IRAQ Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by Jag Singh, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Sep 13, 2006 at 10:27 am
The latest Senate Intelligence Committee report – release delayed until after the mid-term elections! - concluded that Hussein had no connection to Bin Laden and the 9/11 attacks. This finding, coupled with the absence of any WMD’s should put to rest the bogus attempts of the Bush administration to justify the war on Iraq. The American people were deliberately misled by an administration determined to establish its unwelcome presence in the Middle East and steal its precious oil resources. Sadly our lawmakers and a compliant media allowed this massive fraud to be perpetrated. CIA intelligence reports were ignored and opposition deemed ‘unpatriotic’.
The only proper course of action is for US troops to withdraw from Iraq immediately, extend an unconditional apology to the Iraqi people and offer payment of reparations for the ‘shock and awe’ destruction of their infrastructure and the killing of so many of their people. Bush and his gang of neocons should be removed from office for ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’. A staggering number of Iraqis and US soldiers are dying each week. ‘Staying the course’ is no longer an option! I urge readers to obtain a copy of ‘HUBRIS: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War by journalists Michael Isikoff of Newsweek and David Corn of The Nation, which described in detail the White House shenanigans in the run-up to the Iraq War.
Posted by Draw the line, a resident of Stanford, on Sep 16, 2006 at 9:48 am
Again I hear the same old tired and false claim. Nobody in this administration claimed we were going into Iraq because Saddam had something directly to do with 9/11, nor claimed we were going into Iraq because he had WMD. We went in because he defied 12 years of 17 UN resolutions demanding that Iraq tell the world HOW he disposed of the WMD we all knew, for a fact, he had through the 90's. And he wouldn't comply. He believed that his French and Russian friends, who made a lot of money doing business in Iraq, would protect him from any repercussions from defying yet another UN resolution. They almost succeeded. But, poor things, they lost their 40-50 million dollars per year contracts with Saddam after all.
Well, hmmm..6 months of delay in going into Iraq is a long time. Even so, they didn't manage to hide the centrifuges we have found that have one purpose..the 500 tons of near weapons-grade enriched uranium we found, yet there is no nuclear plant in Iraq,...the recently discovered deadly powders in bomb heads. No weapons of mass destruction? What papers are you reading? Oh yes, Saddam was an honest and truthful guy, and we should have believed him when he said that he had gotten rid of everything. He just couldn't tell us how.
A happy side benefit of doing this has been that he is no longer capable of authorizing acts which resulted in the deaths of over a million people..all Muslim......add it up..between the 2 wars he began, stealing from his Oil-for-Food program and thus starving and depriving medical care to Shia's, draining the southern swamps in retributional payback, and torturing and killing anybody he wished for any reason he wished, he was responsible for the deaths of, at the VERY LEAST, 1.2 million Muslims over the last 30 years. That is using the most conservative number even the biggest Saddam supporters will admit is true, which is 300,000 dead "prisoners". Most people believe the number is much higher.
I am proud that my country is one of several responsible for saving the future lives of hundreds of thousands of people..who are real Muslims. Just like we did in the 90s.