OF PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS - "Iraquotes"

(12/24/2003)

By Tony Russell

"In the Middle Ages, when people were convinced there were witches, they certainly found them." - Hans Blix, chief United Nations weapons inspector, on the Bush administration's repeated assertions that Iraq possessed chemical and biological weapons that threatened the United States.

"International law ... would have required us to leave Saddam Hussein alone." - Richard Perle, key advisor to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, admitting that the attack on Iraq-despite administration claims to the contrary-was illegal.

"We've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved in Sept. 11." - President George W. Bush, on September 17, 2003.

"There are many smoking guns." - Secretary of State Colin Powell after his pivotal February 5 speech before the United Nations, making the administration's case for war.

"It was a masterful performance, but none of it was true." - Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst, on Powell's February 5 speech.

"The public deserves to know the truth. There is so much cheerleading on TV. They're not getting the truth. Most pundits care about getting Bush in or out of office. Its politics at its worst. The White House is doing what all White Houses do--spinning. They give their take, which most of the time I find to be inaccurate. I'm an advocate for the soldier. I love my country, not necessarily the government." - Retired Major Bob Bevelacqua, Fox News [!] military analyst.

"It would be tragic enough if the casualties of the Iraq war were confined to the battlefield, but they are not. The casualties of this war will have serious repercussions for generations to come. Truth is one casualty. Despite the best efforts of the White House to contort the invasion of Iraq into an extension of the war on terror, there was never a connection between Saddam Hussein and September 11. There was never a connection between Iraq and September 11. Not a single Iraqi was among the nineteen hijackers of those four planes. Despite dire warnings from the President, Saddam Hussein had at his fingertips neither the means nor the materiel to unleash deadly weapons of mass destruction on the world. Despite presidential rhetoric to the contrary, Iraq did not pose a grave and gathering menace to the security of the United States. The war in Iraq was nothing less than a manufactured war. It was a war served up to a deliberately misled and deluded American public to suit the neoconservative political agenda of the Bush White House." - Senator Robert Byrd, December 14, 2003.

"There is no question but that [American forces] would be welcomed. Go back to Afghanistan, the people were in the streets playing music, cheering, flying kites, and doing all the things that the Taliban and the al-Qaeda would not let them do." - Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, February 20, on PBS's "The News Hour."

"Never said that. Never did. You may remember it well, but you're thinking of somebody else. You can't find, anywhere, me saying anything like either of those two things you just said I said." - Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, September 25, in response to a question by Sinclair Broadcasting anchor Morris Jones, on Rumsfeld's saying before the invasion that Americans would be welcomed with open arms.


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