Heads Up GOP: Chilcot Report Delivers Damning Verdict on British Role in Iraq War

On This Day
March 20, 2003

The UK investigates a possible international war crime while our GOP Congress conducts politically motivated investigations into Hillary Clinton’s use of her email.

And if Hillary becomes President expect more smear campaign from the GOP  because subverting the rule of law and the will of the people is all part of the ‘game’ for them.

Remember that if the GOP gave a damn about ethics it would have looked into  The U.S. lead Invasion of Iraq, a decision that still compromises National Security.

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Here are a few key findings of the UK’s Iraq War report:

“In November 2001, the JIC assessed that Iraq had played no role in the 9/11 attacks on the US and that practical co‑operation between Iraq and Al Qaida was “unlikely”. There was no “credible evidence of covert transfers of WMD‑related technology and expertise to terrorist groups”. It was possible that Iraq might use WMD in terrorist attacks, but only if the regime was under serious and imminent threat of collapse.”

– Page 10, Pt. 51

“… After the invasion, the UK Government, including the intelligence community, was reluctant to admit, and to recognise publicly, the mounting evidence that there had been failings in the UK’s pre‑conflict collection, validation, analysis and presentation of intelligence on Iraq’s WMD.”

– Page 77, Pt. 574

“In the Inquiry’s view, the diplomatic options had not at that stage [March 2003] been exhausted. Military action was therefore not a last resort.”

– Page 6, Pt. 20


“The lack of evidence to support pre‑conflict claims about Iraq’s WMD challenged the credibility of the Government and the intelligence community, and the legitimacy of the war.”

– Page 77, Pt. 577


“Mr Blair had been advised that an invasion of Iraq was expected to increase the threat to the UK and UK interests from Al Qaida and its affiliates.”

– Page 47, Pt. 340

Read more here: Saddam Hussein posed “no imminent threat” when the U.S-led invasion was launched in March 2003

And here: Chilcot: Key findings of the UK’s Iraq War report

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Three Decades of Smear



Torture’s Lubricant

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Torture’s Lubricant


 “…music torture operates by stripping a prisoner of a safe, “interior space.” It invades with the sounds and cultural expressions of one’s captor and leaves prisoners with nowhere to hide to “escape the pain.”

Pakistani-Englishman Moazzam Begg, arrested by the CIA in Pakistan in 2002, wrote one of the most comprehensive memoirs describing the tortures he witnessed in the U.S. military prison system. During his stay at Bagram, Afghanistan, he suffered the Bee Gees.

“It was terrible, there was no light at all, it was so tight, so hot, sitting in there. You can’t see or do anything, nothing to see, nobody to talk to, nothing to do but bang the walls. And then to have the music blasting … I met several people who’d been in there … [who were] ready to tell the Americans anything they wanted, whether it was true or not.” 11 Popular Songs the CIA Used to Torture Prisoners in the War on Terror

“Saturday Night Fever” by the Bee Gees
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Weird, isn’t it…?



A Response to Robert Reich: An Open Letter to the Republican Establishment

As of March 14th 2013
As of March 14th 2013

March 19th, 2016 marks the 13th anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq.

I am not going to argue that Bush lied us into that invasion.

Instead I argue that enough evidence that he may have lied us into Iraq justifies a formal investigation.

The politically correct right-wing dismisses accusations that Bush lied as the brainchild of wild-eyed left-wing radicals.

This is the same politically correct right wing that seeks to nullify the Constitution of the United States by refusing to vet a replacement for Scalia as it spends millions of taxpayer dollars on politically motivated congressional and federal investigations to discredit democratic opposition.

Below is my response to ‘An Open Letter to the Republican Establishment’ by Robert Reich, former labor secretary under President Bill Clinton

He writes in An Open Letter to the Republican Establishment:

“Republican politicians in particular have descended into the muck of bigotry, hatefulness, and lies. They’re splitting America by race, ethnicity, and religion. The moral authority America once had in the world as a beacon of democracy and common sense is in jeopardy. And that’s not good for you, or your businesses.”

The letter if worth reading in whole.

You can read it here: The Huffington Post.

I agree with almost everything Reich says.

There is one point of disagreement and that concerns the idea that America’s moral authority is in jeopardy.

The United States has no moral authority to jeopardize.

Below is my reply to Robert Reich

Caution: the language below is not politically correct (by right-wing standards)

Mr. Reich,

I respect you as a voice of reason and principle but I disagree with the premise that the United States has the moral authority that it once had as a leader in democracy and the spread of human rights.

In fact, I don’t think the United States has any moral authority at all.

The United States lost its moral authority when it’s leaders refused to investigate the Bush Administration’s build up to the invasion of Iraq.

It doesn’t matter whether or not a crime was committed; what matters is that evidence suggests that a crime was committed.

This is not a political game of republican and democrats.

A great nation is big enough to hold its leaders accountable.

What civilized people will look to lawless hypocrites for leadership?

Donald Trump is in part the result of the lawlessness that took hold of the United States after 9/11.

He a perfect leader for a people who take without giving.

They want love and respect from those they insult and torture.

They want a government that works but they will not pay for it.

They think they can set a good example by treating a possible war criminal as a great man and elevating a racist narcissist to the office of President.

If we want moral authority we will demand leaders who respect the rule of law, a Senate that does its job by ensuring that our Judiciary is impartial and that empty seats are filled, and a President who places the needs of the people before the greed of his crony’s and who follows through on his oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

The single greatest issue of our time is whether we are willing to turn our attention to what may have been the biggest international crime of the 21st Century.

Can we return to the rule of law?

In the United States we have one law for one people regardless
of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and class.

If we want moral authority, we the people must get down to the business of real self-government which means using our government for the good of all the people.

You rightly point out in your open letter that a previous generation worked at
self-government and built a more prosperous nation.

A Nation with moral authority.

“You forgot the values of a former generation of Republican establishment that witnessed the devastations of the Great Depression and World War II, and who helped build the great post-war American middle class.

That generation did not act mainly out of generosity or social responsibility. They understood, correctly, that broad-based prosperity would be good for them and their businesses over the long-term.” An Open Letter to the Republican Establishment

It is time for the beneficiaries and descendants of that generation to lay down childish things and return to a more practical vision of the United States and
our government.

One that recognizes that the people are the government and have a right to use
their government to better their lives.

One that is courageous enough to find out if its president lied the people into a war for profit.

Robert Goldstein 2016

Note: I’ve made minor changes from the version I posted to Facebook.