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Canuck_2
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Iraq war report from Britain

No comment from US leaders of the Iraq war movement after the British report condemns the Blair government for going to war in Iraq on falty evidence and ignoring advice that it would only lead to more problems in the future.

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/risks-in-iraq-war-were-explicitly-identified-before-the-invasion-...

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/chilcot-report-1.3666502

 

 

The country's infinite downward spiral can hardly be explained without such biblical figures: since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, as many as five million or more have been internally or externally displaced, and somewhere between a quarter of a million and a million are dead.

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Count among them some 250 more people cut down in a single hideous suicide bombing in Baghdad just last week.

 

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The West had an opportunity — and was armed by the necessary information — to prove them wrong, by doing things differently.

They could have done so by considering other options to an ill-informed war, or at the very least, delaying its start until the point they were certain how they would proceed, to avert the horror, once Saddam was removed.

And yet, despite watching the U.S. jump headlong into war, and despite knowing about the lack of post-conflict preparation, and despite its failure to persuade the U.S. to allow for a leading role for the UN post-conflict, the Chilcot report says that "at no stage did the U.K. government formally consider other policy options, including the possibility of making participation in military action conditional on a satisfactory plan for the post-conflict period."

The U.K., in other words, had a veto, and didn't use it. And millions, literally millions, have suffered as a result.

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bruce MN
Advisor

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hardnox
Advisor

Re: Iraq war report from Britain

Without any excuses for both of our presumptive presidential nominess being crooks, I've always regarded the deliberate disinformation employed in the service of a planned agenda to be crimes of a higher order.

 

And even given that, it might have been excusable if they'd have made it work rather than botching it in epic fashion.

hardnox
Advisor

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BTW, one of the two primary reasons that I was unable to vote for Obama in 2012 was the obvious fact that part of the deal was that the previous miscreants got immunity on all crimes (think the Hillary deal as well, although much larger).

 

The other was the aftermath of the financial crisis. Contrary to popular opinion held here, the structure of and personnel running the bailouts were a Bush deal. But once the edifice was safely propped up Obama declined to prosecute the malefactors.

hardnox
Advisor

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Third would be the failure to revisit The Patriot Act and related Bush era police state measures.

 

It is so mundane that we repealed the Bill of Rights simply in the service of a Republican pork barrel project.

 

But the goobers did get assault weapons.

hardnox
Advisor

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BTW, Cheney has belatedly and selectively released some VP papers.

 

But guess what's the legal basis that he cites his executive immunity in the matter?

 

An Executive Order put in place by, guess who?

 

http://writ.news.findlaw.com/dean/20100903.html

 

BTW, Bush issued substantially more of them than the Kenyan Socialist Muslim has.

hardnox
Advisor

What say

we have our own Chilcott Inquiry?

 

Obama, for obstruction of justice, Colin Powell, Bill Clinton (who I've been told was really responsible, because he is a Bad Person) and more, all fair game. the more the merrier.

 

Actually not a bad idea because, as I've said, after Hillary is elected Congress isn't likely to do anything but meet for 15 minutes to vote to repeal ACA, vote to impeach her and then go across the street to the call centers.

 

It'll give 'em something to do.

hardnox
Advisor

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"Hans Blix had five months to find weapons. He found nothing. We've had five weeks. Come back to me in five months. If we haven't found any, we will have a credibility problem.""
Charles Krauthammer, one of the founders of the Iraq War in April, 2003.

Red Steele
Veteran Advisor

Unless I missed something this year,

THe november election features Hilliary, an insider crook from way back, against Donald Trump, a private sector businessman, pretty much an outsider to Washington politics, and definately not a Bush nor a Cheney. Hope this helps.