Iraq War's 10th Anniversary: The Invasion

Mar 19, 2013 | Posted by: Mr_Bill | Full story: www.theatlantic.com

A decade ago, the U.S. and its allies invaded Iraq on the premise that the country was hiding weapons of mass destruction.

Despite worldwide protest and a lack of UN authorization, 200,000 thousand troops deployed into Iraq in March of 2003, following massive airstrikes. The coalition faced minimal opposition, and Baghdad quickly fell. For years after President George W. Bush's "mission accomplished" speech, the war raged on, fueled by sectarian conflicts, al Qaeda insurgencies, outside agencies, and mismanagement of the occupation.

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Sayville, NY

#3 Mar 19, 2013
Iraq/Military-Industrial Complex/The Ruling Class
http://tinyurl.com/28ubsjy


Eisenhower warns us of the military industrial complex
http://www.youtube.com/watch...

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What I Knew Before the Invasion
http://tinyurl.com/dtpyy November 20, 2005
By Senator Bob Graham
I, too, presumed the president was being truthful -- until a series of events undercut that confidence.

In February 2002, after a briefing on the status of the war in Afghanistan, the commanding officer, Gen. Tommy Franks, told me the war was being compromised as specialized personnel and equipment were being shifted from Afghanistan to prepare for the war in Iraq -- a war more than a year away. Even at this early date, the White House was signaling that the threat posed by Saddam Hussein was of such urgency that it had priority over the crushing of al Qaeda.

In the early fall of 2002, a joint House-Senate intelligence inquiry committee, which I co-chaired, was in the final stages of its investigation of what happened before Sept. 11. As the unclassified final report of the inquiry documented, several failures of intelligence contributed to the tragedy. But as of October 2002, 13 months later, the administration was resisting initiating any substantial action to understand, much less fix, those problems.

At a meeting of the Senate intelligence committee on Sept. 5, 2002, CIA Director George Tenet was asked what the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) provided as the rationale for a preemptive war in Iraq. An NIE is the product of the entire intelligence community, and its most comprehensive assessment. I was stunned when Tenet said that no NIE had been requested by the White House and none had been prepared. Invoking our rarely used senatorial authority, I directed the completion of an NIE.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/...
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Dearborn, MI

#4 Mar 19, 2013
What a waste of lives and treasury, based on lies.

Our grandchildren will pay the price and so will we when they can Medicare because of the interest alone on the war debts. There should be a war tax and there should be no war profiteers. The liars should be executed for treason.

“Yeah, but...”

Since: Sep 11

MILKY WAY

#5 Mar 19, 2013
Worlwide protest, eh? From whom? Not the UN.
40 countries provided forces!

Since: Jul 07

Newport News, VA

#6 Mar 19, 2013
it was almost universally believed prior to the invasion that a threat existed: not just the CIA but the Mossad, MI6, and every other allied intelligence agency agreed that Saddam had WMD.
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Dearborn, MI

#7 Mar 19, 2013
BS! Read the Downing Street Memo! I, and many Americans, never believed the LIES.
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Dearborn, MI

#8 Mar 19, 2013
Of course, I and most Americans also didn't PROFIT from the war based on LIES. Many people around the beltway DID.
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Dearborn, MI

#9 Mar 19, 2013
A soul is a terrible thing to waste. It's for ETERNITY.

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#10 Mar 19, 2013
Makes sense wrote:
What a waste of lives and treasury, based on lies.
Our grandchildren will pay the price and so will we when they can Medicare because of the interest alone on the war debts. There should be a war tax and there should be no war profiteers. The liars should be executed for treason.
Benghazi is the biggest lie of all time. Democrats are the biggest liars of all time.

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#11 Mar 19, 2013
4 dollars for a gallon of gas? That's Obama's war on the poor.

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#12 Mar 19, 2013
South Korea loves us for what we did for them and always will. The Obama and the other haters don't understand that.
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Dearborn, MI

#13 Mar 19, 2013
Ninthman wrote:
<quoted text>Benghazi is the biggest lie of all time. Democrats are the biggest liars of all time.
Really? How many thousands of lives were lost there? Save that BS for your next fundraiser. Americans in general don't think twice about your nonsense. Note the last election, if you don't believe me. You do realize that President Obammy was re-elected, I hope.
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Dearborn, MI

#14 Mar 19, 2013
Ninthman wrote:
4 dollars for a gallon of gas?
That's a small price to pay for the death of Osama Bin Laden.

“It's a Brand New Day”

Since: Feb 06

New Rochelle

#15 Mar 19, 2013
GoodNewz wrote:
it was almost universally believed prior to the invasion that a threat existed: not just the CIA but the Mossad, MI6, and every other allied intelligence agency agreed that Saddam had WMD.
LIE

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Since: Feb 06

New Rochelle

#16 Mar 19, 2013
Ninthman wrote:
<quoted text>Benghazi is the biggest lie of all time. Democrats are the biggest liars of all time.
Y

ou never will let PAUL RYAN off the hook for cutting embassy security funding, will you?

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New Rochelle

#17 Mar 19, 2013
Ninthman wrote:
4 dollars for a gallon of gas? That's Obama's war on the poor.
No, that's capitalism. Are you still a Communist?
vxv

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

#18 Mar 19, 2013
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Dearborn, MI

#19 Mar 19, 2013
Now that we have a socialist Pope, half the Republican party will have to give up the prayer that greed is good. We'll have to live withing our means.

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#20 Mar 19, 2013
Ninthman wrote:
<quoted text>Benghazi is the biggest lie of all time. Democrats are the biggest liars of all time.
When the death toll in Benghazi reaches 4000 like it has looking for WMDs that were never there get back with us on that biggest lie ever told. Dumbass.

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New Rochelle

#21 Mar 19, 2013
Makes sense wrote:
Now that we have a socialist Pope, half the Republican party will have to give up the prayer that greed is good. We'll have to live withing our means.
As if.

Dives and Lazerus all over again.

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#22 Mar 19, 2013
Ninthman wrote:
4 dollars for a gallon of gas? That's Obama's war on the poor.
Exxon in 2012 made the most profit of any company EVER in world history.$45 Billion.
US oil production is at the highest levels than anytime in the past 14 years.
US oil imports are at the lowest levels in the past 20 years.
US oil EXPORTS are at the highest levels since 1949.
In 2012 the US EXPORTED MORE oil and gas than it Imported.
Unless you want Obama to take over US oil companies by force and set-up a navel blockade in the Gulf there's not much he can do about gas prices.
You Repubs got suckered on that Drill Baby Drill crap.

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