In a stunning blow to the official narrative propagated by the Bush administration, recently released, declassified emails have exposed the numerous lies government officials espoused in the months leading up to the war in Iraq.
The emails were received by Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state and were subsequently stored on her private email server. The documents on Clinton’s server have been released due to rulings from U.S. courts.
One email from then-Secretary of State Colin Powell to former President George W. Bush, details an upcoming meeting between the President and British Prime Minister Tony Blair which was to take place from April 5-7th, in 2002. This meeting became known as the Crawford summit and was widely speculated to have been used to discuss the invasion of Iraq. The release of these emails shows that this was, in fact, the case.
Secretary Powell Writes:
Blair continues to stand by you and the U.S. as we move forward on the war on terrorism and on Iraq. He will present to you the strategic, tactical and public affairs lines that he believes will strengthen global support for our common cause
A second memo which was drafted by the U.S. embassy in London, reveals how the Bush administration used ‘spies’ in the British Labor Party to help shape British public opinion in favor of the war.
PM Tony Blair has made publicly clear his commitment to a more proactive Iraq policy. Reflecting the polled sentiments of voters, however, a sizable number of his labor party MP’s remains at present opposed to military action against Iraq. A majority indicate they would change their minds if they had proof of Iraqi involvement in September 11 or another terrorist atrocity. Some would favor shifting from a policy of containment of Iraq if they had recent (and publicly usable) proof that Iraq is WMD/missiles or that Iraq’s WMD status has changed for the worse
It is no secret that politicians lie to achieve their goals. What this information reveals, however, is the extent to which they will go to achieve these goals.
Following the Crawford summit, a massive propaganda campaign was launched to drum up support for the war. Media began being inundated with threats of terrorism and government officials repeatedly went on the record accusing Iraq of having weapons of mass destruction.
While this may come as a surprise to some Americans, it confirms what many have suspected for years. The U.S. Government and its allies lied to their citizens to promote a war of aggression in order to achieve their political agendas.
The fact that this war was shoved down the throats of citizens, despite worldwide protests against it, is nothing short criminal. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that anyone will be charged for committing this blatant crime against humanity, which has killed over 4,000 American soldiers, over 200,000 Iraqis and has cost American taxpayers in excess of $2 trillion dollars.
When you lie to the government it’s a crime, when the government lies to you it’s politics.
Johnny Liberty is a researcher and investigative journalist. You can follow him on twitter @LibertyUnltd