS MASS MURDERS AND GASSING OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN AT HALABJA AND
AGGRESSION AGAINST KUWAIT AND IRAN IS TOTALLY DISCOUNTED, EVEN RIDICULED."
Do you know who created Saddam and supplied him with chemicals? Do you know who encouraged Saddam to use the chemicals against the Iranians?
ANS: It's your lovely U.S. gov't. If U.S. gov't did not support and supply Saddam with the chemicals, HOW COME the U.S. did not pass resoultion 1441 then & impose sanction? Your stupid gov't did not even complain for the fear that people would find out YOUR bloody hand in the gassing and mass murder.
Also, b/c Iran was the enemy, and Saddam was the best buddy of your corrupt, evil, and infidellic gov't.
Do you think that the U.S. is the savior of the World? If so, how come your gov't switch sides every few months with different nations? Don't you think that is hyporcrisy? Did Jesus (PBUH) taught you to engage in hyporcrisy, just to protect/gain your interest/part of the pie?
Your stupid U.S. gov't is always on the wrong side of the equation since its sinful birth.(here are some of its joyful achievements - forceful killing of Native Americans, slavery, dropping atomic bombs on innocent Japanese civilians, testing Nuclear weapons all over the south pacific and exposing millions to harmful carcinogens; supporting, creating, and supplying the TERRORIST state Israel, which is oppressing, killing, aparthedizing innocent Palestanians since its sinful psuedo-birth.
You'r gov't could have killed Saddam ALONE a long-time ago, but decided to wage the stupid war, simply to cover up or fool people of its evil intention of stealing oil and TAKE DIRECT REVENGE FOR 9/11 on a country that has nothing to do with 9/11. HOW STUPID CAN A NATION BE!!!
I am an Arab-American and a Muslim. I am very proud to be as such. Why can't we settle with the idea and reality that there is no space for dictators to be accommodated. Bush did a good job regardless of the motive. We, Arabs in general, are tired and sick of our oppressors. Their existence goes against Islam, our cherished religion. Arabs must not and I repeat must not succumb to dictatorships anymore. Otherwise, they are taken for being weak and dumb. Islam commands that all of us have to fight against evil. Saddam had to go and others will go soon. There is no way around it. We need America to do the job in a fair and just manner. Bush might have committed some mistakes, but Saddam's were the worst of all times. We Muslims will support our President in his effort to eradicate all the dictators. I am tired of thinking of my relatives and friends being oppressed and murdered.
AGGRESSION AGAINST KUWAIT AND IRAN IS TOTALLY DISCOUNTED, EVEN RIDICULED. IT IS EVEN WORSE THAT WHEREAS TERRORISTS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO GIVE ANY JUSTIFICATION FOR STRIKING ANYWHERE AT ANY TIME AND KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE, AMERICA IS HELD TO A DIFFERENT STANDARD AND IS REQUIRED TO GIVE
JUSTIFICATION FOR ELIMINATING A STALINIST STATE.
IN A RATIONAL WORLD MADE UP OF RATIONAL PEOPLE,
THE EXISTENCE OF A STALINIST STATE IS JUSTIFICATION FOR OPPOSING IT. SO WHAT IF SADDAM HUSSEIN DID NOT HAVE WMD AT POINT B IN TIME.
HE DID HAVE WMD AT POINT A OTHERWISE HE COULD NOT HAVE GASSED THE CITIZENS OF HALABJA AND USED MUSTARD GAS AGAINST IRANIAN SOLDIERS. BUT OFCOURSE, SINCE SADDAM HUSSEIN IS ARAB HE CAN DO NO WRONG. HE WAS NEVER REQUIRED TO GIVE ANY JUSTIFICATION FOR HIS PERVERSE WAYS. AMERICA
ON THE OTHER HAND IS REQUIRED TO GIVE JUSTIFICATION TO THE SELF-APPOINTED AMBASSADORS OF ALLAH. IT IS TIME TO PUT AN END TO BLIND ANTI-AMERICANISM OR THE TERRORISTS AND ROGUE NATIONS WILL MAKE TERRORISTS AND ROGUES OF ALL OF US. MAY BE WE SHOULD LEARN FROM COLONEL KADDAFI AND TURN A NEW LEAF. AMERICA HAS DONE A LOT TO HELP THE WORLD OVER THE PAST 50 OR 60 YEARS. THE SELF-APPOINTED AMBASSADORS OF ALLAH HAVE CONTRIBUTED NOTHING TO MANKIND FOR THE PAST 750 YEARS. GOD BLESS AMERICA FOR ITS GUTS AND INTEGRITY. THE BIBLE SAYS RIGHTEOUSNESS EXALTS A NATION.
It is unjustifed, unnecessary war for a wrong cause for a wrong place against a wrong person and at a wrong time.
Now Bush should admit mistakes and should get out of this Iraqi mess before more and more Americans as well as Iraqis die.