Updated: Apr 7
Fidelity Educational Press
On March 20, 2003-twenty years ago this week-President George W. Bush announced the U.S. invasion of Iraq. In his televised speech, he claimed that then-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and that those weapons were a "threat to the national security of the United States and international peace and security in the Persian Gulf region." Bush also used the attacks on 9/11 as grounds to invade Iraq, with the full knowledge that the Iraqi government had absolutely no connection to 9/11. Bush deliberately lied to the U.S. public to convince the nation that a war was necessary, promising a quick and painless invasion...from from the reality.
The Cost of War Project recently estimated that 476,000 people have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003. This figure ignores the estimated 1 to 1.5 million children who died as a result of the war. This number doesn't include the countless deformed fetuses and children born with defects caused by depleted uranium munitions used by U.S. troops. This estimate does not include the millions of Iraqis and Afghans who have been displaced or orphaned, or the economic and political destabilization resulting from the U.S. invasion. Latest reports estimate the cost spent on the Iraq war since 2003 at $2.9 trillion. Bush lied, millions died.
Talking about lies...the real stolen election was in 1980, Jimmy Carter vs. Ronald Reagan. On Nov 4, 1979, fifty-two American diplomats and citizens were held hostage by a group of militant Iranian college students for 444 days. The students feared a repeat of the 1953 CIA coup d'etat that overthrew the democratically elected government of Mohammad Mosaddegh, and installed the Shah as dictator. The Carter administration's failure to free the hostages, was a central issue in the 1980 Presidential campaign. Carter's efforts to free them was thwarted by secret negotiations by Reagan's team who promised to give the Iranians sizable concessions if they did not release the hostages until after the election. On January 20, 1981, 20 minutes after Reagan took the oath of office, Iran released all 52 hostages. And they call this democracy.