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       Big lies are often hard to refute, it's the little lies that can be proven false.  Just like in the first (Father) Bush Iraq war, when supposed photos, (see Christian Science Monitor) of Iraqi forces staged upon the border of Saudi Arabia were never released, and "incubator babies" became justification for demonizing Iraq and then massive bombing, this war too has its lies.  See devastating analysis of Bush 2's  Lies  by John R. MacArthur, publisher of Harper's Magazine.   Rumsfeld said before the war (and Powell too) that al Qaeda forces were in Iraq, but the only proven case was in the Kurdish areas where Iraqi military and police forces have no control.   When questioned, he had no evidence; similarly about evidence of Iraqi and al Qaeda connections.  Of course after the American attack Al Qaeda is there.  See also a good update on the incubator lies and their use by (Father) Bush for his war.  And about April Glaspie.

Now (Update 6/21/03) Washington argues that the invasion was justified because Saddam never complied with the UN inspectors.  In truth he did, but Clinton refused to lift the trade blockade anyway.  That is, even complying with the U.N. resolutions still had Washington blocking any lifting of the sanctions.  Clinton and his Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said that the sanctions and blockade would stay in effect anyway.

Also there are questions that the most basic accusations on Saddam may not be true, see Questions on the Gassing of  Kurds?      &    Did Saddam Really Try to Kill Bush One ? and  Earlier Weapons Inspector included U.S. Spies  about report on U.S. spies planting bugs and planning bombing targets among the UN inspectors in '97.  See also No Rogue Nation Missile Threat Against American Mainland--Various Links  See also The Going to War File (Reasons-Forces-Links)  Editor's note 5/20/15--This paragraph was set up in 2002-3.  If the link is now dead, search Google for the topic and you may find new, live links verifying the subject.

5/23/09  Chirac Verifies Reports Bush Started War Because of Biblical Prophesies -- he told Chirac “This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s (Israel's)enemies before a New Age begins”.  Details

8/21/05  Former Aide to Powell  --specifies lies from CIA and White House fed to Powell for UN Speech ---2/17/11 Colin Powell Says CIA & Pentagon Knowingly Lied to Him About "Evidence"

8/1/05   Another Former CIA officer  says defector's showing that Saddam ended nuke efforts in 2000, was ignored & hidden away -- NY TIMES

7/28/05  What Did Bush Know? --about campaign to discredit exposure of his uranium speech untruths --details of who said what--discrepancies in testimony of "Scooter" Libby (Cheney top man) and Karl Rove 

7/27/05  Prosecutor In CIA Leak Case Casting A Wide Net  White House effort to discredit critic examined in detail

7/16/05   Details on Rove  --speaking to Grand Jury while denying connections -- report on major smear campaign to protect President's lies about Niger uranium

7/15/05  Stalled Spin on Rove  Criminal case curtails defense -Administration tries to put blame on Ambassador Wilson who exposed lies

7/4/05   57% of Americans Now Believe that Bush "intentionally misled" American people -56% disapprove of Bush War management

6/26/05  U.S. General Admits Advance  Extensive Bombing before the war  to soften up Iraqi defenses

5/16/05   The Downing Street Memo  Bush Planned War from Beginning --no connection to 9/11

6/23/05  Dems Demand Data on Feith Lies -- about Saddam-Al Qaeda connection used to start war

5/28/05  Analysts Who Provided Fake Intelligence Given Awards  cash bonuses

5/26/05  Bolton Confirmation Would Shatter Intelligence Analysts' Morale of those who did not go along with lies

5/26/05 The Tillman Lies --compared to Newsweek report

5/22/05 New Findings on Bush Administration Lies Pre-war intelligence agencies warned White House on lies before Bush & Powell speeches  & More Details from British Intelligence

4/26/05 Report Finds No Evidence Syria Hid Iraqi Arms

4/7/05  Who Forged the Niger Documents?

4/7/05  Bolton Faces Hurdles for Nomination to UN --CIA agent testifies on his lies, efforts to get CIA agent removed for questioning his lies

4/3/05  Washington Ignored Info. of U.N. Arms Inspectors  inspectors provided key information on Iraq but challenged Bush Admin lies --also provide info on Iran

4/2/05   692 Page Report -Bush Admin. ignored truths, promoted fabrications, exaggerations, lies   "Iraq Data Dead Wrong," Panel finds

3/31/05  Intelligence Report Whitewashes White House puts blame on agencies, ignores Administration officials distortions and knowing lies --many links to reports

3/30/05   Intelligence Commission Report Bush info "riddled with errors, worthless, misleading," "most damaging failure in recent U.S. history"

3/26/05  CIA Doubts & Warnings to Powell Dismissed by Administration Hawks

3/20/05  Administration Misled Allies about North Korean lied that exported nuke material to Libya when it was to Pakistan

12/14/04 In Battle for Credibility, U.S. Injures its Cause  USA TODAY Editorial about Lies put forth by Army spokesmen about Pat Tillman & Jessica Lynch

12/7/04  Army Lied About Pat Tillman --football hero killed from friendly fire  Army Consciously Lied --Was it Civilian PR people, just like they lied about Jessica Lynch?  but Iraqi commander of unit which saved Lynch was beaten and tortured to death by U.S. captors

10/28/04  Reality to George W. Bush is not about facts, but about higher meta-truths.  ...For this Bush harnesses facts, both true and false--  Nick Kristof

10/28/04 Comparing Iraq Invasion to Crusades power of ideas (and lies) to persuade public opionion

10/23/04 More Feith Lies Disclosed Senate report

10/12/04 45 Minute Claim Was False --Details on British Governmenr intelligence falsehoods then used by Washington

10/07/04 Report by Weapons Inspection Teams Confronts Administration Lies

10/7/04  More Cheney Lies in VP Debate - NEWSWEEK

7/10/04     Lies, lies on Iraq --Senate Report on how lies got promoted inside CIA  contrary information hidden away  Report Conclusions  &  CIA skewed Reporting top officials knowingly promoted lies

7/31/04  Details of Iraq bio weapons - anthrax -- destroyed and U.S. officials knew of it

7/31/04  Al Qaeda-Iraq Link Recanted --information given under torture -- that Iraqis trained Al Qaeda-- used by Bush in speeches

7/26/04  9-11 Report shows limited contacts between Al-Qaeda and Iraq  discussions but no co-operation nor on 9-11 attack

7/22/04  300,000 in mass graves?  Very little proof, also include victims of revolt supression after First Iraq War in 1991

7/22/04  Good Summary of Lies and Incompetence by London Economist on both British and U.S. intelligence & fabrications

7/17/04  Demanding Accountability from Leadership good short list of biggest lies

7/15/04  More Details on Powell UN Speech Senate Report details untrue information

7/11/04  CIA skewed Reporting top officials knowingly promoted lies about Iraq aluminum tubes, uranium enrichment, hid information from U.N. Inspectors about sites which would have refuted CIA lies, pressed lower level officials to provide unverified data and false data

7/10/04  Lies, lies on Iraq --Senate Report on how lies got promoted inside CIA  contrary information hidden away  Report Conclusions  somewhat exhonerates White House, but not VP Cheney

7/8/04  Iraq Resistance Nationalist, not Jihadist--U.S. and Iraqi officials have long overemphasized the roles of foreign fighters and Muslim extremists. Such positions support the Bush administration's view that the insurgency is linked to the war on terror. A closer examination paints most insurgents as secular Iraqis angry at the presence of U.S. and other foreign troops. ...."Too much U.S. analysis is fixated on terms like 'jihadist,' just as it almost mindlessly tries to tie everything to (Osama) bin Laden," Cordesman said. "Every public opinion poll in Iraq ... supports the nationalist character of what is happening."

7/07/04  Cheney Cought Lying Again  by 9/11 Commission

6/30/04  List & Dates of Administration Statements with lies or exaggerations about Iraq- House of Representatives Minority Report

6/23/04  John Lehman Lies on MEET THE PRESS  CIA concluded long ago that just mixed up names of supposed meeting Al-QWaeda w/Iraqi - "Lehman could not be reached for comment" (involved Feith again)

6/22/04  Bush-Cheney Continue Lie --up to date details of what they say now and said before and what commission found by Ivan Eland

6/22/04  "Facts are the Enemies of Truth," Don Quixote --Bush and Cheney Believed the "Truth" they wanted to see

6/18/04  Cheney and The Big Lie --9/11 Commission ask Cheney for evidence of his repeated claims of Al-Qaeda-Saddamm cooperation on attacking U.S.  N.Y. TIMES Report

6/17/04  Al-Qaeda-Hussein Link is Dismissed by 9-11 Commission

5/31/04  Lying or Confused  Hard to know about Bush--dis-connect from reality

5/31/04  Questions on Cheney Lying on Halliburton Contracts  TIME

5/28/04  Duncan Hunter Lies -He is Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.  We have seen him lying so often we think to post a quote from him---- California Republican Duncan Hunter, suggested to Tim Russert that it was the U.N. inspectors who pushed us into Iraq. “We went to war … not on the statements of Mr. [Ahmad] Chalabi but on Hans Blix,” head of the U.N. inspectors, “who talked about the 8,500 liters of anthrax that Saddam Hussein put together … all of which would fit, Tim, in one pickup truck with good sideboards.” Here is what Blix actually said this of the possibility that there were chemical and biological weapons in Iraq when the war began: “One must not jump to the conclusion that they exist. However, this possibility is also not excluded.” MSNBC Was Iraq a Just War (Newsweek)

5/20/04  Lies About Approvals for Torture in Iraq

5/18/04  Rumsfeld - Ashcroft signed off on questioning Geneva Convention "quaint" says White House Counsel

5/10/04  Red Cross sent many warnings of abuse all over Iraq Bush said prison an isolated case

4/22/04  19 (New) Lies   by Harry Browne

new10.gif (281 bytes) 3/24/04  Lies About African Uranium Forgery --obvious if White House had cared to examine--dates and signatures- details about lies being intentional

2/20/04  Chalabi Admits Lies Got U.S. to go to War and Garner admits purpose was to get U.S. bases in Iraq --compares to conquest of Phillipines in 1898

2/20/04  Washington Post Ombudsman details coverage of Lies

2/16/04 "We Were Not All Wrong" David Kay Statement --Scott Ritter details and quotes those who were right before the war including UN inspectors

2/12/04 All the President's Lies --American Prospect Magazine

2/1/04  Analyzing Powell's Untruths in UN Speech -- lies fed by Cheney's office

1/27/04  Nearly All WMD Claims Were Wrong  David Kay -Arms Inspection Leader   Why no Indignation or Firings of the Liars

1/27/04  The 45 Minute Lie --that Iraq could launch WMD with 45 minutes notice--used by Blair and White House

12/01/04   Cheney the Liar

11/29/03  Feith, the Likud Propagandist --Cheney's aide urged Israel to abandon Oslo Peace Process in 1997   His Testimony         How He Exaggerated and Lied

11/25/03 Powell's Lies "The Vanishing Case for War" NY Review of Books "Colin Powell made 29 claims about Iraqi weapons, programs, behaviors, events and munitions" in his United Nations presentation, and none of them have yet been borne out" quoted by  Richard Cohen

11/22/03  British Secret Disinformation Group (like Neo-cons') Played Role in War Promotion 

11/10/03  How Cheney and His Group Promoted the Lies

11/04/03  Update-Wrap up of All the Lies from White House special branch (Cheney& Neo-cons to circumvent CIA-State intelligence

10/19/03  10 Lies About Iraq for Making War  good summary of what is now known with sources and 8 Lies From Before the War  for the blockade

9/28   House Intelligence Committee Chairmen --war based on false, outdated, unproven information

9/24/03  Powell and Rice both declared Iraq disarmed of WMD long before war

9/19/03  Cheney's Blatant lying on Meet the Press --detailed

8/17/03  "Did Saddam have a weapons program?  And the answer is: absolutely.  And we gave him a chance to allow the inspector in, and he wouldn't let them in," George Bush press conference (reason he has so few) quoted THE NATION 9/8/03

7/30/03  The Bush Administration's Top 40 Lies about War and Terrorism  Common Dreams

7/23/03   A Chart of Bush Lies

6/06/2003 Defense Intelligence Agency had no info on Iraq WMD

3/16/03        How We Lost our Allies  Wolfowitz Doctrine & Allies Don't Mix

8/10/03   Definitive Details of War Lies from Washington  Wash. Post--Who, what they said, how they lied, why they lied, quotes of lies

4/21/03     Re-examining Powell's War Speech by William Rasberry

8/8/03   Use of Napalm Denied by Sec. Defense office --a lie

8/3/03   NationalReview online tries to explain Bush Lies

8/2/03   Bush Press Conference --unanswered questions on war

7/28/03       Rice Discredited by Uranium Flap   Either a liar or an incompetent

7/28/03  Top 40 Lies About Iraq and Terrorism

7/11/03  CIA asked British to Drop False Report --not used in Powell UN speech --British History of Deception to get America into Wars

7/7/03   White House Backs off Uranium State of the Union Speech claim

6/25/03  Congress Democrats Zero in on Uranium Misinformation Source in State of the Union Speech

6/20/03  Lies About the Uranium from Africa  by Jude Wanniski

6/20/03  List of Lies --quotes from officials about Iraqi WMD

6/17/03  Do Americans Expect to be Misled?  by William S. Lind

6/10/03  Wrap up of Many Lies     also includes links to--

Civilian Death Estimates First Iraq War -Cheney fired statistician, how stats verified --BUSINESS WEEK

On the Net: Powell's address to the United Nations: /

CIA paper on Iraq:

State of the Union address:

Bush's Iraqi threat speech:  

6/10/03  Bush Speech Quotes on Iraq WMD

6/7/03  Experts Doubt Trailer WMD Story --no proof, too many assumptions NY TIMES

6/03  "There's no doubt in my mind but that they currently have chemical and biological weapons," said Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in January. "We believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons," said Vice President Dick Cheney in March.  Time Magazine June 2003

4/8/03    Administration efforts to Convince foreigners  but "a poll last week found that fewer than one person in seven trusts President Bush to tell the truth."  NY TIMES

3/28/03   -Blair Lied on TV with Bush -about English POW's being murdered  --usual atrocity stories for war--buy why need to lie when Saddam is really a bad guy?--lies undermine war effort

3/24/03  Excellent Wrap-Up of the Lies for War by publisher of Harpers

3/18/03  Wash. Post on Bush Speech  --already refuted evidences

3/17/03  Continual Bush Lies  --New Republic -reason for world distrust

3/10/03  Top 30 Bush - Iraq Lies: A Reference For Seekers of Truth very good list with links

3/8/03   Fake Evidence On Iraq Nukes Used by Bush in State of the Union Speech  (childish errors)        and      Senator Wants Probe of Fake Documents & if U.S. Agencies helped create them --sent by Blair Gov.  and   Is the Nuclear Case Going Down the Tubes? Carnegie Endowment

Powell Speech Problems --Basic Bush-Powell Argument is -----"Inspectors can't find WMDs so Iraq is in Violation of UN for not showing where they are."   Secondly the speech was (intentionally) confusing about Iraq's past WMD from and before last war in 1991 (part of Powell's arguments were based on Tony Blair's report which turns out to have been copied from a graduate student's work written in 1991 in California) and its legitimate defensive preparations, e.g. hiding things could refer to weapons which Iraq has in preparation for the almost sure American invasion to come.  

2/24/03 "I don't Believe Colin Powell"  by William Rasberry WASH. POST  "For this we should make unilateral, unprovoked war?"

2/20/03  U.S. info for UN was mostly "garbage" used as basis for Administration speeches and claims of Iraqi WMD  CBS NEWS

2/17  Powell Can't Answer Blix --N.Y. Times 2/17, "And he did not respond to Mr. Blix when the arms inspector challenged one point of the American intelligence briefing of Feb. 5.      Mr. Blix pointed out that the satellite images Mr. Powell brought before the Council were shot two weeks apart and did not necessarily show Iraqi deception. A chemical decontamination truck is present in one photo and not the other. "Routine" movements were also a possible explanation, Mr. Blix pointed out, and Mr. Powell nodded."

3/15  Case for War is Clouded With Propaganda, Misinformation

2/22  GAO: Justice Dept. Inflated Terror Cases

new10.gif (281 bytes) 2/16  More Corroboration About Lies from First Iraq War --about Iraqi troops poised on border of Saudi Arabia, a reason for war, lies about pictures

2/13  Bin Laden--Hussein Link Hazy   new evidence & questions about Powell's basic accusation, no proof on many assumptions    WASH POST Powell also asked on Meet the Press 2/9 by Tim Russert about past government lies for war in 1990 about incubator babies and no evidence of Iraqi troops on Saudi border.  He did not answer the question.

see TORONTO SUN for a quick overview answering Powell charges

new10.gif (281 bytes) 2/6/03 Commerce Dept. clerk fired for estimates of Iraq dead in first Gulf War -her report changed by supervisors

2/6/03    Blix Denies Some Key Powell Arguments  mobile labs?                           Questions Powell about Al Qaeda connection in Iraq  NEW YORK TIMES    Ties to Terror Aren't Easy to Read  NEW YORK TIMES

2/6/03   Fisk on Powell  --lots of distortions & twisting

2/8   Blair Report (quoted by Powell) copied years' old academic study with few words changed to exaggerate,  not from intelligence  reports  NY TIMES

2/6/03   UK's 'Damning' Iraq File – Copied From Old Articles --even typos,-only changed to exaggerate --British were masters of propaganda lies since World War I stories of German soldiers eating Belgian babies (believed by many Americans in simpler times)

2/6/03    Important Questions About Powell's Arguments  various details, support of Palestinians as reason to invade Iraq,   

2/9        Powell's Tapes   as reason for war   no proof in transcript--soldiers always cover their rears

2/8       Iraq Takes Journalists to Missile Factory Powell Described  Powell claimed larger testing facilities and excessive range  NY TIMES Report with more details

11/18/02   BBC NEWS   UNSCOM weapons inspectors destroyed 48 Scuds during their years in Iraq, and nearly all of the known 819 Scuds imported by Baghdad have been accounted for.  

2/9    Media visits (Powell accused) chemical weapons site ABC NEWS & BBC

2/3/03    How Intelligence Collected & Disputed --Pentagon (civilians) promote Saddam mistress lies for TV

1/31/03   Blix: US is Misquoting My Iraq Report   Dr Blix took issue with what he said were US Secretary of State Colin Powell's claims that the inspectors had found that Iraqi officials were hiding and moving illicit materials within and outside of Iraq to prevent their discover. He said that the inspectors had reported no such incidents.................Similarly, he said, he had not seen convincing evidence that Iraq was sending weapons scientists to other countries to prevent them from being interviewed....... ....Nor had he any reason to believe, as President George Bush charged in his State of the Union speech, that Iraqi agents were posing as scientists, or that his inspection agency had been penetrated by Iraqi agents and that sensitive information might have been leaked to Baghdad. -----------more

also a common double standard of U.S. spokesmen-- "Powell, referred to Iraq's obligations under UN Security Council Resolution 687. What about Israel's. Why doesn't Mr. Powell ask the UN to enforce Israel's obligations under this same resolution 687?    Article 14, of Resolution 687, has "the goal of establishing in the Middle East a zone free from weapons of mass destruction and all missiles for their delivery and the objective of a global ban on chemical weapons" for all the nations in the region. This includes Israel -- known to possess chemical and biological weapons, 200 to 400 nuclear weapons, and the missiles to deliver them."

1/30/03    Plan to Invade Iraq Predated 9/11 

1/25/02    Cheney at CPAC --January yearly meeting of Conservative Political Action Committee "For 12 years Saddam has violated that agreement (with the UN to disarm)"  In fact Iraq did comply with the UN demands to disarm for nearly 8 years, but Washington kept on the brutal blocade anyway (which resulted in the death by disease and starvation of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis).  Iraq delivered to and the UN destroyed much more weaponry than was destroyed even during the Iraq war.  For details see THE 7 BIG LIES ABOUT IRAQ

12/23/02   ABC News Reports Evidence Missing in Bush Charges

12/13/02      Cheney and others Selling Lies    CBS News

11/11   "Bush does not Lie about Sex...." by Eric Alterman  George W. Bush does not lie about sex, I suppose, merely about war and peace. Most particularly he has consistently lied about Iraq's nuclear capabilities as well as its missile-delivery capabilities. Take a look at Milbank's gingerly worded page-one October 22 Washington Post story if you doubt me. To cite just two particularly egregious examples, Bush tried to frighten Americans by claiming that Iraq possesses a fleet of unmanned aircraft that could be used "for missions targeting the United States." Previously he insisted that a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency revealed the Iraqis to be "six months away from developing a weapon." Both of these statements are false, but they are working. Nearly three-quarters of Americans surveyed think that Saddam is currently helping Al Qaeda; 71 percent think it is likely he was personally involved in the 9/11 attacks.

11/06  Details of Lies and Stretched Truth in Bush Speeches

10/22  Wash. Post Details Some Bush Exaggerations and Lies  & Charley Reese on Bush Loss of Credibility   and Richard Cohen his untruths

10/21   Czech President tells Bush no meeting between Atta and Iraqi intelligence  a main argument of The War Party

Bush on Iraq Nukes and Analysis of Bush Interpretations

Rumsfeld Lies??

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Robert Byrd, a master at hectoring executive branch witnesses, asked Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld a provocative question last week: Did the United States help Saddam Hussein produce weapons of biological warfare? Rumsfeld brushed off the Senate's 84-year-old president pro tem like a Pentagon reporter. But a paper trail indicates Rumsfeld should have answered yes.

An eight-year-old Senate report confirms that disease-producing and poisonous materials were exported, under U.S. government license, to Iraq from 1985 to 1988 during the Iran-Iraq war. Furthermore, the report adds, the American-exported materials were identical to microorganisms destroyed by United Nations inspectors after the Gulf War.......  columnist Robert Novak  (link about Rumsfeld in Iraq). 

Update----"In a September interview with CNN, Rumsfeld said he "cautioned" Hussein about the use of chemical weapons, a claim at odds with declassified State Department notes of his 90-minute meeting with the Iraqi leader. A Pentagon spokesman, Brian Whitman, now says that Rumsfeld raised the issue not with Hussein, but with Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz. The State Department notes show that he mentioned it largely in passing as one of several matters that "inhibited" U.S. efforts to assist Iraq.

Rumsfeld has also said he had "nothing to do" with helping Iraq in its war against Iran. Although former U.S. officials agree that Rumsfeld was not one of the architects of the Reagan administration's tilt toward Iraq -- he was a private citizen when he was appointed Middle East envoy -- the documents show that his visits to Baghdad led to closer U.S.-Iraqi cooperation on a wide variety of fronts. Washington was willing to resume diplomatic relations immediately, but Hussein insisted on delaying such a step until the following year." Washington Post 12/30/02


U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan

"Excuse me sir," they asked. "But do we really have to say this baloney?"  BBC News

Condoleezza ignorance

"Anticipatory self-defense is not a new concept," Condoleezza Rice, the national security adviser, told reporters the other day as she was explaining why pre-emption was replacing containment and deterrence as the foundation of American defense policy and serving as the justification for striking Iraq before Iraq strikes. "You know, Daniel Webster actually wrote a very famous defense of anticipatory self-defense," she said.

He did, but under circumstances Ms. Rice, a former Stanford University provost, might not want to delve into too deeply......Ms. Rice's "anticipatory self-defense" (a phrase Webster never used) — as if they were the same thing. Experts in the field say they are not.........And there the classic example is one the White House is unlikely to cite with approval: Dec. 7, 1941. Every schoolchild in Japan is taught that the United States-led embargo on Japan was slowly killing the country's economy and undermining its ability to defend itself.   NY TIMES (easy link)


Kinsley on Bush Arguments

  "The Bush administration campaign for war against Iraq has been an extravaganza of disingenuousness. The arguments come and go. Allegations are taken up, held until discredited, and then replaced. All the entrances and exits are chronicled by leaks to The Post. Two overarching concepts -- "terrorism" and "weapons of mass destruction" -- are drained of whatever intellectual validity they may have had and put to work bridging huge gaps in evidence and logic.

Knocking off Hussein became a top priority shortly after 9/11. It was part of the "war on terror," though the logical or factual connection between the events of 9/11 and Hussein's depredations was never explained. According to the State Department's own annual survey, the most enthusiastic state sponsor of terrorism is Iran -- an enemy of Iraq that we're now trying to patch things up with. The administration pounced on suggestions that 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta had met with Iraqi agents in Prague -- as if discovery of this one meeting retroactively justified the whole hoo-hah -- then dropped the allegation (though not the rhetorical connection) when it turned out to be made up."  Michael Kinsley


  "The president's cynical and irresponsible manipulation of the issue risks devaluing his credibility as he seeks to convince the United Nations and U.S. allies that action to disarm Iraq is essential. We believe Mr. Bush is right in arguing that Saddam Hussein poses an unacceptable threat, and right in choosing to confront that menace. But he undermines his own case by taking it on the campaign trail and thereby feeding suspicions, both at home and abroad, that he timed his initiative for maximum electoral advantage, rather than in response to serious calculation about how and when Iraq could best be dealt with."



Bush Asserts That Al Qaeda Has Links to Iraq's Hussein       By Mike Allen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 26, 2002; Page A29

President Bush asserted a link yesterday between Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and the al Qaeda terrorist network, saying he fears they will join forces and are already virtually indistinguishable.

"The danger is, is that they work in concert," Bush said. "The danger is, is that al Qaeda becomes an extension of Saddam's madness and his hatred and his capacity to extend weapons of mass destruction around the world."

The administration had begun de-emphasizing claims of links between Hussein and global terrorism. Senior intelligence officials told The Washington Post this month that the CIA had not found convincing proof, despite efforts that included surveillance photos and communications intercepts.

U.S. officials have continued to hint at connections, however. Evidence linking Hussein to the Sept. 11 attacks could help erode reservations on Capitol Hill and among world powers about the justification for a U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Evidence on Iraq Challenged
Experts Question if Tubes Were Meant for Weapons Program (this question again charged during Bush State of the Union speech

By Joby Warrick
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 19, 2002; Page A18

A key piece of evidence in the Bush administration's case against Iraq is being challenged in a report by independent experts who question whether thousands of high-strength aluminum tubes recently sought by Iraq were intended for a secret nuclear weapons program.

The White House last week said attempts by Iraq to acquire the tubes point to a clandestine program to make enriched uranium for nuclear bombs. But the experts say in a new report that the evidence is ambiguous, and in some ways contradicts what is known about Iraq's past nuclear efforts.    also see update Washington Times


White House: Bush misstated report on Iraq

Sept. 7/02  Seeking to build a case Saturday that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction, President Bush cited a satellite photograph and a report by the U.N. atomic energy agency as evidence of Iraq’s impending rearmament. But in response to a report by NBC News, a senior administration official acknowledged Saturday night that the U.N. report drew no such conclusion, and a spokesman for the U.N. agency said the photograph had been misinterpreted...........

         " Meanwhile, Mark Gwozdecky, a spokesman for the U.N. agency, disputed Bush’s and Blair’s assessment of the satellite photograph, which was first publicized Friday. Contrary to news service reports, there was no specific photo or building that aroused suspicions, he told Windrem."  

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