Top Bush Era CIA Official Just Confirmed the Iraq War Was Based On Lies

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US President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and their lieutenants lied to the American public about the non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) threat supposedly posed by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein as well as his links to Al Qaeda to justify Iraq war. Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell, an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Hardball, has conceded the Bush administration publicly misrepresented intelligence related to Iraq’s supposed WMD program and Saddam’s alleged links to Al Qaeda. Morell helped prepare daily intelligence briefings for Bush preceding the US invasion of Iraq.

Morell said Cheney gave out false information, both on the connection between Saddam Hussein’s regime and Al Qaeda, and on Iraq’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. In fact Syria’s Bashar Assad, sitting just next door to Iraq, was in possession of chemical weapons and wasn’t invaded. So the Iraq war was not a mistake but a crime? Indeed, Bush was hell-bent on revenge against Saddam Hussein, as evident in his statement a month before the report, “After all, this is the guy who tried to kill my dad.”

Matthews played a clip of Cheney speaking on NBC‘s Meet the Press in March 2003: “We know [Saddam Hussein] has been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons. And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.” Here is Matthews’ conversation with Morell that followed:

MATTHEWS: You’re the briefer for the president on intelligence. You’re the top person to go in and tell him what’s going on. You see Cheney make this charge he’s got a nuclear bomb and then they make subsequent charges he’s knew how to deliver it … and nobody raised their hand and said, “No that’s not what we told him.”

MORELL: Chris, Chris Chris, what’s my job, right? My job —

MATTHEWS: To tell the truth.

MORELL: My job — no, as the briefer? As the briefer?

MATTHEWS: OK, go ahead.

MORELL: As the briefer, my job is to carry CIA’s best information and best analysis to the president of the United States and make sure he understands it. My job is to not watch what they’re saying on TV and say —

MATTHEWS: You think TV’s a joke?

MORELL: What?

MATTHEWS: You think it’s a joke that Cheney said that?

MORELL: That’s not my job. That’s not my job.

MATTHEWS: Did you know he did that?

MORELL: No, I wasn’t paying attention, I was studying what was on my desk every morning.

MATTHEWS: So you’re briefing the president on the reasons for war, they’re selling the war, using your stuff, saying you made that case when you didn’t. So they’re using your credibility to make the case for war dishonestly, as you just admitted.

MORELL: Look, I’m just telling you —

MATTHEWS: You just admitted it.

MORELL: I’m just telling you what we said —

MATTHEWS: They gave a false presentation of what you said to them.

MORELL: On some aspects. On some aspects.

Matthews later quizzed Morell on the Bush administration’s implication that Iraq was connected to Al Qaeda:

MORELL: What they were saying about the link between Iraq and al Qaeda publicly was not what the intelligence community —

MATTHEWS: Why were they doing it?

MORELL: I don’t know, you need to ask them.

MATTHEWS: But what do you think is the reason, do I have to tell you the reason? To get us into the freaking war!

MORELL: I think they were trying to make a stronger case for the war.


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28 COMMENTS

  1. There was once a man who said beware the military industrial complex. That man was once a president of the us and a general. The disconnect between citizens and the government is unreal. the only way to prevent this from ever happening again is for the citizens to forcefully become more active in governance.

    • Woodrow Wilson I believe. Even Abe Lincoln said that he believed that the International Bmakers were more dangerous to a country, than any standing army.

      • It was Dwight D Eisenhower, not Woodrow Wilson. If anyone knew the military industrial complex intimately, it was Eisenhower without a doubt. Once WWII was over, the politicians and large corporations realized that they needed to keep the cash cow producing. So, we have been in constant war ever since (Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, etc…)

        • some one knows History please share more, no money so plezz do not ask, i’m collage student w/no money for books, but do read hard copies in library. sometime a person must take 2 steps backward to make a step forward, head that some where in my life.

        • The best way in partial dismantling and reducing this huge industry is to transforming them to green energy productions. Including electric cars, wind turbines, solar panels, and others. These sophisticated weapons have not worked anyway, since we have been defeated by barefoot Viet Cong, Taliban, insurgence, with an AK47, and home made bomb. If our country is invaded by Mexico, China or Iran, my son and I, your son and you, his son and he will do the same thing and will defeat them by pressure cooker bomb, or pipe bomb.

  2. In my book……..in my book…..Even when they ask Hilary Clinton she can’t wait to say……in my book I mention this in detail
    Got to keep those books sales coming in.
    That adviser check how many times he mentions his ….fucking book.
    Americans have no shame as long as they keep the little green dollars rolling in. Absolutely shameful

  3. Why does this stupid interviewer not allow Morell to give his story without waffling on and then answering his own questions, a complete idiot. If you want to know what Cheney was thinking ask Cheney not Morell as he can only tell you what he said and what he heard, he is not a mind reader (as is no human being). Very bad interviewer. Massive story here but not fully exposed because of terrible intervening.

    • What good would it do to ask Cheney? He’s a lying bastard. He won’t tell you what he was thinking. Geeze, does it take a Congressional committee to figure that out? These guys are criminals and should be held by the courts for war crimes. That being said, they are guilty of far more egregious acts than these.

  4. THIS IS “NEWS” NOW? Who the hell didn’t know that George Bush, Dick Cheney, Evil Rumsfeld and Rice aren’t international criminals that should have been hanged until death for the world to see more then a dozen years ago???!!!

  5. OMFG, Now that I’ve actually even watched this video clip, this DANGEROUS WIESEL MORREL IS A DANGER TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!!!
    And here this PURE EVIL PSYCHOPATH is here trying to sell a book?????

  6. Actually america is the axis of evil. One day world will know that terrorism in the peaceful world is due to the policies of America.For its own vested interests US is destroying the peace of world as a whole.
    Be it in iraq,libya,syria,yemen,afghanistan,pakistan,african countries the major culprit is US. Pentagon will leak the documents one by one.People of US must understand the evil intentions of its rulers.

  7. First off, to recap American history. President Woodrow Wilson cautioned the world about the secret powers that were gaining control, worked in the background and scared even him as President. Remember too that he was the President who was effectively forced to create the Federal Reserve system which has done wonders for the global economy. Then, President Eisenhower, who was the Allied Supreme Commander on D-Day and led the largest invasion force ever assembled into Europe ultimately ending WWII, warned the world about the ever increasing danger of the expanding Military Industrial Complex. Some of you mentioned these points separately but here they are in sequence.

    Now you have a Supreme Court that’s nominated by the President but the Senate has to approve so they actually “choose” who sits on the Bench. Those same Senators are bought and paid for by Multi-National corporations. Each & every one so behind the scenes you know there was influence being exerted by corporate interests on the Senate to either approve or trash many of the current Justices. With that accomplished, the Supreme Court then hears a case about Campaign Finance and decides that money equals free speech. So no corporations and people can donate unlimited amounts of money to their favourite candidates. Presto, you’ve now got the whole problem of campaigns being more about money than issues.

    Do the math people, Washington has been bought and paid for. The constitution is now meaningless. It’s a great symbol to claim to defend but it no longer sets the rules like it used to.

    • I agree. Unfortunately I struggle to see a feasible way to make corrections. Must the ship go down? History is filled with failed states.

  8. Yeah, nice to know that my basic understanding of the war was accurate. It’s amazing how a little cynicism makes politics clear as day. None of these assholes will face prison time, stand in front of a court, or be held in any other way accountable for any of this. Non-violent drug offenders, who’s crimes lack a victim, or wrong doing, or any other feature normally associated with a crime, will spend their lives in prison. But old Bush and Cheney can bankrupt the country and send our children to die in that godforsaken desert. Oh justice, what an absurd concept you are.

    • The law is for the poor my brother, am a kenyan who have always had issues with the Bush era..i dont even trust anyone with a face that looks like his

  9. The reason you didn’t find any weapons of mass destruction, is because America didn’t know that Hussein had already sold them all or used them all or basically retro engineered them tore them apart to see how he can make his own missiles bombs and jets and tanks. The reason we were so sure it was there is we gave them all that stuff to fight Iran after the hostage situation in 79 and 80 when the demographics changed and we were no longer allies with Iran but with Iraq and the Soviet Union was no longer allies with Iraq and started supplying Iran

  10. “Not my job” he says. He’s right, of course. It was not his job to tell the American people. It was his job to brief the White House. But when the people IN the White House LIED to the American people, and this guy knew they were lying, he should have seen that his JOB was not as important as the thousands of lives… tens of thousands of lives… that were about to be destroyed. If he felt he could not speak out, he should have resigned on principle… and very likely, had he challenged the liars (although he would have been fired), much grief might have been prevented.

  11. (Baath Party) took power in Iraq in 1963, a military coup obeyed leader Abdul Karim Kassem who liberated Iraq from British colonialism, a member of the Baath Party, said at the time that the party came to power (by American train). The coup military at the end of 1963 was to get rid of the authority of this bloody party, but in 1968 he returned it Fascist Party (Baath) came to power in a military coup as well.Control of the ruling Iraq with iron and fire for a period of 35 years continued. Did not benefit the people of Iraq, something that is still underdeveloped in various fields because of the many wars waged on neighboring countries, spurred on by the US administration (Iran-Iraq war from 1980 to 1988), (the occupation of Kuwait in 1990) and because of the recklessness of Saddam Hussein and his disagreement with the US administration has been imposing blockade economic on the people of Iraq and became an employee’s salaryDuring the economic blockade (one dollar) per month !! And it stopped life in various fields and Saddam Hussein built palaces and mosques of the smuggled oil and monuments and everything and the Iraqi people die of hunger revenue was finally topple Saddam Hussein’s regime and the authority of the (Baath Party) in 2003 by the US military, which occupied Iraq to spoil all that remains of the treasures and the effects of Iraq killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people everywhere and the foundations of government Corrupt did not provide anything for the people of Iraq so far as the sum of money that entered Iraq from the oil revenues of about (2080) trillion dollars were smuggled out of Iraq by the corrupt members of the authority was not implemented any project at all. These actions of the US administration .. America is always the enemy of the people.

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