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The Two Facts War Supporters Are Least Likely to Know

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There are still people alive in the United States who support the continued occupation of Iraq, and in many cases the same people are open to supporting an aggressive attack on Iran.  While they inhabit a very different worldview from my own, they are able to recognize basic facts if made aware of them.  If you should meet one of these war supporters, I would recommend making them aware of the two most jarring facts least likely to fit with their preconceptions.  One of these facts became known to a certain segment of the population in February 2006, but remains unknown to most consumers of American news media.  The other fact was just revealed this month and is certain to remain equally unknown.

1. FACT #1 Bush wanted to provoke Saddam Hussein into attacking Americans

On January 31, 2003, prior to the full-scale invasion of Iraq in March 2003, President George W. Bush met with British Prime Minister Tony Blair in the White House.  After their meeting, they spoke to the media and claimed not to have decided on war, to be working hard to achieve peace, and to be worried about the imminent threat from Iraq to the American people.  They claimed that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction and had links to al Qaeda and -- Bush implied but avoided explicitly stating -- to the attacks of September 11, 2001.  They also claimed to already have UN authorization for launching an attack on Iraq.  Here's the video:
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David Swanson is the author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org and works for the online (more...)
 

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