BOMBSHELL: Declassified Memo Proves the Pentagon had ZERO Evidence of WMDs in Iraq

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(This post originally appeared at The Free Thought Project)

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Thirteen years after the invasion and occupation of Iraq, it is common knowledge that this war of choice was based on fabrications and slick propaganda. There were no weapons of mass destruction, the country posed no real threat to the U.S., and it was not a hotbed of terrorism until after Saddam was deposed.

Now, a bombshell has dropped in the form of a leaked classified report—a “smoking gun” if you will—that confirms the utter deception carried out on the American people to support the invasion. It demonstrates just how far the cabal under George W. Bush, making up a group known as the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), would go to prey upon fear in pursuit of global hegemony.

While Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and others were proclaiming their certainty about the imminent threats posed to the U.S. by Saddam’s Iraq, the leaked documents reveal that they knew almost nothing about any actual weapons or capabilities.

On August 16, 2002, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld asked Air Force Maj. Gen. Glen Shaffer, head of the Joint Staff’s intelligence directorate, for a report on “what we don’t know (in a percentage) about the Iraqi WMD program.”

The findings, titled Iraq: Status of WMD Programs, were underscored by this statement:

“Our assessments rely heavily on analytic assumptions and judgment rather than hard evidence. The evidentiary base is particularly sparse for Iraqi nuclear programs.”

Regarding the actual programs, it says:

“We’ve struggled to estimate the unknowns. … We range from 0% to about 75% knowledge on various aspects of their program…

Our knowledge of the Iraqi (nuclear) weapons program is based largely—perhaps 90%—on analysis of imprecise intelligence.”

When forwarding the report, Air Force Maj. Gen. Glen Shaffer answered Rumsfeld’s original question by noting, “We don’t know with any precision how much we don’t know.

Rumsfeld apparently believed the report had some significance when he sent it to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, saying, “Please take a look at this material as to what we don’t know about WMD. It is big.

Considering that this was a summary of all that the U.S. intelligence apparatus knew about Iraq’s WMD capabilities (or lack thereof), how could any responsible leader try and sell the invasion to the American people?

Yet that is what happened, perhaps no more fervently than Vice President Dick Cheney. There are countless examples of Cheney stating in no uncertain terms the nuclear, chemical, biological and ballistic missile threats that Saddam’s Iraq posed to the U.S.

Cheney asserted that Iraq was secretly reconstituting its biological and chemical weapons programs, but the report stated:

“We cannot confirm the identity of any Iraqi facilities that produce, test, fill, or store biological weapons.

We do not know if all the processes required to produce a weapon are in place. [The Iraqis] lack the precursors for sustained nerve agent production…we cannot confirm the identity of any Iraqi sites that produce final chemical agent.”

While Cheney and the gang issued repeated fear-mongering about “mushroom clouds,” the report stated: “We do not know the status of enrichment capabilities. We do not know with confidence the location of any nuclear-weapon-related facilities.

Days before Bush claimed that Iraq was developing ballistic missiles that could hit Israel with WMD, the report had found: “We doubt all processes are in place to produce longer range missiles.

The secret report was kept from the view of key players in the propaganda campaign, including Colin Powell who was made to look the fool. Just before the invasion, Powell said before the U.N. General Assembly: “My colleagues, every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources. These are not assertions. What we’re giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence.

With thes lack of factual evidence for their yearning to invade Iraq—a goal of PNAC since 1998—the war-mongering officials with deep ties to the defense industry proceeded to fabricate their own tales to justify the propaganda campaign.

They turned to a parallel intelligence apparatus that they created, which relied on a network of Iraqi defectors and exiles, most notably the late Ahmed Chalabi who admitted he provided wrong information.

Back home, Cheney and Rumsfeld had set up something called the Office of Special Plans, run by Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith. This Pentagon office sent raw intelligence from Chalabi and other nefarious sources directly to the president, unvetted by intelligence analysts and uncorroborated.

If there was ever a smoking gun, this is it. If there was ever enough reason to bring charges of war crimes and other abuses of power against George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, this report provides it.

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  • Nabi

    Of course not, Iraq moved the weapons and some processing equipment out of the country and demolished the facilities in hope of preventing an invasion. The Bio-Chem weapons went to Syria and the Nucs to Libya. Where do you think the old rounds of sarin and mustard gas we found came from?

    • gato felix

      Bullshit!!! If I’m coming over to your house, and you know my intentions are not good you’re going to hid your rifle wich to defend yourself? Right!!!

      • Nabi

        No Bullshit. Saddam knew the jig was up and started cleaning house with the intent to allow in the UN inspectors in an attempt to prevent an invasion and thus be able to stay in power. If we had given him a little more time, there would have been no war, few lives lost, trillions of dollars saved, no economic depression, no ISIS, and maybe, no Obama. The US did not reveal the source of their intelligence to protect the Israeli spies. Shit happens.

        • Beowulf73

          Show me the evidence that you have to support your statement. At least with this memo we have evidence that they were spouting BS. Now show me your evidence of your BS.

          • Nabi

            I can’t. The true history of this period will have to wait another 40 to 50 years for the documents to be declassified. Try to set aside your politics and the truth shall set you free.

        • gato felix

          WRONG!!!! on all counts. Allow me to recommend the following reading “All wars are bankers wars” and “War is a Racket” by Major General Smedly Butler, then you might have a better grasp at what going on!!!! both can be found on line. good day!!!

          • Nabi

            As a military historian I am well aware of MG Butler who passed away in 1940. Butler warned us of the dangers of the Military-Industrial Complex a generation before President Eisenhower. I tried to correct the record as simply as possible as there has been a lot of bogus information generated for reasons due more to politics and ass covering than truth. A more accurate history of the recent wars in Iraq will not be written for at least another forty years when and if the documents are declassified.

        • travtw

          Both of you are missing the point completely. The WMD story was just an excuse to get in there and take over their resources and carry on their agenda they had planned at least a year prior( Google “Rebuilding America’s Defenses PDF”). Still that’s all irrelevant because 911 had just happened, we blamed it on that Afghan bearded guy, Osama by 5pm the same day and within days, we go to war with Iraq?? The whole story stinks and the Bush admin should all be in prison. WMD’s or not. Since we invaded Afghanistan(where 90% of Herion comes from) guess what we’ve seen a major rise in? Yup you guessed it, Herion. Coincidence? Nope. Guess what other resource is booming in the invaded countries? Lithium. You see where I’m going with this. This whole invasion ultimately comes down to greed

          • gato felix

            Your whole post is absolute truth!

          • Cracker122049

            And many of the kool aid drinking blind sheep still believe the government BS that was thrown in the trough for them top consume!

  • varlog

    I think most of the public figured this out 10 years ago.

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      Probably before that, when they took delivery of the WMDs in the first place.

    • Razedbywolvs

      Nope. I still get into debits over this with my boss.

  • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

    What, they misplaced the invoices for the WMDs they delivered?

  • StevetheHun

    Not exactly a smoking gun here…

    The whole pretext was that Saddam was supposed to hand over chemical weapons from before Gulf War I and he didn’t. Those weapons at the time were known to be old. So, to prevent Saddam from killing a thousand people with Chemical weapons, we went to war and killed about a million people.

    Okay… After the war, they did find the missing 500 rounds of chemical weapons. But everyone, including Bush 43, dismissed them as being too old.

    This report is more about nuclear weapons, which I don’t recall anyone saying that Saddam had.

    • Broos

      Cheney: minute 1:30 of above video.

  • lilred

    This. Is. Not. New. News.
    Try bush, Cheney, and EVERYONE who was involved with the Iraq invasion with war crimes already

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    Memo to the unsuspecting: war is VERY profitable and the puppets put in place to make certain they happen will eventually want their cut. Bush and Obama are identical in nearly every way.

  • Truthsetsyoufree

    Yeah, we all knew then and now that it was all bullshit.

  • Firestopper

    …the thing is these cretins are mortal; and
    even if they have their carcasses cryogenically frozen – it won’t stop ole’
    nick roasting their blackened puss filled souls in the eternal fire of
    damnation.

  • navre12

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha….oh…haaaah haaaah.