The 20th of March 2013 marked the 10 year anniversary of the start of the invasion of Iraq. On Monday night the BBC told us that the war was started under under false pretences by utilising intelligence, on weapons of mass destruction, that was known to be incorrect, nice to hear the BBC telling us what we all knew prior to the invasion. Watching the episode of ‘Panorama’ felt a bit like the BBC was a used car dealer telling you after you’ve broken down in a cloud of smoke that he knew the head gasket was about to go but sold it to you ‘as seen’ anyway. There hasn’t been much coverage of the 10 year anniversary of the beginning of the illegal invasion, on corporate and state news channels. On Tuesday the rolling news channels have preferred to cover the new Pope holding a mass for invited dignitary’s, including torture enthusiast Robert Mugabe and on Wednesday the UK budget was another distraction that was, no doubt, a happy coincidence for those who started a war that has led to approximately 1 million deaths over the past decade.
Deputy Prime Minister, at the time of the invasion, John Prescott was lording it on CNN when he told Christiane Amanpour that he had “come to a conclusion: the justification for the intervention was wrong” and went on to express that he had reservations about the invasion at the time. If only the Deputy Prime Minister had some sort of platform back then that would have given him the opportunity the raise those reservations!
With all the other rolling news channels mainly focusing on the Pope doing Pope stuff. I decided to find out what the architects of the lie that led to the invasion thought of their actions ten years on. My first avenue was to lazily turned to twitter, but I soon found out I would have to dig a deeper to find out any recent views, regarding Iraq, of those so vocal in pushing for the war a decade ago.
George Bush – In March 2002 a full year before the invasion George Bush was quoted in ‘Time magazine’ as telling three senators “F— Saddam. We’re taking him out.” 1 million deaths later its a little harder to get an insight into George’s ‘thoughts’. Unsurprisingly there are few twitter accounts for George W Bush so trying to find an account actually affiliated with 43rd President of the USA is a little difficult, but the most likely is @georgewbush, although I cant tell you if he tweeted anything about the Iraq war anniversary or even how many followers he has as you need to be approved to follow his tweets and even for the sake of journalism I couldn’t bring myself to apply to follow George W Bush. If in the future I do feel the desire for tweeted insights on par with Bush Jr’s intellectual standard I will follow Joey Essex instead. The @georgewbush site does however provide a link to George’s, ‘#1 national best seller,’ ‘Decision points’ which I can only surmise is the first political memoir in the form of a colouring book.
Dick Cheney – Next up Vice President, at the time, Dick Cheney. – The Shooting enthusiast Dick doesn’t have an official twitter account, but he does have an official facebook account /dickcheney, which does have 9000+ likes. There has been no mention on the site regarding the 10 year anniversary, of the Iraq invasion, but his facebook page does inform us that he was on ‘The View’ back in September where he faced tough questions from America’s versions of Denise Welsh and Carol Vorderman. The ex Vice president has recently answered questions on Iraq in documentary ‘The world according to Dick Cheney’. The unrepentant Dick told film maker R.J. Cutler “I did what I did, it’s all on the public record, and, um, I feel very good about it,” …. “If I had to do it over again, I’d do it in a minute.”
Donald Rumsfeld – Donald was the U.S. Secretary of Defence when the invasion of Iraq took place and 10 days after the invasion a confident Rumsfeld was quoted as saying “We know where they are [Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction]. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.”. Yesterday @rumsfeldoffice tweeted “10 years ago began the long difficult work of liberating 25 million Iraqis all who played a role in history deserve our respect and admiration” to his, almost, 63 000 followers. The tweet received replies into the hundreds with the vast majority aghast with incredulity at Rumsfeld’s massive ego and complete lack of shame.
Colin Powell – In February 2003 it was left to the then Secretary of State Colin Powell to sell the case for war with Iraq to the U.N. Powell presented evidence of WMD’s that was known to be, and has been proved to be, somewhere between unreliable and pure fantasy before stating there was “no doubt in my mind” that Saddam was working to obtain key components to produce nuclear weapons. There is no current statement on the anniversary of Iraq war from Colin Powell, or at least I don’t think there is as his twitter account also needs approval to follow.
On the 5 year anniversary in 2005 Powell did however tell CNN “My role has been very, very straightforward. I wanted to avoid a war. The president agreed with me. We tried to do that. We couldn’t get it through the U.N. and when the president made the decision, I supported that decision. And I’ve never blinked from that. I’ve never said I didn’t support a decision to go to war.” I have re-read this quote many times and I’m still unable to confidently decode this doublespeak, but I think it means he wanted to avoid the war but supported the decision to go to war.
George Tenet – Sitting behind Colin Powell at the U.N in February 2003 was the then C.I.A. Director George Tenet. In 2002 Tenet described the evidence for WMD’s in Iraq as a “Slam dunk case” months later Tenet stated that it was taken out of context!, Tenet resigned in June 2004. Unsurprisingly the ex C.I.A. Director does not have a twitter account and is believed to spend his days learning the correct meaning and contexts to sports terminology to prevent any further misunderstandings.
Paul Wolfowitz – Then U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defence Paul Wolfowitz was co-architect of not only the ‘Bush Doctrine’ (strikingly similar to the 1992 ‘Wolferwitz doctorine’), which among other things set out a policy and willingness to unilaterally pursue U.S. military interests, but was also a signatory to the ‘Project for the New American Century’, a government think tank, which prior to 9/11, cited the pursuit of U.S. goals “is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.” It was reported that Wolfowitz was pushing for an attack on Iraq within hours of the events of 9/11 describing Iraq as a “brittle, oppressive regime that might break easily—it was doable,”.
There is a twitter account for Wolfowitz but its been unused since July last year and its legitimacy cannot be verified, admittedly the legitimacy of evidence was never an issue for Wolfowitz, but all the same I’ll look elsewhere for his more recent views on the invasion he helped mastermind. In an interview with Sunday Times this past weekend Wolfowitz denies being an architect of the invasion and seems keen to distance himself from the invasion, his self named doctrine helped inspire, by insisting the war “wasn’t conducted according to my plan.” Bilderberg group member Wolfowitz has since been president of the World bank until he was forced to resign in 2007 amid ‘alleged ethics violations’.
Tony Blair – Ex Prime Minister and lapdog Tony Blair does have an official twitter account, @tonyblairoffice, which is followed by about the same amount of people as @rumsfeldoffice not sure if they share a lot of the same people? Maybe there’s a fan club for these types of meglamaniac liars in a similar way to how serial killers have their devotees. Tony, or his staff, haven’t updated his feed since the 3rd of March, not to even to symbolically kiss the papal ring!
In July 2002 Tony Blair told George Bush in a private letter that, with regards to Saddam, “Whatever you decide to do, I’m with you.” it is not known whether Tony sprayed his scent onto the letter and enclosed a naked selfy, before posting, but from the wording I’m going to say yes, yes he did. In June 2003 Tony Blair had “no doubt” that WMDs would be found in Iraq, I’m guessing that 10 years on Blair probably now has at least some doubt. In February Tony told the BBC’s Newsnight that he has “long since given up trying to persuade people that it was the right decision,” to invade Iraq. It seems Tony has now moved on and isn’t keen to keep going over the decision he made to side with George W Bush in an illegal invasion of another sovereign state. To be fair to Tony we’ve all done some things we’re not proud of when we fall, head over heels, in love with a more powerful partner.
Since his resignation from government Tony Blair has been appointed peace envoy to the middle east in a posting that is up there with Jimmy Saville being made chair of a ‘task force’ to investigate concerns over the way Broadmoor Hospital patients were treated.
Tony’s current annual income is around £7 million, or 100 000 barrels of crude oil, which is obtained by endeavours such as working in a senior advisory capacity for investment bank JP Morgan Chase, opening Armani stores and public speaking for private companies.
According to one French academic, between January 3 and April 12, 2003, 36 million people across the globe took part in almost 3,000 protests against the Iraq war. One British politician and cabinet minister, Robyn Cook even resigned stating “I can’t accept collective responsibility for the decision to commit Britain now to military action in Iraq without international agreement or domestic support.” In 2005 Robyn Cook went onto cast doubt on the legitimacy of the wider ‘War on Terror’ by stating “Al-Qaida, literally “the database”, was originally the computer file of the thousands of Mujahideen who were recruited and trained with help from the CIA to defeat the Russians” four weeks later Cook suddenly suffered a severe heart attack, lost consciousness and fell about 8ft down a ridge.
But its not been all death and misery the Iraq war has been extremely profitable for a variety of corporations involved in the military industrial complex, private security, ‘nation rebuilding’, banking and of course any area related to the oil. Many of these companies luckily could name their price for their services as in many cases the contacts were awarded without other companies even being allowed to bid. Finding links between any of the aforementioned war enthusiasts and the companies that have profited from the war is particularly easy but could require another 100 000 words and is more suited to a book than an article. For those with an interest begin by typing Dick Cheney, Halliburton and Iraq into google.
The reason for war, spouted by the above, alongside the illusive WMDs was of course ‘liberation of the Iraqi people’. A reasons not spouted was Saddam’s plans to sell his nations oil on a currency other than the fiat based dollar system, a plan striking similar to one proposed by Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi prior to his sponsored overthrow in 2011.
Saddam was undoubtedly, in many ways, a nasty piece of work and they say there is no smoke without fire, well apart from in the case of the Iraq war where the above created a lot of smoke and never found the fire.
Sources are numerous but available upon request.