Paul Krugman Is Right The Iraq War Was A Bush Crime

Although it seems counterintuitive from a psychological perspective, but believe it or not there is some value in being reminded periodically, or repeatedly for that matter, of a disastrous occurrence if for no other reason than to avoid it in the future. Republicans consistently either forget or ignore their past disasters and in the preponderance of cases are intent on repeating them for reasons that defy all sense of logic and reason; it is just the Republican way of doing everything and adverse consequences be damned. Even though many Americans would like to either forget the national disgrace that was one of the Bush administration’s greatest disasters and affronts to humanity, or ignore it all together, the Iraq war is a nightmare that is a recurring reminder of the Bush administration’s crimes against humanity and the American people.

Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman spent his allotment of words in the New York Times Monday on an opinion piece titled “Errors and Lies.” In the op-ed Mr. Krugman noted that with the “maybe” candidacy for president of Jeb Bush, “We may finally have the frank discussion of the Iraq invasion we should have had a decade ago.” Although having a discussion will not change the disastrous consequences of Bush and company’s crimes, bring back the three-quarters of a million dead Iraqi civilians or thousands of American soldiers, it may inform Americans of the intent of Republicans defending the invasion and occupation.

Krugman implies that the current narrative is that “invading Iraq was a terrible mistake that everyone admits, so let’s move on.” However, and here is where Krugman gets it partially right; that narrative may be true of some in the media, but not everyone admits the war was a mistake and no Republicans are admitting that the Bush administration lied to frighten Americans into supporting a disastrous enterprise they are panting to continue unabated.

As Krugman duly noted, Jeb Bush claims his brother’s disastrous war was just an innocent and honest mistake based on obviously faulty intelligence. Many Republicans claim it was exactly what the then-stable region needed and what the American people demanded to protect the homeland from nuclear annihilation launched from Bagdad. The truth that even Republicans are well-aware of is that America invaded Iraq because the Bush-Cheney administration desperately wanted a war with Iraq from the moment they stepped foot in the White House in January 2001.

The neo-con Iraqi invasion justifications in public  were not, as Krugman kindly says “falsified pretexts;” they were well-conceived machinations founded on blatant lies. Lies the Bush warmongers employed as propaganda to frighten Americans into supporting a war they will be paying additional trillions of dollars for over a couple of generations. That it is not only acceptable, but defensible, to most Republicans still claiming invading Iraq was necessary is an abomination of epic proportions and part of their devious preparations for another Israeli-provoked war; this time with another Islamic nation, Iran.

There is no dearth of information revealing the Bush administration’s intent to invade Iraq, or more specifically, get rid of Sadam Hussein and procure Iraqi oil began early in the administration; they just needed a reason that would convince the American people a war was good for America.  The terror attack on 9/11 gave them exactly what they lusted after for nearly nine months. In fact, according to  notes taken by one of Donald Rumsfeld’s aides on the day of 9/11,  Rumsfeld said the White House should “Judge whether good enough to hit S.H. [Saddam Hussein] …sweep it all up things related and not.” Rumsfeld knew Bush and Cheney could successfully use the attacks in their plot for an Iraq war. From that point forward, an Iraq invasion was inevitable and it was down to Bush administration lies and a willing media to spread fear among the population for what is always a ratings-bonanza; America at war.

For Americans with a brain, the rush to war based on  935 lies and fearmongering was apparent if for no other reason than the ever-changing reasons invading Iraq was crucial to “protect America.” Whether it was the scary W.M.D that Saddam  destroyed after the first Gulf War, the nuclear arsenal that Saddam never had, Saddam’s close relationship and support for Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, or Bush lies that Iraq committed the attacks on 9/11, the only consistent reason for invasion was to prevent America’s annihilation.

In a radio address in 2002, Bush succeeded in frightening Americans into supporting an invasion and war by lying that  “The Iraqi regime possesses biological and chemical weapons, is rebuilding the facilities to make more and could launch a biological or chemical attack in as little as 45 minutes after the order is given. The regime has long-standing and continuing ties to al Qaeda terrorists inside Iraq. This regime is seeking a nuclear bomb, and with fissile material could build one within a year. We don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.”

The Bush administration wanted a substantial war with Iraq, and Jeb Bush’s assertion that the supposed mistakes “were made” by someone unnamed were borne of the neo-cons’ only desire to lie profusely no matter the intelligence contradicting their claims. Krugman wonders; “Did the intelligence agencies wrongly conclude that Iraq had chemical weapons and a nuclear program?” No, not according to Michael Morell, a career CIA official who became the agency’s deputy director and acting director and served as Bush’s intelligence briefer during the pre-invasion period. Morell told Chris Matthews on Tuesday that “the Bush-Cheney administration publicly misrepresented the intelligence related to Iraq’s supposed WMD program and Saddam’s alleged links to Al Qaeda.” That is not an honest intelligence “mistake” by Bush officials, that is deceit and in lying to take America to war, as Krugman states the obvious, it is indeed a crime.

Mr. Krugman also rhetorically asks if the Bush administration’s prewar assessments were honest understatements of the difficulty and cost of a full-scale invasion and occupation. No they did not; because Bush fired the Army’s chief of staff for publicly questioning the administrations assertions that the occupation phase would be cheap and easy. It was all part of the warmongers’ deceit to prevent the public from learning the truth that could possibly raise any doubts about the rush to invade. No matter how one assesses the Bush administration’s plot to invade Iraq, it was criminal.

Republicans just cannot, and will never, admit that Bush and company deliberately lied to frighten Americans into supporting a disastrous war of aggression in Iraq. It is not just that they are ill-inclined to admit their heroic war president’s lied and caused countless American and civilian deaths and created an economic black hole the effects the nation will feel for two generations; they are repeating the same lies in preparation for another war of aggression against the Islamic Republic of Iran at the behest of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. It is noteworthy, and tragic, that too many Americans are completely unaware that Netanyahu was a driving force in antagonizing Bush to invade Iraq for regime change. It was a crime in 2003 and one Republicans pant to repeat with Iran.

As Krugman says, the Iraq War and the Bush administration’s machinations to start it were not mistakes in intelligence, they were a crime. And yet the dirty, blood-guilty criminals are walking around free, advising another Bush, as well as other Republican neo-cons on foreign policy and blaming Barack Obama for Bush’s crime that destabilized the region in and around Iraq and created the dreaded ISIL. It is good that the Iraq invasion is being discussed in terms of whether it was a mistake, but as every parent tells their child, deliberately lying to achieve a goal is not a mistake and in the case of lying profusely to take a nation into a disastrous war, it is a crime that is still going unpunished.


50 Replies to “Paul Krugman Is Right The Iraq War Was A Bush Crime”

  1. And remember, anyone who did not walk hand in hand with the effin liars were labeled traitors, not patriotic, not real Americans.

    We should tar and feather every last one of them. I think President Obama should have gone after them big time. If no one is held accountable, we will never move on. And the repugs go their merry way.

  2. W & Cheney got themselves a get-out-of- jail-cards ready to protect themselves if needed.

    Yes, they should be criminal court & stripped from their blood $$$$ they earned with the war profits.

    Jeb, we are not forgetting that you are a BUSH, related to that coward & liar W.

  3. How could Kerry and McCain come back from VN with
    such opposing views of war? One shudders to contem-
    plate where our country would be now if McCain had
    won in 2008.

  4. “No Blood For Oil!” was the cry before the invasion of Iraq. And those who said were minimized by the Right Wing as being Unpatriotic at best, or outright dupes at worst.

    And now history shows us, they were right. No matter how much the Conservatives attempt to reinvent history as much as they invented the ‘need’ to invade Iraq- will they be vindicated.

    Particularly with the 47 Traitorious Senators with their blood lust for Iran.

  5. Ever since the Reagan era, the Republican Party has morphed into a Dark Tetrad entity, displaying malignant narcissism, sociopathy, Machiavellianism, and – increasingly – sadism for its own sake.

  6. How? Location Location Location.

    Kerry was actually “boots on the ground’ combat, versus McCain’s ‘comfort in a plane’ combat.

    While Kerry was attempting to get credit for his efforts, John “Crash” McCain was doing what he could to aggrandize himself.

    It is telling what each did when they finally got home.
    Kerry denounced the war, McCain divorced his wife…

  7. ONE OF THE FINEST SUMMARIES EVER.There is a big difference between a “mistake” and a calculated criminal plan based on deceit, fraud and recycled lies of biblical proportions. The biggest MISTAKE in recent history is was Democratic leaders such as Nancy Pelosi taking “off the table” any seeking of justice for the Unholy Trinity (Dick, George and Rummy). VERY SAD INDEED.

  8. What everyone is ignoring and ignored in 2003 is that the UN Security Council did NOT give Bush sanction to invade Iraq. While Annan did not say at the time that the invasion was illegal, he did warn the US that it was against the UN Charter.

    Congress was aware that the UN was against the invasion, but went ahead and authorised bush to invade anyway. Now they are coming up with “If you knew then, what you know now” as a blatant cop out.

    Congress had a heck of a lot more information than we peons did, but we knew it was wrong and they didn’t? Give me a break!

    And no one who was involved with that administration belongs anywhere near the next administartion. Hear that Jebbie?

  9. The other crime here is being committed by the media.

    They don’t want to talk about it because they are just as guilty with their cheerleading the Iraq debacle.

    They don’t want to give up that 7 figure salary or invitations to the DC cocktail circuit

  10. 1) Was he tortured for 5 years? No. He was subjected to torture and maltreatment during his first 2 years, from September of 1967 to September of 1969. After September of 1969 the Vietnamese stopped the torture and gave us increased food and rudimentary health care. Several hundred of us were captured much earlier. I got there April 20, 1965 so my bad treatment period lasted 4 1/2 years. President Ho Chi Minh died on September 9, 1969, and the new regime that replaced him and his policies was more pragmatic. They realized we were worth a lot as bargaining chips if we were alive. And they were right because eventually Americans gave up on the war and agreed to trade our POW’s for their country. A damn good trade in my opinion! But my point here is that John allows the media to make him out to be THE hero POW, which he knows is absolutely not true, to further his political goals.,_and_his_finger_should_not_be_near_the_red_button

    BTW he has little us of his arms because he didn’t follow orders which resulted him being shot down breaking his arms in the process

  11. Exactly. Krugman’s ink is paid for by one of them. And Russert and Matthews were up the Bushes ass for info. they were like one of the Bush family at the BBQ hoedowns and pig slops in Texas yee haw.

  12. I didn’t say 5 years. I don’t know if the wikipage is 100% accurate or not, and it doesn’t matter me what degree 2 years or 5 years or 1 year. Torture and war is hell.

    He didn’t have a cushy time at the Hanoi Hilton and I will not attack him for going to war and being injured for life, mentally and physically.

    I was spit on for wanting to bring them home, because we loved them and wanted them home. I marched for him and every other soldier, whether they repented then or later. Most were drafted, all were scarred for life.

    They served. WRONGLY THERE but they were casualties none the less.

  13. So, because Krugman is paid by the NYT makes him wrong? Or in somebody’s pocket? I don’t think so.

  14. EXCELLENT post @Gerhardt! and don’t forget OBAMA’s INSANE! NONSENSICAL BULL$HIT about not wanting to look into “CRIMES OF THE PAST” OH! what crock!! HELLO! a crime can only exist in the present or the “PAST!!”” this UNHOLY alliance the democratic party has given the GOP is just ONE of the reasons MANY people say “BOTH PARTIES ARE THE SAME!” it’s BULL$HIT like this where the USA harbors WAR CRIMINALS, then the democratic party turns a blind eye, and then the WAR CRIMINALS start doing television appearances $HITTING and PI$SING on the democratic party who gave them a GET OUT OF JAIL CARD!! only in america could the $HIT be stacked this high!! BTW the entire WORLD knows the USA is as crooked as sin! our reputation is blown to HELL! NO country takes us seriously! they just TAKE our BLOOD MONEY!! I’m keeping it REAL, which of course will upset quite a few people here, OH WELL.

  15. BTW, for our fatal attraction republican TROLLS! make yourself useful for once! answer this question, if a democratic president would have lied the USA into a illegal war, what would a GOP house and senate do?? C’mon, do hesitate, don’t pull out your sack of republican talking points! actually try using your own brains! lol The GOP would have CRUSHED the democratic party! they would have IMPEACHED that president! there would be senate hearings and ALL HELL would have broke lose!! See the GOP doesn’t give DAMN about the consciences! they would have be celebrating in the STREETS!! rush limbaugh would have had an orgasm!! bill o’rielly would be ecstatic! glen beck would be going crazy! Am I correct? tell EVERYBODY, please

  16. Oh, no. I wasn’t clear. Krugman is fine, the paper he works for was a cheerleader.

    Just tried to point out how close to home it hits for him.

  17. Its now time for all of us “sane-folks” (I “truly” hope so) too start piling up and “burning” us some very dry “brush” here in the U.S.A. (its a really bad “fire-hazard”). Then maybe we could “all” actually “see” us a “real” live (fresh) example of a genuine “burning-Bush”, just like the one in the GOP’S “holy-bible”. Like the “burning-bush” that was ounce moses “god”. This “new” “burning-Bush” will be actually talking to “everyone” (not just moses) worldwide and “trying” too “defend” its blatant “crimes” against humanity and nature. In my opinion. Maybe this new “fresh” “burning-Bush” will actually bless us all and then “give” us a few more “commandments” for us to follow that he himself painted utilizing the blood and human hides (skins) he obtained from all of the victims of his “unforgivable” war crimes. He might even ask his father too “forgive” him and then rise up into heaven before our very own eyes!!! Praise the gop god!!! In my opinion.

  18. First John Kerry was not boots on the ground , he was on a boat. so maybe boots on the water. ( meant with humour)
    But he spent 4 months in Vietnam. He was a decorated soldier and I will take nothing away from him for what he did to earn those medals. And I think 3 purple hearts( correct me if wrong please.) He deserves every one.
    John McCain however was shot down on his 20 something bombing mission. Then was in a Vietnam prison camp for 5 1/2 years. Was put into solitary for 2 years and tortured. Retired from the navy in 81. Also his father was an admiral that was named commander of forces in Vietnam. I would have to say that John McCain knows just a bit more about being in a hostile country than Kerry.

  19. The GOP: skipping from nothing to nothing and blame to blame Robert Costa’s “How Republicans hope to turn Islamic State into a problem for Democrats” is a grimacing portrait in GOP desperation, yet another sign that the party has nothing else to offer: – See more at:

  20. I think PNAC told the Supremes…

    “STOP ELECTION Bush must win to protect us from The Iraq Taliban”

    As we Protested that War–They called us Taliban-Liberals!

  21. My thesis is that the reason that LBJ didn’t speak out about Nixon and the Paris Peace talks in 1968, Carter and the Reagan / Daddy Bush influence on the hostage situation in 1980 and Obama and the Shrub / Cheney war crimes in 2009 is that LBJ, Carter and Obama did not want rioting in American streets as surely would have happened because of the political polarization in this country.

    Am I right or wrong?

  22. Do NOT forget the money trail! The Iraqi War was a BIG money maker for Cheney, Bush and their henchmen, the military contractors! Cheney’s Halliburton made over $39 BILLION off of the war!! And I’m sure other of their buddies made about the same or even more!! Cheney/Bush Administration invaded Iraq for their oil and to make a HUGE amount of money off of the war. The bottom line is: MONEY! It’s ALWAYS about MONEY!!!!

  23. You are absolutely correct – the world sees the US as an evil and corrupt power that will do anything including killing innocent civilians in the name of Big*(anything that makes money) – they have NO credibility left as far as the rest of the world is concerned. I live in the US but I am very disgusted with the Bush/Cheney foreign policy. I remember yelling at the TV “what on earth are they doing!!!” when Bush et al invaded Iraq – I KNEW it was wrong and we were being lied to then and there. It would take a long time to recover a good reputation, but now I do not think that will happen – ever !

  24. There were no ISIS OR HAMAS or ANY of the religious military group operating in Iraq Saddam wouldn’t allow it he considered them a threat to his power,,THAT was before GEORGE W BUSH invaeded and killed Saddam….ISIS was at one time called the muhajadin,,,,and this is what happened to them…….
    Freedom Fighters in Afghanistan ‘In 1982, Ronald Reagan dedicated the Space Shuttle Columbia to the resistance fighters [Taliban] in Afghanistan.’
    In 1983 Reagan along with Col Oliver North ,,,ARMED,, FINANCED and TRAINED WHAT IS NOW KNOWN AS THE TALIBAN. YES this does include OSAMA BIN LADEN

    1983, when Reagan and the CIA were dancing around the idea of arming Mujahadin fighters in order to fight back against Soviet incursion in Afghanistan. The result was a well-armed, well-trained group of jihadis who resisted (some say defeated) the onslaught of superior Soviet weaponry.
    Once the Soviets retreated, the U.S. lost interest and pulled the funding. Osama bin Laden took interest…

  25. It is sad when these very real criminal charges are cheapened when they are transformed into little more than a political cudgel employed by Democrats for partisan gain against Republicans. This is evidenced by many of the exact same crimes in 2011 (and continuing today) falling into Democrat’s memory hole when committed by their political allies. I would believe his and other Democrats sincerity if they were able to recognize many of the exact same crimes committed by Obama and Clinton.

  26. Since we all know both Bushes before Jeb used cooked intelligence to invade Iraq, why would this one be any different (maybe a different country element/nation/group). Truth is we as a nation should be investigating new evidence since we now know otherwise and bring war crimes charges against the Bushes/Cheney and co-conspirators. This is the United States of America “Jack” and no one is above our “Laws” not even Presidents or Billionaires have the right to embarrass or compromise our valued principles regardless of their internal beliefs. For this reason we as a nation are under constant attack from those that have been harmed. Let’s do as we profess we are as a nation – give up the true criminals to right the wrongs that have been done in the name of America. This bogus reason to move on as if this was an honest mistake is BS and for one side namely Conservatives/GOP/TP to pass the torch (BLAME) on to those Americans tasked with attempting to pacify, rectify and gloss ove…

  27. We all were duped which we all know now same as a murderer we have laws to is never ending to prosecute those that are guilty, what is the difference only on a grander scale whereas our military lost lives and quality of life and the nation of Iraq many more plus their sovegnitry. Now the entire region is a flame while certain groups of people here in America want us to pay tribute and support wrongdoings plus blame others for the root cause of the problem.
    This phenomenon must stop in America, we know our past has been checkered to say the least but going forward how can we rid ourselves of bad actors, politicians, crooks, and haters, separatist and false God believers as credible leaders of a supposedly free nation. Time to call them all out when they sprout, tout, miss-inform and outright lie to the public by whatever means necessary.
    Get Real

  28. No we weren’t all duped. I knew it was a bunch of bullshit along with many others. Phil Donahue wasn’t duped and that’s the reason he isn’t working now. Please stop with that bullshit. Millions marched against this war crime but the media didn’t covered it but they found time to cover 10 people at a teabagger rally

  29. To All Americans That Care
    It’s time to end the divide certain groups have perpetrated on our society as being for or against, red vs blue, left vs right Liberal vs Conservative because this very tactic has been used since the beginning of time to divide and conquer. Yes I too fell for this early on but now I see the abuse of human intelligence being punked. Most of us have a brain only we’re being subjected to propaganda by both sides; one protected the other and the American people being left with the scraps and burden.
    These people have polluted the Democratic system to favor classes, groups and beliefs that have now reached to beyond belief. Most of us are questioning WTF happened, we thought America was and is better than this so why are we standing by as peasants listening to these money-changers (same as Jesus time) manipulating the masses against themselves for own self gain and power. All the while America and its purpose are being destroyed before our eyes. You too can…

  30. You too can pick a side or country just remember when all is said and done did you do your part.
    We are the people and if we choose can elect or impeach anyone elected not holding values of the American nation first as being enemy of the state, this includes Presidents, Congressmen, Senators, Judges, Representatives and especially Supreme Court appointees (male and female) for life. Since everything else has changed why not change going forward. Let’s FIRE these people acting against the best interest of America we don’t need the BS in this day and time.

  31. We all have seen protest across the nation of Wall Street stealing money through laws enacted by elected officials, police violence, Military manufacturers using ex-politicians (lobbyist) with connections to further wars for gain, Oil companies refusing to give up subsidies while posting unbelievable profits, American companies, Banks and creditors using legislation by elected officials to oppress Americans through employment, benefits, adequate living rights/privileges (in America) as if this cannot be done differently to support Americans.
    It’s time for True Americans to protest the lies and deception bestowed through fake news reporting and secret spying to control you God-given thought process for survival. These people have sold their souls and hope to take you with them. Just listen to what they have to offer – light bulb should go off in your mind, WHY? Should be like a strobe light flashing in all directions not making sense to you. Most Americans will fight for what they …

  32. It’s time for True Americans to protest the lies and deception bestowed through fake news reporting and secret spying to control you God-given thought process for survival. These people have sold their souls and hope to take you with them. Just listen to what they have to offer – light bulb should go off in your mind, WHY? Should be like a strobe light flashing in all directions not making sense to you. Most Americans will fight for what they believe in and right now loyalty is the defining question.
    First we have to find the right people to represent us the American people voice and not these bought people we see today following the money, prestige, wealth and power. Where’s the real Joe the plumber, just like me, Forrest Gump or Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm?

  33. “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members … It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.”
    — Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

    “We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction.”
    — Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002

  34. “Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime … He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation … And now he is miscalculating America’s response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction … So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real…”
    — Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003

  35. Senator Bob Graham was one of a handful very much against the war from the beginning, which makes me wonder how much quotemining you’re doing with the others.

  36. Links to the quotes would be nice. It might be taken out of context, which as we know, does make a “difference” to truth…

    Or sometimes new information comes out to change peoples minds suddenly.

    There is likely no there, there.


  37. Iraq War didn’t begin with 911. It began with the 2000-2001 election. When, with the know how, of Governor Jeb Bush and his administration convinced the US Supreme Court to appoint GW Bush for the new President of the United States, even though VP Al Gore got the majority votes. The GOP in charge of Voting rights didn’t want to do a recount.. and so they didn’t…thats how it all went. So to say who is to blame for the Iraq War, I would say Governor Jeb Bush,his administration, and some members of the US Supreme Court,who supported the “appointment” for POTUS GW Bush. PNAC(project for a new american century) name changed now ,but same people, new they could manipulate GW’s mind and they did. He still doesn’t know what happened or why.
    Now its being done again with the same people, a war against Iran. Netanahue is up to his old tricks,Israelis were the first after 911 to leave the USA, when there were no fly time, as well as the Saudis. No-one could fly, no-one.

  38. Its been over 10 years of War with Iraq and Afghanistan, Training the Iraqis for another 10 years, only for them when confronted, throw down their weapons which we gave them,not once, not twice but 3 times.Our troops go through Basic and are shipped over to Iraq ,Afghanistan, not once, not twice, not three times, but some four and five times…enough, If the Iraqis won’t fight for their country its time , NO, way past time to bring ALL of our troops home. We don’t need or want anything from Iraq, Bring our troops home, celebrate this Memorial Day, by leaving this God Forsaken Country.
    God Bless our Troops,
    Bring them home NOW!!

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