Former official Col. Larry Wilkerson says the Trump admin is priming Americans for war with Iran — and he would know, since he helped George W. Bush do the same for Iraq.
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Colonel Larry Wilkerson: I realized that we had probably pulled the wool over the American people’s eyes and certainly over the international community’s eyes and so I felt pretty low about it.
Colonel Larry Wilkerson: One of the things that disturbs me most about this is that the same tactics are being used as were used in 2002 and early 2003 with regard to Iraq. The same people the same tactics the same litany the same strategy the same everything. And yet there seems to be as Gore Vidal called the American people we are the ‘United States of Amnesia.’ There seems to be no reasonable attitude out there about this that hey we’ve seen this before. We do not need to do this again. We’ve been at war for 17 years now. […] But that’s the problem we have in this country. No one remembers these things. No one associates them with the present or the future. […] And we keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again.
Wilkerson helped Colin Powell prepare his famed presentation to the UN in which he primed the world for war with Iraq.
Colin Powell: The gravity of this moment is matched by the gravity of the threat that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction pose to the world.
Colin Powell: The United States will not and cannot run that risk to the American people. Leaving Saddam Hussein in possession of weapons of mass destruction for a few more months or years is not an option, not in a post-September 11th world.
Colin Powell: Indeed, the facts and Iraq’s behavior show that Saddam Hussein and his regime are concealing their efforts to produce more weapons of mass destruction.
Colonel Larry Wilkerson: When I listened to [Powell] present, I realized that the six days and seven nights that we spent preparing his presentation had not allowed me to look at the whole thing to understand exactly what he was saying, particularly the part where he connected the 9/11 attacks from al Qaeda the terrorist organization with Saddam Hussein which I and others in the intelligence community knew was a real stretch. […] So this was bogus information we were putting out at the United Nations. And Richard Cheney the vice president and George Tenet the DCI knew that it was bogus information and never told the secretary of state. […] It was one of the lowest points if not the lowest points in my professional life and Powell has said she’ll ever be ever be remembered for that moment at the United Nations talking about Iraq’s WMD. I suspect he’s right.
George W Bush: My fellow citizens, at this hour American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger.
Colonel Larry Wilkerson: This decision in 2003 to invade Iraq was and will be ever interpreted by historians as a catastrophic strategic mistake. What we did when we invaded Iraq was violate 40+ years of U.S. foreign and security policy. We destroyed the balance of power in the Persian Gulf. […] and we started what is going on now and probably will be going on for years to come this massive chaos, killing, death, starvation, states failing and so forth. Syria, Libya, Iraq, and possibly Lebanon, maybe Jordan. […] What we have is chaos and we produce that chaos. Just as sure as we produce the chaos, we produced ISIS. […] We produced all this by that really unwise decision in 2003 to invade Iraq. […] The campaign to convince the American people to support the war in Iraq which is quite effective and when you consider it was built on a house of lies, it was quite effective.
Wilkerson says Trump is using the same tactics to foster an Iran war.
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