Tuesday, February 19, 2013

'Building momentum for regime change’, 10yrs Later

Rumsfeld’s secret memos
02/16/2013 - Declassified documents show that Bush administration officials wanted Saddam Hussein out of Iraq and were ready to start a war in order to achieve it.

Just hours after the 9/11 attacks, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld met in the Pentagon with Air Force General Richard Myers, then vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other top aides. Notes taken by Rumsfeld aide Steve Cambone (and referred to pages 334 and 335 of the 9/11 Commission Report) show the secretary asked for the “best info fast..judge whether good enough [to] hit S.H. [Saddam Hussein] @ same time—not only UBL [Osama bin Laden].” Rumsfeld also tasked Jim Haynes, the Pentagon’s top lawyer, “to talk w/ PW [Paul Wolfowitz] for additional support [for the] connection w/ UBL.” Other comments from the notes: “Need to move swiftly…go massive–sweep it all up things related and not.” read more>>>

The British Iraq War Inquiry
In the above link, yet to be officially released, delayed till summer of 2013 supposedly, is the site of the often called 'Chilcot Inquiry', you will find these

24 November 2009 - Even before Bush's administration came to power an article written by his then national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, warned that "nothing will change" in Iraq until Saddam was gone

27 November 2009 - But there was a 'sea change' in attitude after the atrocities, with former national security adviser Condoleezza Rice targeting Iraq on the very day of the outrage.

30 November 2009 - George Bush tried to make a connection between Iraq and al-Qaida in a conversation with Tony Blair three days after the 9/11 attacks, according to Blair's foreign policy adviser of the time.

1 December 2009 - There was "a touching belief [in Washington] that we shouldn't worry so much about the aftermath because it was all going to be sweetness and light".

3 December 2009 - Boyce mentions the "dysfunctionalism" of Washington. He says that he would find himself briefing his American counterparts on what was happening in different parts of the US administration. Rumsfeld was not sharing information

Written Transcripts by Date of each session.

Oral Evidence by Date

Witnesses who have given oral evidence in public

Declassified Documents

And more, we still have nothing on what went on behind closed doors and may or may not with the final report, if and when it's released.

Feb 9, 2010 - Dutch government admits failings in response to Iraq war inquiry

12 February 2013 - Italy's ex-spy chief convicted over 2003 CIA rendition

February 14, 2013 - For democracy's sake, let's talk about our war in Iraq

Documentary aired on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow's show 18 February 2013

Part One: 9/11 gives Bush administration excuse to target Iraq

Part Two: Iraq weapons threat hype built on weak foundation

Part Three: 'Mushroom cloud' argument persists despite contradicting facts

Part Four: Discredited evidence sufficient to convince Congress

Part Five: Mis- and under-informed, Powell pitches flawed case for war

Part Six: Iraq war marked by poor stewardship

Related earlier post in lead in to MSNBC documentary: Unofficial Companion to MSNBC's 'Hubris', the Iraq War

Lewis-McChord Col. Darron Wright shares Iraq war's ugly, bad and good in memoir
February 18, 2013 - He jokingly says the title should be a play on the Clint Eastwood western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

America’s experience in Iraq was more like “The Ugly, the Bad and the Good,” he says.


On one hand, Wright noted that force brought immediate results. On the other hand, a heavy footprint made enemies among Iraqi civilians. Wright contends that using force was all the Army knew how to do at that point of the war.

“Through no fault of our own, we were doing more to disrespect and alienate the population than we were to garner their support,” he writes. “Bottom line: We were figuring out this war on the fly.” read more>>>

"Iraq Full Circle: From Shock and Awe to the Last Combat Patrol"

19 February 2013 - After 'Hubris' Doc: Politics of fear preserve Bush-era relic Guantanamo

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