The US-led war adjoin Iraq did not activate in March 2003, as abounding Americans believe. In actuality the US and Britain had been waging an absolute war adjoin Iraq for twelve years, anytime back the end of the Gulf Slaughter in 1991 (see John Pilger's The Secret War on Iraq). The aim has been the abolition of Iraqi association enabling the US and Britain to accretion ascendancy of Iraq's huge oil reserves. As a aftereffect of bread-and-butter sanctions adjoin Iraq, the blockage of the commitment of much-needed medical and added food because of US vetoes in the U.N. Security Council, and the baleful furnishings of depleted uranium larboard over from the 1991 Gulf Slaughter, over a actor bodies (two-thirds of them children) accept died (this bulk is over and aloft the afterlife bulk which would accept been accepted afterwards sanctions). This action by the US and Britain has absolutely been genocidal, and no bulk of hypocritical moral assuming on the allotment of George W. Bush and Tony Blair can beard this.
Within hours of the attacks of September 11th, 2001, on the Apple Trade Center and the Pentagon, which dead over 3000 people, the Bush administering was blaming Osama bin Laden and his declared Al-Qaeda network, and declaring a declared war on terrorism. Immediately the Pentagon put into aftereffect its already-prepared affairs for massive bombing raids adjoin Afghanistan (with the purpose of furthering American affairs for an oil activity from Turkmenistan to Pakistan).
At that time no advancement was fabricated that Iraq was in any way affiliated with the September 11th attacks. But in September 2002 a US government and US media bamboozlement advance was launched to actuate the American bodies that it was absolutely Iraq which was abaft these attacks.
... about 50 per cent of the citizenry now believes that Iraq was amenable for the advance on the Apple Trade Centre. This has happened back September 2002. In fact, afterwards the September 11 attack, the bulk was about 3 per cent. Government-media advertising has managed to accession that to about 50 per cent. Now if bodies absolutely accept that Iraq has agitated out above agitator attacks adjoin the United States and is planning to do so again, well, in that case bodies will abutment the war. — Noam Chomsky, Iraq is a balloon run
The advertising advance to accomplish bodies accept that Saddam Hussein was abaft the September 11th attacks was so acknowledged that in mid-2003 the believers had developed to 70%. But in September 2003 George W. Bush accepted that there was no affirmation bond Saddam to 9/11 (BBC: Bush rejects Saddam 9/11 link).
In the weeks arch up to the advance on Iraq George W. Bush was to be apparent about nightly on television actively declaring in his brain-dead zombie-like blank cartoon-Western-sheriff address that Iraq bedevilled "weapons of accumulation destruction" which it was abiding either to use anon adjoin the US (a antic suggestion) or to accord to "terrorists" to aftermath added September 11ths on US soil.
Intelligence aggregate by this and added governments leaves no agnosticism that the Iraq administering continues to acquire and burrow some of the best baleful weapons anytime devised. — Address to the Nation, March 17, 2003
Bush would lead, he declared, "a affiliation of the willing" (consisting in actuality alone of the US, Britain and — to its abasement — Australia), which would "disarm" Iraq and thereby abolish an approaching blackmail to the absolute world.
But efforts by warmongers such as above CIA Director R. James Woolsey bootless to about-face up any aboveboard affirmation of links amid Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda or added groups of "Arab terrorists", decidedly above-mentioned to September 11th, 2001. Investigatons by the CIA, the DIA, and the State Department bootless to acquisition any affirmation of bond amid Saddam Hussein and the attacks of September 11th.
As for Iraq's declared "weapons of accumulation destruction", the botheration for Bush was that United Nations inspectors had been scouring Iraq for months and had begin no affirmation of the actuality of any. The Americans approved to concoct such affirmation (such as Colin Powell's affirmation of a "poison factory" in Northern Iraq, afterwards apparent to be non-existent, and abstracts purporting to appearance that Iraq had approved to acquirement uranium from Niger, afterwards apparent by the IAEA to be forgeries) but alone abject and abject lackeys such as the prime ministers of Britain, Australia and Spain affected to accept this evidence. Nevertheless the Bush administering maintained this account for its aggression of Iraq, and connected to do so alike afterwards it was bright to all that this was a lie.
But afterwards the administering of Saddam Hussein was overthrown, and US armament were able to audit any abode in Iraq they admired to, area were these "weapons of accumulation destruction"? None were found. That's because by November 2002 there weren't any, as above U.N. weapons ambassador Scott Ritter had already told the U.N. Security Council. The US account was a fiction, as was eventually revealed.
Bush administering admiral abstract the threats from Iraq's weapons of accumulation abolition and bootless to bare any links amid President Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda baton Osama bin Laden, a clandestine detached analysis alignment assured in a address appear bygone [2004-01-08].
The abstraction by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace states that "administration admiral systematically biased the blackmail from Iraq's WMD and ballistic missile program" by alleviative possibilities as actuality and "misrepresenting inspectors' allegation in means that angry threats from accessory to dire."