For posterity: US & UK governments knowingly lied us into war they craved

It has long been obvious to anyone paying attention, but it’s important to record (again) for posterity that the Bush and Blair administrations knew Saddam Hussein posed no significant threat but were so eager to invade Iraq that they spread complete lies to “justify” invasion.

The latest insider to confirm this is Britain’s former First Secretary for the Middle East at the United Nations, Carne Ross, who testified:

“There was no deliberate discussion of available alternatives to military action in advance of the 2003 invasion,” Mr Ross added.

“There is no record of that discussion, no official has referred to it, no minister has talked about it, and that seems to me to be a very egregious absence in this history – that at some point a Government before going to war should stop and ask itself, ‘are there available alternatives?’”

Giving evidence before the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war, Mr Ross said that “nuanced” intelligence about the threat from Iraq was “massaged” into “more robust and terrifying” messages about Saddam’s supposed WMD.

Mr Carne, who served at the UN between 1997 and 2002, claimed that the British and United States governments were fully aware that there was no “substantial threat” from Iraq ahead of the war.

He said: “It remains my view that the internal Government assessment of Iraq’s capabilities was intentionally and substantially exaggerated in public Government documents during 2002 and 2003….

“This process of exaggeration was gradual, and proceeded by accretion and editing from document to document, in a way that allowed those participating to convince themselves that they were not engaged in blatant dishonesty,” he said.

“But this process led to highly misleading statements about the UK assessment of the Iraqi threat that were, in their totality, lies.”

Our governments have knowingly lied us into unnecessary, costly, deadly wars.

Remember this every time government says “Trust us” …as it does with warrantless domestic spying, which continues to this day, even though it’s baldly unconstitutional. Trust us not to abuse our power to peer into every detail of your (and your Congressman and Senators') electronic lives, including where your car goes, where your cell phone goes, every email/IM/Tweet/fax you receive or send, every website you visit, every phone call you make or receive, every credit card transaction you make, etc.. Trust us.

Posted by James on Tuesday, July 13, 2010