THIS JUST IN FROM MY OLD BOSS…

18 MARCH 2004: THIS JUST
IN FROM MY OLD BOSS…

IRAQ
ON THE RECORD


The
Bush Administration’s Public Statements on Iraq


Presented by Henry A. Waxman,
Ranking Member, Committee on Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives

 

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On March 19, 2003, U.S. forces
began military operations in Iraq. Addressing the nation about the purpose
of the war on the day the bombing began, President Bush stated: „The people
of the United States and our friends and allies will not live at the mercy
of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder.‰


    One year
later, many doubts have been raised regarding the Administration‚s assertions
about the threat posed by Iraq. Prior to the war in Iraq, the President
and his advisors repeatedly claimed that Iraq possessed weapons of mass
destruction that jeopardized the security of the United States. The failure
to discover these weapons after the war has led to questions about whether
the President and his advisors were candid in describing Iraq‚s threat.


    The Iraq
on the Record report, prepared at the request of Rep. Henry A. Waxman,
is a comprehensive examination of the statements made by the five Administration
officials most responsible for providing public information and shaping
public opinion on Iraq: President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard
Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell,
and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice.


    This
Iraq on the Record database identifies 237 specific misleading statements
about the threat posed by Iraq made by these five officials in 125 public
appearances in the time leading up to and after the commencement of hostilities
in Iraq.
[You can search the database]
to find statements by an
y combination of speaker, subject, keyword,
or date. 

    The Special
Investigations Division compiled a database of statements about Iraq made
by President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary Rumsfeld, Secretary
Powell, and National Security Advisor Rice. All of the statements in the
database were drawn from speeches, press conferences and briefings, interviews,
written statements, and testimony by the five officials.


    This
Iraq on the Record database contains statements made by the five officials
that were misleading at the time they were made. The database does not
include statements that appear in hindsight to be erroneous but were accurate
reflections of the views of intelligence officials at the time they were
made. 

For more information, see
the Full Iraq on the Record
Methodology. 

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in Tucson, Arizona with Stephanie Smith. https://linktr.ee/jaywbabcock