"One of the hardest parts of my job
connect Iraq to the war on
CBS News, Sept. 6, 2006
"You know, by the time you become leader of a
country, someone else makes all the decisions. You may find you can get away
with virtual Presidents, virtual Prime Ministers, virtual everything." -
"Iraq was attacked
based on falsified evidence causing death to hundreds of thousands, widespread
destruction, destabilization and contamination with depleted uranium
munitions." - Lt. Col. Debra B. Simmons
"No crime is more horrible than than those
commited by power."
14th and early 15th
centuries Black Sheep Turkmen rule.
White Sheep Turkmen defeat Black Sheep and take control.
Empire takes control.
Ottoman Empire rule dissolved.
"Iraq's three ethnic territories
were cobbled together after World War I and held together by force. The area is
fissiparous by nature. The prospects of a government
surviving with an adequate
degree of support from Shi'a and
Sunni is unlikely." - John Brodey
British Mandate for Mesopotamia.
1931 Kingdom of
Iraq becomes independent.
1958 Abd al-Karim
Qasim, a nationalist Iraqi Army brigadier, seizes power and the monarchy is
1961 Abd al-Karim
Qasim threatenes to occupy Kuwait and
nationalize the Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC).
Iraq passes Public Law 80
- Iraq expropriates 95% of Iraqi Petroleum concessions which had been the
Turkish Petroleum Company up to 1929.
CIA organizes a coup to assassinate Abd al-Karim Qasim.
Saddam Hussein and the Ba'ath Party
1964 Ayatollah Khomeini sent
into exile in Turkey by Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran.
1965 Khomeini moves to Iraq to
the Shia holy city of Najaf.
1967 Iraq and the Soviet
Union sign a protocol which commits the
Soviet Union to give technical and
financial aid to Iraq National Oil.
and Reza Pahlavi sign a peace
agreement in Algiers which awards Iran
disputed territory along the Shatt al Arab in return for abandoning the
"In al-Qa`ida's view, 'bleeding wars' offer the best opportunity
to defeat the US. It is much easier to kill the enemy in Mesopotamia and
Afghanistan's traps." - Bruce Riedel, CIA analyst, predicted the rise of
Islamic fundamentalism in Iran if the US
Kurdish rebellion in
About 10,000 people are killed with 1,200 of them being
Kurdish political prisoners, executed in the last phases of the rebellion, by
1980 to 1988 Iraq and Iran wage war.
US provides military aid and intelligence information to both
pity both sides can't lose. -
"It's been a leading, driving doctrine of
US foreign policy since the
1940s that the vast and unparalleled energy resources of the Gulf region will
be effectively dominated by the US and its clients, and that no independent
indigenous force will be permitted to have a substantial influence on the
administration of oil production and price." -
Iran-Iraq war, Iraq receives the
lion's share of American support as Iran is
regarded as the greater threat to
The United States, Soviet Union, France, and most Arab
countries provided support for Iraq, while Iran is largely isolated.
1985 to 1989 According to a 1994
Senate report, private American suppliers,
licensed by the US
Department of Commerce, export a brew of biological and chemical weapons which
often produce slow, agonizing death.
Anthracis, anthrax; * Clostridium Botulinum, a source of botulinum toxin;*
Histoplasma Capsulatam, cause of a disease attacking lungs, brain, spinal cord,
and heart; * Brucella Melitensis, a bacteria that can damage major organs; *
Clostridium Perfringens, a highly toxic bacteria causing systemic illness; *
Clostridium tetani, a highly toxigenic substance.
Also on the list:
Escherichia coli (E.
coli), genetic materials, human and bacterial DNA, and dozens of other
pathogenic biological agents.
The following is
listing of biological materials, provided by the American Type Culture
Collection, which were exported to agencies of the government of Iraq pursuant
to the issuance of an export
licensed by the US
Date: February 8, 1985 Sent to: Iraq Atomic Energy
Agency - Materials Shipped:Ustilago nuda (Jensen) Rostrup
22, 1985 Sent to: Ministry of Higher Education - Materials Shipped: Histoplasma
capsulatum var. farciminosum (ATCC 32136) Class III pathogen
Date: July 11,
1985 Sent to: Middle and Near East Regional A - Materials Shipped: Histoplasma
capsulatum var. farciminosum (ATCC 32136) Class III pathogen
2, 1986 Sent to: Ministry of Higher Education - Materials Shipped: Bacillus
Anthracis Cohn (ATCC 10) Class III pathogen; Bacillus Subtilis (Ehrenberg) Cohn
(ATCC 82); Clostridium botulinum Type A (ATCC 3502) Class III Pathogen;
Clostridium perfringens (Weillon and Zuber) Hauduroy, et al; Bacillus subtilis
(ATCC 6051); Francisella tularensis var. tularensis Olsufiev (ATCC 6223);
Clostridium tetani (ATCC 9441) highly toxigenic; Clostridium botulinum Type E
(ATCC 9564) Class III pathogen; Clostridium tetani (ATCC 10779); Clostridium
perfringens (ATCC 12916); Clostridium perfringens (ATCC 13124) Type A,
alpha-toxigenic, produces lecithinase; Bacillus Anthracis (ATCC 14185) G.G.
Wright (Fort Detrick) V770-NP1-R. Bovine
anthrax Class III pathogen;
Bacillus Anthracis (ATCC 14578) Class III pathogen; Bacillus megaterium (ATCC
14581); Bacillus megaterium (ATCC 14945); Clostridium botulinum Type E (ATCC
17855) Class III pathogen; Bacillus megaterium (ATCC 19213); Clostridium
botulinum Type A (ATCC 19397) Class III pathogen; Brucella abortus Biotype 3
(ATCC 23450) Class III pathogen; Brucella abortus Biotype 9 (ATCC 23455) Class
III pathogen; Brucella melitensis Biotype 1 (ATCC 23456) Class III pathogen;
Brucella melitensis Biotype 3 (ATCC 23458) Class III pathogen; Clostridium
botulinum Type A (ATCC 25763) Class III pathogen; Clostridium botulinum Type F
(ATCC 35415) Class III pathogen
Date: August 31, 1987 Sent to: State
Company for Drug Industries - Materials Shipped: Saccharomyces cerevesiae (ATCC
2601); Salmonella choleraesuis subsp. choleraesuis Serotype typhi (ATCC 6539);
Bacillus subtillus (ATCC 6633); Klebsiella pneumoniae subsp. pneumoniae (ATCC
10031); Escherichia coli (ATCC 10536); Bacillus cereus (11778); Staphylococcus
epidermidis (ATCC 12228); Bacillus pumilus (ATCC 14884)
Date: July 11,
1988 Sent to: Iraq Atomic Energy Commission - Materials Shipped: Escherichia
coli (ATCC 11303) Phage host; Cauliflower Mosaic Caulimovirus (ATCC45031) plant
virus; Plasmid in Agrobacterium Tumefaciens (ATCC37349) Ti plasmid for
co-cultivation with plant integration vectors in E. Coli;
26, 1988 Sent to: Iraq Atomic Energy Commission - Materials Shipped:
Hulambda4x-8, clone: human hypoxanthine; phosphoribosyltransferase (HPRT)
Chromosome(s) X q26.1 (ATCC 57236) Phage vector; Hulambda14-8, clone: human
hypoxanthine, phosphoribosyltransferase (HPRT) Chromosome(s): X q26.1 (ATCC
57240) Phage vector; Hulambda15, clone: human hypoxanthine,
phosphoribosyltransferase (HPRT) Chromosome(s) X q26.1 (ATCC 57242) Phage
Date: August 31, 1987 Sent to: Iraq Atomic Energy Commission -
Materials Shipped: Escherichia coli (ATCC 23846); Escherichia coli (ATCC
Date: September 29, 1988 Sent to: Ministry of Trade - Materials
Shipped: Bacillus anthracis (ATCC 240) Class III pathogen; Bacillus anthracis
(ATCC 938) Class III pathogen; Clostridium perfringens (ATCC 3629); Clostridium
perfringens (ATCC 8009); Bacillus anthracis (ATCC 8705) Class III pathogen;
Brucella abortus (ATCC 9014) Class III pathogen; Clostridium perfringens (ATCC
10388); Bacillus anthracis (ATCC 11966) Class III pathogen; Clostridium
botulinum Type A Class III pathogen;' Bacillus cereus (ATCC 33018); Bacillus
ceres (ATCC 33019)
Date: Janaury 31, 1989 Sent to: Iraq Atomic Energy
Commission - Materials Shipped: PHPT31, clone: human hypoxanthine
phosphoribosyltransferase (HPRT) Chromosome(s) X q26.1 (ATCC 57057);
plambda500, clone: human hypoxanthine phosphoribosyltransferase pseudogene
(HPRT) Chromosome(s): 5 p14-p13 (ATCC 57212)
Date: January 17, 1989 Sent
to: Iraq Atomic Energy Commission - Materials Shipped: Hulambda4x-8, clone:
human hypoxanthine phosphoribosyltransferase (HPRT) Chromosome(s) X q26.1 (ATCC
57237) Phage vector; Hulambda14, clone: human hypoxanthine
phosphoribosyltransferase (HPRT) Chromosome(s): X q26.1 (ATCC 57240) Cloned
from human lymphoblast Phage vector; Hulambda15, clone: human hypoxanthine
phosphoribosyltransferase (HPRT) Chromosome(s) X q26.1 (ATCC 57241) Phage
"These biological materials were not attenuated or weakened and
were capable of reproduction," the Senate report stated. "It was later learned
that these microorganisms exported by the US were identical to those the United
Nations inspectors found and removed from the Iraqi biological warfare
program." The report noted further that US exports to Iraq included the
precursors to chemical-warfare agents, plans for chemical and biological
warfare production facilities, and chemical-warhead filling equipment.
The exports continued to at least November 28, 1989, despite evidence
that Iraq was engaging in chemical and biological warfare against
Iranians and Kurds as
early as 1984.
"The neocons hoped that the first
Gulf war would lead to the
removal of Saddam Hussein
and the American occupation of Iraq. However, despite the urgings of then -
Defense Secretary Richard
Bruce Cheney and Undersecretary of Defense
Paul Dundes Wolfowitz, the
full conquest of Iraq was never accomplished because of the opposition of
General Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and General Norman
Schwarzkopf, the field commander. Moreover, the US had a UN mandate only to
liberate Kuwait, not to remove
Saddam Hussein." - Stephen J.
CIA Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran
1991 Operation Desert Storm
(17 January 1991 28 February 1991) is waged by coalition forces from 35
nations led by the United States against Iraq in response to Iraq invasion and
annexation of Kuwait.
Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies, an Israeli think
tank, publishes a political blueprint titled "A clean break: a new strategy
for securing the realm" for the incoming government of
The paper is authored by
Douglas Feith and
David Wurmser among
They present a plan whereby
Israel would "shape its
strategic environment," beginning with the removal of Saddam Hussein and the
installation of a Hashemite monarchy in Baghdad, to serve as a first step
toward eliminating the anti-Israeli governments of
William Jefferson Clinton signed into law HR 4655, the "Iraq
Liberation Act" which supported the pursuit of
"The suggestion that the war with Iraq is being planned at
Israel's behest, or at the instigation of
policymakers whose main
motivation is trying to create a secure environment for Israel, is strong."
- Stephen J. Sniegoski
Cheney Energy Task Force
Secrets of Cheneys Energy Task Force Come to
Cheney Energy Task Force Documents Detail Iraqi Oil
National Security Strategy
states : "For centuries, international law recognized that nations need not
suffer an attack before they can lawfully take action to defend themselves
against forces that present an imminent danger of attack."
scholars and international jurists often condition the legitimacy of preemption
on the existence of an imminent threat - most often a visible
mobilization of armies, navies, and air forces preparing to attack as in
World War II.
George Walker Bush knew that the three
pillars supporting the invasion -
stockpiling of weapons of mass
destruction, ties to al-Qa`ida and the purchase of yellow cake uranium -
was propaganda penned by Douglas Feith.
Douglas Feith working for
Richard Bruce Cheney and
Donald Henry Rumsfeld by running Paul Dundes Wolfowitz's brainchild, the
Office of Special Plans, forges the
that ties Saddam
Hussein to al-Qa`ida.
George Tenet briefed Bush Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass
"There's no doubt Iraq hasn't fully
complied with its disarmament obligations as set forth by
the Security Council in its
resolution. But on the other hand, since 1998 Iraq has been fundamentally
disarmed: 90-95% of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction capacity has been
verifiably eliminated. " - Scott Ritter, USMC intelligence officer, September
2003 "Washington was heavily supporting Iraq in her
war against Iran. It was during this period of US support that Iraq used
poison gas against the Iranians and the
Kurds, a tactic that the US
government and its media
supporters now describe as so horrendous. In fact, 'intelligence'
facilitated the Iraqi use of gas against the Iranians. " - Stephen J.
Sniegoski, February 10, 2003
George Walker Bush and his
neoconservative supporters sought to depose an Iraqi regime hostile to
Israel - and to demonstrate to Arabs and others in the Middle East who was
the real master of the region." - Dimitri K. Simes
Man whose WMD lies led to 100,000 deaths confesses
Kanan Makiya takes 7 million pages of
documents from the Ba'ath Party headquarters and deposited them with the
Hoover Institute at
"More than any single figure Kanan Makiya made
the case for invading because it was the right thing to do." - Dexter Filkins
Society of American Archivists claims seizing and removing the
documents is "an act of pillage" prohibited under international laws of
Hoover Institute is funded by Archer Daniels Midland,
ARCO, Boeing, Chrysler Corporation,
Dean Witter, Exxon , Ford Motor, General Motors, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Procter & Gamble,
L. Paul Bremer* controls
all contracts in Iraq in much
the same manner that Bernard Baruch did for
the War Industries Board during World War I.
L. Paul Bremer, a
managing director at Kissinger and
Associates since 1989, gives one last order which denies the Iraqi
government the ability to give preference to Iraqis in the reconstruction
bankster guarding pallets of money
"This was more cash than
Donald John Trump had
ever seen in his life." - Joel Stein2004 US Treasury sends 363 tons of cash,
shrink wrapped into $400,000 bricks on pallets, which amounted to $12 billion
to jump start the new Iraqi government.
"Who in their right mind would
send 363 tons of cash into a war zone?" - Henry Waxman*
company awarded contracts
total more than $50 billion.
Halliburton's contract is initally worth
over $11 billion; 13 other American companies contracts are initally worth more
than $1.5 billion each.
Policy of "money as a weapon system" leaves the
battlefield awash in cash.
Ahmad Chalabi acts as
key figure on the De-Ba'athification Commission.
declared that all public sector employees affiliated with the Ba'ath Party are
to be removed from their positions and banned from any future employment in the
The policy was highly controversial as all executive,
managerial and engineering positions required Ba'ath Party membership.
Effectively no one was left with technical administrative
Coalition Provisional Authority official Robert J. Stein Jr.
is sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in a
bribery, theft and
money laundering case in
connection with contracts given to Philip H. Bloom.
Army Capt. David
Gilliam stashes $400,000 in his luggage when he comes home from assignment as a
disbursement officer in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Capt. Lee W. Dubois
steals $39.6 million in fuel from the Army's Camp Liberty and sells it on the
black market - the scheme nets him $450,000.
the last 10 days, the military has dropped nearly 100,000 lb of explosives on a
gateway for Sunni militants into Baghdad.
This area includes the village of Arab Jabour.
Spanish Civil War, the German military dropped 100,000 pounds of bombs on
Guernica, Spain, a tragedy that outraged the world." - Donald F. Hanley
"The use of mercenaries in Iraq to enrich corporations has long
been known. Our soldiers are not being supported by contractors; our troops are
protecting the enrichment of the mercenaries." - Patricia Reilly
2005 Oil production has fallen over a
million barrels a day since the invasion as oil pipelines have been blown up
over 300 times by insurgents.
"In the case of the Iraq invasion and occupation,
the journalists who have placed themselves in danger most often are local Iraqi
journalists. 2006 On a contract of $13.7 billion, Kellogg, Brown and Root,
a subsidiary of Halliburton, agrees
to return $9 million to the federal government after auditors discover $208
million in overcharges in Iraq.
Some 116 Iraqi journalists and media workers have been
killed in the line of duty since March 2003.
In all, 189 journalists
have been killed in Iraq.
At least 16 of these journalists were killed
by the US military, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists." -
Halliburton keeps $199 million in
overcharges and returns less than 4%.
"I can unequivocally state that
the abuse related to contracts awarded to KBR represents the most blatant and
improper abuse I have witnessed." - Bunnatine H. Greenhouse, former chief
contracting officer of the US Army Corps of Engineers
Bunnatine H. Greenhouse objects to a decision to give a
five-year, no-bid contract to
KBR for putting out the oil fires that Pentagon officials 'thought' retreating
Iraqi troops 'might' set as the United States invaded.
Greenhouse is demoted.
In 2011 a settlement agreement is signed for
$970,000 to cover lost wages, legal fees ...
"As we look back on what
we've done, we're real proud of being able to go into a war theater like that
as a private contractor and support 200,000 troops." - William P. Utt, chairman
employee after another tells the same story of outrageous and intentional
overcharging. Yet no one in the George Walker Bush administration seems to
care." - Henry Waxman*
Coalition provisional authority is unable to
account for $97 million of $120 million in oil revenue from southern
Three top auditors overseeing work in Iraq tell a house panel that
their review of $57 billion in Iraq contracts found that State and Defense
department officials condoned or allowed repeated work delays, bloated expenses
and payment for shoddy work or work never done.
Over $13 billion that
America sent to Iraq to pay for reconstruction projects has been wasted, stolen
or diverted to al-Qa`ida in Iraq,
according to Salam Adhoob, a former chief investigator for Iraq's Commission
on Public Integrity.
In one case, Salam Adhoob said that America
had spent $24.4 million on an electricity project in Nineveh province, but that
an oversight agency found that it "existed only on paper."
"There is no
accountability. Organizations charged with overseeing contracts are not held
accountable. Contractors are not held accountable. The individuals responsible
are not held accountable." -David M. Walker, Congressional head
"Mismanaged private contracts have wasted $745.5 billion over
the last five years of the
George Walker Bush
administration. The war in Iraq is a wonderful opportunity for these sleazy
deals. " - Patty Salinas
"There is an important difference between the
Marshall Plan for Europe and the debacle that is Iraq: The Marshall Plan
actually helped Europe. After nearly three years and billions spent in a
country with rock-bottom construction costs, Iraq is still in shambles. Judging
by the number of scandals, reconstruction was not the goal but rather was a
thinly disguised welfare plan for American corporations." - Richard
"The evidence of widespread corruption
in the Iraq rebuilding effort is beyond dispute. Corruption aside, private
companies are exempt from many regulations that would apply to government
agencies. The records of private corporations can't be obtained through the
Freedom of Information Act. They can use foreign subsidiaries to avoid
laws meant to restrain American corporations. Before the war,
subsidiaries to do business with Iran, Iraq, and
official American trade
sanctions against all three countries." - Cullen Murphy
2008 Pentagon sponsored study
labeled Saddam and Terrorism: Emerging Insights from Captured Iraqi
Documents, based on the review of more than 600,000 Iraqi documents
captured after the invasion found no direct connection between
the regime of Saddam Hussein
12 US soldiers die in Iraq due to
electrocution from faulty wiring.
that a great many Jewish neoconservatives people like Joe Lieberman and
the crowd over at Commentary
pumped for this war, and now for an even more foolish assault on
Iran, raised the question of
divided loyalties: using US military power, US lives and money,
to make the world safe for
Israel." - Joe Stein, June 24, 2008
"Over $300 million US tax
dollars will be paid to private contractors to propagandize Iraq over the next
The money will be used to "produce news stories,
programs and public
service advertisements for the Iraqi media in an effort to 'engage and
inspire' the local population to support US objectives and the Iraqi (vassal)
The four companies that will share in the new contract are
SOSi, the Lincoln Group, MPRI and Leonie Industries." -
Washington Post, October 3,
2009 "The Wartime Contracting
Commission presented a bleak assessment of how tens of billions of dollars
have been spent since 2001.
The 111-page report, obtained by the
documents poor management, weak oversight, and a failure to learn from past
mistakes as recurring themes in wartime contracting.
More than 240,000
private sector employees are supporting military operations in Iraq and
Despite the huge size and importance of the massive
support contract known as "LOGCAP", the main program office managing the work
for both Afghanistan and Iraq has only 13 government employees.
administrative help, it must rely on KBR Inc., the primary LOGCAP contractor in
Iraq - paid nearly $32 billion since 2001 (for LOGCAP administration). " -
Richard Lardner June 07, 2009
oil-for-food 2007 Midway
Trading, based in Reston, Virginia, pleads guilty to
grand larceny charges
and agrees to pay a $250,000 fine.
Texas oilman, Oscar S. Wyatt Jr.,
founder and former chairman of Coastal Corporation, is sentenced to 1 year and
1 day in prison for paying millions of dollars in kickbacks to the regime of
Compass Group suspends Peter Harris, chief executive of its
UK & Ireland, Middle East and Africa companies.
Chevron pays $30 million; El Paso Corp.
pays $2.7 million; Textron pays $4.6 million; Ingersoll-Rand Co. pays $6.7
million and York International pays $22 million in SEC fines based on charges
"I don't use drugs, my dreams are frightening
M(auritis) C(ornelius) Escher
"The George W. Bush administration's newly unveiled
National Security strategy might
well be subtitled "The Irony of Iran."
Three years after the
invasion of Iraq and the invention of the phrase "axis of evil," the George W.
Bush administration now highlights the threat posed by
Iran - whose radical
government has been vastly strengthened by the invasion of Iraq." -
"The "use of strength" does
cause terrorist attacks.
This is not an argument for weakness, but
a simple statement of fact.
Military analysts call it asymmetric
warfare, or fourth generation warfare (4GW, in military jargon).
military analyst worth his salt will tell you a military superpower can
expect adversaries to
avoid direct military confrontations.
defeatism." - Rosa
(actual badge worn by military
"Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf
software to intercept live video feeds from
US Predator drones, potentially
providing them with information they need to evade or monitor US military
Senior defense and intelligence officials said
intercepted the video feeds by taking advantage of an unprotected
communications link in some of the remotely flown planes' systems.
Shi'a fighters in Iraq use software programs
such as SkyGrabber - available for as little as $25.95 on the Internet - to
drone video feeds, according to a person familiar with reports on the
matter." - Sioban Gorman, Yochi J. Dreazen, August Cole
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