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The Invasion of Iraq

"You know, this war is so f*cking illegal." -- former NFL player and Army Ranger Pat Tillman, killed by friendly fire in 2004

"Many a man will have the courage to die gallantly, but will not have the courage to say, or even to think, that the cause for which he is asked to die is an unworthy one." -- Bertrand Russell

"I shall give a propagandist reason for starting the war, no matter whether it is plausible or not. The victor will not be asked afterwards, whether he told the truth or not." -- Adolf Hitler

Bush pumps fist before press conference
Bush's "real, live, spontaneous gesture" celebrating his decision to invade Iraq
Republican Guards stand down instead of battling US invasion forces
Neocon plans to privatize Iraq's oil industry and destabilize Saudi Arabia thwarted by oil cartel

"Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties." -- George W. Bush, discussing the upcoming Iraq war with Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson

US troops in Iraq
US troops in Iraq.
pamphlet exhorting Iraqi soldiers not to harm oil facilities
Pamphlet dropped by US forces directing Iraqi troops not to harm Iraqi oil facilities
"Embedded" journalists provide groomed and manipulated coverage of invasion

Because the news media are "ginning up patriotic feelings" in the war coverage, "I feel that we do have an obligation to remind people in the most graphic way that war is a dreadful thing. ...The fact of the matter is young Americans are dying. Young Iraqis are dying. And I think to turn our faces away from that is a mistake.... To sanitize it too much is a dreadful mistake." -- ABC's Ted Koppel, quoted by Frank Rich p.76

Dissent against war labeled treasonous

US soldier in Iraq
US soldier in Iraq
Body of an Iraqi child in the rubble
Body of an Iraqi child in the rubble