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Why the president of the United States seemed so determined to go to war with Iraq.  Frontline: The War Behind Closed Doors, PBS 2003

 

Wolfowitz champions the idea of pre-emption.  ibid.

 

Most of the Hawks set up camp with Rumsfeld at the Pentagon.  ibid.

 

The vice-president emerged as the voice for direct action.  ibid.

 

 

It is the war that defined a presidency and a plan to respond that became a war about a war.  Frontline: Bush’s War I, PBS 2008

 

Rumsfeld’s deputy Paul Wolfowitz on a conference call with the vice president suggested a retaliatory attack on Iraq.  ibid.

 

The Neo-Cons had been given enough to mount a campaign.  ibid.

 

Rumsfeld would now be in charge.  ibid.

 

The Taliban was broken.  Al Qaeda was hiding in the mountains.  And the military had lots of prisoners on their hands.  ibid.

 

War had broken out between the competing Intelligence operations.  ibid.

 

Powell was furious: Cheney’s speech [2002] sounded like a declaration of war.  ibid.

 

Bush listened to Blair make his case, but then he asked for something in exchange: a pledge that if diplomacy failed, Blair would nevertheless join the US in war.  ibid.

 

Rumsfeld had been increasingly unhappy at the lack of actionable intelligence from Gitmo [Guantanamo].  ibid.

 

Secretary Rumsfeld authorised much tougher interrogation techniques.  ibid.

 

The new definition of torture was so narrow that it was almost impossible to commit the crime.  ibid.

 

At the vice-president’s office they decided to write the speech Powell would deliver.  ibid.

 

 

Coalition Provisional Authority Order Number 1 De-Ba’athification of Iraqi Society.  Frontline: Bush’s War II

 

Finding the weapons was left to the CIA.  ibid.  

 

It was the vice-president who had pushed the case for WMDs the hardest.  ibid.

 

CIA officers leaking inside stories about the flawed intelligence.  ibid.

 

The idea of making Iraq safe for the allies was falling apart.  ibid.

 

When he was there Rumsfeld himself got in a helicopter and headed for Abu Ghraib.  He decided they needed to get tougher with the detainees.  ibid.

 

Many Congressional Republicans were begging the president to throw Rumsfeld overboard ... Soon Bush’s war will be handed to someone new.  ibid.  

 

 

9/11: On the phone to the Pentagon Cheney talked about the shoot-down order with his oldest political ally, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.  Frontline: The Dark Side, PBS 2008

 

The vice-president would become the chief architect of the War on Terror.  There would be new laws enhancing executive power.  Robust action at home and abroad.  And above all – secrecy.  ibid.

 

After the Ford administration, Rumsfeld made his fortune in private industry; Cheney spent ten years in Congress where he was immersed in security matters.  ibid.

 

The vice-president continued to assert a connection between Al Qaeda and Iraq.  But the CIA kept saying it wasn’t true.  ibid.

 

The CIA meanwhile began using what would later become a controversial tactic in the war on terror – known as rendition.  ibid.

 

The vice-president took the WMD arguments out into the country.  ibid.

 

The CIA would have a new director and there would be a bloodbath.  ibid.

 

 

As the United States with a coalition of other countries wage a new war on terror, Frontline investigates how Isis gained such a dangerous stronghold.  Frontline: The Rise of Isis, PBS 2014                 

 

More and more Sunis turned up dead in the streets of Baghdad.  ibid.

 

Back in Syria, al Qaeda was steadily gaining ground.  ibid.

 

Al Qaedas ranks swelled with newly freed inmates.  ibid.

 

Isis is in control of large parts of Syria and Iraq.  ibid.

 

 

Bush knew of the impending attacks on America.  He did nothing to warn the American people because he needed this war on terrorism.  Colonel Stephen Butler

 

 

Powell wants detainees to be declared POWS: Memo shows differences with White House ... Administration sources last night expressed anger at Mr Powell, whom they accused of bowing to pressure from the political left.  The Washington Times headline 26th January 2002

 

 

The trauma of 9/11 stimulated infinite possibilities for worry – some quite plausible, but most inspired by remote what-if fantasies.  A society binging on fear makes itself vulnerable to far more profound forms of destruction than terror attacks.  The ‘terrorism war’, like a nostalgic echo of the Cold War, is using these popular fears to advance a different agenda – the re-engineering of American life through permanent mobilization. William Greider

 

 

Our exploitation and use of terrorism at home and abroad actually appears to be a force that is promoting terrorism rather than  combating it.  Jim Fetzer, interview Fox News

 

 

In responding to Islam with missiles, the United States ... is reinforcing that against which it claims to be fighting ... It knows better than anyone else that you don’t respond to terror with bombs.  Richard Labeviere Dollars for Terror p345 

 

 

1991 to present: US planes bomb Iraq on a weekly basis.  UN estimates 500,000 Iraqi children die from bombing and sanctions.  2000-2001: US gives Taliban-ruled Afghanistan $245 million in aid.  Michael Moore, Bowling for Columbine, 2002

 

 

And what’s really embarrassing is that the entire British police are chasing him [Haroon Rashid Aswat], and one wing of the British government  MI6, the British Secret Service – has been hiding him.  And this is a real source of contention between CIA, Justice Department and Britain.  John Loftus, Fox News

 

 

Who does get killed?  Are these people Taliban people or al Qaeda or random civilians who had nothing to do with it?  It would be naive to believe the propaganda that says that firing these fantastic weapons is killing the right people.  Clive Stafford-Smith, director Reprieve

 

 

While the individuals are here – here in Guantanamo – they are off the battlefield.  So that has helped.  That has contributed to making us safer, yes.  Rear Admiral Jeffrey Harbeson, commander Guantanamo Bay

 

 

This is the story of the biggest terror plot since 9/11.  Told by the counter-terrorism operatives who stopped it.  The Plot to Bring Down Britain’s Planes, Channel 4 2012

 

Ahmed Ali-Khan progressed as a target in priority when he travelled to Pakistan.  ibid.

 

They were quite ordinary: they had families, they had responsibilities; most of them didn’t have criminal convictions.  ibid.

 

We had never come across the use of a liquid explosive disguised as a drinks bottle.  ibid.

 

The [UK/US] tension between us became pretty high.  ibid.  

 

The main suspects were arrested ... Following the arrests, twelve people were convicted of terror related and other offences.  Eight of these were directly linked to the liquid bomb plot.  ibid.

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