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Rhetoric, Reality and the War in Iraq

The CLAIMS

  • CLAIM: “The regime of Saddam Hussein cultivated ties to terror while it built weapons of mass destruction.” – President Bush’s UN speech, 9/23/03
  • CLAIM: “Iraq [is] the central front in the war on terror.” – President Bush’s UN speech, 9/23/03
  • CLAIM: “You can’t distinguish between al-Qaida and Saddam.” – President Bush, 9/25/02
  • CLAIM: “There’s no question that Saddam Hussein had al Qaeda ties.” – President Bush, 9/17/03
  • CLAIM: “There was a relationship between Iraq and al-Qaeda.” – Vice President Cheney, 9/14/03
  • CLAIM: “We have never claimed that Saddam Hussein … had either direction or control of 9/11.” – National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, 9/16/03
  • CLAIM: “We found the weapons of mass destruction.” – President Bush, 5/29/03
  • CLAIM: “We know where the WMDs are.” – Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, 3/30/03
  • CLAIM: “The people of the United States and our friends and allies will not live at the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder.” – President Bush, 3/19/03
  • CLAIM: “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.” – President Bush, 1/28/03
  • CLAIM: “We believe Saddam has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.” – Vice President Cheney, 3/16/03
  • CLAIM: “Evidence indicates that Iraq is reconstituting its nuclear weapons program…Iraq could have a nuclear weapon in less than a year.” – President Bush, 10/7/02
  • CLAIM: “[Saddam] is actively pursuing nuclear weapons at this time.”- VP Cheney, 3/24/02
  • CLAIM: “We believe Saddam has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.” – VP Cheney, 3/16/03
  • CLAIM: “We do know that [Saddam] is actively pursuing a nuclear weapon.”- National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, 9/10/02
  • CLAIM: “Iraqis were actively trying to pursue a nuclear weapons program.” – National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, 7/11/03
  • CLAIM: “We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories.” -President Bush, on locating the mobile biological weapons labs, 5/29/03
  • CLAIM: “We know where the [WMD] are.” – Don Rumsfeld, 3/30/03
  • CLAIM: “Iraq has at least seven mobile factories for the production of biological agents – equipment mounted on trucks and rails to evade discovery.” –President Bush, 2/8/03
  • CLAIM: “I’m absolutely sure that there are weapons of mass destruction there and the evidence will be forthcoming. We’re just getting it now.” – Colin Powell, 5/4/03
  • CLAIM: “There can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein has biological weapons and the capability to rapidly produce more, many more…Our conservative estimate is that Iraq today has a stockpile of between 100 and 500 tons of chemical weapons agent. That is enough agent to fill 16,000 battlefield rockets.” – Colin Powell, 2/5/03
  • CLAIM: “[Saddam has] amassed large, clandestine stockpiles of biological weapons, including Anthrax, botulism, toxins and possibly smallpox. He’s amassed large, clandestine stockpiles of chemical weapons, including VX, Sarin and mustard gas.” –Don Rumsfeld, 9/19/02
  • CLAIM: “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt that he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us.” –Vice President Cheney, 8/26/02
  • CLAIM: “The Iraqi regime possesses biological and chemical weapons…And according to the British government, the Iraqi regime could launch a biological or chemical attack in as little as 45 minutes.” –President Bush, 9/26/02
  • CLAIM: “Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent.” –President Bush, 1/28/03
  • CLAIM: “His regime has large, unaccounted-for stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons — including VX, sarin, cyclosarin and mustard gas; anthrax, botulism, and possibly smallpox — and he has an active program to acquire and develop nuclear weapons.” – Don Rumsfeld, 1/20/03

F A C T S

  • FACT: No evidence exists to substantiate the claim that Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda had any connections. In fact, most intelligence points to the contrary.
  • FACT: Under the headline “Allies Find No Links Between Iraq, Al Qaeda,” the LA Times reported on 11/4/02 that U.S. allies fighting Al Qaeda in Europe found no evidence of an IraqiQaeda connection.
  • FACT: On 12/18/01, the London Telegraph reported a story under the headline “Iraq link to Sept 11 attack and anthrax is ruled out” detailing how key assertions made by the Administration were unfounded.
  • FACT: The NY Times in June reported, “The chairman of the monitoring group appointed by the United Nations Security Council to track Al Qaeda told reporters that his team had found no evidence linking Al Qaeda to Saddam Hussein.” [6/27/03]
  • FACT: The bipartisan September 11th commission report “undercuts Bush administration claims before the war that Hussein had links to Al Qaeda.” [LA Times, 7/19/03].
  • FACT: The New York Times reported “since the fall of Baghdad, coalition forces have not brought to light any significant evidence demonstrating the bond between Iraq and Al Qaeda…Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah, the two highest-ranking Qaeda operatives in custody, have told investigators that Mr. bin Laden shunned cooperation with Saddam Hussein.” [NY Times, 7/20/03].
  • FACT: National Journal reported on 8/9/03, that “three former Bush Administration officials who worked on intelligence and national security issues said the prewar evidence tying Al Qaedea was tenuous, exaggerated and often at odds with the conclusions of key intelligence agencies.”
  • FACT: President Bush sent a letter to Congress on 3/19/03 saying that the Iraq war was permitted specifically under legislation that authorized force against “nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.”
  • FACT: Vice President Cheney said on 9/14/03 “I think it’s not surprising that people make that connection” between Saddam and 9/11- with no evidence to back up his claim.
  • FACT: Two days after Cheney made that statement, Reuters reported on 9/18/03 that “President Bush distanced himself from the comments.”
  • FACT: No WMD have been found. According to Reuters on 9/15/03, the Administration’s hand picked weapons inspector has come up with no WMD on his visit to Iraq. “A draft report on the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq provides no solid evidence that Iraq had such arms when the United States invaded the country in March.” (Note: the chemical weapons Bush was referring to at the time never materialized.)
  • FACT: Despite the claim that Iraq’s supposed WMD posed an imminent threat to the U.S., Secretary of State Colin Powell said on 2/24/01 that Saddam Hussein “has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction.”
  • FACT: On 7/8/03, the W. Post reported the Administration admitted the Iraq-Nuclear allegation was false. “Revelations by officials at the CIA, the State Department, the UN, in Congress and elsewhere” made clear that the White House knew the claim was false before making the allegation [7/20/03]. In fact, “CIA Director George Tenet successfully intervened with White House officials to have the reference” removed from a Bush speech in Oct. of 2002. [W. Post, 7/13/03]
  • FACT: The UN reported on 9/8/03 that Iraq was not capable of pursuing an active nuclear weapons program after 1991. The report said “”No indication of post-1991 weaponization activities was uncovered in Iraq.”
  • FACT: Voice of America reported on 9/16/03 that, “A senior official in Iraq’s new science ministry says the country never revived its nuclear program after inspectors dismantled it in the 1990’s.” The scientist, now a member of the U.S.-backed administration in Iraq, “says Iraqi scientists had no way to re-start the program because the inspectors took away all the necessary resources.”
  • FACT: “We have not uncovered evidence that Iraq undertook significant post-1998 steps to actually build nuclear weapons or produce fissile material.” – Bush Administration Weapons Inspector David Kay, 10/2/03
  • FACT: “We have not yet been able to corroborate the existence of a mobile biological weapons production effort…Technical limitations would prevent any of these processes from being ideally suited to these trailers.” – Bush Administration Weapons Inspector David Kay, 10/2/03
  • FACT: “Iraq did not have a large, ongoing, centrally controlled chemical weapons program after 1991… Iraq’s large-scale capability to develop, produce, and fill new chemical weapon munitions was reduced – if not entirely destroyed – during Operations Desert Storm and Desert Fox, 13 years of UN sanctions and UN inspections.” – Bush Administration Weapons Inspector David Kay, 10/2/03

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