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George Bush planned to invade Iraq long before 9/11. All he needed was a reason.

“One of the keys to being seen as a great president is to be seen as a commander-in-chief. My father had all this capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it…If I have a chance to invade…if I had that much capital, I’m not going to waste it…” That was candidate George Bush, two years before 9/11. [1]

Paul O’Neill, former Secretary of the Treasury under Bush, described Bush’s obsession with invading Iraq in an interview with CBS News:After being notified that America was under attack, Bush sat in that classroom for 7 minutes. I wish I could have read his mind.

“From the beginning, there was a conviction, that Saddam Hussein was a bad person and that he needed to go.” That was the number one topic “10 days after the inauguration-eight months before Sept. 11.”

As a member of the National Security Council, O’Neill described the meetings as “…all about finding a way to do it. That was the tone of it. The President saying, go find me a way to do this.”

David Suskind, author of the book ‘The Price of Loyalty’, relied on interviews and thousands of documents provided by O’Neill. One of the classified memos at the NSC meetings included a “Plan for post-Saddam Iraq’. Suskind said , “…they discussed an occupation of Iraq in January and February of 2001.”

One subject was Iraq’s oil fields. A Pentagon document from March 5, 2001 dealt with ‘Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts’, with maps for future exploration.

In the period leading up to the al-Qaeda attack on America, George Bush and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice completely ignored the warnings of a planned attack by this Islamic terrorist group, even weeks before September 11. Despite evidence of the terrorists’ intentions and methods, which were provided to us by the Manila police years before the attack, our leaders failed to act. Rice later testified that she could not connect the dots.

September 11, 2001, the White House, hours after the attack on America:

When Bush returned to the White House,…Richard Clarke, his top terrorism adviser, met with other advisers to discuss a plan. He thought that would entail strikes against bin Laden and al-Qaeda but instead the talk was all about Iraq.

Clarke: “Rumsfeld was saying that we needed to bomb Iraq. And we all said…no, no. Al-Qaeda is in Afghanistan. We need to bomb Afghanistan. And Rumsfeld said there aren’t any good targets in Afghanistan. And there are lots of targets in Iraq. I said, Well, there are lots of good targets in lots of places, but Iraq had nothing to do with it.”

“I think that they wanted to believe that there was a connection, but the CIA was sitting there, I was sitting there saying we’ve looked at this issue for years. For years we’ve looked and there’s just no connection.”

Clarke: “The President dragged me into a room with a couple of other people, shut the door and said:” ‘I want you to find whether Iraq did this’. “Now he never said, Make it up. But the entire conversation left me in absolutely no doubt that George Bush wanted me to come back with a report that Iraq did this.”

“I said, Mr. President. We’ve done this before. We have been looking at this. We looked at it with an open mind. There’s no connection.

“He came back at me and said, ‘Iraq! Saddam! Find out if there’s a connection.’ “And in a very intimidating way. I mean that we should come back with that answer. We wrote a report.

“We sent it up to the president and it got bounced back by the National Security Advisor or Deputy. It got bounced and sent back saying, ‘Wrong answer..Do it again.’

“I don’t think the people around the president show him memos like that. I don’t think he sees memos that he doesn’t-wouldn’t like the answer.”

Clarke encountered the same line from Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense. He told Wolfowitz, “We have to deal with bin Laden; we have to deal with al-Qaeda.”

Wolfowitz responded, “No, no, no. We don’t have to deal with al-Qaeda. Why are we talking about that little guy? We have to talk about Iraqi terrorism against the United States.”

Clarke: “Paul, there hasn’t been any Iraqi terrorism against the United States in eight years!…There’s absolutely no evidence that Iraq was supporting al-Qaeda, ever.”

Bush did find some reasons for eventually invading Iraq although none of them were valid. Iraq became a part of the U.S. Security Strategy courtesy of the neocons working in the administration. They included Dick Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, John Bolton and Richard Pearl. These people were responsible for the Bush foreign policy blunders after 9/11.

These chickenhawks put together the Program for a New American Century (PNAC), a plan to assert American hegemony worldwide. It included our right to “challenge regimes hostile to our interests and values” (preemptive strikes against perceived threats, like Iraq, Iran, North Korea), and a duty to “…accept responsibility for America’s unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our (corporate) prosperity, and our principles.” This would be accomplished through a larger fast strike military and permanent forward bases like those currently (2009) being built in the Middle East and globally.

Paul Wolfowitz and Dick Cheney greatly influenced George Bush’s 2002 National Security Strategy of the United States, as noted above. See the U.S. National Security Strategy 2002.

Michael Ledeen, an American Enterprise scholar and one of the neocon “visionaries” trying to decide how to carve up the world, met with others for a panel discussion on “The Battle for Ideas in the U.S. War on Terrorism” on October 29, 2001. Richard Perle was the moderator. Newt Gingrich, Michael Ledeen, Nathan Sharansky of Israel, and former CIA drector R. James Woolsey were the panelists.

During the discussion, Ledeen had this to offer:

“This is total war. We are fighting a variety of enemies. There are lots of them out there. All this talk about first we are going to do Afghanistan, then we will do Iraq…this is entirely the wrong way to go about it.

“If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we don’t try to piece together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war…our children will sing songs about us years from now.”

There are more than a few people in the Bush administration, from the top on down, who are guilty of violating their oaths of office. The Decider-in Chief and Dick Cheney, in particular, are guilty of invading a foreign nation under false pretenses and committing war crimes, including causing the needless deaths and maiming of tens of thousands of American soldiers. And, of course, the tens of thousands of American citizens at home who have been killed by illegal aliens since 9/11 because of open borders. They are still dying for corporate free trade and cheap labor throughout North America.

[1] A significant part of the interviews in this article were reprinted from ‘9/11: What was George Bush thinking in that classroom?’ Read the complete article.

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