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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-02-11 08:11 PM
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In Book, Rumsfeld Recalls Bush’s Early Iraq Focus
Source: The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Just 15 days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush invited his defense secretary, Donald H. Rumsfeld, to meet with him alone in the Oval Office. According to Mr. Rumsfeld’s new memoir, the president leaned back in his leather chair and ordered a review and revision of war plans — but not for Afghanistan, where the Qaeda attacks on New York and Washington had been planned and where American retaliation was imminent.

“He asked that I take a look at the shape of our military plans on Iraq,” Mr. Rumsfeld writes.

“Two weeks after the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history, those of us in the Department of Defense were fully occupied,” Mr. Rumsfeld recalls. But the president insisted on new military plans for Iraq, Mr. Rumsfeld writes. “He wanted the options to be ‘creative.’ ”

When the option of attacking Iraq in post-9/11 military action was raised first during a Camp David meeting on Sept. 15, 2001, Mr. Bush said Afghanistan would be the target. But Mr. Rumsfeld’s recollection in the memoir, “Known and Unknown,” to be published Tuesday, shows that even then Mr. Bush was focused as well on Iraq. A copy was obtained Wednesday by The New York Times.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/03/us/politics/03rumsfel...
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rfranklin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-02-11 08:21 PM
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1. Oh there's a new flash...Bush was talking Iraq in 1999...
before he even got appointed by the SCOTUS five.
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Sonoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-02-11 08:57 PM
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2. "bush was focused"...
:rofl:


:rofl:


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Sonoman
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-02-11 09:28 PM
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3. Rumsfeld 'wanted to bomb Iraq' after 9/11
By Ted Bridis in Washington

Sunday, 21 March 2004

Donald Rumsfeld, the US Secretary of Defence, urged President Bush to consider bombing Iraq almost immediately after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, says a former senior aide.

Donald Rumsfeld, the US Secretary of Defence, urged President Bush to consider bombing Iraq almost immediately after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, says a former senior aide.

Richard Clarke, the White House counter-terrorism coordinator at the time, has revealed details of a meeting the day after the attacks during which officials considered the US response. Already, he said, they were certain al-Qa'ida was to blame and there was no hint of Iraqi involvement. "Rumsfeld was saying we needed to bomb Iraq," Mr Clarke said. "We all said, 'No, no, al-Qa'ida is in Afghanistan.'"

But Mr Clarke, who is expected to testify on Tuesday before a federal panel reviewing the attacks, said Mr Rumsfeld complained in the meeting that "there aren't any good targets in Afghanistan and there are lots of good targets in Iraq." A spokesman for Mr Rumsfeld last night said he could not comment immediately ...

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/rumsfe...

emphasis added
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Zoeisright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-02-11 09:45 PM
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4. Trying to shift some of the blame, you fucking war criminal?
Rumsfeld makes me sick.
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laylah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-03-11 07:56 AM
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7. My thought exactly! n/t
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lunasun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-02-11 11:12 PM
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5. Did he tell you to start a war with out enough troups,weapons and faulty gear too?
or was that you added touch Donny? How about the tortue that were not the American way????
The invasion of Iraq almost certainly would never have happened if Rumsfeld had told Congress in 2002 that he wanted them to approve three or four (or more) new divisions in preparation for a war ,but who cared, not him.......from wikipedia below
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At 2:40 p.m. in the afternoon of September 11, Rumsfeld was issuing rapid orders to his aides to look for evidence of Iraqi involvement, according to notes taken by senior policy official Stephen Cambone. "Best info fast. Judge whether good enough hit S.H." — meaning Saddam Hussein — "at same time. Not only UBL" (Osama bin Laden), Cambone's notes quoted Rumsfeld as saying. "Need to move swiftly — Near term target needs — go massive — sweep it all up. Things related and not

What a f'n hot potatoe game among the Iraq war criminals lately :puke:
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-03-11 07:25 AM
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6. Hmm...tanyev recalls Bush's even earlier Iraq focus.
Published on Thursday, October 28, 2004 by GNN.tv
Two Years Before 9/11, Candidate Bush was Already Talking Privately About Attacking Iraq, According to His Former Ghost Writer
by Russ Baker

HOUSTON -- Two years before the September 11 attacks, presidential candidate George W. Bush was already talking privately about the political benefits of attacking Iraq, according to his former ghost writer, who held many conversations with then-Texas Governor Bush in preparation for a planned autobiography.

"He was thinking about invading Iraq in 1999," said author and journalist Mickey Herskowitz. "It was on his mind. He said to me: 'One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief.' And he said, 'My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it.' He said, 'If I have a chance to invade.if I had that much capital, I'm not going to waste it. I'm going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I'm going to have a successful presidency." Herskowitz said that Bush expressed frustration at a lifetime as an underachiever in the shadow of an accomplished father. In aggressive military action, he saw the opportunity to emerge from his father's shadow. The moment, Herskowitz said, came in the wake of the September 11 attacks. "Suddenly, he's at 91 percent in the polls, and he'd barely crawled out of the bunker."


http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/1028-01.htm


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DirkGently Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-03-11 10:08 AM
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8. Yep. 9/11 was hardly the start of W's Iraq ambitions. He aimed to be a "War President" from Day 1.
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