Tuesday 9th of August 2022

on emperor's old clothes

Both Colin Powell, US Secretary of State & Condoleezza Rice, President Bush's closest adviser, made clear before September 11, 2001 that Saddam Hussein was no threat - to America, Europe or the Middle East.

In Cairo, on February 24 2001, Powell said: ‘He (Saddam Hussein) has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbours.’

This is the very opposite of what Bush & Blair said in public.

Powell even boasted that it was the US policy of ‘containment’ that had effectively disarmed the Iraqi dictator - again the very opposite of what Blair said time & time again. On May 15 2001, Powell went further & said that Saddam Hussein had not been able to ‘build his military back up or to develop weapons of mass destruction’ for ‘the last 10 years’. America, he said, had been successful in keeping him ‘in a box’.

Two months later, Condoleezza Rice also described a weak, divided & militarily defenceless Iraq. ‘Saddam does not control the northern part of the country’, she said. ‘We are able to keep his arms from him. His military forces have not been rebuilt.’

Iraq: No Threat

winning hearts & minds .....

..... whilst staying the course.

Democracy Hypocrisy: Iraq In The Name Of Freedom

mission accomplished .....

As Baghdad reeled from a deadly new spate of bombings, Donald Rumsfeld, the Defence Secretary, insisted that the US was not losing the war in Iraq. But the top US regional commander said the insurgency was undiminished, and ever more foreign fighters were entering the country.

 

Iraq Not a Quagmire: Rumsfeld Insists

from the world tribunal on Iraq .....

Former US Air Force combat veteran Tim Goodrich stunned the jury by revealing his role in the ‘softening up’ of Iraq months before the US declaration of war. ‘We were dropping bombs then, and I saw bombing intensify’, Goodrich explained to a hushed room. ‘All the documents coming out now, the Downing Street memo and others, confirm what I had witnessed in Iraq. The war had already begun while our leaders were telling us that they were going to try all diplomatic options first’.

 

Is This What They Call Democracy?

 

Iraqi and US military testimony was joined by former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Denis Halliday, who argued that the Tribunal has an ‘obligation to demand full international prosecution of US/UK war leaders as war criminals involved in the destruction of Iraq, the lives of its people and their human rights and well being, through unlawful and unjustifiable armed invasion and military occupation’.

 

History Of US & UK Intervention In Iraq

 

‘The attack on Iraq is an attack on justice, on liberty, on our safety, on our future, on us all’. 

 

World Tribunal on Iraq Findings

Doug at Fort Bragg

Doug is more than a guest at Junior Bush's chestbeating demand for more of the nation's young to convert themselves into targets for Iraq's IEDs. Doug is the guest of horror, whose valiant rescue from the clutches of Zarqawi represents the tilting point of the Global War on Terrr. 

To save space, the Prez's speech is available here. Iraq: A bloody mess

Doug is also standing in for Our Leader, who will be there in spirit, but otherwise occupied with affairs of the bowels.

Just remember, you freedom-hatin', unAustralian, dissident freaks - we know where you live, and Prince Phil has a blank cheque. And what's more, our pals will write glowing Bush-licking testimonials, too.

[Doug wonders if he should wear his crotch-grabbing flight-suit, to match the Prez's gear. The one that Greg covets. Maybe not, as there will be a few attention-grabbing Darth Vaders there, for sure. No matter, it's Mission Accomplished, once again.]