“While it’s perfectly legitimate to criticize my decision or the conduct of the war, it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began.”Bush: Critics try to rewrite Iraq war history
November 12, 2005The following are recorded radio and TV interviews that I gave before the occupation of Iraq, that never got to Bush (well, we rather ought to leave that impression to future 'history', shall we?):The first radio interview with Amy Goodman from Democracy Now on November 27, 2002 upon finally managing to publish my first article "Iraq's non-nuclear capability" in yellowtimes.org on November 21, 2002.The first TV interview with CTV's CanadaAm Show on January 31, 2003 when I decided to come out publicly in full.A TV interview with CBC
(requires RealOne Player) following Colin Powell's infamous lies to the UN Security Council on February 8, 2003.
(This is the sound track
of it on Windows Media Player for those without RealOne Player).A Chicago "This is Hell" radio interview on February 22, 2005.
Two interviews with Dubai's Business Channel in Arabic:
.This is how Charles Duelfer,
(former deputy executive chairman, U.N. Special Commission on Iraq [UNSCOM]; former special adviser to the director of central intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction; former head, Iraq Survey Group), explained why statements, such as the above, were not heeded by the American "Intelligence", and why they never got to Bush:
"QUESTIONER: The second one was a fellow who was a close adviser on the nuclear side, who went on to Canada--actually escaped from Saddam, went off to Canada and while--and he was very quiet for a long time because he was scared, but then as he saw war coming he actually went public and said, you know, "I was very close to the nuclear side and nothing was going on there. This was over for years." Now, that we paid a lot of attention not only to the Curve Balls, but we also to--the Saddam's bomb-maker and people like that, who got a tremendous amount of attention. Both of these reports, which were available at great length, I am wondering what the--how they were perceived inside the community and if they got any attention at all. I'm told that the fellow in Canada didn't--I'm sorry, his name escapes me--was never even interviewed by the CIA.
DUELFER: The system--you know, if you have a 100 people in the day who say, you know, "I was driving in Baghdad and I didn't see anything," it doesn't make it to the president's desk. It's just a--it's unnatural. I mean that, you know, nothing is happening, so you are going to report that to the president?
But you if you do get a guy, you know, who says something is going on, then that attracts attention. I don't know, is it--part of it is human nature and part of it's a systemic problem."But, but .. "It's just a -- it's unnatural"
(A previous posting on this site on July 4, 2005)
"The book said Dr. Alhaddad flew home in mid-September 2002 and had a series of meetings with CIA analysts. She relayed her brother's information that there was no nuclear program.
A CIA operative later told Dr. Alhaddad's husband that the agency believed her brother was lying. In all, the book says, some 30 family members of Iraqis made trips to their native country to contact Iraqi weapons scientists, and all of them reported that the programs had been abandoned."
Rewriting history, indeed!
Did you say write?