The Torture Was Political, The Politics Was Personal

Before George Bush was even elected, he wanted to invade Iraq. The evidence for that is in this video of Blitzer interviewing Candidate Bush. (at 1:40)

Multiple sources have said that Bush’s response to the tragedy of 9/11 was to try to find a way to blame his fathers undefeated nemesis, Saddam Hussein.  Richard Clarke, in his book Against All Enemies, provides this quote.

HT to Richard Cranium

   “…see if Saddam was involved.  Just look.  I want to know any shred…”

   “Absolutely [Mr. President], we will look…again.”  I was trying to be more respectful, more responsive.  “But, you know, we have looked several times for state sponsorship of al Qaeda, and not found any real linkages to Iraq.  Iran plays a little, as does Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, Yemen.”

   “Look into Iraq, Saddam,” the President said testily, and left us…

That conversation reportedly took place on September 12, 2001.


Why was Bush fixated on Iraq?

It is surely significant that before the troops went into Iraq in 2003, the President justified the invasion by saying it would be impossible to negotitate with Saddam because, “after all, this is the guy who tried to kill my Dad” – a reference to a plot in 1993 linked with Iraq, to blow up the Bush family on a visit to Kuwait.

A quote from his ghost writer:

“He was thinking about invading Iraq in 1999,” said author and journalist Mickey Herskowitz. “It was on his mind. He said to me: ‘One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief.’ And he said, ‘My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it.’ He said, ‘If I have a chance to invade….if I had that much capital, I’m not going to waste it…..

As the whole world now knows, there was NO reason to invade Iraq.

There were no WMDs, there was no operational connection between al Qaeda and Iraq, Iraq was in no way a concrete, demonstrable threat to the United States.

George Bush….for whatever reason….decided, as The Decider to invade Iraq.  

The well documented operation to manufacture evidence to fulfill his desire then swung into action, culminating with Colin Powell prostituting his integrity and betraying the respect and trust that the American people had for him in front of the United Nations and selling the illegal invasion to the world.

In the meantime, Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld went to great lengths to obtain or manufacture supporting evidence by whatever means possible.

From starting a whole new Intel bureau in the Pentagon, to seizing on Sadaam trying to obtain Yellow Cake Uranium and aluminum tubes….to establishing, authorizing, and providing nearly delusional legal justification……for a vast, organized, and formal Program of Torture.

In the process, as political revenge for Joe Wilson shooting down the Yellow Cake fraud, the Bush administration exposed Valerie Plame’s CIA covert identity. Also exposing in the process a major CIA nuclear counter terrorism network.

All of this was done not in the interest of National Security, not in the interest of “keeping America safe,” not in the interest of “protecting the Homeland,” … But in the interest of finding justification for George Bush’s apparently personal need to invade Iraq. That of course will always be open to dispute. No one can ever fully ascertain what is in any persons mind to any degree of certainty.

But this IS certain.


America did NOT torture for “National Security” reasons. America tortured for political reasons, to support the political decision to invade Iraq.

That political decision was not based on the facts now at our disposal. Or, indeed, even the facts at the time. The reasons to invade Iraq even then were non-existent. Thus they had to be manufactured. Part of that process was the unsuccessful attempt to use torture to produce a justification for that invasion. And even using torture, they were unable to come up with a justification.

Yet they invaded anyway.

And we STILL have no good reason ….why.


Republicans (and a few Democrats)are STILL arguing that the invasion of Iraq was somehow justified. They have to. Republicans (and a few Democrats) are still arguing that torture ‘worked.’ They have to. Because they have to justify their deplorable and extremely misguided actions. Their War Crimes.

Actions that have cost the lives of over 4000 American soldiers, literally uncounted Iraqi deaths, trillions of dollars when all the costs are counted, significantly contributed to the economic collapse because of those costs, and destroyed America’s reputation as a fair actor in the world and as the champion of Human Rights.

All because George Bush WANTED to invade Iraq….before he even took office. For what can only, as we look back now, be considered to be personal reasons.


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  1. Photobucket

    It just did.

    We have found De La Vegas “narrative.” George Bush committed War crimes and plunged the world into horror for oedipal reasons.

    The mind truly boggles.

  2. of Bush getting pissed and testifying against Cheney, then Cheney reciprocating.

    The the punishment is sharing a prison cell.

    Caveat, I’m a recovering impeachment dreamer. 😉

    • TomP on April 23, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    was as criminal as the torture done to try to justify it.  

    • Edger on April 23, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    are STILL arguing that the invasion of Iraq was somehow justified?

    Well, yes, of course. It has to be justified.

    It must have been justified.

    Or Republicans (and a few Democrats) will have to face the fact that the were scammed, and that would mean they were suckers.

    And they can’t be suckers, can they?

    They have to look in the mirror every morning.

  3. a college paper on the propaganda that brought us to war in Iraq, and used that very same quote when candidate shrub talked about how to have a successful presidency by being a war-time commander in chief.

    It’s like the events of 9-11 were tailor made to turn him from the aw-shucks guy that SCOTUS elected in 2000, to the action hero I like to call “Commander Codpiece”.

    I’ve often wondered about that bearded guy in the video admitting to everyone how the towers came down better than he could ever have anticipated.

    Of course, he was speaking Farsi, with no sound, so I have to trust the subtitles provided to the “media” as to what he actually said, and who we were told he actually was.

    ‘scuse me, I have to go wrap another layer of tin foil on my hat.

  4. Nora is going for the throat! omg.


  6. You’ve got it right on all levels.  But there is another piece to it, as well.

    This letter, written by the PNAC (Project for the New American Century), to President Clinton, on January 26, 1998, urging him to take action toward removal of Saddam Hussein — in other words, Iraq. Clinton rebuked the letter, saying “let the Iraqis take care of him.”

    Iraq was on the agenda as far back as 1992, when the PNAC was forming itself.


    Cheney does not give up.

    This, from the The Independent (UK)

    Cheney asks: What about CIA’s torture triumphs?

    US needs ‘good, first-rate intelligence’ to protect itself argues former vice president

    By David Usborne, US Editor

    Wednesday, 22 April 2009

    Dick Cheney has returned to the fray to demand the CIA release documents that he says show “enhanced” interrogation techniques extracted crucial information from terror suspects.

    The former vice president’s remarks follow Barack Obama’s decision to release top secret memos detailing controversial questioning methods used under the Bush administration.

    “One of the things that I find a little bit disturbing about this recent disclosure is that they put out the legal memos… but they didn’t put out the memos that show the success of the effort,” Mr Cheney told Fox News. . . .  (emphasis mine)

    His insistence that the CIA release documents that espouse to the use of “enhanced” interrogation techniques . . . .crucial information extracted, etc. is probably a “tricky Dick” maneuver — whatever those documents might be, they are sure to be as phony as a three-dollar bill.  Everything that we have read anywhere has stated emphatically that NO worthy information came from our torturing of detainees, just a bunch of worthless junk, some of which lead officials on a wild goose chase.  Look out for the propaganda to come a le Cheney style.

  7. …I think i’ve develpd such a crazed vein in my brain that i’ve gone permnently off target, er,a, i mean, topic.

    Help!  Where did my world go?

  8. a timeless theme

    • Arctor on April 24, 2009 at 2:40 am

    make all this possible! Isn’t that remarkable? Men, as determined and devious as to create a “terror-industrial complex” to provide “raw” intelligence to be cherry-picked by Dick Cheney’s personal cherry-pickers to stoke the fires of their own terror campaign against the American people; how many terror alerts were used for political timing and all they needed was a compliant body to torture until a made-up plot was hatched in the victims brain. Stop the Presses, cried Tom Ridge, we’ve just successfully tortured a detainee to say there’s a plot against high buildings in L.A., Oh, excuse me for hogging your time Mr. Kerry!

    Men that evil and cynical had to wait for Al Qeda to blow-up the WTC or else all their other nefarious plans would never come off, no invasion of Iraq would be possible. Wow, what an icredible coincidence that bin Laden obliged just out of the blue. BTW, It’s all about the oil and fleecing the American taxpayers. That’s our taxes those contractors and KBR are stealing. War profiteers are in the business of starting wars. If 9/11 ddn’tg happen, they would have had to create one of their own!  

  9. here, hub got it a while back, and we use it for reference sometimes but havent actually read it. IN.teresting.

    Cronies: How Texas Business Became American Policy– and Brought Bush to Power

    Didnt know that Hallbirton built Gitmo. (got the gov’t , pentagon?, contract)  around 1987? or before?

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