Monday, October 25, 2004

Bush Administration Preserved Zarqawi to Justify Iraq Invasion

According to an MSNBC article of March, 2004, the terrorist Zarqawi had then already murdered over 700 people. By now, with the recent slaughter of 50 Iraqi soldier trainees and innumerable other street bombings and beheadings to his credit, Zarqawi has likely trippled that number.

The MSNBC article detailed the fact that prior to the Iraq invasion in March of 2003, the U.S. military had, on three separate occasions, presented detailed plans to the White House for taking out Zarqawi and his camp, located in the Kurdish area of northern Iraq, out of the control of the Saddam government and within the U.S./British maintained "no fly" zone. On each occasion, the White House refused to approve the proposed attack on Zarqawi.

In Colin Powell's speech to the UN in February of 2003, providing the so called factual justification for the invasion, Powell went into great detail explaining the grave dangers presented by Zarqawi, claiming that his camp was producing poisons and harboring Al Qaeda fighters from Afghanistan. See www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2003/17300.htm -

It has recently come to light that the U.S. and Britain were routinely bombing military targets in the No Fly zone in the year prior to the actual invasion of Iraq. Why didn't the White House authorize an attack on Zarqawi and his followers?

Well, if Zarqawi and his followers were already dead, then their presence in Iraq could not be used to justify the invasion of Iraq.

Shortly after the invasion, the U.S. bombed the Zaqawi camp, but by that time Zaqawi and his followers had already abandoned it.

Bush made the political decision to keep Zarqawi alive because the presence of Zargawi in Iraq boosted his case for the March 18, 2003 invasion.

See MSNC for more at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4431601/

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