Greene wrong on Iraq
Richard Greene (“With these facts, we don’t need hypotheticals,” May 31) would have us believe that the Iraq War wasa mistake made in good faith by leaders duped by faulty intelligence. The intelligence wasn’t so much faulty as fabricated and cherry-picked.
This was a deliberate effort to lie the nation into a war that the Bush Administration had already decided on.
Remember Vice President Dick Cheney on the Sunday shows quoting a bogus story that he planted in The New York Times, saying that Iraq was rebuilding its nuclear weapons program? Remember, “We know where the WMD are…”? Remember, “We will be greeted as liberators”?
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The Iraq War was no mistake. It was a crime.
— Walter Slaven, Arlington
Greene might consider counseling Republican presidential candidates who seem to disagree with him that we should have invaded Iraq. The facts are:
▪ Bob Woodward has had factual lapses in the past and should not be considered the final arbiter of the controversy;
▪ The intelligence was absolutely cooked, as shown by the Downing Street Memorandum, Douglas Feith’s Pentagon office filtering out intelligence not aligned with Bush-Cheney’s WMD misinformation; and
▪ Ex-CIA deputy director Mike Morell’s statements that the intelligence he briefed the president on did not comport with Bush’s claims.
Although some Democrats did vote to invade Iraq, 23 senators and 123 representatives voted against it. President Obama kept his campaign promise to remove the troops, but the original agreement was signed by Bush, and Nouri al-Malaki refused to allow them to remain.
The war was not lost by Obama’s actions, but was lost on Day 1 because of an inadequate number of troops (according to the generals), de-Baathification and al-Malaki’s suppression of the Sunni population.
— Franklin Gluck, Fort Worth