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Our Claims

Claim #1: One of our radio ads asserts that Hussein has no nuclear weapons, or other weapons of mass destruction. How do we support this claim? And what if he acquires these weapons in the future?

Claim #2: One of our radio ads claims that Hussein has no clear ties to Osama bin Laden or other terrorist groups. Can we back-up this assertion in the face of Colin Powell's UN testimony to the contrary?

Claim #3: One of our radio ads claims that a congressional declaration of war is needed to invade Iraq, but doesn't Bush have that already?

Claim #4: One of our radio ads claims our government was told in advance by Hussein that he might invade Kuwait in 1990, but we did nothing to deter him. Can we support this claim?

Claim #5: One of our radio ads makes the startling claim that our government lied to the world before the last Gulf War when we claimed that Iraqi troops were massed on the border of Saudi Arabia, ready to invade. Can we support this serious charge?

Claim #6: One of our radio ads claims that the same people who are proposing the current war were also involved in the first one, and that their lies then should lead us to reject what they're saying now. Who, exactly, are we talking about?

Claim #7: One of our radio ads claims that Bush's plan to invade Iraq is not motivated by the "War on Terror." Can we support this claim?

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Can we back up
our claims?

by Jim Babka

Claim #6: One of our radio ads claims that the same people who are proposing the current war were also involved in the first one, and that their lies then should lead us to reject what they're saying now. Who, exactly, are we talking about?

Obviously, George W. Bush is the son of former President George H.W. Bush, who oversaw the first Gulf War. It is a little known fact that the current President was a White House insider, who participated in West Wing operations behind the scenes.

Current Vice President Dick Cheney, who is perhaps the most influential figure in the current administration, was the elder Bush's Secretary of Defense. It was Cheney's Defense Department that promised to defend Kuwait in its border dispute with Iraq, before Hussein invaded. Meanwhile the State Department was telling Hussein the dispute was a local matter that could be settled by force if diplomacy failed. These mixed messages from the first Bush administration led directly to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.

  • Kuwait shunned diplomatic negotiations with Hussein because Cheney's Defense Department had promised to defend Kuwait in its dispute with Iraq.

  • Iraq, on the other hand, felt it had a green light from the U.S. State Department to attack Kuwait when it refused to negotiate.

These facts make it fairly clear that the first Bush administration, including Dick Cheney, caused the first Iraq war, either through incompetence, willful deceit, or both. Worse still, the first Bush administration tried to paint Hussein's invasion as the first step in a campaign to conquer the entire region and a large part of the world's oil supply. But they knew this wasn't true. They knew their administration was complicit in what had happened, but they did not tell this to the American people. Instead, they lied about the true causes of the crisis and their own involvement in it. (For more on the Iraq-Kuwait dispute see Claim #4.)

But the story doesn't end there.

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Current Secretary of State Colin Powell was then General Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As late as 1995, in a PBS "Frontline" appearance, Powell openly defended the decision not to participate in "regime change" in Iraq, calling it a quagmire—a word that harkens back to the debacle of the Vietnam War. Colin Powell was the most influential person in the first Bush administration in deciding not to remove Saddam Hussein. So the question must be asked, if "regime change" was a potential quagmire then, what's changed? The answer is that nothing has changed, as is made clear in the answer to Claim #7.

Cheney and Powell were both members of the National Security Council under Bush, Sr. As such, they must also have been involved in the faked satellite photos showing that Iraq was preparing to invade Saudi Arabia. This lie paved the way for war, and convinced Saudi Arabia to allow U.S. troops on its sacred soil (a major excuse later used by Osama bin Laden to justify his murder of innocent Americans).

(Sources: A World Transformed by Brent Scowcroft, and Iraq by Dilip Hiro. For sources on the faked satellite photos see the answer to Claim #5.)


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