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News number: 9106062256

09:53 | 2012-09-08


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Iraq War: False Intelligence or Pre-9/11 Plan?

TEHRAN (FNA)- On Sept. 5, 2012, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) declassified a document with a misleading title, though: Misreading Intentions: Iraq's Reaction to Inspections Created Picture of Deception.



The 2006 review claims the case for the Iraq war was based on a host of falsehoods, all of which came from the US intelligence community's failures in assessing Iraqi weapons programs in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion.

The CIA goes on to claim that such analytic liabilities kept US analysts from seeing the issue through an Iraqi prism and generated findings that helped justify the Iraq war.

However, Paul Pillar, the former CIA Middle East Division Chief, says the CIA stops short of speaking about the pressure the Bush administration exerted on American intelligence services to fabricate their findings to justify the invasion of Iraq.

"The campaign to sell the war moved into high gear before the estimate was ever written," writes Pillar in his Intelligence and US Foreign Policy: Iraq, 9/11, and Misguided Reform.

The latest development has once again revived the debate over the true intentions of the American and British governments behind the invasion of Iraq.
There are many official accounts and historic documents that suggest beyond any doubt whatsoever that the CIA, the MI6, the US and UK governments and the military complex had been planning to invade Iraq long before the 9/11 attacks!

The Iraq war was simply the final stage of the Persian Gulf War, which Bush senior had botched. By 1997, he and a group of like-minded neoconservatives had formed PNAC, a neocon think tank whose primary mission was to launch the second invasion of Iraq.

In 1998 they wrote a letter to President Bill Clinton and on 9/11/2001 they found the excuse. Vice President Dick Cheney had likewise brought eight fellow neocons into key positions in the Bush administration, and they were ready to go - with Congressional authorization!

Cheney's Iraq-War gang all belonged to PNAC or IASPS. IASPS advocated regime change to increase Israeli security, while PNAC focused on Middle East allies, especially Israel.

Although the public evidence from these groups indicates that helping Israel was by far the most important reason for the war, Cheney's oil industry connections indicate that oil was also a central concern. Finally in 2003, George W. Bush and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair joined forces to fabricate the grounds to invade Iraq - and they have never been held to account ever since!

It is interesting to hear what Colonel Larry Wilkerson, the former Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell has to say in this respect: "The flimsy thread of evidence presented to the UN on February 5, 2003, by an increasingly chagrined Powell has now been resoundingly debunked. Not one of the claims remains aloft: the aluminum tubes in Iraq were for legal missiles; the desert trailers were hydrogen gas generators; the decontamination vehicles were firefighting equipment; the fabled Yellowcake Uranium from Niger entered the dossier through a 'black ops' mission run through the Italian military intelligence service, SISMI, and the neo-conservatives in the various institutions of US intelligence."

Under international law, Wilkerson's horrifying confessions beg the legal question of whether all these fabrications and lies were also known inside the State Department a year before Vice President Powell went to the United Nations and long before Washington and London went to war? Well, it doesn't take a mathematician to add such a simple sum.

The bottom line: Both the US and UK governments (including Bush and Blair) were advised beforehand that their decision to invade Iraq was blatantly illegal under international law. They invaded nonetheless, and now with CIA's declassified document they are trying to mislead the international community again by falsely arguing that "the Iraq war was legal because it was based on misleading info!"

Sadly enough, the new US and UK administrations are not that different either. By imposing unjustified sanctions on independent states such as Iran and threatening them with war or the rhetoric of "all options are on the table," they equally demonstrate their disdain for international law, universal human rights, and democratic governance.

But they should know that Iran is not Iraq and the 21st-century world is no longer their playground to bully. They have repeatedly been caught red-handed for fabricating lies against Iran and its non-existent threat to global peace and security.

Like their predecessors, they know that they are not telling the truth about Iran and the nature of its nuclear program. They also know that no one will ever buy their fabrications at the United Nations for launching yet another illegal war in the Middle East - however much they might wish the world to believe that they are telling the truth!