The Anti-Empire Report
Read this or George W. Bush will be president the rest of your life
March 3, 2008
by William Blum
How could they have known? It wasn’t on Oprah or Fox News.
Hillary Clinton and many other members of Congress claim that their support of the invasion of Iraq was based on faulty intelligence reports. How could they dispute the research and analysis of all those experts, so well trained and experienced in their fields?
Well, apart from the fact that American intelligence agencies and their reports were by no means of one opinion (one well-publicized CIA paper, for example, predicted all manner of devastating consequences which could result from an invasion and occupation).
Apart from the fact that there were several public statements, including some on American TV, from Saddam Hussein’s deputy prime minister, and other statements made by Iraqi scientists to American media and to American intelligence that Iraq no longer had any weapons of mass destruction.
Apart from the fact that UN nuclear inspectors had determined before the war that Iraq did not have a nuclear weapons program.
Apart from the fact that Colin Powell, speaking in February 2001 of US sanctions on Iraq, said: “And frankly they have worked. He [Saddam Hussein] has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors.”
Apart from all that, this question must be asked: What did the millions of Americans who marched against the war before it began know that all those members of Congress didn’t know? At a minimum, they knew that nothing the Bush administration had told them came anywhere close to justifying dropping bombs on the innocent people of Iraq. They also knew that nothing the Bush administration had told them could be trusted. All it took to reach this advanced stage of awareness was not being born yesterday.