Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Lies that kill: the non-existent "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq according to "Curveball"One of the main sources on which the Cheney-Bush Administration relied to build their dishonest case for invading Iraq was Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, an Iraqi defector better known as "Curveball." German intelligence had warned the United States that Janabi was a shaky source. As former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer puts it, "Our position was always: [Curveball] might be right, but he might not be right. He could be a liar but he could be telling the truth." (See Helen Pidd, Curveball doubts were shared with CIA, says ex-German foreign minister [Joschka Fischer] The Guardian 02/17/2011) Janabi is especially known for the highly-improbable story about the mobile labs of death that Saddam supposedly had driving around the country cooking up bioweapons in the back of the truck.
But fabrication is what the Cheney-Bush Administration wanted.
Justin Logan in the aptly named post Ein Haus der Lüge ("A House of Lies" - the text of the post is in English) The National Interest 02/15/2011, Al-Janabi recently gave an interview to The Guardian, Defector admits to WMD lies that triggered Iraq war by Martin Chulov and Helen Pidd 02/15/2011. And even though he claims he was shocked, shocked, I tell you, when he say it contribute to starting a war, he's unrepentant about his role in the whole criminal enterprise:
Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, codenamed Curveball by German and American intelligence officials who dealt with his claims, has told the Guardian that he fabricated tales of mobile bioweapons trucks and clandestine factories in an attempt to bring down the Saddam Hussein regime, from which he had fled in 1995.Yet another Guardian article is a reminder that going so public to try to drum up a film or book deal for himself might not be the best idea Janabi ever had, either: Helen Pidd and Martin Chulov, Curveball could face jail for warmongering, says German MP 02/17/2011:
In his adopted home of Germany, MPs are demanding to know why the German secret service paid Curveball £2,500 a month for at least five years after they knew he had lied.Jail for warmongering in the form of knowingly providing false intelligence to drum up a war? What a concept! These Germans obvious haven't gotten on board yet with the concept of Look Forward, Not Backward. They don't realize that all this "rule of law" stuff is, like, soo-ooo 20th century. At least according to the Beltway Village consensus.
But Americans should never forget how frauds like this Janabi guy and senior officials in the Cheney-Bush Administration and the pathetic Tony Blair's British government generated a completely unnecessary war based on lies that turned out to be the biggest strategic disaster in the history of American foreign policy. The US will be experiencing negative consequences from the invasion of Iraq for decades.
ags: bush administration, iraq war, war crimes
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