10-10-02 - The Leadup to and the Progress of the Iraq Invasion

10-10-02 - The Leadup to and the Progress of the Iraq Invasion

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Iraq’s WMD programs were discontinued for the most part after the First Gulf War. Its nuclear program certainly, and in 1995 it’s biological weapons program. WMDs was a term used by the administration as a propaganda term: mustard gas is not a WMD. Even then, Saddam had gotten rid of the chemicals. Wolfowitz told Vanity Fair that WMDs as a reason for the war was a bureaucratic solution – just something that everyone could agree upon, the lowest common denominator. It turned out to be the weakest justification for the war. Supposedly, Saddam bought uranium and aluminum from Niger. This was according to documents signed by an official who hadn’t been in office for 10 years when they came out. The CIA tried to warn Cheney but he didn’t listen. 2 officials went to Niger – Joe Wilson was ignored in his report. By mid-March the Bush team realized that the UN security council was not going to declare war. Colin Powell wanted the war to be “legitimate.” UN charter says there are two reasons to go to war: 1) an immediate attack or 2) if the UN Security Council declares it. Bush wanted a majority on the Council in favor of war, if not a full vote. No one saw a reason to. UN weapons inspectors went into Iraq, but found nothing. Bush and Cheney decided to go to war. This makes it an illegal war. Blair was warned that this was a war crime. On March 17
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2012 for the course HIST 241 taught by Professor Cole during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.

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10-10-02 - The Leadup to and the Progress of the Iraq Invasion

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