10 years later: The Iraq war's lasting impact on U.S. politics

Mar 19, 2013 Full story: cbsnews.com 139

In the months leading up to the Iraq war, an up-and-coming state senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, gave a passionate speech about the looming conflict, calling it "rash" and "dumb." Today, on the 10-year anniversary of the start of the war, Americans are still politically divided over the war, though most say the U.S. should have avoided it.

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pogue mahone

Southampton, NY

#2 Mar 19, 2013
Only two wars that were necessary for America. The American Revolution and The War of 1812. All the rest were pure bs.
goose

Wheaton, IL

#3 Mar 19, 2013
WWI & WWII wer B.S.??? gawd what universe do you live in!

“Obama Shames the USA”

Since: Apr 09

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#4 Mar 19, 2013
Barack Benghazi knows nothing of protecting Americans and war. Nothing. He only knows Tiger Woods.

Since: Mar 09

The Left Coast

#5 Mar 19, 2013
pogue mahone wrote:
Only two wars that were necessary for America. The American Revolution and The War of 1812. All the rest were pure bs.
Don't forget the war on the rich.
VoteVets org

Sayville, NY

#6 Mar 19, 2013
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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#7 Mar 19, 2013
Since WWII the US has bombed and/or invaded 33 nations that have been for nothing about protecting America. Will the war mongers ever learn?

Since: Feb 07

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#8 Mar 19, 2013
The BenghaziDeception will be blamed for everything that goes wrong as a result of this DEEMING Administration. Puten will not have American competition during. The Alaskan islands with oil fields happened quietly, that is the fault of the U.S. Congress.
The basketballDiplomacy has a 'jobs clause': the weapon systems need the be built and FUNDED.
BHO will be remembered for photos with Tiger & Dennis Rodman. And, no commoners shall visit the WhiteHouse during the Sequester.
EASY MONEY

Bangkok, Thailand

#9 Mar 19, 2013
Lets see here, 10 years of peace and love among the Iraqis, and to celebrate they killed about 50 and wounded 200 today, not bad! Each and every Arab/muslim country needs a dictator to function properly, democracy is something they can not deal with. It's just to hard for a goat herder or shop owner to comprehend when they have only read one book.
VoteVets org

Sayville, NY

#10 Mar 19, 2013
Injudgement wrote:
Since WWII the US has bombed and/or invaded 33 nations that have been for nothing about protecting America. Will the war mongers ever learn?
War means money to the wealthy few who own most of Congress.

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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/...

“Obama Shames the USA”

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#11 Mar 19, 2013
4 dollars for a gallon of gas? Fck U Barry Benghazi.
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“Now do whats right!”

Since: Jan 09

Doolittle, Mo.

#13 Mar 19, 2013
Ninthman wrote:
4 dollars for a gallon of gas? Fck U Barry Benghazi.
Did you say the same comments under bush when these fuel prices started to go up and have stayed high since then?

Blame oil men and the big oil companies. Why do you believe more drilling didn't take place when for six years bush had the House and Senate control? Hhhhmmmm?

>WITH MORE DRILLING COMES A SURPLUS, WITH MORE SURPLUS COMES LOWER PUMP PRICES, WITH LOWER PUMP PRICES COMES LOWER WEALTH FOR POOR OILMEN WITH LOWER PRICES COMES TIME FOR ANOTHER OILMAN OR BIG BUSINESS PRESIDENT!<

Since: Oct 08

Alpharetta, GA

#14 Mar 19, 2013
An enemy that happily sends its children on suicide missions cannot be defeated.
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Since: Nov 08

Paris

#16 Mar 19, 2013
Injudgement wrote:
Since WWII the US has bombed and/or invaded 33 nations that have been for nothing about protecting America. Will the war mongers ever learn?
Follow the money.

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#17 Mar 19, 2013
inbred Genius wrote:
An enemy that happily sends its children on suicide missions cannot be defeated.
I worry about the 10 year olds that are used on drugs to be bombers. Do they have to wait till they are 19 to get their 72 virgins?
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“Obama Shames the USA”

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#19 Mar 19, 2013
Obama's war on the poor=4 dollars for a gallon of gas. Fck him. He's a piece of shit.

Since: Oct 08

Alpharetta, GA

#20 Mar 19, 2013
Le Jimbo wrote:
<quoted text>I worry about the 10 year olds that are used on drugs to be bombers. Do they have to wait till they are 19 to get their 72 virgins?
where I'm from, a virgin is a 12 year old that can out run her uncle.

Since: Oct 08

Alpharetta, GA

#21 Mar 19, 2013
pogue mahone wrote:
Only two wars that were necessary for America. The American Revolution and The War of 1812. All the rest were pure bs.
The Civil War could have ended differently, and a lot of things would be different today.

Since: Feb 07

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#22 Mar 19, 2013
Washington DC is the same, the elites still send the young to die in foreign lands.
The modern way to force opinion is to lock the doors.
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Since: Nov 08

Paris

#24 Mar 19, 2013
inbred Genius wrote:
<quoted text>
where I'm from, a virgin is a 12 year old that can out run her uncle.
Ah yes, the man from U.N.C.L.E......

Since: Feb 13

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#25 Mar 19, 2013
Ninthman wrote:
4 dollars for a gallon of gas? Fck U Barry Benghazi.
Exxon in 2012 made the most profit of any company EVER in world history.$45 Billion.
US oil production is at the highest levels 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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