It’s official – the Iraq war was based on lies. The Pentagon last week confirmed that the central premise of the warmongers’ case was a falsehood – the claims by US vice-president Dick Cheney of “coordination” between Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq and Al Qaida.
“Inappropriate” and “not supported by the available intelligence”, were the words used last week to describe Cheney’s claim by General Thomas Gimble, inspector general at the US defence department.
Translated from the Washington jargon, that reads “lies”.
According to Gimble, the Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans disseminated “alternative intelligence assessments on the Iraq and Al Qaida relationship” in the summer of 2002.
There is evidence that these Pentagon activities were illegal, the general added.
The activities were authorised by Donald Rumsfeld, then US defence secretary, and his deputy, Paul Wolfowitz. Both have conveniently moved on from their former positions.