October 10, 2012 "Information
- Ten years ago, on October 10, 2002, the United States House of
Representatives made one of the most calamitous mistakes of a
generation. Congress, with willful blindness, voted to attack,
invade and occupy a sovereign, oil-rich nation in the Middle
East that did not attack us and did not pose a threat to the
The war in Iraq will ultimately cost the United States five
trillion dollars. Four thousand, four hundred, eighty eight
Americans were killed. Tens of thousands of Americans were
injured. At least one million innocent Iraqis were killed. Iraq
has become a home to Al Qaida which it certainly was not before
our intervention. Resentment against the United States has made
pursuing peace more difficult. And we still have thousands of
armed contractors in Iraq -- paid for by U.S. taxpayers.
Many are trying to rewrite the history of the Iraq war. The
people who led us into a war based on lies want us to believe
that the intelligence community was duped. They don't want us to
ask questions, because they don't want to be held accountable.
Those repeating the myth that America was duped are perpetuating
one of the biggest lies in American history.
Iraq did not pose a threat to the United States. Iraq had no
Weapons of Mass Destruction. Iraq had absolutely nothing to do
with 9/11. We were not duped. We were not fooled. It was obvious
at the time. The evidence was in publicly available reports for
anyone who cared to look. I personally distributed this memo to
Members of Congress. In it I address the false justifications
for war, point-by-point and establish the truth. I made the case
in an hour-long presentation on the House floor. 133 Members of
Congress were not duped; they voted against going to war with
Iraq. The Bush Administration lied to the Congress and the
American people to sell its war. The intelligence community
wasn't duped, The American people were duped and we are still
paying the price.
Why did they lie? After ten years, we have never held anyone
accountable for the lies. Perhaps it would be useful to look at
who benefited from the war. The Neoconservatives in the Bush
Administration wanted to show the world American power by
destroying an enemy. They thought that American power and
American bombs could redraw the maps and ensure American
hegemony and American access to cheap oil for a new century.
Certainly the bomb makers and war profiteers have gained from a
decade of war. The elite chattering class of State Department
sponsored spokespersons from so-called "independent" think tanks
have also benefited. This professional chattering class receives
funding and attention by hyping threats and war. Who else
benefited from the war?
America needs a period of truth and reconciliation. How can we
avoid future wars if we don't understand how consent was
manufactured for a war against Iraq?
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