“Bush Claims Pressured to Invade”
In his most recent memoire, former president George W. Bush discusses the invasion of Iraq
|“Bush Claims Pressured to Invade”
March 20, 2011
by Richard Inram Pfieffer
In his second official memoire, to be released next week, former President George W. Bush has admitted feeling pressured to order the invasion of Iraq. This admission should surprise no one.
The nature of the pressure Bush felt himself under, though, eight years since the 2003 invasion, and after twenty years of continued military engagement in Iraq by the U.S. and coalition forces should shock the world.
According to Bush’s own admission, he panicked soon after the terrorist attack of September 11th, 2001, not because he actually feared a connection between Iraq and Al-Qaeda, but because Vice President Cheney had told him of a secret rite, agreed to by all world leaders upon taking power, that had been kept in the strictest confidence.
Bush relates how Cheney told him that it had been agree that any world leader who openly declared war on another country would be given a pistol, two-day’s rations, and an encrypted homing device, before being dropped behind enemy lines.
The purpose of that leader’s army would then be to find and recover their leader before he (or she) was discovered by the enemy. Bush claims in his second memoire that this agreement would was to discourage world leaders from openly declaring war on each other, and to, instead, engage in small operations, not to avoid huge casualties, but to instead avoid the terrifying prospect of finding oneself helpless in an enemy country, waiting deliverance by one’s own troops.
“So I ordered the invasion. No formal declaration of war. No dropping me behind enemy lines. No way. Easier to argue that Iraq was in violation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions 660 and 678. Saddam wouldn’t give up his weapons of mass destruction. I still believe that he had WMDs. And I believed Cheney’s story. You don’t believe me? Check up on it yourself.”
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