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Ten Years of Shock and Awe

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Ten years ago – on March 19, 2003, our country invaded another and called it Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was a “preemptive war” and it was illegal according to international law. We Americans held our heads higher, our backs straighter, and went about our lives as if this new aggressive maneuvering was OK. We  proudly ordered “freedom fries” off the local McDonald’s value menu while they spent the first of   more than 3 trillion of our hard-earned tax dollars (including the billions that are “missing”).

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It wasn’t OK

It still isn’t OK, and yet, we’re still there occupying a land that is not ours. Taking lives we have no right to take. Changing lives so profoundly that instead of being greeted “as liberators” with “chocolates and flowers” as promised by our former President and Vice president, the flowers are laid on graves. Graves of over 111,000 Iraqis (by some counts this number exceeds 1 million) and the nearly 5000 graves of our own misled soldiers. These numbers grow daily. These numbers do not included the countless that have been wounded or maimed and forever damaged.

Most of these deaths occurred after President George W. Bush stood on the USS Lincoln aircraft carrier beneath a banner that read “Mission Accomplished” proudly stating,

Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.”  ~ George W. Bush, President of the United States

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That was May 2, 2003. Talk about premature articulation. We had been at war with Iraq for only 45 days and at that time, had only lost 141 American lives. The only “mission accomplished” was the mission that set-out to sell our American minds and change our perception of what is right and what is wrong and they were brilliant at it.

Look 

In the chart below, each square contains 50 people, there are 200 squares for a total of 10,000 people. Multiply the image by 11.65…these are the lives the United States has taken in the past ten years.

10kThat’s about 145,625 gallons of blood on our hands; all because of our own complacency and ignorance. For a time we weren’t even allowed to see the flag draped coffins returning from Iraq.

Operation Iraqi Freedom‘s CENTCOM Commander General Tommy Franks told us,

“We don’t do body counts.” 

Do you know their names? Have you looked at their faces? You should. It’s a simple respect. After all we were told they died for our “freedoms”. The very same freedoms by the way, that our government has slowly, but surely been chiseling away at with the passing of the Patriot Act and the NDAA and the suspension of Habeas Corpus and the gutting of Posse Comitatus.

Preeminence

Lincoln

“Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion… and you allow him to make war at pleasure… If to-day he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him,–’I see no probability of the British invading us’; but he will say to you, ‘Be silent: I see it, if you don’t.’” ~ Abraham Lincoln: a Documentary Portrait Through His Speeches and Writings. Don E. Farenbacher, editor. 1996. Stanford University Press, Stanford. Letter 1848

Bush

“As a matter of common sense and self-defense, America will act against such emerging threats before they are fully formed.” ~ George W. Bush, President of the United States – September 17, 2002 in the Introduction to the National Security Strategy of the United States

Cheney

“If there’s a 1% chance that Pakistani scientists are helping al-Qaeda build or develop a nuclear weapon, we have to treat it as a certainty in terms of our response. It’s not about our analysis … It’s about our response. ” ~ Dick CheneyVice President of the United States on preemptive war - The One Percent Doctrine by Ron Suskind

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Outrage & Fear

One could say war was inevitable. One could also say war was our right. Many thought war was the answer to our feelings of angst, rage, and fear brought on by the horrific events of September, 11th, 2001. Many others took to the streets for more than a year begging anyone and everyone to open their eyes; to wipe away the fog of confusion and pain long enough to see that what we were about to do was not only unprecedented, but horribly wrong.

On February 5, 2003 Colin Powell shook a small vial of mock-anthrax before the United Nations — and the world, giving the biggest speech of his career. He told us about anthrax laden drones and mobile bio-labs. He told us there was, “no doubt” in his mind that Saddam was working to obtain key components to produce nuclear weapons.

Sadly his biggest speech was his biggest lie. And now, Powell’s Chief of Staff  – Lawrence Wilkenson, has come forward saying it was all a lie. He also says his boss didn’t lie on purpose. Wilkerson says they were all lied to and manipulated, the same as Congress and the Senate had been.

Senators and members of Congress have since come forward and admitted they were misled or lied to, but that doesn’t change the near unanimous vote that passed the October, 2002 Iraqi War Resolution which authorized and enabled President Bush to continue down his war path into Baghdad.

Finding a Voice

Thirty-six million people across the globe took part in almost 3,000 anti-war protests leading up to the invasion of Iraq. The largest being ten years ago, on February 15, 2002 where nearly ten million people took to the streets in protest of the coming Iraq War. These were not just the streets of America, but the streets of countries everywhere. The marches in Rome alone had close to three million in attendance and was the largest anti-war protest in recorded history. It’s listed in the 2004 Guinness Book of World Records.

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These protesters begged us to listen beyond the sound bites coming from American and British news anchors, radio hosts, and the White House Press Room. They begged us to set aside the headlines that had our heart’s pumping in fear, so we may see that we were being sold on the concept of empire building wrapped up in the righteous dressings of our name and sewn by the fabric of our fear.

They begged us to do something before it was too late. We didn’t.

SEE: February 15, 2003 Anti-Iraq War Protests

Too Little Too Late

On 20 March 2003 at approximately 02:30 UTC or about 90 minutes after the lapse of the 48-hour deadline, at 05:33 local time, explosions were heard in Baghdad (this was March 19, 2003 in the U.S.)  The United States of America – and its allies, had begun their invasion of Iraq. Nothing was stopping this war machine we had become.

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Shock and Awe is an application of massive and overwhelming force and it is what the United States promised to deliver to Iraq. A doctrine that was written by Harlan K. Ullman and James P. Wade in 1996.

Two days later, on Friday, March 21, 2003 – shortly after 12;30 PM EST, the U.S. and its allies launched a massive aerial assault against Iraq and called the assault “Shock & Awe” and announced  “A-Day” was underway. I have never seen an explanation for what “A-Day” was meant to stand for, but I can say that “A-Day” is a day I will never forget. The day America became the epitome of the deadly schoolyard bully and American’s became entertained bystanders wanting more.

It has been ten years. There has been no revolt of the revolting. There has been no revolution. Instead, there has been an evolution of society where an entire generation has grown up to believe preemptive war is OK. A generation who now waves a flag in one hand and a gun in the other and calls it “freedom”. And here I am, still in “Shock & Awe”.

How They Did It

Sold!

We were told Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. They told us this over and over again. Often Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld alluded that Saddam Hussein and Iraq were tied to the events of 9/11. They created a marketing arm of the White House to sell us the lie. It was called the White House Iraq Group (WHIG) and its existence wasn’t revealed until 2005 although the task force had been active since August, 2002. It was set-up by White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card and chaired by Bush’s infamous right-hand-man Karl Rove – aka Bush’s Brain, to coordinate all of the executive branch elements in the run-up to the war in Iraq.

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The WHIG Salesmen

James Wilkenson, Powell’s Chief of Staff was a member of WHIG. He recently released a documentary called Hubris : Selling the Iraq War. The documentary – narrated by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow walks us through how the Bush Administration and the White House Iraq Group sold the war. How they sold us the lie. He said,

“I’m damn sure the Bush administration cooked the books (on Iraq).”

SEE: Hubris : Selling the Iraq War.

On October 20, 2005, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) introduced a formal Resolution of Inquiry to demand the White House turn over all white papers, minutes, notes, emails or other communications kept by the White House Iraq Group (WHIG), stating that “This group, comprised of the President and Vice President’s top aides, was critical in selling the Administration’s case for war. We now know that the Administration hyped intelligence and misled the American public and Congress in their effort to ‘sell’ the war. After over 1,900 American troops have been killed in Iraq, it is long past time for this Congress to ask serious questions about WHIG and its role in the lead up to the war.”

Newly released memos belonging to Secretary of Defense prove this war was contrived and how we the People were manipulative along with the so-called evidence.

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The Plan and the Players

A third or more of the WHIG group members were also Project for the New American Century (PNAC) founders, members, or signatories — as were most of the Bush Cabinet. We looked on and called it “cronyism” with each appointment. It wasn’t “cronyism”, it was a plan.

The PNAC was formed in 1997 by William Kristol and Robert Kagan. These are the people who drafted and successfully passed the Iraqi Liberation Act with Congress winning legal sanctions to invade Iraq. They are also the ones responsible for the writing and publishing or endorsement of an 80+ page document called “Rebuilding America’s Defenses (RAD)” The RAD Document was published in September of 2000, one year before 9/11…

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“…the US must now work hard, not only to maintain that position, but to spread its military might into geographic areas that are ideologically opposed to its influence, waging “multiple simultaneous large-scale wars” to subdue countries that may stand in the way of US global preeminence.” ~ Project for the New American Century

“No stages,” he said, “This is total war. We are fighting a variety of enemies. There are lots of them out there. All this talk about first we are going to do Afghanistan, then we will do Iraq… this is entirely the wrong way to go about it. If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we don’t try to piece together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war… our children will sing great songs about us years from now.” Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee member and core PNAC member Richard Perle’s stated vision and concept of “total war”

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The RAD Doc

“Today its <US military>task is to secure and expand the ‘zones of democratic peace;’ to deter the rise of a new great-power competitor; defend key regions of Europe, East Asia and the Middle East; and to preserve American preeminence through the coming transformation of war made possible by new technologies” ~ PNAC, Rebuilding America’s Defenses (RAD) page 2, September, 2000

“Until the process of transformation is treated as an enduring military mission – worthy of a constant allocation of dollars and forces – it will remain stillborn” ~ PNAC, Rebuilding America’s Defenses (RAD) page 60, September, 2000

“…advanced forms of biological warfare that can target specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool” ~ PNAC, Rebuilding America’s Defenses (RAD) page 60, September, 2000

“‘Skin-patch’ pharmaceuticals help regulate fears, focus concentration and enhance endurance and strength <of soldiers in the field>.” ~ PNAC, Rebuilding America’s Defenses (RAD) page 62, September, 2000

“Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event––like a new Pearl Harbor” ~ PNAC, Rebuilding America’s Defenses (RAD) page 63, September, 2000

“There should be a strong strategic synergy between US forces overseas and in a reinforcing posture: units operating abroad are an indication of American geopolitical interests and leadership, provide significant military power to shape events and, in wartime, create the conditions for victory when reinforced. Conversely, maintaining the ability to deliver an unquestioned ‘knockout punch’ through the rapid introduction of stateside units will increase the shaping power of forces operating overseas and the vitality of our alliances. In sum, we see an enduring need for large-scale American forces” ~ PNAC, Rebuilding America’s Defenses (RAD) page 74, September, 2000

“It is not a choice between preeminence today and preeminence tomorrow. Global leadership is not something exercised at our leisure, when the mood strikes us or when our core national security interests are directly threatened; then it is already too late. Rather, it is a choice whether or not to maintain American military preeminence, to secure American geopolitical leadership, and to preserve the American peace” ~ PNAC, Rebuilding America’s Defenses (RAD) page 76, September, 2000

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The Neocons

These are just a few. Here is a full list of PNAC members.

I was told many times over the years that there was no such thing as the Project for the New American Century (PNAC). That it was just a myth, an internet hoax. Strange how a mythical entity has a website and real offices — in Washington, DC. I visited them in November of 2006. They are right across the street from the National Geographic Society.

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Google Earth: AEI and PNAC Buidling, Washington, DC

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The PNAC offices are housed in the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) building in Washington, DC. The  Weekly Standard – a neoconservative opinion magazine whose editor and PNAC’er William Kristol, also shares the AEI building. The Weekly Standard, also known as the “Neocon Bible” was owned — at the time, by uber hawk Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch owns an unhealthy portion of American and British media. The same Rupert Murdoch outlets that have been involved in all of the hacking scandals.

SEE: Bush, Cheney, PNAC, & The Criminal Conspiracy To Invade Iraq

SEE: What is the Project for the new American Century?

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And, in case you have forgotten…

The P-R-O-P-A-G-A-N-D-A

“Oil remains fundamentally a government business. While many regions of the world offer great oil opportunities, the Middle East with two thirds of the world’s oil and the lowest cost, is still where the prize ultimately lies, even though companies are anxious for greater access there, progress continues to be slow.” ~ Dick Cheney, while still CEO of Halliburton, before becoming Vice President of the United States - November 15, 1999 Speech at the London Institute of Petroleum

“I don’t think our troops ought to be used for what’s called nation building.” ~ George W. Bush, candidate for President of the United States – October 11, 2000 Presidential Debate

“The new administration seems to be paying no attention to the problem of terrorism. What they will do is stagger along until there’s a major incident and then suddenly say, `Oh, my God, shouldn’t we be organized to deal with this?’ ” ~ Paul Bremer, became head of the Iraqi Occupation – February 26, 2001 McCormick Tribune Foundation conference on terrorism

“Fuck Saddam, we’re taking him out.” ~ George W. Bush, President of the United States – Said in March 2002 interview for Time Magazine Report May Issue

“Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.” ~ Dick Cheney, Vice President – August 26, 2002 Speech to VFW National Convention

“From a marketing point of view, you don’t roll out new products in August.” ~ Andrew CardWhite House Chief of Staff - September 2, 2002 (on why the Bush administration waited until after Labor Day to try to sell the American people on war against Iraq) in New York Times Interview

“If we wait for the danger to become clear, it could be too late.” Vice President, Joseph Biden, while US Senator - September 4, 2002

“There is already a mountain of evidence that Saddam Hussein is gathering weapons for the purpose of using them. And adding additional information is like adding a foot to Mount Everest.” ~ Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary – September 6, 2002 Response to Question From the White House Press

“We don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.” ~ Condoleezza Rice, US National Security Adviser – September 8, 2002 on CNN Late Edition

“Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons.” ~ George W. Bush, President – September 12, 2002 Speech to the UN General Assembly

“We do know that the Iraqi regime has chemical and biological weapons. His regime has amassed large, clandestine stockpiles of chemical weapons – including VX, sarin, cyclosarin and mustard gas. … His regime has amassed large, clandestine stockpiles of biological weapons—including anthrax and botulism toxin, and possibly smallpox.” ~ Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State – September 18, 2002 in a Presentation to Congress

“Iraq has stockpiled biological and chemical weapons, and is rebuilding the facilities used to make more of those weapons. We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons – the very weapons the dictator tells us he does not have.” ~ George W. Bush, President of the United States - October 5, 2002 National Radio Address

“After 11 years during which we have tried containment, sanctions, inspections, even selected military action, the end result is that Saddam Hussein still has chemical and biological weapons and is increasing his capabilities to make more. And he is moving ever closer to developing a nuclear weapon.” ~ George W. Bush, President of the United States – October 7, 2002 Cincinnati, Ohio, Speech

“We’ve also discovered through intelligence that Iraq has a growing fleet of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles that could be used to disperse chemical or biological weapons across broad areas.” ~ George W. Bush, President of the United States – October 7, 2002 Cincinnati, Ohio, Speech

“According to the CIA’s report, all U.S. intelligence experts agree that Iraq is seeking nuclear weapons. There is little question that Saddam Hussein wants to develop nuclear weapons.” John Kerry, US Senator (D-Mass.) – October 9, 2002 Congressional Record

“The Iraqi regime … possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons. We know that the regime has produced thousands of tons of chemical agents, including mustard gas, sarin nerve gas, VX nerve gas.” ~ George W. Bush, President of the United States – October 10, 2002 Cincinnati, Ohio, Speech

“If we were to attack Iraq now, alone or with few allies, it would set a precedent that could come back to haunt us.” ~  Hillary Clinton, US Senator  (D-N.Y.) – October 10, 2002 Congressional Record

“… for the sake of protecting our friends and allies, the United States will lead a mighty coalition of freedom-loving nations and disarm Saddam Hussein. See, I can’t imagine what was going through the mind of this enemy when they hit us. They probably thought the national religion was materialism, that we were so selfish and so self-absorbed that after 9/11/2001 this mighty nation would take a couple of steps back and file a lawsuit.” ~ George W. Bush, President of the United States – November 1, 2002 Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States

“I’m glad you asked. It has nothing to do with oil, literally nothing to do with oil.” ~ Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State – November 14, 2002 during CBS Infinity Radio Interview

“Iraq could decide on any given day to provide biological or chemical weapons to a terrorist group or to individual terrorists … The war on terror will not be won until Iraq is completely and veritably deprived of weapons of mass destruction.” ~ Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States - December 1, 2002 Denver, Colorado Address to the Air National Guard

“If he declares he has none, then we will know that Saddam Hussein is once again misleading the world.” ~ Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary - December 2, 2002 Press Briefing

“The president of the United States and the secretary of defense would not assert as plainly and bluntly as they have that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction if it was not true, and if they did not have a solid basis for saying it.” ~ Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary – December 4, 2002 Response to Question From the Press NY Times

“It’s a slam-dunk case!” ~ George Tenet, CIA Director discussing WMD and the case for war during a meeting in the Oval Office

“We know for a fact that there are weapons there.” ~ Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary – January 9, 2003 White House Press Briefing

“The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa. Our intelligence sources tell us that he has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production.” ~ George W. Bush, President of the United States - January 28, 2003 State of the Union Address

“Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent.” ~ George W. Bush, President – January 28, 2003 State of the Union Address

“We know that Saddam Hussein is determined to keep his weapons of mass destruction, is determined to make more.” ~ Colin Powell, Secretary of State – February 5, 2003 Remarks to the UN Security Council

“Ladies and gentlemen, these are not assertions. These are facts, corroborated by many sources, some of them sources of the intelligence services of other countries.” ~ Secretary of State Colin Powell – February 5, 2003 Remarks to the UN Security Council

“There can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein has biological weapons and the capability to rapidly produce more, many more. And he has the ability to dispense these lethal poisons and diseases in ways that can cause massive death and destruction. If biological weapons seem too terrible to contemplate, chemical weapons are equally chilling.” ~ Colin Powell, Secretary of State – February 5, 2003 Address to the UN Security Council

“In Iraq, a dictator is building and hiding weapons that could enable him to dominate the Middle East and intimidate the civilized world – and we will not allow it.” ~ George W. Bush, President of the United States - February 26, 2003 Speech to the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

“Oh, no, we’re not going to have any casualties.” ~ George W. Bush, President of the United States - discussing the Iraq war with Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson, after Robertson told him he should prepare the American people for casualties

“Let’s talk about the nuclear proposition for a minute. We know that, based on intelligence, that has been very, very good at hiding these kinds of efforts. He’s had years to get good at it and we know he has been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons. And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.” ~ Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States March 16, 2003 on Meet the Press with Tim Russert

“My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.” ~ Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States – March 16, 2003 on Meet the Press with Tim Russert

“Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised.” ~ George W. Bush, President of the United States – March 17, 2003 Address to the Nation

“Well, there is no question that we have evidence and information that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical particularly … all this will be made clear in the course of the operation, for whatever duration it takes.” ~ Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary March 21, 2003 Press Briefing

“One of our top objectives is to find and destroy the WMD. There are a number of sites.” ~ Victoria Clark, Pentagon Spokeswoman – March 22, 2003 Press Briefing

“I have no doubt we’re going to find big stores of weapons of mass destruction.” ~ Kenneth Adelman, Defense Policy Board Member – March 23, 2003 Washington Post, p. A27

“We know where they are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.” ~ Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense – March 30, 2003 ABC Interview

“We still need to find and secure Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction facilities and secure Iraq’s borders so we can prevent the flow of weapons of mass destruction materials and senior regime officials out of the country.” ~ Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense – April 9, 2003 Press Conference

“You bet we’re concerned about it. And one of the reasons it’s important is because the nexus between terrorist states with weapons of mass destruction … and terrorist groups – networks – is a critical link. And the thought that … some of those materials could leave the country and in the hands of terrorist networks would be a very unhappy prospect. So it is important to us to see that that doesn’t happen.” ~ Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense – April 9, 2003 Press Conference

“But make no mistake – as I said earlier – we have high confidence that they have weapons of mass destruction. That is what this war was about and it is about. And we have high confidence it will be found.” ~ Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary – April 10, 2003 Press Briefing

“Were not going to find anything until we find people who tell us where the things are. And we have that very high on our priority list, to find the people who know. And when we do, then we’ll learn precisely where things were and what was done.” ~ Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense – April 13, 2003 on Meet the Press with Tim Russert

“We are learning more as we interrogate or have discussions with Iraqi scientists and people within the Iraqi structure, that perhaps he destroyed some, perhaps he dispersed some. And so we will find them.” ~ George W. Bush, President – April 24, 2003 NBC Interview

“Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.” ~ George W. Bush, President of the United States – May 2, 2003 standing under a “Mission Accomplished” banner on the USS Lincoln aircraft carrier

“We’ll find them. It’ll be a matter of time to do so.” ~ George W. Bush, President – May 3, 2003 Remarks to Reporters

“I’m absolutely sure that there are weapons of mass destruction there and the evidence will be forthcoming. We’re just getting it just now.” ~ Colin Powell, Secretary of State - May 4, 2003 Remarks to Reporters

“We never believed that we’d just tumble over weapons of mass destruction in that country.” ~ Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense – May 4, 2003 Fox News Interview

“I’m not surprised if we begin to uncover the weapons program of Saddam Hussein – because he had a weapons program.” ~ George W. Bush, President – May 6, 2003 Remarks to Reporters

“U.S. officials never expected that ‘we were going to open garages and find’ weapons of mass destruction.” ~ Condoleezza Rice, US National Security Adviser – May 12, 2003 Reuters Interview

“We said all along that we will never get to the bottom of the Iraqi WMD program simply by going and searching specific sites that you’d have to be able to get people who know about the programs to talk to you.” ~ Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense – May 13, 2003 Interview with Australian Broadcasting

“It’s going to take time to find them, but we know he had them. And whether he destroyed them, moved them or hid them, we’re going to find out the truth. One thing is for certain: Saddam Hussein no longer threatens America with weapons of mass destruction.” ~ George W. Bush, President of the United States – May 25, 2003 Speech at a Weapons Factory in Ohio

“They may have had time to destroy them, and I don’t know the answer.” ~ Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense – May 27, 2003 Remarks to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

“The truth is that for reasons that have a lot to do with the U.S. government bureaucracy, we settled on the one issue that everyone could agree on, which was weapons of mass destruction, as the core reason.” ~ Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Defense Secretary - May 28, 2003 Vanity Fair Interview

“I don’t know anybody that I can think of who has contended that the Iraqis had nuclear weapons.” ~ Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense – June 24, 2003

“My answer is bring ‘em on.” ~ President George W. Bush, challenging militants attacking U.S. forces in Iraq – July 2, 2003 CNN

“I think the burden is on those people who think he didn’t have weapons of mass destruction to tell the world where they are.” ~ Ari Fleischer, White House Press Secretary - July 9, 2003 Press Briefing

“In Iraq, a ruthless dictator cultivated weapons of mass destruction and the means to deliver them. He gave support to terrorists, had an established relationship with al Qaeda, and his regime is no more.” ~ Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States – November 7, 2003 White House Briefing Room

“Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be somewhere!” ~ George W. Bush, President of the United States – March 25, 2004 joking about his administration’s failure to find WMDs in Iraq as he narrated a comic slideshow during the Radio & TV Correspondents’ Association dinner (See Video)

“Had we to do it over again, we would look at the consequences of catastrophic success, being so successful so fast that an enemy that should have surrendered or been done in escaped and lived to fight another day.” ~ George W. Bush, President of the United States – August 2004 Time Magazine Interview

I didn’t even mention Guantanamo Bay or Abu Graib. Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. They couldn’t cover all of their guffaws. Year by year we have learned more and more truhts about one lie and one scandal after another…and here we are ten years later…

If you are offended by anything I have written here, you shouldn’t be offended.

You should be ashamed.

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57 comments on “Ten Years of Shock and Awe

  1. georgefloreswrite
    February 27, 2013

    Wow Cheri – that was some article! I don’t like what I’ve been seeing either, an erosion of rights along with ethics. Looks like Kucinich saw it too :(
    Awesome, woman!

    • CheriSpeak
      February 27, 2013

      Thank you. It was a lot of work!

      • georgefloreswrite
        February 27, 2013

        I visit the Democracy Now website a lot and it would fit in there. Do you plan on selling it?

      • CheriSpeak
        February 27, 2013

        Too late now that it’s on here :)

      • georgefloreswrite
        February 27, 2013

        Duh. Sorry – sometimes I’m such a goof!

      • CheriSpeak
        February 27, 2013

        lol don’t be. I’m just glad you liked it. Please hit the “share” buttons?

      • georgefloreswrite
        February 27, 2013

        All I could do is Press it on WordPress, I don’t go on the others :(

      • CheriSpeak
        February 27, 2013

        Thank you!! George you need the others. It is good for your readership hun.

      • georgefloreswrite
        February 27, 2013

        Okay I’ll get the others. That is good to know. Do you have to write separate content for each?

      • CheriSpeak
        February 27, 2013

        Nope, you just hit your share buttons at the bottom of each of your WordPress posts :)

      • georgefloreswrite
        February 27, 2013

        Bonus! Thank you for the tip – it’s things like this that I’m oblivious to. You’re a sweetie for clueing me in! :)

      • Barbara
        February 28, 2013

        Well done :-)

      • CheriSpeak
        February 28, 2013

        Thank you very much Barbara!

  2. Jueseppi B.
    February 27, 2013

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    Good post Ms. Cheri, thanks for sharing some common sense with us.

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  5. rolandrjs
    February 28, 2013

    Reblogged this on Rolandrjs's Blog.

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  7. rolandrjs
    February 28, 2013

    A superb and comprehensive article Cheri, congratulations on a herculean task extremely well done, a real tour-de-force!

  8. onnovocks
    February 28, 2013

    Freedom of speech means nothing if it’s not practiced, Those that spoke out 10 years ago were silenced, no not by the men in black, but by the community at large. Labels like “UN-American” and “traitor” come to mi..er..from memory. I like your article, but it’s timing I find unfortunate. I particularly like the last 2 sentences.
    Look forward to the next one, greetings.

    • CheriSpeak
      February 28, 2013

      Thank you. Why is the timing unfortunate?

  9. onnovocks
    February 28, 2013

    I think the timing is unfortunate in the sense that I think it’s too late for any one to make a difference, the damage is done and the missing billions aren’t missing in an offshore bank account. In other words: they got away with it.
    Looks to me like you really enjoy writing these articles, and you write a lot which is great for me: I can always find a good/interesting post to read when I need a break. Thanks!!

    • CheriSpeak
      February 28, 2013

      Thank you. That’s very encouraging. I’ve always loved to write. I appreciate it when other appreciate what I write so thank you for that as well!!

    • CheriSpeak
      February 28, 2013

      Just for the record..I WAS one of the ones out there screaming in the streets 10 yrs ago…9…8…7..6…5…4…3…2…1…. :(
      http://cherispeak.wordpress.com/images/

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  11. theHQHQ
    March 9, 2013

    What an excellent, thorough article! Quite a long read, but well worth it.

    • CheriSpeak
      March 9, 2013

      Thank you very much. Yes it is long, but all of the quotes were necessary ;)

  12. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    March 9, 2013

    My gosh, this is such a solid, well formed article. Apart from that, I am so glad to read it – that you don’t agree with “pre-emptive” wars – and your words “lives that we had no right to take”. God, this is so so sobering, all that you’ve written here.

    I don’t normally read such long posts (partly because I don’t have a lot of time to idle on the computer), but this was one solid excellent read.

    Did this get freshly pressed or anything? It should have.

    I love how you quoted Bush and others. His words are just so so destructive of all that America was (in my eyes), grew to become. Pardon me saying – I’m just an average Australian, but some awful things have left such a mark on me, about the soul of America – Pat Tillman, for instance. Just tragic.

    Freedom fries??? ….

    Excellent. Cheers.

    • CheriSpeak
      March 9, 2013

      Thank you VERY very much. This piece meant a lot to me. It did NOT get freshly pressed. None of my stuff has been..yet LOL. Sadly and surprisingly, this piece didn’t get much attention here on WordPress at all.

      It is always hard to gauge how people will react to or engage with one piece over another. I just appreciate anyone who takes the leap (and time) to read. Thank you.

  13. Sharp Little Pencil
    March 10, 2013

    Cheri, as an American who was outraged at the FIRST body bag to come stateside, an active anti-war protester, and a plain old Leftie, I have to say, this is one of the most well-researched pieces on the American folly of war I’ve seen to date. I plan to share this link with FB and email the link to a lot of friends. I mean, this is comprehensive AND you are right: Anyone who isn’t outraged about the war isn’t paying attention. Give them enough plasma TVs and IPads and they’ll forget about the troops; I call the White House DAILY with the same message: Mr. President, this used to be Bush’s war; now it’s yours. Get our kids the hell OUT of there.

    Of course, I’m also for Palestine getting the West Bank and Gaza back, but only if Jerusalem is a United Nations-ruled city, with all religions having access. I got called an “anti-Semite” by Chuck Schumer’s volunteer, and I said, “Excuse me, my daughter is Jewish, so please apologize. Or do you think I hate my kid? This is not about religion, it’s about REAL ESTATE.”

    Gee. wonder why my FBI file is so think! Thanks for stopping at my blog as well. I am BLOWN AWAY by your efforts here and think you deserve recognition. PEACE. Amy

    • CheriSpeak
      March 10, 2013

      Wow Amy that’s high praise and greatly appreciated. I am humble. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and of course for any efforts in sharing. With the anniversary coming maybe more people will open their eyes? <3 Peace

  14. seingraham
    March 10, 2013

    Amy Barlow Liberatore led me here (Sharp Little Pencil) and I reiterate everything she’s said except of course for the personal stuff and, from north of the 49th. Canada didn’t follow Bush into this war but we have not acquitted ourselves admirably in other spots (Afghanistan is still rankling)and losing our seat at the UN security council for the first time ever, dropping our peace-keeping status to some obscene level so that we’re now boots-on-the ground “warriors” also …I could go on and on but reading your absolutely stunningly well-researched and appalling piece has left me knowing, reminded really – I think I always knew – just not how thoroughly – how well off I am with the paltry problems Harper provides us – he still comes nowhere close to the perfidy and outright horror perpetrated on the Americans by Bush and his band of renown. I too will be sharing this with as many people as possible. It’s never too late to bear witness in my opinion and this was and is a travesty. Good on you for doing the work and seeing it through. I can appreciate how difficult that must have been and applaud both your perseverance and your courage – not everyone is willing to say the truth and you have called it exactly the way it happened as far as I can tell and I’m one of those who is also an activist and one who has been keeping watch and keeping track. I hope your current President has the wherewith-all to bring home the rest of your “kids” as Amy says and do many of the other things he has on tap. I know he has his work cut out for him with both houses bound bent and determined to hamstring him at every move…let’s hope they see non-partisan sense sooner rather later. Great work Cheri. Truly.

    • CheriSpeak
      March 11, 2013

      Thank you so much for coming over and reading. Of course also for any sharing you do.
      I know it’s a very long piece with all of the quotes so I am grateful you took the time.
      The Bush administration was the worst in US history IMHO. Sadly — although many more people are willing to now agree with that assessment, people just aren’t willing to do anything to correct the mistakes.

  15. ohnwentsya
    March 14, 2013

    Reblogged this on Spirit In Action and commented:
    As one of the people who were organizing protests and vigils against this ill conceived horrorshow in Iraq before it took place I am amazed and grateful for the time, care and scholarship that went into creating this clear, easy to read and well documented article. I highly recommend that you read it, and share it widely. It is a disgrace and vivid shame to our national character that Americans for the most part seem to have slid into complete complacency about the ridiculous, violent and corporate controlled actions of our “By the People for the People” so called democratic government. We may complain about what the Germans did not do to stop the camps, but it daily looks more and more like the pot calling the kettle-can we own up to our own complicity and take back our government? Or do we think Orwell’s tales were fun little comedies? I guess we will see…..

  16. artofstumbling
    March 19, 2013

    And it seems like only yesterday as well. It is absolutely sickening. Pre-emptive war bullshit. So what if they did have WMD (which they didn’t)… how come we’re allowed to have Trident nuclear warheads? Sickening.

    Great article btw.

    • CheriSpeak
      March 20, 2013

      Thank you very much Rebecca. The whole thing makes me sick.

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  20. Señor El Once
    May 13, 2013

    Great summing up of the fraud foisted on us, Ms. Cheri.

    Extrapolating between the “gains” of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the “the goals” articulated in the “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” neo-con manifesto, the trend line passes right through 9/11 being a false-flag event.

    [After being a duped useful idiot with my opinions blowing like a blade of grass in the wind these last almost 12 years, I've come to the SUBSTANTIATED conclusion that the towers were decimated/pulverized by multiple neutron bombs: a special configuration of a fission triggered fusion device that allows the highly energetic neutrons to escape, reduces substantially blast and heat waves, and doesn't leave radiation traces that linger. Mention of nuclear anything on 9/11 was taboo, so the perps propagated stupid science-challenged stories of physics-defying pile-drivers that decimated at near free-fall speeds. I mention this here only so lurker-readers will know the means-and-methods and recognized them when deployed later against us, against humanity... again.]

    Veterans today has an article:
    Mystery Solved: The WTC was Nuked on 9/11 By Don Fox, Ed Ward, M.D., and Jeff Prager
    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/05/01/mystery-solved-the-wtc-was-nuked-on-911/

    //

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  26. Dr. Rex
    September 11, 2013

    Just found this today …. when looking through your 3rd tower post. More than 10 years of shock and awe!! And still …… if not the same, we are worse than anytime.
    Reblog: http://hrexach.wordpress.com/

    • Cheri
      September 11, 2013

      Thank you. That piece was A LOT of work!

      • Dr. Rex
        September 11, 2013

        I can see that!! Very well done!! :-)

  27. Dr. Rex
    September 11, 2013

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    More than 10years …. are we any better as a country? I would say no …. Thoughts???

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