Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs: Iraq War “Based on a series of lies”

In his recently published memoir, “Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior,” General Hugh Shelton, who served as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997 to 2001, called the Iraq war “unnecessary” and said that the Bush team went to war “based on a series of lies.”

Shelton also said that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Deputy Secretary of State Paul Wolfowitz and other Pentagon officials pushed for war in Iraq “almost to the point of insubordination.”

Meanwhile, that war continues as does the war in Afghanistan. Our war machine rushes on, apparently because we need to always be at war with someone. War must be good for the economy or something, what else accounts for such derangement?

Don’t be fooled, America is still at war in Iraq

Despite flowery speeches, discussions of “transition”, and 50,000 “non-combat” troops remaining, America is still losing men and women and spending tens of billions of dollars in Iraq. And as violence escalates once again, and a new government remains elusive nearly six months after parliamentary elections, some worry that U.S. forces may have to resume “combat” operations.

Recently, there has been a disturbing rise in sectarian violence with multiple bombings becoming a daily occurrence. This has prompted the U.S. Commander in Iraq, General Ray Odierno, to raise the prospect that U.S. troops may be forced to return in larger numbers, though he added that such a prospect is highly unlikely. In addition, Odierno stated that the U.S. may entertain staying beyond its complete withdrawal deadline of December 31, 2011 if asked by the Iraqi government, an option the Obama administration does not seem to advocate at this time.

When they start bringing up the supposedly remote possibility that troops may stay, well, are they preparing us? Also, how many mercenaries are there now? Oh, 50,000 or so. And their roles will certainly be stepped up. So, nothing really has changed.

The hidden cost of the Iraq War, from GOOD magazine

In 2003 Donald Rumsfeld estimated a war with Iraq would cost $60 billion. Five years later, the cost of Iraq war operations is over 10 times that figure. So what’s behind the ballooning dollar signs? Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Bilme’s exhaustedly researched book, “The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict,” breaks down the price tag, from current debts to the unseen costs we’ll pay for years to come.

Rumsfeld decision let Bin Laden escape: report

Osama bin Laden was within the grasp of US forces in late 2001 and could have been caught if then-defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld hadn’t rejected calls for reinforcements, a hard-hitting US Senate report says.

The report indicates this happened about Dec. 2001, after 9/11, but before the start of the Iraq War.

With bin Laden dead, they would have had even less justification to invade Iraq. Contemptible war criminals, aren’t they?