Weren't All Wrong
By Alex Young
turns out we were all wrong." These are the words that Dr.
David Kay, former head of the CIA-Pentagon Iraq Survey Group,
whose chief job was to locate chemical, biological, and nuclear
weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Dr. Kay was referring to
intelligence agencies' assessment of Iraq's alleged possession
of illegal weaponry.
It turns out that Dr. Kay is wrong again, and not just regarding
Iraq's WMDs. "All" of us weren't wrong. In fact, most of us
got it right. The ones that did get it wrong were the ones
named Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Blair, Wolfowitz, Rice, and
On February 15, 2003, the largest protest in the entire
history on the face of the planet took place. Ten million
people in over 600 cities around the world rose up and called
upon the United States to find a diplomatic solution to the
Iraq conflict. The global citizenry was against this war.
The United Nations refused to pass another resolution authorizing
war. Out of the five permanent members of the UN Security
Council, only two (The US and Britain) supported such a resolution.
Out of the ten elected members of the Security Council, only
Spain supported such a resolution. Staunch US allies like
Mexico and Germany refused to toe the American line. Once
the proposed resolution authorizing war was seen as having
no chance of passing, the United States pulled it back, saying
that Resolution 1441, and its mention of "serious consequences,"
was legally sufficient to wage a military action. The governments
of the world were against this war.
United Nations Chief Weapons Inspector Dr. Hans Blix and
International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Dr. Mohamed
ElBaradei both concluded, after Iraq let inspectors in the
country, that it appeared that Iraq was complying with Resolution
1441. After their report
was issued on March 6, 2003, there were definitely a number
of unresolved issues and stockpiles of weapons that could
not be accounted for; however, the report could not, and did
not, conclude that Iraq was actually in possession of any
banned weapons. In fact, according to the report, many of
the banned weapons that couldn't be found were probably worthless
as there is a specific shelf life for chemical and biological
agents and that shelf life had either already passed on some
agents or would have rendered the remaining ones ineffective.
These United Nations weapons inspectors were finding the
same thing that the US weapons inspectors are finding - a
whole lot of nothing. Yet the UN inspectors were repeatedly
dismissed and insulted by the US government for not finding
any WMD. "There is evidence that this war was planned well
in advance. Sometimes this raises doubts about their attitude
to the (weapons) inspections," said Dr. Blix. The head weapons
inspectors assigned to Iraq were against this war.
Scott Ritter, a former USMC captain and former UN weapons
inspector stated time and time again that he saw no evidence
of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. He went on every talk
show and news program he could to state the evidence that
he saw firsthand. He was called a traitor by every conservative
Republican in the nation.
The 16 words in Bush's State
of the Union where he said, "The British government has
learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities
of uranium from Africa" were debunked by Ambassador Joseph
Wilson IV, who traveled down to Niger for the Central Intelligence
Agency (CIA) to check out the claims. When he found the allegations
to be untrue, he briefed the CIA, yet the passage still managed
to make it in the State of the Union. There were even repeated
attempts by CIA officers (some successful) to remove similar
verbiage of the Iraq-uranium claim in other presidential speeches.
Bush also mentioned in the State of the Union, "Our intelligence
sources tell us that he has attempted to purchase high-strength
aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production." Yet
the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research,
experts at the Department of Energy, the UN International
Atomic Energy Agency weapons inspectors, scientists at the
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (who enrich uranium for American
bombs), the British government, and the Institute for Science
and International Security all have concluded that the tubes
are more suited for conventional (legal) missiles, as Iraqis
have claimed, and not facile for nuclear centrifuge equipment.
The Bush administration consistently misrepresented the
available intelligence, lied, and presented speculation as
100% proof. People who received their news from other sources
than Fox knew that there were a wide variety of questions
regarding the "evidence" that the Bushians continuously rammed
down our throats in the march for war.
So Dr. David Kay's statement that "it turns out we were all
wrong" is indeed a falsehood. The only ones that were wrong
were the ones that manufactured the lies to pull the wool
over our eyes. The truth is, we did know beforehand that Iraq
posed a vague and unclear threat that clearly didn't meet
the "clear and present" danger threshold that nations should
use before unilaterally and pre-emptively attacking a defenseless
country, overthrowing its government, and installing a pro-American
The price we are paying is dead American soldiers, squandered
international goodwill, alienating the entire planet, and
spending over $150 billion on this "nation building."
We weren't all wrong. Ten million people in the world knew
we were wrong. A majority of the world's governments knew
we were wrong. Many intelligence analysts knew we were wrong.
Why didn't Bush know? Is it ignorance or incompetence? Either
way, impeachment, not re-election, should be in his immediate