Recalling the incredible double-talk used to justify the U.S. war in Iraq

Writer and filmmaker Errol Morris had a piece in The New York Times the other day — the first installment of a four-part series, actually — in which he recalled a Pentagon news conference of Feb. 12, 2002. It was five months after the terrorist attacks of Sept 11, 2001, and a year before the U.S. invasion of Iraq. At one point, Jim Miklaszewski of NBC News asked this question of then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (above):  In regard to Iraq weapons of mass destruction and terrorists, is there any evidence to indicate that Iraq...

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Most Americans say U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan failed to achieve their goals

The most interesting thing about THIS POLL is that there is little difference between Democrats and Republicans on whether the U.S. has achieved its goals in Iraq and Afghanistan: After more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the public does not think the United States has achieved its goals in either country. About half of Americans (52%) say the U.S. has mostly failed to achieve its goals in Afghanistan while 38% say it has mostly succeeded. Opinions about the U.S. war in Iraq are virtually the same: 52% say the United States has...

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Robert Gates trots out phony Lincoln quotation in his new book

During the height of the U.S. war in Iraq, right-wing supporters of Bush administration policy attributed a bogus quotation to Abraham Lincoln in their effort to impugn the patriotism of congressional critics of the conflict: Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled or hanged. Not only did Lincoln never say any such thing (see HERE), but he was a war protestor himself during his time in Congress. His CRITICISMS of the Mexican War in 1848...

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The big winner of our war in Iraq is — surprise! — China

Well, THIS makes that costly military adventure seem worthwhile, doesn’t it? Since the American-led invasion of 2003, Iraq has become one of the world’s top oil producers, and China is now its biggest customer. China already buys nearly half the oil that Iraq produces, nearly 1.5 million barrels a day, and is angling for an even bigger share, bidding for a stake now owned by Exxon Mobil in one of Iraq’s largest oil fields. “The Chinese are the biggest beneficiary of this post-Saddam oil boom in Iraq,” said Denise Natali, a Middle East...

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Iconic photo of counter-protester with misspelled sign is now 10 years old

On March 23, 2003, the photo above, which has appeared on the Internet countless thousands of times in the past 10 years,  was snapped outside a Boeing missile plant in St. Louis. The guy with the misspelled sign was demonstrating against several hundred antiwar protesters a few days after the start of the U.S. conflict in Iraq. I read somewhere that his name is Sullivan and that he’s from Decatur, Illinois. But the article did not include any other  photo of him — so I have my doubts. I have relatives named Moran, all of whom are...

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