4,422 US military deaths from Operation Iraqi Freedom
31,935 Americans soldiers wounded in action during Operation Iraqi Freedom
77,000: approximate number of Iraqi civilian deaths from violence since 2003 to 2008 confirmed by the Pentagon
But medical reports assert over 600,000 Iraqis have died since the war began.
More than 500 service men or women with major amputations from Iraq war
$3 trillion: projected cost of the Iraq War
$1.7 billion: Amount rebuilding Iraq will cost the American taxpayer
Transcript of Dick Cheney Interview on Meet the Press September 8, 2002
Transcript of President Bush’s State of the Union Address January 27, 2003
VP Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff called to testify
Oct 28, 2005
Valerie Plame's congressional testimony March 16, 2007
Scooter Libby found guilty March 6, 2007
April 1, 2001
CIA Agent Valerie Plame is asked to head the Joint Task Force on Iraq (JTFI), responsible for determining whether or not Saddam Hussein’s regime is developing weapons of mass destruction. As head of the JTFI, Valerie personally leads the covert team that seized aluminum tubes destined for Iraq's weapons program and recruited the American sister of an Iraqi nuclear scientist to infiltrate the Iraqi weapons program. In both cases, the evidence clearly showed that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction.
February 12, 2002
At the suggestion of her department’s director, Plame recommends her husband, Joe Wilson, as a candidate to visit Niger and investigate the alleged sale of 500 tons of yellow cake uranium to Iraq.
February 26, 2002
Joe Wilson arrives in Niger. He finds no evidence supporting the uranium sale to Iraq and reports to the CIA that the sale never took place.
September 8, 2002
Despite the CIA’s assertion that Iraq’s purchase of 60,000 aluminum tubes could not be used for enriching uranium senior level White House officials go on CNN stating that aluminum tubes are clear evidence of Iraq’s nuclear ambitions, stating they “are only really suited for nuclear weapons programs.”
September 12, 2002
President Bush states before the UN General Assembly: "Iraq has made several attempts to buy high-strength aluminum tubes used to enrich uranium for a nuclear weapon."
September 18, 2002
CIA Director George Tenet briefs President George Bush in the Oval Office on top-secret intelligence that Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction. This documented evidence was provided by Naji Sabri, Saddam’s foreign minister and member of his inner circle.
Naji Sabri’s documented intelligence is not in the National Intelligence Estimate presented to Congress. The administration chooses to rely on the unsubstantiated claims from the source Curveball – a taxi driver whose handlers warn is not “psychologically stable”.
Oct 10th-11th 2002
US House and Senate vote on the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq. Congress is not aware of the secret Sabri intelligence.
January 28, 2003
President Bush delivers his State of the Union address describing Iraq as a major threat. He says the British government has learned that Saddam Hussein has recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.
February 5, 2003
Secretary Powell presents false evidence of Saddam’s WMDs to the United Nations Security Council.
The U. S. launches a series of air raids on Iraq marking the beginning of the war.
July 6, 2003
Joe Wilson publishes his op-ed What I Didn’t Find in Africa in the New York Times, exposing the President’s lies about yellow cake.
July 8, 2003
White House publically admits there was no sale of yellow cake uranium.
July 14, 2003
Robert Novak’s Washington Post column outs Valerie Plame as a CIA agent.
Secretary of State Colin Powell, Vice President Dick Cheney, the president, National-Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, White House chief of staff Andrew Card, C.I.A. director George Tenet (seated), and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
NOC - NON OFFICIAL COVER: This is the most elite group of agents in the CIA. The US government spends millions of dollars to ensure there can be no connection made between its NOCs clandestine activities and their employment with the US government including a dedicated IRS employee who processes their false tax returns. Contrary to reports that claimed she was a secretary, Valerie Plame was a NOC and was the head of the Joint Task Force on Iraq (JTFI).
JOINT TASK FORCE ON IRAQ (JTFI) was formed in as part of the CIA’s counter proliferation division and was given the responsibility of finding evidence that Saddam Hussein was trying to develop WMDs. The JTFI found no evidence supporting the Bush administration’s claim that Saddam Hussein was attempting to develop WMDs
YELLOW CAKE URANIUM is a lightly processed ore of Uranium that can be refined for use in nuclear weapons. In 2002 in the months before the US invasion of Iraq, the US government sent former Ambassador Joe Wilson to Niger to find out Iraq was seeking large quantities of Uranium from Niger. During his investigation, Joe Wilson concluded that it was impossible for a sale of this kind to have taken place.
THE 60,000 ALUMINUM TUBES were one of the most important building blocks of the Bush administrations justification for the Iraq War. The Administration claimed that these tubes were to be used to build a nuclear reactor despite multiple pieces of evidence that they were unsuited for this purpose.
NAJI SABRI IS THE IRAQI FOREIGN MINISTER and a member of Saddam's inner circle who provided intelligence that clearly stated that Iraq has no nuclear weapons programs. This information was relayed by CIA Director George Tenet to President Bush on September 18, 2002. It was not included in the NIE provided to congress prior to its decision to authorize force.
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE (NIE): a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) represents the U.S. intelligence community's most authoritative and coordinated written assessment of a specific national-security issue,” according to Greg Bruno and Sharon Otterman of the Council for Foreign Relations. The Bush administration opted to remove the information provided by Naji Sabri when the White house provided the NIE to before they voted to allow George Bush to invade Iraq.
I pledge to learn if we went to Iraq because of faulty intelligence, as the Bush administration claims or if we went to war because the Bush Administration deliberately lied to the American people and the US Congress.
The consequences of the war are substantial and growing. The reasons behind the decision matter gravely.
On behalf of the 4,400 American soldiers who have died; on behalf of the families who have lost their loved ones; on behalf of the men and women who have lost the chance for a normal life; and on behalf of 600,000 dead Iraqis; I pledge to learn the truth about why we went to war with Iraq and in so doing I hope to pay homage to those people who paid the biggest price for that decision.