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US government made excuses to invade Iraq

A senior US government insider has confirmed that the war on Iraq was planned long before 9/11, and that the politicians knew there was no evidence of WMD.

Former Treasury Secretary, Paul O'Neill, spoke out in public despite the threat of prosecution.

The US and UK invaded Iraq in 2003 and immediately took control of the Iraqi oil industry. The politicians in Britain and America cynically exploited 9/11, and made false claims about WMD, to win support for the war.


BBC News, "Bush 'plotted Iraq war from start'", 12 January 2004.
[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3387941.stm ]
    A top official sacked from the US Government has accused President Bush of planning for an invasion of Iraq within days of coming to office.
    Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill said Mr Bush was looking for an excuse to oust Saddam Hussein.
    As a member of the president's National Security team he said he never saw any evidence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.
    The BBC's Washington correspondent, Justin Webb, says his remarks represent the most sustained and damaging criticism of the Bush administration from a former insider since the president came to power.

The Guardian (UK), "Bush decided to remove Saddam 'on day one'", 12 January 2004.
[ http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1120933,00.html ]
    Former aide says US president made up his mind to go to war with Iraq long before 9/11, then ordered his staff to find an excuse.

The Independent (UK), "Bush was demanding excuse to invade Iraq in January 2001, says ex-treasury secretary", 12 January 2003.
[ http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=480363 ]
    The Bush administration started making detailed plans for the invasion of Iraq within days of coming to office, with the President himself anxious to find a pretext to overthrow Saddam Hussein, a high-ranking former cabinet member said yesterday.

BBC News, "US Treasury to probe O'Neill book", 13 January 2004.
[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3391239.stm ]
    The US Treasury Department has called for an investigation into whether its former head leaked secret documents in a new book.
    Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill appeared on a US news programme to promote the book in which documents marked "secret" were shown.
    A Treasury department spokesman said it had asked its inspector general to see if disclosure laws were violated.
    He said the proposed probe would focus on how possibly classified information appeared on television and the inspector general could then "take appropriate steps, if necessary", he was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying.

News.com.au (Aus) "Anger at leaked secret Bush dossier", 14 January 2004.
[ http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,8387424%255E401,00.html ]
THE US Treasury Department has called for an investigation into whether former treasury secretary Paul O'Neill leaked secret documents in a book and on a television show.
    Mr O'Neill, who said President George W. Bush's Administration was intent on deposing Saddam Hussein from the day he took office in January 2001, is the prime source of a book, The Price of Loyalty,  penned by former journalist Ron Suskind.
    Mr O'Neill appeared on the CBS 60 Minutes show on the weekend to promote the book in which documents marked "Secret" were shown.
    Mr O'Neill would have had access to classified documents as a member of the National Security Council and taking it with him is illegal.

BBC News 24, "'Iraq was Clinton's idea'", 13 January 2004.
[ http://www.news24.com/News24/World/Iraq/0,,2-10-1460_1468812,00.html ]
    US President George W Bush refrained on Monday from criticising former treasury secretary Paul O'Neill who had accused him of starting to plan an invasion of Iraq within days of his inauguration.
    "I appreciate former Secretary O'Neill's service to our country," Bush said, explaining that he inherited a policy of regime change in Iraq from the prior administration of Bill Clinton.
    [The key policies do not change when a new head of state is elected. This observation is a glimpse through the thin veneer of democracy that cloaks Western governments.]


BBC News, "Blair's statement in full", 24 September 2002.
[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_politics/2278495.stm ]
    "So the ending of regime would be the cause of regret for no-one other than Saddam.
    But our purpose is disarmament." (Tony Blair, statement to emergency session of House of Commons, 24 September 2002.)

The Guardian, "Blair admits weapons of mass destruction may never be found", front-page, 12 January 2004.
[ http://www.guardian.co.uk/guardianpolitics/story/0,3605,1120942,00.html ]
    In September 2002, he [Blair] told the Commons that "Saddam's weapons of mass destruction programme is active, detailed and growing", a stance with which he persisted as he took the nation to war in March last year.

The Scotsman (UK), "Iraq Invasion Was 'Unnecessary', Says US Report", 12 Januaryt 2004.
[ http://www.news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2399763 ]
    The invasion of Iraq was an unnecessary part of America’s “dangerously indiscriminate and ambitious” war on terror, according to a report published by the US Army War College today.
    The paper calls the so-called global war on terror “unrealistic”, warning that it could drag the US into conflicts with countries that pose no real threat.
    Professor Record, of the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, wrote that the US Army is “near the breaking point” as a result of the current policies.
    “The global war on terrorism as currently defined and waged is dangerously indiscriminate and ambitious, and accordingly... its parameters should be readjusted,” he wrote.

Washington Post, "Iraqi Oil Gets Its Own Police Force", 17 January 2004.
[ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23664-2004Jan16.html ]
    "The vast pipeline network was a vulnerable target," said U.S. Army Col. Tom O'Donnell, who is in charge of setting up the oil police. Nearly 10,000 members of the new police force have been deputized since October, and an additional 4,500 are expected to be in place by the middle of next month.
    [A demonstration of America's top priority in Iraq.

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