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Iraq war ‘fiasco'

By jimstaro - Posted on 14 October 2010

Ex-top soldier: Iraq war ‘fiasco’ due to Rumsfeld’s ‘lies’

October 13th, 2010 - Rumsfeld had 'worst style of leadership I witnessed in 38 years of service'

The US had no reason to invade Iraq in 2003, and only did so because of "a series of lies" told to the American people by the Bush administration, says Gen. Hugh Shelton, who served for four years as the US's top military officer.

Shelton, who was the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997 to 2001, makes the comment in Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior, a soon-to-be-published memoir reviewed at Foreign Policy by Thomas E. Ricks.

"President Bush and his team got us enmeshed in Iraq based on extraordinarily poor intelligence and a series of lies purporting that we had to protect Americans from Saddam's evil empire because it posed such a threat to our national security," Shelton writes in his memoir. {read rest}

he evidently supported the war, instead of opposing it being committed. That he now says that the "US had no reason to invade Iraq in 2003" infers that he realizes, if he knows anything about related laws and if he has common sense, that the war was criminally launched. He adds that the war was based in spinstering, lies, which is an acknowledgement that the war was criminal before it was even launched; the mere fact of producing lies to justify war is a war crime, as well as treason against Americans.

But he nevertheless did provide military support for the war, so his level of common sense is evidently not high, because it's all we needed to be able to quickly realize that the war could not be justified. I knew it could not be justified before Congress even gave its authorization for recourse to war, which is in good part why I've always considered that authorization rather criminal; minimally, very criminal negligence. But it was derelict of the Congress to do this, because the Congress must absolutely have the duty to very well study, research whether or not recourse to war can be reasonably justified, which it definitely could not be for war on Iraq.

It's still good that Gen. Hugh Shelton says what he does about the Bush administration, though evidently focusing mostly on Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld was definitely guilty, but Cheney was at least equally guilty, and they often did work as a team in demanding and making sure that they got the "intelligence", lies that they wanted in order to be able to pretend, to Americans, that the war would be justified.

But it's very shameful that the JCS didn't immediately realize that the war could not be justified, that launching it would be criminal, and that it needed to be immediately and publicly, if possible to do it publicly, opposed and prevented.

The JCS could've surely ordered the U.S. military to disobey the rogue presidential administration's orders. The JCS has the duty to defend the Constitution and, by extension, international laws and conventions related to war.

The presidential administration can order the military to war, but can't command war without the military's consent. So the top military brass have to consent to follow the presidential administration's orders for war actions before they can happen.

Their duty was to be alert, vigilant, and to disobey White House orders. But they didn't, and Gen. Tommy Franks clearly [enjoyed] leading the opening massive strikes on Iraq.

And [many] of us ordinary citizens knew [long] ago that Rumsfeld and Cheney were extremely rogue, traitors, dead wrong, and so on. It takes military chiefs an awfully long time to finally realize or else to admit the truth.

However, I'm curious about what Gen. Shelton's book says or reveals. If he does not say that "War is a Racket", in those or different words with the same meaning, then he's been promoted higher than he merited.

Oh well, his criticism of Rumsfeld may as well be welcomed anyway. It's better than nothing.

People who read this article will surely appreciate it.

"Iraq snapshot - October 13, 2010", Oct. 13th, 2010

Tuesday, October 13, 2010. Chaos and violence continue, the political stalemate continues, Iraqiya makes a move to check Nouri, cancer rates remain high in Iraq, an Iraq War veteran releases videos of Iraqis being harassed in US custody, and more.


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