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Damn, Ari. I’ve been through this BS before. Cheney started out your push for war in a major speech claiming Saddam was amassing WMDs to use against the US. There was no intelligence concluding that. It was a lie.
Cheney then repeatedly claimed there was intelligence showing the 9/11 ringleader had met with Iraqi intelligence in Prague. But the CIA had concluded this report was false. Another lie.
Bush at one point said US intel didn’t know if Saddam already had a nuclear bomb. But US intel had concluded that at best there was a nuclear program but not one that had reached the point of producing a bomb. Another lie.
Yes, there were some intel reports noting the existence of WMD programs. But the Bush-Cheney crowd exaggerated these findings and ignored or denied the contrary evidence. Such as with the case of the aluminum tubes....
Your White House cited the tubes as concrete evidence of a nuclear weapon program, even though the top experts in the govt on nuclear weapons said these tubes were not suitable for such a program. Another lie.
By the way, while misleading the public, you totally screwed up planning for the post-invasion period. Thanks to that, thousands of US GIs were killed and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians died. And, oh yeah, ISIS.
For more on the lies and misrepresentations, look at “Hubris” by @Isikoff and me.
So on every anniversary of the misguided and mis-sold invasion of Iraq, you ought to skip the justifications and just apologize. And maybe do that every day in between. Have a good day.
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