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The Second Gulf War/Iraq Invasion II - Allegations & Justifications Before & During The War

Background

Media Reports

Government Reports

Photo Credits

 

Background

 

“In the months leading up to the war, Bush warned repeatedly that unless the United States invaded Iraq and ‘disarmed Saddam Hussein,’ the Iraqi leader would supply terrorists with chemical, biological and even nuclear weapons to use against the American people. He cited this allegedly imminent threat as the reason for rejecting international law and unleashing the US war machine against a half-starved, impoverished country that has been under economic blockade for more than a decade. […]

 

“Democratic and Republican congressmen and media commentators have described the Bush administration’s actions as exaggeration, hype or embellishment, or at most undue pressure on the CIA and other intelligence agencies to produce a compelling ‘case’ against Iraq.

Bush and his cabinet on March 20th, 2003

“All such descriptions are an evasion of the real issue: the Bush administration deliberately lied to the American people and to the world, concocting reasons for war in order to justify aggression against a sovereign state. Not since Hitler and the Nazis dressed up storm troopers as Polish soldiers and staged ‘attacks’ on German positions in 1939 has there been such a flagrant and cynical effort to manufacture a casus belli. […] “The claims of ‘weapons of mass destruction’ and ‘war for democracy’ will come back to haunt the Bush administration and the entire US political establishment that embraced the war.

“The political impact is already being seen among the troops on the ground in Iraq, who have begun to express disillusionment with the invasion and opposition to continued occupation of a country whose people clearly want them to leave. All of the institutions of the American ruling elite are implicated in crimes of staggering dimensions - the White House, the Congress, the judiciary, the military, the media, the corporate aristocracy. Any significant movement from below will produce a crisis not only of a president or administration, but of an entire social order.”

 

Excerpt of an article By WSWS from June 21st, 2003.

 

Media Reports

 

July 9th, 2009 - More Than $600 Billion And Counting: Iraq War Lies Revisited

1 feature article from the Public Record

 

May 12th, 2009 - Report: Al-Qaida Militant Dies in Libyan Prison

2 news articles from the Associated Press & Newsweek

 

August 8th, 2008 - CIA Official Confesses Iraq-9/11 Letter Came on White House Stationery

1 news article by Raw Story

 

July 25th, 2008 - Bush Critics get an Unimpeachable Forum

1 news article by the Associated Press

 

June 17th, 2008 - ‘Curveball’ Speaks, and a Reputation as Disinformation Agent Remains Intact

1 news article by the Los Angeles Times

 

June 5th, 2008 - Senate Panel Rebukes Bush, Cheney on Prewar Iraq Claims

1 news article by Los Angeles Times

 

May 27th, 2008 - How Bush Sold the War

1 opinion by the Wall Street Journal

 

March 20th, 2008 - Bush Defends Iraq War in Speech

1 news article by the New York Times

 

February 4th, 2008 - The CIA Operation that Should Have Prevented the Iraq War

1 news article by Agence France Presse

 

January 23rd, 2008 - False Pretenses

1 report by the Center for Public Integrity

 

November 1st, 2007 - U.S. Program Unveils Man Behind Iraq Weapons Story

1 news article by Reuters

 

April 6th, 2007 - Hussein-Qaeda Link ‘Inappropriate,’ Report Says

1 news article by Bloomberg News

 

November 20th, 2005 - How U.S. Fell Under the Spell of ‘Curveball’

1 news article by the Los Angeles Times

 

April 2nd, 2004 - Germans Accuse US Over Iraq Weapons Claim

1 news article by the Guardian

 

January 26th, 2004 - The Lie Factory

1 news article by Mother Jones

 

June 21st, 2003 - Bush’s “Big Lie” and the Crisis of American Imperialism

Column by the World Socialist Web Site

 

Government Reports

 

December 18th, 2008 - Re: The President's Claim that Iraq Sought Uranium from Niger

Report by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives

 

June 9th, 2008 - Articles of Impeachment of President George W. Bush

Proposed Resolution by the United States House of Representatives

 

June 5th, 2008 - Report on Public Statements Regarding Iraq By U.S. Government Officials

Report by U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

 

February 9th, 2007 - Review of Pre-War Activities of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Report by the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Defense (5,5 MB)

 

February 13th, 2004 - FBI Interview with Saddam Hussein on WMDs

Interview transcript by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

“[…] The Iraqi government wrote letters to the UN affirming compliance with UNR 687. Iraq did not agree with the resolution but agreed to implement it so that ‘people would not get hurt.’

 

“In Hussein’s view, UN inspectors wanted all expenses, including their accommodations, travel, and other costs paid for by Iraq. Instead of waiting for the inspectors and bearing these expenses, Iraq commenced destruction of the weapons. Iraq did not hide these weapons. UN inspectors later requested documentation of the destruction of the weapons and visited various places taking samples for review. Hussein stated, ‘If it is presumed that we were mistaken in the percentage of weapons that we say we destroyed, then how many mistakes were made by the United States according to UNR 687.’ These ‘mistakes’ include occupying Iraq, implementation of the ‘No Fly Zones’ over northern and southern Iraq, and the bombing of Iraq which took place from the first Gulf War to the most recent one. Hussein questioned why the UN implemented UNR 687 in such a harsh manner against Iraq, while other UN resolutions, including those against Israel, were not enforced. Hussein ended this portion of the discussion saying, ‘If we were to bring a professor from a college in the United States to Iraq, he would agree with my observations regarding UNR 687, with the exception of the issue of the sovereignty of another country (Kuwait).’

 

“During a lengthy dialogue with the interviewer regarding UNR 687, Hussein made several statements. He acknowledged UNR 687 passed and Iraq agreed ‘to deal with it.’ Regarding destruction of weapons, Hussein stated, ‘We destroyed them. We told you, with documents. That’s it.’ When questioned about Iraqi restrictions placed on locations visited by UN inspectors, Hussein replied, ‘What places?’ The interviewer told Hussein numerous locations including the Ministry of Agriculture, to which Hussein replied, ‘By God, if I had such weapons, I would have used them in the fight against the United States.’ The interviewer pointed out that most accused persons who are innocent agree to a full and complete examination of the details of the accusation. Once cleared, the accused party would then provide evidence of any mistreatment during the investigation. Hussein stated, ‘This is not a question, it is a dialogue.

Good.’ […]

 

“[…] Hussein commented that in the most recent war with Iraq, the United States only ally was Britain. All other major countries, including France, China, Russia, and Germany, were against the war. The United States was ‘looking for a reason to do something.’ Now, the United States is here and did not find any weapons of mass destruction. Hussein pointed out to the interviewer that decisions were made by the Iraqi leadership and not just by Hussein. Iraqi leaders made decisions which gave the United States an ‘opening’ and the reasons for the most recent war. […]”

 

 

Individual Presentations and Allegations by the Bush Administration before and during the War in Iraq

 

Chart of false allegations (Source: Center for Public Integrity)

January 29th, 2002 - “Axis of Evil” - The State of the Union Address 2002

2002 - 2003 - The Activities of Douglas Feith

August 26th, 2002 - “There is no doubt” - Richard Cheney’s Veterans Speech

February 5th, 2003 -“What you will see is an accumulation of facts …” - Colin Powell at the U.N.

January 23rd, 2007 - “A new strategy in Iraq” - The State of the Union Address 2007

March 19th, 2008 - “New chapters of American military heroism” - The 5th Anniversary Speech

 

January 29th, 2002: The “Axis of Evil” Speech

 

“[…] Our second goal is to prevent regimes that sponsor terror from threatening America or our friends and allies with weapons of mass destruction. Some of these regimes have been pretty quiet since September the 11th. But we know their true nature.  North Korea is a regime arming with missiles and weapons of mass destruction, while starving its citizens.

 

“Iran aggressively pursues these weapons and exports terror, while an unelected few repress the Iranian people's hope for freedom.

 

“Iraq continues to flaunt its hostility toward America and to support terror. The Iraqi regime has plotted to develop anthrax, and nerve gas, and nuclear weapons for over a decade.

Bush during his “State of the Union” address in 2002

“This is a regime that has already used poison gas to murder thousands of its own citizens - leaving the bodies of mothers huddled over their dead children. This is a regime that agreed to international inspections - then kicked out the inspectors. This is a regime that has something to hide from the civilized world.

 

“States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger.

 

“They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic.

 

“We will work closely with our coalition to deny terrorists and their state sponsors the materials, technology, and expertise to make and deliver weapons of mass destruction.

“We will develop and deploy effective missile defenses to protect America and our allies from sudden attack. And all nations should know: America will do what is necessary to ensure our nation's security.

 

“We’ll be deliberate, yet time is not on our side. I will not wait on events, while dangers gather. I will not stand by, as peril draws closer and closer. The United States of America will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive weapons. Our war on terror is well begun, but it is only begun.

 

“This campaign may not be finished on our watch - yet it must be and it will be waged on our watch. We can’t stop short. If we stop now - leaving terror camps intact and terror states unchecked - our sense of security would be false and temporary. History has called America and our allies to action, and it is both our responsibility and our privilege to fight freedom's fight. […]”

 

Link to the complete transcript of the speech.


 

2002 - 2003 - The Activities of Douglas Feith

 

“[…] Until now, the story of how the Bush administration produced its wildly exaggerated estimates of the threat posed by Iraq has never been revealed in full. But, for the first time, a detailed investigation by Mother Jones, based on dozens of interviews-some on the record, some with officials who insisted on anonymity-exposes the workings of a secret Pentagon intelligence unit and of the Defense Department's war-planning task force, the Office of Special Plans.

 

“It’s the story of a close-knit team of ideologues who spent a decade or more hammering out plans for an attack on Iraq and who used the events of September 11, 2001, to set it into motion. Six months after the end of major combat in Iraq, the United States had spent $ 300 million trying to find banned weapons in Iraq, and President Bush was seeking $ 600 million more to extend the search.

Douglas Feith in 2004

“Not found were Iraq’s Scuds and other long-range missiles, thousands of barrels and tons of anthrax and botulism stock, sarin and VX nerve agents, mustard gas, biological and chemical munitions, mobile labs for producing biological weapons, and any and all evidence of a reconstituted nuclear-arms program, all of which had been repeatedly cited as justification for the war. Also missing was evidence of Iraqi collaboration with Al Qaeda. The reports, virtually all false, of Iraqi weapons and terrorism ties emanated from an apparatus that began to gestate almost as soon as the Bush administration took power. […]

 

“The purpose of the unnamed intelligence unit, often described as a Pentagon ‘cell,’ was to scour reports from the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and other agencies to find nuggets of information linking Iraq, Al Qaeda, terrorism, and the existence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction (WMD). In a controversial press briefing in October 2002, a year after Wurmser’s unit was established, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld acknowledged that a primary purpose of the unit was to cull factoids, which were then used to disparage, undermine, and contradict the CIA's reporting, which was far more cautious and nuanced than Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Feith wanted. […]”

 

Excerpt of a Mother Jones article from January 26th, 2004.

“[…] A Pentagon investigation into the handling of prewar intelligence has criticized civilian Pentagon officials for conducting their own intelligence analysis to find links between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda, but said the officials did not violate any laws or mislead Congress, according to Congressional officials who have read the report. The long-awaited report by the Pentagon’s acting inspector general, Thomas F. Gimble, was sent to Congress on Thursday. It is the first major review to rebuke senior officials working for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld for the way intelligence was used before the invasion of Iraq early in 2003. […]”

 

Excerpt of a New York Times article from February 9th, 2007.

 

“[…] The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy developed, produced, and then disseminated alternative intelligence assessments on tlie Iraq and al-Qaida relationship, which included some conclusions that were inconsistent with the consensus of the Intelligence Community, to senior decision-makers. While such actions were not illegal or unauthroized the actions were, in our opinion, inappropriate given that the intelligence assessments were intelligence products and did not clearly show the variance with the consensus of the Intelligence Community. […]”

 

Excerpt of a report by the U.S. IG DoD from February 9th, 2007.


 

August 26th, 2002: Richard Cheney’s Veterans speech

 

“[…] The case of Saddam Hussein, a sworn enemy of our country, requires a candid appraisal of the facts. […] But we now know that Saddam has resumed his efforts to acquire nuclear weapons. Among other sources, we've gotten this from the firsthand testimony of defectors - including Saddam's own son-in-law, who was subsequently murdered at Saddam's direction. Many of us are convinced that Saddam will acquire nuclear weapons fairly soon. [… T]here is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us. And there is no doubt that his aggressive regional ambitions will lead him into future confrontations with his neighbors - confrontations that will involve both the weapons he has today, and the ones he will continue to develop with his oil wealth. […]

Richard Cheney meets his audience

“I am familiar with the arguments against taking action in the case of Saddam Hussein. Some concede that Saddam is evil, power-hungry, and a menace - but that, until he crosses the threshold of actually possessing nuclear weapons, we should rule out any preemptive action. That logic seems to me to be deeply flawed. The argument comes down to this: yes, Saddam is as dangerous as we say he is, we just need to let him get stronger before we do anything about it.

 

“Yet if we did wait until that moment, Saddam would simply be emboldened, and it would become even harder for us to gather friends and allies to oppose him. As one of those who worked to assemble the Gulf War coalition, I can tell you that our job then would have been infinitely more difficult in the face of a nuclear-armed Saddam Hussein. And many of those who now argue that we should act only if he gets a nuclear weapon, would then turn around and say that we cannot act because he has a nuclear weapon. At bottom, that argument counsels a course of inaction that itself could have devastating consequences for many countries, including our own.

 

“Another argument holds that opposing Saddam Hussein would cause even greater troubles in that part of the world, and interfere with the larger war against terror. I believe the opposite is true. Regime change in Iraq would bring about a number of benefits to the region.

“When the gravest of threats are eliminated, the freedom-loving peoples of the region will have a chance to promote the values that can bring lasting peace. As for the reaction of the Arab ‘street,’ the Middle East expert Professor Fouad Ajami predicts that after liberation, the streets in Basra and Baghdad are ‘sure to erupt in joy in the same way the throngs in Kabul greeted the Americans.’ Extremists in the region would have to rethink their strategy of Jihad. Moderates throughout the region would take heart. And our ability to advance the Israeli-Palestinian peace process would be enhanced, just as it was following the liberation of Kuwait in 1991.

 

“We would act in that same spirit after a regime change in Iraq. With our help, a liberated Iraq can be a great nation once again. Iraq is rich in natural resources and human talent, and has unlimited potential for a peaceful, prosperous future. Our goal would be an Iraq that has territorial integrity, a government that is democratic and pluralistic, a nation where the human rights of every ethnic and religious group are recognized and protected. In that troubled land all who seek justice, and dignity, and the chance to live their own lives, can know they have a friend and ally in the United States of America. […]”

 

Link to the complete transcript of the speech.


 

February 5th, 2003 - Powell’s Speech before the U.N.

 

“[…] This is important day for us all as we review the situation with respect to Iraq and its disarmament obligations under U.N. Security Council Resolution 1441. […] I asked for this session today for two purposes: First, to support the core assessments made by Dr. Blix and Dr. ElBaradei. […] My second purpose today is to provide you with additional information, to share with you what the United States knows about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction as well as Iraq's involvement in terrorism, which is also the subject of Resolution 1441 and other earlier resolutions. […] The material I will present to you comes from a variety of sources. Some are U.S. sources. And some are those of other countries. Some of the sources are technical, such as intercepted […] conversations and photos taken by satellites. Other sources are people who have risked their lives to let the world know what Saddam Hussein is really up to. […]

Colin Powell in good company

“[…] One of the most worrisome things that emerges from the thick intelligence file we have on Iraq's biological weapons is the existence of mobile production facilities used to make biological agents.

 

“Let me take you inside that intelligence file and share with you what we know from eye witness accounts. We have firsthand descriptions of biological weapons factories on wheels and on rails. The trucks and train cars are easily moved and are designed to evade detection by inspectors. In a matter of months, they can produce a quantity of biological poison equal to the entire amount that Iraq claimed to have produced in the years prior to the Gulf War. Although Iraq's mobile production program began in the mid-1990s, U.N. inspectors at the time only had vague hints of such programs. Confirmation came later, in the year 2000.

 

“The source was an eye witness, an Iraqi chemical engineer who supervised one of these facilities. He actually was present during biological agent production runs. He was also at the site when an accident occurred in 1998. Twelve technicians died from exposure to biological agents. He reported that when UNSCOM was in country and inspecting, the biological weapons agent production always began on Thursdays at midnight because Iraq thought UNSCOM would not inspect on the Muslim Holy Day, Thursday night through Friday. He added that this was important because the units could not be broken down in the middle of a production run, which had to be completed by Friday evening before the inspectors might arrive again. This defector is currently hiding in another country with the certain knowledge that Saddam Hussein will kill him if he finds him. His eye-witness account of these mobile production facilities has been corroborated by other sources.

 

“A second source, an Iraqi civil engineer in a position to know the details of the program, confirmed the existence of transportable facilities moving on trailers. A third source, also in a position to know, reported in summer 2002 that Iraq had manufactured mobile production systems mounted on road trailer units and on rail cars.

“Finally, a fourth source, an Iraqi major, who defected, confirmed that Iraq has mobile biological research laboratories, in addition to the production facilities I mentioned earlier.

 

“We have diagrammed what our sources reported about these mobile facilities. Here you see both truck and rail car-mounted mobile factories. The description our sources gave us of the technical features required by such facilities are highly detailed and extremely accurate. As these drawings based on their description show, we know what the fermenters look like, we know what the tanks, pumps, compressors and other parts look like. We know how they fit together. We know how they work. And we know a great deal about the platforms on which they are mounted.

 

“As shown in this diagram, these factories can be concealed easily, either by moving ordinary-looking trucks and rail cars along Iraq's thousands of miles of highway or track, or by parking them in a garage or warehouse or somewhere in Iraq's extensive system of underground tunnels and bunkers. We know that Iraq has at lest seven of these mobile biological agent factories. The truck - mounted ones have at least two or three trucks each. That means that the mobile production facilities are very few, perhaps 18 trucks that we know of - there may be more - but perhaps 18 that we know of. Just imagine trying to find 18 trucks among the thousands and thousands of trucks that travel the roads of Iraq every single day.

 

“It took the inspectors four years to find out that Iraq was making biological agents. How long do you think it will take the inspectors to find even one of these 18 trucks without Iraq coming forward, as they are supposed to, with the information about these kinds of capabilities?

 

“Ladies and gentlemen, these are sophisticated facilities. For example, they can produce anthrax and botulinum toxin. In fact, they can produce enough dry biological agent in a single month to kill thousands upon thousands of people. And dry agent of this type is the most lethal form for human beings.

Slide No. 20 depicting (non-existing) mobile WMD facilities

“[…] We know that Saddam Hussein is determined to keep his weapons of mass destruction; he's determined to make more. Given Saddam Hussein’s history of aggression, given what we know of his grandiose plans, given what we know of his terrorist associations and given his determination to exact revenge on those who oppose him, should we take the risk that he will not some day use these weapons at a time and the place and in the manner of his choosing at a time when the world is in a much weaker position to respond? The United States will not and cannot run that risk to the American people. Leaving Saddam Hussein in possession of weapons of mass destruction for a few more months or years is not an option, not in a post-September 11th world. […] We must not shrink from whatever is ahead of us. We must not fail in our duty and our responsibility to the citizens of the countries that are represented by this body. […]”

 

Link to the complete transcript of the speech.

 


 

January 23rd, 2007 - The New Strategy Speech

 

“[…] In the last two years, we’ve seen the desire for liberty in the broader Middle East - and we have been sobered by the enemy’s fierce reaction. […] in 2005, the Iraqi people held three national elections, choosing a transitional government, adopting the most progressive, democratic constitution in the Arab world, and then electing a government under that constitution. Despite endless threats from the killers in their midst, nearly 12 million Iraqi citizens came out to vote in a show of hope and solidarity that we should never forget.

 

“A thinking enemy watched all of these scenes, adjusted their tactics, and in 2006 they struck back. […] In Iraq, al Qaeda and other Sunni extremists blew up one of the most sacred places in Shia Islam - the Golden Mosque of Samarra. This atrocity, directed at a Muslim house of prayer, was designed to provoke retaliation from Iraqi Shia - and it succeeded. Radical Shia elements, some of whom receive support from Iran, formed death squads. The result was a tragic escalation of sectarian rage and reprisal that continues to this day. This is not the fight we entered in Iraq, but it is the fight we’re in.

Bush explaining his new Iraq strategy

“Every one of us wishes this war were over and won. Yet it would not be like us to leave our promises unkept, our friends abandoned, and our own security at risk. Ladies and gentlemen: On this day, at this hour, it is still within our power to shape the outcome of this battle. Let us find our resolve, and turn events toward victory. We’re carrying out a new strategy in Iraq - a plan that demands more from Iraq's elected government, and gives our forces in Iraq the reinforcements they need to complete their mission. Our goal is a democratic Iraq that upholds the rule of law, respects the rights of its people, provides them security, and is an ally in the war on terror.

 

“In order to make progress toward this goal, the Iraqi government must stop the sectarian violence in its capital. But the Iraqis are not yet ready to do this on their own. So we're deploying reinforcements of more than 20,000 additional soldiers and Marines to Iraq. The vast majority will go to Baghdad, where they will help Iraqi forces to clear and secure neighborhoods, and serve as advisers embedded in Iraqi Army units. With Iraqis in the lead, our forces will help secure the city by chasing down the terrorists, insurgents, and the roaming death squads. […] My fellow citizens, our military commanders and I have carefully weighed the options. We discussed every possible approach.

“In the end, I chose this course of action because it provides the best chance for success. Many in this chamber understand that America must not fail in Iraq, because you understand that the consequences of failure would be grievous and far-reaching.

 

“If American forces step back before Baghdad is secure, the Iraqi government would be overrun by extremists on all sides. We could expect an epic battle between Shia extremists backed by Iran, and Sunni extremists aided by al Qaeda and supporters of the old regime. A contagion of violence could spill out across the country - and in time, the entire region could be drawn into the conflict.

 

“For America, this is a nightmare scenario. For the enemy, this is the objective. Chaos is the greatest ally - their greatest ally in this struggle. And out of chaos in Iraq would emerge an emboldened enemy with new safe havens, new recruits, new resources, and an even greater determination to harm America. To allow this to happen would be to ignore the lessons of September the 11th and invite tragedy. Ladies and gentlemen, nothing is more important at this moment in our history than for America to succeed in the Middle East, to succeed in Iraq and to spare the American people from this danger. […]”

 

Link to the complete transcript of the speech.


 

March 19th, 2008 - The 5th Anniversary Speech

 

“On this day in 2003, the United States began Operation Iraqi Freedom. […] Five years into this battle, there is an understandable debate over whether the war was worth fighting, whether the fight is worth winning, and whether we can win it. The answers are clear to me: Removing Saddam Hussein from power was the right decision - and this is a fight America can and must win. The men and women who crossed into Iraq five years ago removed a tyrant, liberated a country, and rescued millions from unspeakable horrors. Some of those troops are with us today, and you need to know that the American people are proud of your accomplishment - and so is the Commander in Chief. So we're helping the people of Iraq establish a democracy in the heart of the Middle East. A free Iraq will fight terrorists instead of harboring them. […] A free Iraq will be an example for others of the power of liberty to change the societies and to displace despair with hope. By spreading the hope of liberty in the Middle East, we will help free societies take root - and when they do, freedom will yield the peace that we all desire. […]” - Link to complete speech.

Bush celebrating the 5th anniversary of the war


 

Photo Credits

 

Background

 

1) Caption text by the White House: President George W. Bush meets with his Cabinet the day after beginning the disarmament of Iraq [emphasis added] in the Cabinet Room Thursday, March 20, 2003. Pictured with the President are, from left, State Secretary Colin Powell, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Commerce Secretary Don Evans and Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta. White House photo by Paul Morse;

 

The Allegations

 

1) U.S. President George Bush - January 29th, 2002 - White House photo by Eric Draper;

2) Vice President Dick Cheney shakes hands with veterans after addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars 103rd National Convention in Nashville, Tenn. - August 26th, 2002 - White House photo;

3) Former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith in Beijing. Feith developed and issued 'dubious' intelligence that was used to bolster the Bush administration's case for the invasion of Iraq, a Pentagon watchdog agency said in a report to be released on Friday. - February 11th, 2004 - Andrew Wong/Reuters;

4) U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell during his presentation before the U.N. Security Council with George Tenet and John negroponte in the background listening - February 5th, 2003 - White House photo;

5) Slide No. 20 as presented by Powell during his presentation. The caption reads: “The trucks and train cars are easily moved and are designed to evade detection by inspectors. In a matter of months, they can produce a quantity of biological poison equal to the entire amount that Iraq claimed to have produced in the years prior to the Gulf War.” - February 5th, 2003 - U.S. Department of State;

6) U.S. President George W. Bush emphasizes a point during the State of the Union address. - January 23rd, 2007 - White House photo by Paul Morse;

7) U.S. President George W. Bush delivers remarks on the Global War on Terror during a visit Wednesday to the Pentagon -  March 19th, 2008 - White House photo by Eric Draper;

 

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