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13 februari 2006   |     mail dit artikel   |     print   |   
Dit artikel is deel van de serie: Waarheid bij Irakoorlog
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Truth about Iraq war slowly becomes clear - 2
By Daan de Wit
The Dutch in the original article has been translated into English by Ben Kearney.

While The Netherlands sets out for Afghanistan and preparations for a war against Iran are underway, the original rationale for the Iraq war continues to disintegrate. This article is a follow up to part 1, which appeared almost one year ago. In this article we highlight 3 new examples of deception used in the build up to the Iraq war.

4. The Times of London reports about a false flag operation which was on the mind of U.S. president George Bush: 'PRESIDENT BUSH had plans to lure Saddam Hussein into war by flying an aircraft over Iraq painted in UN colours in the hope he would shoot it down, a book reveals. Mr Bush told Tony Blair of the extraordinary plan during a meeting in the White House on January 31, 2003, six weeks before the war started [...]. “The US was thinking of flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in UN colours. If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach,” the book reports Mr Bush telling Mr Blair at the meeting.' The newspaper is referring to the update of a book cited earlier by DaanSpeak entitled Lawless World by Phillipe Sands, human rights lawyer and Professor of Law. 'The president [Bush] makes it clear, that there will be war on Saddam regardless whether the U.N. passes a further resolution. The prime minister replies, he is "solidly with the president"', according to Channel Four News in a news item in which Sands is also interviewed.
Bush's plan to paint over an airplane bears a strong resemblance to another planned false flag operation known as Operation Northwoods (see this DaanSpeak-article), a plan that may have formed the basis for what took place on September 11th, 2001. Read about the possibility of remote controlled airplanes on september 11th in this article by DaanSpeak.

5. In an extensive article in Foreign Affairs, the magazine of the Council on Foreign Relations, the CIA's most important anti-terrorism expert, Paul R. Pillar, writes that 'the administration "went to war without requesting -- and evidently without being influenced by -- any strategic-level intelligence assessments on any aspect of Iraq"', reports The Washington Post. '"It has become clear that official intelligence was not relied on in making even the most significant national security decisions, that intelligence was misused publicly to justify decisions already made, that damaging ill will developed between [Bush] policymakers and intelligence officers, and that the intelligence community's own work was politicized," Pillar wrote. [...] Pillar, retired after 28 years at the CIA, was an influential behind-the-scenes player and was considered the agency's leading counterterrorism analyst. By the end of his career, he was responsible for coordinating assessments on Iraq from all 15 agencies in the intelligence community. He is now a professor in security studies at Georgetown University.'
The Washington Post: 'Pillar's critique is one of the most severe indictments of White House actions by a former Bush official since Richard C. Clarke, a former National Security Council staff member, went public with his criticism of the administration's handling of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and its failure to deal with the terrorist threat beforehand.' In his article Pillar describes '[...] the real problem: intelligence on Iraqi weapons programs did not drive its decision to go to war'. Pillar went on to make adept use of this argument. He justifiably makes the comparison to what turned out to be the instigation for the Vietnam War - the Gulf of Tonkin incident - in which faulty intelligence was also used to get the U.S. into a war. Read the article on this subject DaanSpeak wrote for the Dutch magazine de Humanist. Pillar: 'The administration used intelligence not to inform decision-making, but to justify a decision already made.''
It's also clear from his article that in addition to the British Operation Rockingham (see this DaanSpeak-article) and the American intelligence unit OSP -Donald Rumsfeld's and Paul Wolfowitz's Office of Special Plans- yet another ad hoc agency-within-an-agency was set up (Read all about the OSP under the head line OSP, de geheime dienst van Rumsfeld en Wolfowitz in this article by DaanSpeak). Pillar: 'The administration's rejection of the intelligence community's judgments became especially clear with the formation of a special Pentagon unit, the Policy Counterterrorism Evaluation Group. The unit, which reported to Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith, was dedicated to finding every possible link between Saddam and al Qaeda, and its briefings accused the intelligence community of faulty analysis for failing to see the supposed alliance.' That link wasn't there, as witnessed by Pillar, but the impression had to be given that it existed in order to mislead the public. Once the damage was done, Bush simply denied the link.

6. The (as of now former) chief-of-staff to Dick Cheney and advisor for National Security affairs to George Bush, I. 'Scooter' Libby, has testified that his 'superiors' authorized him to leak a secret intelligence report to the media, as reported by the LA Times. National Journal knows what is meant by 'superiors' and writes: 'According to sources with firsthand knowledge, Cheney authorized Libby to release additional classified information, including details of the NIE, to defend the administration's use of prewar intelligence in making the case for war.' Journalist Robert Novak then published an article in which he divulged Valerie Plame's identity as a CIA agent.
One of the lies in the run-up to the Iraq war concerned the alleged purchase by the Iraqis of nuclear material in Niger (for details see this DaanSpeak-article). Following a trip to Niger, former American ambassador Joseph C. Wilson revealed in an article that the Bush administration distorted the facts about the Saddam-Niger connection. In that same month, his wife Valerie Plame was exposed as a CIA agent. It is against U.S. law to disclose the identity of a CIA agent.


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