Bombing of Baghdad, 2003
Baghdad 2003. As Alexandra Boulat moved through the streets she felt that the American bombing had slowed a bit, probably because of the sandstorm that stifled Baghdad for the past two days, blanketing the city in an ominous red glow and lulling its residents into a strange lethargy. People couldn't remember anything like it in their lifetimes. Men with guns wandered around in the haze. They said the storm was a gift from God because it was thwarting the U.S. troops' advance on the city. It was bizarre because this dusty, oppressive weather is exactly the kind people usually hate, yet everyone had embraced it. They had hoped that the storm would never end.
In the lead up to the Iraq War, U.S. President George W. Bush alleged that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and militant group al-Qaeda might conspire to launch terrorist attacks on the United States.
A US military study officially acknowledged for the first time yesterday that Saddam Hussein had no direct ties to al-Qaida, undercutting the Bush administration's central case for war with Iraq.
We could never verify that there was any Iraqi authority, direction and control, complicity with al-Qaeda for 9/11 or any operational act against America, period.
Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.
Colin Powell's fake anthrax presentation at the UN
The facts and Iraq's behavior show that Saddam Hussein and his regime are concealing their efforts to produce more weapons of mass destruction.
After investigation following the invasion, the U.S.-led Iraq Survey Group concluded that Iraq had ended its nuclear, chemical, and biological programs in 1991 and had no active programs at the time of the invasion.
No nuclear weapons capability existed and the Bush administration's suspicion was mistaken.
President Bush and seven top officials made 935 false statements leading up to the Iraq war.
"By and large the entire American news media swallowed that... euh... fish. All of the leading news papers, all of the leading news networks, didn't question that presentation."
The war on Iraq won't be remembered for how it was waged so much as for how it was sold. It was a propaganda war, a war of perception management, where loaded phrases, such as "weapons of mass destruction" and "rogue state" were hurled like precision weapons at the target audience: us.
I have indicated it is not in conformity with the UN Charter, from our point of view, and from the Charter point of view it was illegal.
This article demonstrates that the use of military force by the Bush Administration against the regime of Saddam Hussein does not meet the ethical criteria for "preemptive war" set forth in the classical Just War tradition.
There's a lot of money to pay for this. It doesn't have to be U.S. taxpayer money. We are dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.
Nine years after U.S. troops toppled Saddam Hussein and just a few months after the last U.S. soldier left Iraq, the country has become something close to a failed state.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was advised prior to the invasion, "that the greatest terrorist threat to Western interests came from al-Qaeda and related groups, and that this threat would be heightened by military action against Iraq." The International Institute for Strategic Studies agreed, saying in late 2003 that the war had swollen the ranks of al-Qaida and galvanised its will by increasing radical passions among Muslims.
Iraq became one of the top current purchasers of U.S. military equipment with their army trading its AK-47 assault rifles for the U.S. M-16 and M-4 rifles, among other equipment. In 2008 alone, Iraq accounted for more than $12.5 billion of the $34 billion U.S. weapon sales to foreign countries. In 2009 the Iraqi ministry of oil awarded contracts to international oil companies for some of Iraq's many oil fields.
Yes, the Iraq War was a war for oil, and it was a war with winners: Big Oil.
The ... difference between North Korea and Iraq is that we had virtually no economic options with Iraq because the country floats on a sea of oil.
In Iraq you've got a nation that's got the second-largest oil reserves in the world, second only to Saudi Arabia. It will generate billions of dollars a year in cash flow if they get back to their production of roughly three million barrels of oil a day, in the relatively near future. And that flow of resources, obviously, belongs to the Iraqi people, needs to be put to use by the Iraqi people for the Iraqi people and that will be one of our major objectives.
In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. (Applause.) And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country.