Minder dan een maand na 11 september 2001 is de Amerikaanse regering begonnen met de planning om de regering in Irak omver te werpen. Dat lezen we in regeringsdocumenten, vrijgekomen via de wet van openbaarheid van bestuur (Freedom of Information Act) en gepubliceerd op de site van National Security Archive van de Universiteit George Washington.
Geredigeerd door Pascale Esveld
Dat is toch niet zo verwonderlijk? Ik kan me Bush nog op de puinhoop herinneren met in zijn arm een brandweerman toen hij iets zei als: "You can run, but you can not hide. We will come to get you."
Bush heeft het vorige week toegegeven dat Irak niks met 11 september had:
Bush Now Says What He Wouldnt Say Before War: Iraq Had Nothing To Do With 9/11
President Bush was in the midst of explaining how the attacks of 9/11 inspired his freedom agenda and the attacks on Iraq until a reporter, Ken Herman of Cox News, interrupted to ask what Iraq had to do with 9/11. Nothing, Bush defiantly answered.
To justify the war, Bush informed Congress on March 19, 2003 that acting against Iraq was consistent with continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.
As ThinkProgress has repeatedly documented, Vice President Cheney cited evidence cooked up by Douglas Feith and others to claim it was pretty well confirmed that Iraq had contacts with 9/11 hijackers.
More generally, in the lead-up to the war in Iraq, the administration encouraged the false impression that Saddam had a role in 9/11. Bush never stated then, as he does now, that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Only after the Iraq war began did Bush candidly acknowledge that Iraq was not operationally linked to 9/11.
BUSH: The terrorists attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens before we started the freedom agenda in the Middle East.
QUESTION: What did Iraq have to do with it?
BUSH: What did Iraq have to do with what?
QUESTION: The attack on the World Trade Center.
BUSH: Nothing. Except its part of and nobody has suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack. Iraq was a Iraq the lesson of September 11th is take threats before they fully materialize, Ken. Nobodys ever suggested that the attacks of September the 11th were ordered by Iraq.
Ja ik heb dat live op televisie gezien. Maar… de oplettende kijker had dat al op de puinhopen van het WTC kunnen zien was mijn point.
Voor de rest ben ik niet werkelijk in staat om Bush te verdedigen. (Hij schijnt daar zelf ook niet helemaal uit te komen.)
Quote: "de oplettende kijker had dat al op de puinhopen van het WTC kunnen zien was mijn point."
Wat had de oplettende kijker kunnen zien?