May 16, 2009
You’ve probably heard that Bush-Cheney and Rumsfeld-Wolfowitz had already developed
plans to invade and occupy Iraq, months before the Saudi terrorists attacked
the Pentagon and brought down the World Trade Center Twin Towers. These conspirators
immediately set out to justify their impending war of aggression on your fear
that Islamic terrorists might well strike again, this time with "weapons
of mass destruction."
War of aggression?
But didn’t Congress authorize Bush to use "military force" against
Iraq in October 2002?
Well, no, and thereby hangs a tale.
On her show this week, Rachel Maddow first provided documentary film evidence
of both Bush and Cheney repeatedly alleging that Saddam Hussein was not only
"connected" to the Islamic terrorist organization al-Qaeda – believed
to have been responsible for both the 1993 and 2001 attacks on the World Trade
Center Twin Towers – but had actually trained and provided support to the terrorists.
Then Maddow astonishingly got
Charles Duelfer – chief of the Iraq Survey Group, sent into Iraq by then-CIA
director George Tenet, while the invasion was still in progress, primarily to
discover and secure the weapons of mass destruction that the on-the-ground United
Nations inspectors had already determined were nonexistent – to amplify upon
his report written back in 2003 that "someone" (not in the CIA) "in
Washington" had suggested he use waterboarding on a high-level Iraqi military
intelligence official then being questioned by Duelfer, in order to obtain confirmation
of the Bush-Cheney allegations about Saddam and al-Qaeda.
Next, Maddow got Bob Windrem, senior research fellow at NYU and former NBC
executive producer, to amplify upon his
report earlier that day that Duelfer’s "someone" was in Cheney’s
Now, back in early 2003, Duelfer had already reported to Tenet that the Iraqis
were cooperating totally and that the CIA had obviously got it completely wrong
(and that the UN inspectors had got it right) about WMDs in Iraq. So Duelfer
couldn’t understand why "someone" would "suggest" he use
torture to get Iraqis to confirm allegations of Saddam’s association with al-Qaeda
– allegations that seemed to Duelfer, in Iraq, to be absolutely absurd.
So this week, Maddow proceeded to explain it all to Duelfer and the rest of
us. Bush-Cheney had been using torture since shortly after the 2001 attacks
in so-far unsuccessful attempts to get anyone they could lay their hands on
in Afghanistan or Pakistan to "admit" that Saddam had long had a
close association with al-Qaeda.
Trouble was, Bush-Cheney couldn’t even get someone they waterboarded six
times a day for a month to "admit" that their allegations about
Saddam and terrorists were true.
Why was getting those "admissions" so important to Bush-Cheney?
back to September 2002. Bush’s chief of staff, Andrew Card, had just created
the White House Iraq Group, whose mission it was to convince Congress and the
American people that Saddam Hussein was an existential threat.
In October, Tenet hastily prepared for WHIG a "slam-dunk" National
Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iraq’s "Continuing Programs for Weapons
of Mass Destruction," which included this zinger:
"Saddam, if sufficiently desperate, might decide that only an organization
such as al-Qaeda – with worldwide reach and extensive terrorist infrastructure,
and already engaged in a life-or-death struggle against the United States –
could perpetrate the type of terrorist attack that he would hope to conduct.
"In such circumstances, he might decide that the extreme step of assisting
the Islamist terrorists in conducting a CBW attack against the United States
would be his last chance to exact vengeance by taking a large number of victims
That "slam-dunk" NIE was also presented to Congress and was the
basis for the drafting by the Bush-Cheney White House of a congressional
authorizing the use of U.S. armed forces against Iraq, which passed several
days later, with only one important modification.
Congress made that authorization conditional!
"In connection with the exercise of the authority granted in subsection
(a) to use force the president shall, prior to such exercise or as soon thereafter
as may be feasible, but no later than 48 hours after exercising such authority,
make available to the speaker of the House of Representatives and the president
pro tempore of the Senate his determination that
(1) reliance by the United States on further diplomatic or other peaceful
means alone either
(A) will not adequately protect the national security of the United States
against the continuing threat posed by Iraq or
(B) is not likely to lead to enforcement of all relevant United Nations
Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq; and
(2) acting pursuant to this joint resolution is consistent with the United
States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against
international terrorist and terrorist organizations, including those nations,
organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the
terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001."
Now, on Nov. 8, Bush did get the UN Security Council to pass UNSCR
1441, which required Saddam to immediately provide UN inspectors "unimpeded,
unconditional, and unrestricted access to any and all" Iraqi facilities
But, to the absolute astonishment of Bush-Cheney, Saddam agreed to fully comply,
and by March 2003, it was obvious to the whole world, as a result of numerous
reports by the UN chief inspectors, that no attempts had even been made to
reconstitute whatever WMD programs Saddam may have once had.
No Iraqi WMDs! Saddam in compliance with all UN resolutions!
What to do?
Well, try Plan B. Claim that it is absolutely necessary to invade and occupy
Iraq because of Saddam’s continuing association with, and assistance to, Osama
bin Laden and his band of terrorists who brought down the Twin Towers on their
But what about that presidential determination that Congress had required
him to make in order to make the use of that congressional authorization legal?
Well, Bush has yet to provide such a presidential determination!
However, Bush did send Congress a "report"
[.pdf] on the day he launched his immoral and illegal – even under U.S. law
– war of aggression against Iraq, which began by falsely claiming,
"This report also explains that a determination to use force against
Iraq is fully consistent with the United States and other countries continuing
to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist
organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned,
authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September
So now you know why Bush-Cheney tortured all those Muslims: to get them to
"admit" that they were the war-criminals, not Bush-Cheney.