Netanyahu Lied About Iraq’s WMDs, Now He’s Saying the Same Things About Iran

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Netanyahu has been saying the same things about Iran that he incorrectly said about Iraq in 2002 as he sold the Iraq war to the U.S. Congress. Republicans are trying to place Netanyahu in charge of U.S. foreign policy with Iran, which is the foreign policy equivalent of making Bush the president again.

In 2012, Juan Cole went back to 2002 to point out that Netanyahu was saying the same inaccurate fear-mongering stuff about Iran that he said about Iraq.

Here’s what Netanyahu was saying then:

“There is no question whatsoever that Saddam was seeking nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said, misleading Congress in 2002. He claimed Iraq had Centrifuges “the size of washing machines” to produce the A-bomb. And as Cole wrote, “He said that Israeli intelligence reported to him that Russian scientists and North Korea were on site and actively aiding this phantom nuclear weapons program.”

Sound familiar? Yeah, more deliberately distorted intelligence and rumor mongering and building a media case based on bread crumbs left by the frightened and the disingenuous.

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A little fact checking from Juan Cole (who gave a h/t to Washington Blog):

There was no Iraqi nuclear weapons program in 2002; it was dismantled in the early 1990s by United Nations inspectors. There were none of the chemical or biological weapons Netanyahu spoke of. No Russians. No North Koreans. Bupkes.

Netanyahu also warned that Iraq would give nuclear warheads (which it did not have) to “terrorist groups.”

He also argued that no inspections could possibly find “mobile weapons sites” (which are impossible), implying that invasion and occupation was the only course open.

Netanyahu proved that neither he nor the Israeli intelligence organization, Mossad, had the slightest actual intelligence on Iraq, and that neither should be trusted to provide such intelligence to the US. Clearly, some right wing Israeli leaders always want the US entangled in regional wars in the Middle East, insofar as they are seeking US support in a hostile region. They therefore habitually exaggerate the dangers, and are little more than bullsh*t artists.

Republicans in Congress are trying to equate PM Benjamin Netanyahu with Israel, but that is like saying that George W Bush is the United States. So if you disagree with Bush, you disagree with America. Well, that’s just it. Republicans often maintain the position that to disagree with them is to hate an entire country. But they do not own the U.S. and they do not own Israel.

Netanyahu is no more Israel than Bush is the United States. In fact, Bush and Netanyahu are the same slice of the pie in these two separate countries.

And that’s exactly why Republicans went around the Democratic President in order to invite Netanyahu to sell his fear-mongering foreign policy to Congress while the President is trying to negotiate nuclear disarming with Iran. This is like Bush being in charge of our foreign policy again.

Republicans are calling Democrats “anti-patriotic” because some of them are threatening not to attend Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. In other words, Republicans think that refusing to listen to someone who has a history of lying and distorting the facts means Democrats don’t love this country. LOL. Republicans would like Dick Cheney to speak to Congress about Iran, but that can’t be done, so they have invited Israel’s Bush/Cheney to push U.S. foreign policy into Bush/Cheney WMD lies based violence.

Netanyahu is not Israel. He is the Bush Cheney arm of Israel. He does not represent even the best interests of Israel, much as Bush Cheney did not represent the best interests of the average American.

Netanyahu was full of WMD lies in 2002 and he is still full of them now. He is not a credible witness or expert. He has been discredited. This is like inviting Brian Williams to lecture about journalistic integrity, only the entire world will be impacted by his speech.

Netanyahu can’t be trusted as a source of information, so what is the point of having him speak to Congress? The point is to humiliate the U.S. president and to hijack U.S. foreign policy from the executive office into the halls of Congress now that Republicans control Congress.

Republicans listened to Netanyahu in 2002 and that’s how we ended up invading Iraq on a lie. Now they want to hand the reins over to him again, subverting the will of the people and two national elections with no hanging chads.

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30 Replies to “Netanyahu Lied About Iraq’s WMDs, Now He’s Saying the Same Things About Iran”

  1. Great article! ” Netanyahu is not Israel. He is the Bush Cheney arm of Israel. He does not represent even the best interests of Israel, much as Bush Cheney did not represent the best interests of the average American.

  2. Boehner and the rest of the gop need to be reminded that they were elected by their constituents in THIS country. No Israelis elected them. Bibi is a warmonger just like McCain. He does not care how many young people are slaughtered in another war. Trying to make the President look bad is NOT part of the job. Boozer Boehner needs to have a breathalyzer test when he shows up to “work” Several repub. governors want welfare recipients tested for drugs. Well, since the deadbeats in DC are also living off taxpayer money, I want THEM clean and sober, too.

  3. You can remind them all you want. All they will do is pay a little lip service to it then say FU and do what they want anyway. Republican leadership in the House should be investigated, and prosecuted for violating the Logan Act, and sedition. The only other way to get rid of them is to get out and VOTE!!!!

  4. Netanyahu wants to start this new war as soon as possible. That way he can tell the Isreali people how much they need him. Sound familiar?

  5. When the war with Iran starts, we expect that you will put on your combat boots and help out. A reasonable expectation.

  6. How is Netanyahu, Romney, Boehner, Kochs, Cheneys,Bushs profiting off the conspiracy to bring America into an oilrich regional war? Somebodies making money off killing our kids.

  7. I hope these warmongering chickenhawks have their checkbooks out since the most conservative estimate has this debacle costing almost 3 trillion for just the first three months

  8. Those chicken hawks should be flocking to the military recruiting offices, or the draft should be reinstated to force them to serve. When I say reinstating the draft I mean a NO EXCEPTIONS draft for all conservatives, right wingers, and republicans regardless of age.

  9. She don’t believe it because it was a stunt double that Obama foisted on the American people while he was a state Senator and Benghaziiii

  10. This country is lucky that Romney wasn’t elected President because had he been elected we would be involved in a war with Iran. What Netanyahu fails to realize is that unlike his policy of constant war we in the United States have learned to live in peace. Netanyahu is in an election in his country and he is using our Congress as a stepping stone to get reelected. If he speaks to our Congress then we should also invite his rivals to also speak to our Congress so that we can get both sides of the story. He has people in his own country who don’t like his war monger policies and we should be able to hear them.

  11. Senate democrats have put a bill with harsh sanctions for Iran on hold in order to let the negotiations have a chance.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/27/obama-iran-sanctions_n_6556626.html

    Boehner is angry because he, like McCain, Graham and the other warhawks, really, really want to stick it to Iran, just like Bush/Cheney wanted to stick it to Iraq. So Boehner decided, on his own, or more probably in collusion with others of his ilk, to have Netanyahu speak to congress in attempt to influence them to go around the President and pass the bill anyway.

    Now YOU may consider this article as “left wing propaganda drivel”. I consider it as Netanyahu attempting to interfere, once again, in our politics.

    Hummm, I wonder how much oil Iran has.

  12. I’ve never liked Netanyahu and I like him even less now.

    Why are we letting him dictate American policy? He’s no different than Bush/Cheney.

  13. We the Christian nation we are. Set the occupation in place. Subsidize and protect the occupation. We even placed nuclear weapons in the proximity of the biblical last battle. Israel was created to be the source of unending war profiteering. To be the Bee in the middle east bonnet. Our Christian war machine has gone limp of late. With neither citizen nor politician favoring continuing our usual foreign policy. Only the dim remain in favor. This is an attempt to rile the dim in favor of war where war is not needed. This is just a lie to put the war machine in gear and start counting profits. So tired of the stupidity of those chosen to lead. Leading lemmings over the cliff.

  14. Dear Mindy…Isn’t it odd that the lone country in the Middle East with a real nuclear arsenal, Israel, is the one country that not only refuses to allow it’s arsenal to be inspected, but is constantly pointing the finger and encouraging the US (it’s lapdog) to go after other countries that (they say) have nukes? Chutzpah! It’s time we cut the $3.8 Billion p/y allowance we taxpayers give to Israel each year and tell them to butt out of our politics. It’s also time Congress understands that they are supposed to work for America, not AIPAC.

  15. Netanyahu’s lying goes back to a time before 2001. He’s been lying about Iran being ‘close’ to having nuclear weapons since the 1990s. He specializes in using fear to gain and keep power for himself. Even some in the Israeli press are addressing his fear-mongering and his tendency to attack anyone who disagrees with him. He’s calling his own citizens who disagree with him anti-Zionists, a despicable smear. A major reason Boehner, Netanyahu, Dermer, and others wanted Romney to win the presidency in 2012 was because Romney had told Netanyahu that he’d permit Israel to guide U.S. foreign policy with Iran. They didn’t realize it, but this turned many off to Romney, myself included, because we don’t think the U.S. should become the puppet of any nation, including Israel.
    “Netanyahu in 1992: Iran close to having nuclear bomb.”
    http://www.juancole.com/2012/09/netanyahu-in-1992-iran-close-to-having-nuclear-bomb.html

  16. There is a vast operation to get the USA entangled into a major conflict: with ISIS or Ukrine. Whatever it might be. I hope President Obama will be able to unmask whoever is conspiring for conflit.

  17. Remember too that in October 2013, Netanyahu stood before assembly of the United Nations and gave a speech that Iran would have nukes in 6 months.

  18. It is a disgrace for the world community of not bring yet this guy to the International Criminal Court to answer for the crimes against the Palestinians.
    Americans must not allow their congress to become the podium of war crimes suspect and confirmed liar to announce more lies against Iran.
    No one on this planet feels threaten by Iran and nthe Americans must not listen to the bs of Netanyahu.

  19. I don’t care what Obama, Cheney, Bush, whoever, you can not trust Iran. There is no question they have the capability to produce the nuclear bomb. If you think for one minute that they would not use it on us, I’m talking about USA, not about Israel here, then you need to have your head examined. They hate us and have for many years now. They lie through their teeth and several times they have covered up what they are doing, but were discovered by satellite. I have no data that they are making a weapon, except that they are sponsors of many of the wars going on right now, namely Sierra. They have played a game of delay and also have been caught many times smuggling in parts from other countries.

    You have to have stiff examinations of their factories as well as big penalties or we have to take them out. If we don’t take out their nuclear capability, they will take USA out along with Israel. You wait you die. These people do not think like us. Negotiate hard terms or we…

  20. I can see you have bought the propaganda hook line and sinker they don’t HAVE the capability of hitting the USA…. And the only country with that capability is Israel.

    They are perfectly able to defend themselves. Stop with the fear mongering..we are NOT going to war with Iran.

  21. Reid, we are not a Christian nation. Never were and never was. (If we were do you honestly think there were be so much repub hate?) No one’s religion is our government.

  22. It is unfortunate that Israel is not held to account for its acts of “collective punishment”, the destruction of homes and neighborhoods. The creation of Palestinean Ghettos. It is horrible to say but, the Israelis learned from their history. How else to explain the endless occupation? An occupation that has brought war, death, misery and perpetual conflict to both sides.

  23. This is really hard for me to stay civil. I have seen, heard all these same things for so many years. And my opinion is the same now it was then. The worst enemy the world has is a few VERY EVIL men that control Israel. And the same type has been getting such a foothold in the United States. I like this article about Netanyahu and what he did then and now. This is so true, and what the “MSM” should have been reporting every day. The people that were on the same page for so many reasons were saying exactly the same things to drag us into Iraq. They are so arrogant and so sure of themselves, have so little respect for the American people they didn’t even bother to write a new script. He should have been arrested and put into prison the moment he stepped on American soil for his part in slaughtering so many people, stealing Trillions from America. The other criminals and real terrorists that has carefully been put into place are making sure that doesn’t happen.

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