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Post 18. Economic Sanctions on Iraq: Weapons of Mass Destruction

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July 22, 2020

On August 6, 1990, four days after Saddam Hussein’s forces invaded Kuwait, the U.N. Security Council passed Resolution 661 imposing economic sanctions on Iraq, a full-blown trade embargo by all U.N. member states, followed by resolutions for naval and air blockades “to halt all inward and…


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Post 19. Response to 9/11. Afghanistan

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July 22, 2020

September 11, 2001. 19 Islamic militants, 15 Saudis, one Lebanese, one Egyptian and two Emirati, hijacked four U.S. civilian airplanes and flew two into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. A third slammed into the outer wall of the Pentagon near Washington, D.C.,…


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Post 20. Selling the War on Iraq

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July 22, 2020

First responders were still searching the rubble of the twin towers when Bush and his inner circle pivoted from tracking down Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan to invading Iraq.

Richard Clarke was in the White House on the…


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Post 20 Coda. Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame

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July 22, 2020

In his January 28, 2003 State of the Union address, George W. Bush declared, “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa,” quickly dubbed, in press shorthand, “the 16 words.” 

Joe Wilson [Alex Wong…


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Post 21. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: The Price We Paid

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July 22, 2020

In the introduction to U.S. Meddling in the Middle East, I said:

The 2003 invasion of Iraq unhinged the Middle East, causing misery for millions, creating a power vacuum eagerly filled by Islamic fundamentalists and ratcheting up terrorism beyond our worst nightmares. It will go down as the…

JON WALKER MACLEOD
SEATTLE, WA

We live in perilous times, democracy is under attack, rationality and compassion are in short supply, and our planet, our home for 200,000 years, is burning up. We must resist, we must work for a better world. MacLeod Post is my voice in that struggle.

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