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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<quoted text>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.
Nice pic, dude.

Well, the congress could cut the petroleum tax loopholes away, since they are not profiting the American public.

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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.
live within our means? a liberal saying that? hahahahahaha! that is priceless! come on, man, yer killing me!

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live within our means? a liberal saying that? hahahahahaha! that is priceless! come on, man, yer killing me!
Y'know, goodnews, people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. You are posting from VIRGINIA.

Now, the 'red states' are the real "WELFARE QUEENS" sucking up more Federal $$$ Dollars than they send in to the US Treasury.

And, guess which state is the GREATEST WELFARE QUEEN OF THEM ALL, the Royal Flush of Federal Welfare?

I can't even tell you. Go to page 12 of the report, and look at #! welfare state...

http://martincantor.com/files/FederalbudgetAn...

(Hint, you live in the crystal palace.)
come on, man, yer killing me !!!

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<quoted text>Benghazi is the biggest lie of all time. Democrats are the biggest liars of all time.
F.ully agree

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ou never will let PAUL RYAN off the hook for cutting embassy security funding, will you?
Bullshit.....hundreds of Marines at embassies arouind Europe throwing paper wads at each other in friendly countries and shillary couldn't move several to Benghazi after the threats?

Fkn brilliant..........Paul Ryan had NOTHING to do with emabassy security...that belongs to the Sec. of State and we know who that was, don't we?

Billy boy, you can't lie forever.....they tend to catch you and bite you on the ass.

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Y'know, goodnews, people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. You are posting from VIRGINIA.
Now, the 'red states' are the real "WELFARE QUEENS" sucking up more Federal $$$ Dollars than they send in to the US Treasury.
And, guess which state is the GREATEST WELFARE QUEEN OF THEM ALL, the Royal Flush of Federal Welfare?
I can't even tell you. Go to page 12 of the report, and look at #! welfare state...
http://martincantor.com/files/FederalbudgetAn...
(Hint, you live in the crystal palace.)
come on, man, yer killing me !!!
The welfare states are mostly blue......you fell off your jackass again, boy.

Your own liberal cnbc says they're mostly blue states.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/31910310

Top 15 Welfare States: 13-of-the-15 are Democrat States
Posted on November 29, 2011 by specfriggintacular
http://specfriggintacular.wordpress.com/2011/...

Look before you leap, billy boy. Your propaganda is covered in slime and getting all over your bong.
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BBT, Bill never lets the pesky facts get in the way of his progressive propaganda.

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George W Bush had the worst terrorist attack on American soil happen on his watch... and then he exploited it with lies so that he can invade Iraq... there is a special place in Hell reserved for Bush, Cheney, and every evil right-winger who blindly supported thar invasion.
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If the GW administration lied about WMDs and rammed through an invasion & occupation of foreign country what the heck did GW & crew lie about and 'ram through' as far as 9-11 is concerned?

Darn right 9-11 was EXPLOITED but that wasn't that part of 'the plan' all along?

I can't believe over decade after 9-11 and Iraq invasion the number of people period that still can't see through the lies and fabrications of the GW crew which was basically all about Dick.
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Marine Corp Pat wrote:
George W Bush had the worst terrorist attack on American soil happen on his watch... and then he exploited it with lies so that he can invade Iraq... there is a special place in Hell reserved for Bush, Cheney, and every evil right-winger who blindly supported thar invasion.
Patty, the consummate idiot, proves his ignorance once again. Iraq wasn't tied to a terrorist attack, that is 9/11/01. WMD or not, that was the impetus for Iraq.

If there is a special place in Hell for the ones you mention, surely they'll be joined by Senators Baucus, Bayh, Biden, Breaux,
Cantwell, Carnahan, Carper, Cleland, Clinton, Daschle, Dodd,
Dorgan, Edwards, Feinstein, Harkin, Hollings, Johnson, Kerry, Kohl, Landrieu, Lieberman, Lincoln, Miller, Nelson (FL), Nelson (NE), Reid, Rockefeller, Schumer, and Toricelli.

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<quoted text>Patty, the consummate idiot, proves his ignorance once again. Iraq wasn't tied to a terrorist attack, that is 9/11/01. WMD or not, that was the impetus for Iraq.

If there is a special place in Hell for the ones you mention, surely they'll be joined by Senators Baucus, Bayh, Biden, Breaux,
Cantwell, Carnahan, Carper, Cleland, Clinton, Daschle, Dodd,
Dorgan, Edwards, Feinstein, Harkin, Hollings, Johnson, Kerry, Kohl, Landrieu, Lieberman, Lincoln, Miller, Nelson (FL), Nelson (NE), Reid, Rockefeller, Schumer, and Toricelli.
Did Bush not say that Saddam was an Allie of Bin Laden?
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Neal P wrote:
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Did Bush not say that Saddam was an Allie of Bin Laden?
Your question is tenuous at best to connect invading Iraq and 9/11, but that's what you do.

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George W Bush had the worst terrorist attack on American soil happen on his watch... and then he exploited it with lies so that he can invade Iraq... there is a special place in Hell reserved for Bush, Cheney, and every evil right-winger who blindly supported thar invasion.
Most dems voted for the invasion, moron. The only one who let 9/11 hapen was billy clinton who did NOTHING about al queda after several attacks. Your blantant lies have gone from disgusting, to sickening to amusing, boy.

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If the GW administration lied about WMDs and rammed through an invasion & occupation of foreign country what the heck did GW & crew lie about and 'ram through' as far as 9-11 is concerned?
Darn right 9-11 was EXPLOITED but that wasn't that part of 'the plan' all along?
I can't believe over decade after 9-11 and Iraq invasion the number of people period that still can't see through the lies and fabrications of the GW crew which was basically all about Dick.
It's hard toi believe that conspiracty nuts like you still exist after mountains of evidence to the contrary. Whey didn't bill bill cinton go after al queda????? Still now answer from the left on that one, tooooo easy to blame someone else.

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Neal P wrote:
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Did Bush not say that Saddam was an Allie of Bin Laden?
No, he did not say that at all. To you uninformed liberals the truth is that Al Zahwahiri had a base and training camp in north eastern Iraq before the invasion. He ran to Pakistan after the invasion.

Oh, and Bush didn't have a ranch in Paraguay with military base either where he would rule the new world order.......he didn't blow the levee's up in NO during Katrina nor did he go AWOL from the ANG.

The American left.....lies, blame and false claims, uber taxes and uber government. That's about it.
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A Spy Speaks Out
Former Top CIA Official Tyler Drumheller On "Faulty" Intelligence Claims /
http://tinyurl.com/rle4x / April 23, 2006

"The policy was set. The war in Iraq was coming and they were looking for intelligence to fit into the policy."

Tyler Drumheller CIA Ret.

(CBS) When no weapons of mass destruction surfaced in Iraq, President Bush insisted that all those WMD claims before the war were the result of faulty intelligence. But a former top CIA official, Tyler Drumheller — a 26-year veteran of the agency — has decided to do something CIA officials at his level almost never do: Speak out.

He tells correspondent Ed Bradley the real failure was not in the intelligence community but in the White House. He says he saw how the Bush administration, time and again, welcomed intelligence that fit the president's determination to go to war and turned a blind eye to intelligence that did not.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/04/21/60m...

Ex-CIA Official Paul Pillar Faults Use of Data on Iraq
Intelligence 'Misused' to Justify War, He Says
February 10, 2006 / http://tinyurl.com/azl6w

The former CIA official who coordinated U.S. intelligence on the Middle East until last year has accused the Bush administration of "cherry-picking" intelligence on Iraq to justify a decision it had already reached to go to war, and of ignoring warnings that the country could easily fall into violence and chaos after an invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein.

Paul R Pillar's critique is one of the most severe indictments of White House actions by a former Bush official since Richard C. Clarke, a former National Security Council staff member, went public with his criticism of the administration's handling of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and its failure to deal with the terrorist threat beforehand.

It is also the first time that such a senior intelligence officer has so directly and publicly condemned the administration's handling of intelligence.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/...

1948 Smith-Mundt Act The 1948 Smith-Mundt Act prohibited the domestic dissemination of United States government propaganda. The reasoning behind Smith-Mundt was that Congress wanted to be certain that a United States government agency could not brainwash our own citizens as Hitler had done in Germany.

Was Ending CIA Osama Unit A Mistake?
First Head Of Unit Tells CBS News Closing Was 'Questionable'
Michael Scheuer CIA Retired / July 5, 2006 http://tinyurl.com/f4bdu

(CBS/AP) The first head of the Central Intelligence Agency's Osama bin Laden-hunting unit tells CBS News that closing the unit was "a mistake" and "a questionable decision."

"Bin laden remains the single most important threat to the United States, and there's no way around that fact," Michael Scheuer a CBS News terrorism analyst said on The Early Show.
It was reported by the New York Times Tuesday that the CIA has closed the unit that for a decade had the mission of hunting Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants.
Scheuer said bin Laden is unquestionably a threat to the United States.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/07/05/ter...

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A Spy Speaks Out
Former Top CIA Official Tyler Drumheller On "Faulty" Intelligence Claims /
http://tinyurl.com/rle4x / April 23, 2006..........
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/07/05/ter...
President Clinton and his national security team ignored several opportunities to capture Osama bin Laden and his terrorist associates, including one as late as last year" -Mansoor Ijaz, L.A. Times, December 5, 2001

Under Clinton, we suffered 6 major attacks that were orchestrated by Bin Laden.

After the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six and injured 1,000; President Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

Bill Clinton warned America in his radio address that we should not overreact to the 1993 WTC bombing. "I would discourage the American people from overreacting to this," Clinton said.

After the 1993 ambush in Somalia, which killed 19 and injured 84; President Clinton just tucked tail and ran away.

After the 1995 bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed five U.S. military personnel; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished......didn't happen

After the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 and injured 200 U.S. military personnel; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished......nada, didn't happen.

After the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Africa, which killed 224 and injured 5,000; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.......uh, no again

After the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 and injured 39 U.S. sailors; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

Shortly after the bombing of the Cole, Clinton had an opportunity to take Bin Laden out and refused to.(See Below)

A Pentagon intelligence expert on terrorism in the Persian Gulf has told Congress that he warned of possible terrorist attacks on U.S. forces.

7th months into Bush's first term....9/11. "Uh, it's Bush fault....not fkn hardly!!

Howard Dean : The intelligence was corrupted, not just because of the incompetence of the CIA; it was corrupted because it was being changed around before it was presented to Congress . Stuff was taken out and not presented. All of this business about weapons of mass destruction, there was significant and substantial evidence ... that said, "There is a strong body of opinion that says they don't have a nuclear program, nor do they have weapons of mass destruction." And that intelligence was not given to the Congress of the United States.

NBC's Tim Russert: It was in the National Intelligence Estimate, as a caveat by the State Department.

Dean: It was, a very small one, but the actual caveat that the White House got were (sic) much, much greater. And the deputy to Colin Powell, Lawrence Wilkerson, just said so. He just came out and said so.

On this point Dean is incorrect . Wilkerson, who was State Department chief of staff during Bush's first term, actually said there was an "overwhelming" consensus within the intelligence community. He said the State Department dissented only regarding a nuclear program, not about whether Saddam possessed chemical and biological weapons.

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VoteVets org wrote:
A Spy Speaks Out
Former Top CIA Official Tyler Drumheller On "Faulty" Intelligence Claims /
http://tinyurl.com/rle4x / April 23, 2006
"It was reported by the New York Times Tuesday that the CIA has closed the unit that for a decade had the mission of hunting Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants.
Scheuer said bin Laden is unquestionably a threat to the United States.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/07/05/ter...
Bush closed Clinton's bin laden unit because it was useless as tits on a boar hog.

After 9/11..........

Mr. Obama, now in his fith year as president, adopting Bush-era measures and has kept and expanded these measures.

Special operations forces. One of the first steps taken by President Bush after Sept. 11 was to revive, fund and expand special operations forces as the dog that would hunt down and kill terrorists.
President Bush also made U.S. Special Operations a war-independent command, just like U.S. Central Command, meaning it could plan and execute its own battle plans.
The U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), the Army's Delta Force and Navy’s SEAL Team 6 mostly had focused on hostage rescue. After Sept. 11, they started receiving the manpower and intelligence to become manhunters. Their biggest successes: Saddam Hussein; al Qaeda’s top Iraq terrorist, Abu Musab Zarqawi; and Osama bin Laden.
Special Ops/Intelligence. The Bush administration fused commandos with the nation’s intelligence agencies — the CIA, the National Security Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency — into task forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
President Bush also transferred a highly secretive military intelligence unit, which specialized in technical surveillance and intercepts, to the Joint Special Operations Command so that commandos and intelligence experts could work together directly.
Predator strikes. The Bush administration established Predator drone bases in Pakistan to strike at al Qaeda and Taliban extremists in that country’s frontier badlands, where U.S. ground troops cannot go.
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Bluebonnets-Thistle wrote:
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Bush closed Clinton's bin laden unit because it was useless as tits on a boar hog.
Oh yeah?

What about these facts?

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Bluebonnets-Thistle wrote:
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President Clinton and his national security team ignored several opportunities to capture Osama bin Laden and his terrorist associates, including one as late as last year" -Mansoor Ijaz, L.A. Times, December 5, 2001
Under Clinton, we suffered 6 major attacks that were orchestrated by Bin Laden.....
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...On this point Dean is incorrect . Wilkerson, who was State Department chief of staff during Bush's first term, actually said there was an "overwhelming" consensus within the intelligence community. He said the State Department dissented only regarding a nuclear program, not about whether Saddam possessed chemical and biological weapons.
You live in a world of complete fantasy.

GW Bush allowed, through total incompetance (I HOPE) the planning and attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001.

Your lies stink on ice.

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