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Why Are We In Iraq?

Program #RITS002. Recorded in Santa Fe, NM on February 01, 2004.

Audio sample:
The U.S. attack on Iraq is a defining event of this era. Why was it done? What was the haste? We now know from Bush Administration officials Paul O'Neill and Richard Clarke that Iraq was a target before September 11. Neocon ideologues like Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz drove the policy to launch a war on a country that was not threatening the U.S.. The orchestrated attempts to link Iraq with September 11 and Al Qaeda have proven to be 100% false. The weapons it supposedly had which were an imminent threat to the U.S. are non-existent. This is now described as an "intelligence failure." There was no intelligence failure. Bush and the people around him have had Iraq in their gun sights for years.

Speaker(s):

Scott Ritter

Scott Ritter is a former Marine intelligence officer and a veteran of the first Gulf War. He served as a UN weapons inspector in Iraq for seven years. He's an expert on weapons and arms control. In the lead up to the attack on Iraq, Ritter openly questioned whether Iraq had any weapons of mass destruction. He is the author of Waging Peace and Target Iran.

 

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