While the lead- up to the war in Iraq has been harshly criticized by many, new evidence suggests the carrying out of those plans was shockingly unprofessional and haphazard. The New York Times, along with ProPublica, have obtained a draft version of a report on the implementation of rebuilding plans that exposes practices such as
decision making that was often carried out on the go, or by only few individuals without consultation of further expert opinions (Big Decisions, Little Debate)
The whole report can be accessed and searched via the New York Times website, where you can read all the outrageous information for yourself.
The report concludes with a part on “Lessons Learned”, and one can only hope that those lessons will be absorbed by the people in charge of the USA’s other war, as the article points out:
“The United States could soon have reason to consult this cautionary tale of deception, waste and poor planning, as both troop levels and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan are likely to be stepped up under the new administration.”
When future generations are going to judge the presidency of George W. Bush, they will base their decision to a large degree on the Iraq war and the false pretenses under which it has been started. By now, it is clear that President Bush and his aides – Rumsfeld, Powell, Rize, Cheney – proved themselves wrong about the Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, about Saddam Hussein’s co-operation with Al Qaeda, about the publicly announced reasons to invade Iraq.
The following video called “Leading To War” collects TV appearances of members of the Bush administration before the American troops began their march towards Bagdad, so that they can be held accountable for their statements. It is comprised entirely of news footage, presented chronologically from President Bush’s State of the Union address in January 2002, when he proclaimed an “Axis of Evil,” and ends with the announcement of U.S. military action in Iraq on March 19, 2003. The video is completely left uncommented, which makes the cold rhetoric sound even more chilling.
The video was produced by Walden Woods, where it can also be downloaded in its entire length. Another comprehensive resource for statements of the Bush administration is The War Card; the project aims to build up a searchable database of all relevant expressions of views and facts which led to the war. All in the hope that a more informed public will make the right judgment about this administration, as well as its successors.