Text from U.S. Gov on Iraq War Reveals Lies and Cynicism
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All text is verbatim from senior Bush Administration officials and advisers. In places, tenses have been changed for clarity.
Once again, we were defending both ourselves and the safety and
survival of civilization itself. September 11 signaled the arrival of
an entirely different era. We faced perils we had never thought about,
perils we had never seen before. For decades, terrorists had waged war
against this country. Now, under the leadership of President Bush,
America would wage war against them. It was a struggle between good and
it was a struggle between evil.
It was absolutely clear that the number-one threat facing America
was from Saddam Hussein. We know that Iraq and Al Qaeda had high-level
contacts that went back a decade. We learned that Iraq had trained Al
Qaeda members in bomb making and deadly gases. The regime had
long-standing and continuing ties to terrorist organizations. Iraq and
Al Qaeda had discussed safe-haven opportunities in Iraq. Iraqi
officials denied accusations of ties with Al Qaeda. These denials
simply were not credible. You couldn’t distinguish between Al Qaeda and
Saddam when you talked about the war on terror.
The fundamental question was, did Saddam Hussein have a weapons
program? And the answer was, absolutely. His regime had large,
unaccounted-for stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons–including
VX, sarin, cyclosarin, and mustard gas, anthrax, botulism, and possibly
smallpox. Our conservative estimate was that Iraq then had a stockpile
of between 100 and 500 tons of chemical-weapons agent. That was enough
agent to fill 16,000 battlefield rockets. We had sources that told us
that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use
chemical weapons–the very weapons the dictator told the world he did
not have. And according to the British government, the Iraqi regime
could launch a biological or chemical attack in as little as forty-five
minutes after the orders were given. There could be no doubt that
Saddam Hussein had biological weapons and the capability to rapidly
produce more, many more.
possessed ballistic missiles with a likely range of hundreds of
miles–far enough to strike Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, and other
nations. We also discovered through intelligence that Iraq had a
growing fleet of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles that could be used
to disperse chemical or biological weapons across broad areas. We were
concerned that Iraq was exploring ways of using UAVs for missions
targeting the United States.
Saddam Hussein was determined to get his hands on a nuclear bomb.
We knew he’d been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear
weapons, and we believed he had, in fact, reconstituted nuclear
weapons. The British government learned that Saddam Hussein had
recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa. Our
intelligence sources told us that he had attempted to purchase
high-strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear-weapons production.
When the inspectors first went into Iraq and were denied-finally denied
access, a report came out of the [International Atomic Energy Agency]
that they were six months away from developing a weapon. I didn’t know
what more evidence we needed.Facing clear evidence of peril, we could
not wait for the final proof that could come in the form of a mushroom
cloud. The Iraqi dictator could not be permitted to threaten America
and the world with horrible poisons and diseases and gases and atomic
weapons. Inspections would not work. We gave him a chance to allow the
inspectors in, and he wouldn’t let them in. The burden was on those
people who thought he didn’t have weapons of mass destruction to tell
the world where they were.
waged a war to save civilization itself. We did not seek it, but we
fought it, and we prevailed. We fought them and imposed our will on
them and we captured or, if necessary, killed them until we had imposed
law and order. The Iraqi people were well on their way to freedom. The
scenes of free Iraqis celebrating in the streets, riding American
tanks, tearing down the statues of Saddam Hussein in the center of
Baghdad were breathtaking. Watching them, one could not help but think
of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Iron Curtain.It
was entirely possible that in Iraq you had the most pro-American
population that could be found anywhere in the Arab world. If you were
looking for a historical analogy, it was probably closer to
post-liberation France. We had the overwhelming support of the Iraqi
people. Once we won, we got great support from everywhere.
The people of Iraq knew that every effort was made to spare
innocent life, and to help Iraq recover from three decades of
totalitarian rule. And plans were in place to provide Iraqis with
massive amounts of food, as well as medicine and other essential
supplies. The U.S. devoted unprecedented attention to humanitarian
relief and the prevention of excessive damage to infrastructure and to
The United States approached its postwar work with a two-part
resolve: a commitment to stay and a commitment to leave. The United
States had no intention of determining the precise form of Iraq’s new
government. That choice belonged to the Iraqi people. We have never
been a colonial power. We do not leave behind occupying armies. We
leave behind constitutions and parliaments. We don’t take our force and
go around the world and try to take other people’s real estate or other
people’s resources, their oil. We never have and we never will.
The United States was not interested in the oil in that region. We
were intent on ensuring that Iraq’s oil resources remained under
national Iraqi control, with the proceeds made available to support
Iraqis in all parts of the country. The oil fields belonged to the
people of Iraq, the government of Iraq, all of Iraq. We estimated that
the potential income to the Iraqi people as a result of their oil could
be somewhere in the $20 [billion] to $30 billion a year [range], and
obviously, that would be money that would be used for their well-being.
In other words, all of Iraq’s oil belonged to all the people of Iraq.
We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological
laboratories. And we found more weapons as time went on. I never
believed that we’d just tumble over weapons of mass destruction in that
country. But for those who said we hadn’t found the banned
manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they were wrong, we found
them. We knew where they were.We changed the regime of Iraq for the
good of the Iraqi people. We didn’t want to occupy Iraq. War is a
terrible thing. We’ve tried every other means to achieve objectives
without a war because we understood what the price of a war can be and
what it is. We sought peace. We strove for peace. Nobody, but nobody,
was more reluctant to go to war than President Bush.It is not right to
assume that any current problems in Iraq can be attributed to poor
planning. The number of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf region dropped
as a result of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This nation acted to a threat
from the dictator of Iraq. There is a lot of revisionist history now
going on, but one thing is certain–he is no longer a threat to the free
world, and the people of Iraq are free. There’s no doubt in my mind
when it’s all said and done, the facts will show the world the truth.
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind.