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of wanting to return home. alive has. the top stories on al-jazeera the u.s. national security advisor says troops won't leave syria until i saw is defeated in the region john bolton was speaking in israel to address concerns of president drums abroad decision in december to pull out troops we're going to be discussing the president's decision to withdraw the to do so from northeast syria in a way that make sure that isis is defeated it is not able to. revive itself and become a threat again and to make sure that the. defense of israel and our other friends
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in the region. is absolutely assured american network c.b.s. has broadcast an interview with the gyptian president despite the request by cairo not to air it c c told sixty minutes his country was taking part in a military operation with israel he also denied human rights abuses dion estabrook has more. u.s. television network c.b.s. said the egyptian government demanded it not air an interview with journalist scott pelley in which egyptian president el-sisi said his government and israel are cooperating in the fight against the islamic state of iraq and the levant would you say that this is the deepest and closest cooperation that you've ever had with israel side that is correct and therefore sometimes needs to cross to the israeli side and that's why we have a wide range of coordination with israel other than the saudi people sequence it's been estimated there are about a thousand terrorists and showing up with more than
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a billion dollars in u.s. military aid to every year why haven't you wipe them out when they measured up to start that will happen and why hasn't the u.s. eliminated the terrorists in afghanistan after seventeen years and spending a trillion dollars l c c's comments could inflame public opinion in his country which regards the jewish state as an occupier of arab lands the two countries have a forty year old peace treaty and diplomatic relations but despite that many egyptians still think of israel as the traditional enemy last year egypt's military denied press reports that it was cooperating with israel to root out i still affiliated fighting groups in the mountainous sinai region bordering the two countries it's been estimated the pelly also questioned about a human rights watch report that claims egypt is detaining sixty thousand political prisoners many of whom belong to the muslim brotherhood the political party o.c.c.
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outlawed i want to name i don't know where they got that figure i said there are no political prisoners in egypt whenever there is a minority trying to impose their extremist ideology we have to intervene regardless of their numbers. l.c.c. claimed any extremists that were being held would receive a fair. miles a contradiction for rights activists who say many are in prison and face long detentions c.b.s. says the interview with the egyptian president was taped a few months ago but didn't say why it had been held until sunday dian estabrook al-jazeera a delegation of u.s. officials has arrived in china for talks aimed at resolving their trade war president trump is optimistic about the new round of negotiations both sides agreed to a ninety day truce on imposing new tariff which will expire in march democrats in the u.s. so warning president trump he'll face legal challenges if you tries to declare
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a national emergency to build his mexico border war trump threaten the move if congress doesn't approve five point six billion dollars to build it the impasse over funding as led to a partial government shutdown cambodians are celebrating what's called victory over genocide day generally seventh marks forty years since the fall of the brutal c'mere rouge regime the u.s. military says an al qaida operative of queues of planning the bombing of an american warship has died then and strike in yemen it says the attack killed we in the governorates on tuesday seventeen sailors died when a small boat with explosives blew a hole in the side of the u.s.s. cole imagine in october two thousand and seven those are the headlines.
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september eleventh. in the ruins of new york america votes to defeat terrorism but this promise is quickly betrayed george bush changes enemies asama bin laden is replaced by saddam hussein. see it as this sudden turn to love is the result of an extraordinary deception with
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devastating consequences for the world. everything begins less than six hours after the attack at the pentagon which was also strong secretary of defense donald rumsfeld scans the rubble and he issues his instructions stephen campbell and one of his advisors takes notes rumsfeld's intentions are unequivocal. the evening of that tragedy president bush addresses america and the world. today our fellow citizens our way of life are very freedom came under attack. we will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them. we will make no distinction this essential detail was
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inspired by a key figure in the pentagon richard powell. on the afternoon of nine eleven places a call to the president's speech writer. i was on the telephone with david frum and i said to david. on the afternoon of nine eleven whatever else the president says he should say that we will hold. responsible the states that support terrorists safeguarding it is a strategic break from the more modest policies of bush is pretty decisive and. i believe it represented a recognition that we would never succeed against the terrorists if we went after them one at a time and as long as governments were facilitating the organization training equipping financing of terrorist organizations we were never going to get it under
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control. and ambitious program for all out war a goal in line with neoconservative policy and thinking an approach supported by richard powell. dick cheney donald rumsfeld condoleezza rice paul wolfowitz douglas feith these are the advisors who have bush's. joe wilson a career diplomat witnessed the rise. they came into office with the republican party and particular with the staffing done by the vice president and his office and the secretary of defense in his office. referred to his neo conservatives they have ties to the world of oil to the defense industry they are strong proponents of american global domination. saddam hussein softened by years of sanctions is in. an evening of nine eleven the president saying well maybe you know we will be going
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after iraq now and somebody said well. that would be a guess since international law. the president responded i don't care it was going to kick a few days after the world trade center. and the pentagon were attacked the president was at camp david with his senior officials and mr wolfowitz was telling the president. the iraq and saddam hussein is the real problem. new goals were defined change the regime in baghdad subjugate iraq a simpler objective than that of destroying the elusive terrorist. or nineteen those in support of eliminating saddam hussein meet at the ministry of defense the pentagon. they all began asking questions about how long can we
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continue this policy aimed at keeping saddam under control and the conclusion they came to was not much longer the day after the meeting at the pentagon president bush addresses congress. it is a historic moment the nation is united bush names the culprits osama bin laden al qaida the taliban regime in afghanistan our enemies are radical network of terrorists and every government that supports them and. no mention about iraq but he warns our war on terror. begins with al qaeda. but it does not in there. tony blair the british prime minister and guest of honor
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applause it's symbolic of the unwavering alliance between washington and london. the taliban are quickly driven out of kabul and al qaeda is dispersed. some of bin laden disappears. in washington bush abuse eager to move on to another war i stand by those words afghanistan is still just a beginning if anybody harbors terrorists or terrorist if they find a terrorist or terrorist if they has terrorist or terrorist i mean i can't make it any more clearly to other nations around the world if they develop weapons of mass destruction that will be used to terrorize nations they will be held accountable. after the speech secretary of defense rumsfeld meets with general tommy franks at
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central command in tampa florida. franks controls a massive area from africa to asia and leads the war in afghanistan but rumsfeld has something else in mind iraq. he orders general franks to prepare a plan of attack. since its invasion of kuwait in the gulf war in one nine hundred ninety one large parts of iraq had been under an international no fly zone. despite iraq's defeat and the terrible sanctions that were decimating his people saddam remained in power . in one thousand nine hundred ninety eight he drove on to u.n. inspectors sent to disarm him saddam was a dangerous man. dangerous first to his own citizens and dangerous to the rest of the world. joe wilson knows iraq well in one thousand nine hundred ninety one in
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baghdad he was the last american diplomat to meet with saddam hussein saddam was hemmed in he was not a threat he had been turned from a major regional power into a third rate dictator. just over one hundred days after the attacks of nine eleven still fighting in afghanistan america looks for another war richard powell publishes what is essentially a declaration of war. the same day franks visits bush at his ranch in texas in front of journalists the two men speak of the successes against the taliban in afghanistan where taliban got the country secure the country stable we will destroy the al qaeda terrorist network inside afghanistan it will take as long as it takes thank you all. but in
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private bush confirms to franks the order to attack iraq. this change in priority worries the general who on february nineteenth two thousand and two confides in bob graham florida senator and chairman of the senate intelligence committee. after a briefing which was quite upbeat with the progress that was being made of the general asked me to meet privately in his office and the first thing he said was we're no longer fighting a war in afghanistan i was stunned by that and i asked him what the mean and he said that some of the important personnel such is special operations units were being moved from afghanistan to get ready for a war in iraq. bush's decision is fraught with consequences the fight against terrorism is put on the back burner in favor of a conventional war in the middle east not the most predictable region in the world
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. in early two thousand and two the military machine is set in motion all the trimmings is to convince the public of the need to go to war with a country that seems far removed from the tragedy that struck america. under base of each former army colonel and professor of military history. having made that decision to go toward the political necessity was to sell the war to the american people that they had prepared a significant profit and operation to sell the war at a time when the press was very receptive to whatever the administration might be saying in its efforts to defend the united states against yet another attack that and weapons of mass destruction seemed to people on the inside to offer the
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best mechanism to complete this selling job. w m d s weapons of mass destruction chemical biological nuclear for months this deadly arsenal will be at the heart of the iraqi deception the stakes are high in a power struggle between the proponents of war and those who oppose it i was listening to briefings detailed top secret briefings from the cia the defense intelligence agency and other intelligence organizations and they all believed. believed very strongly that saddam had multiple programs to develop weapons of mass destruction in reality there is no consensus on the existence of w m d's for years american intelligence has been monitoring iraq and has found nothing we spend billions literally billions of dollars
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a year with what we call national technical means which everyone knows are satellites and they not only take images but they have all kinds of other sensor data on that thing ok and guess what. not one w m d's site was found any rock since one thousand nine hundred ninety one the specialists of alex running espionage the n.s.a. the national security agency cannot find anything. william binney former technical director of the n.s.a. was among those scrutinizing iraq there was no information collected by n.s.a. that that indicated that he continued his weapons of mass destruction program or even that he had weapons of mass destruction. this was no surprise saddam hussein's arsenal had been destroyed after the gulf war and.
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before nine eleven american senior officials had publicly stated otherwise is not about what any significant capability would respect or weapons or abstraction is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors were. we are able to arm bomb him yet not one not. one saddam hussein's fate is decided the official tone changes and washington portrays him as an immediate threat. this is a regime that has something to hide from the civilized world. states like these and their terrorist allies constitute an axis of evil and. no terrorist state poses a greater or more immediate threat to the security of our people in the stability of the world than the regime of saddam hussein in iraq simply stated. there is no
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doubt that saddam hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. the existence of w m d's will have to be proven to help them the bush administration turns to i'm a child. in one thousand nine hundred ninety two together with other opponents of saddam hussein in exile he formed the i n c the iraqi national congress. all of them had a common interest in being ex exiles in that they wanted to take over the government and understood that the way they were going to do that was by following a us army which was dispensing with the current government and with saddam hussein. overlooked by bill clinton be allied himself with the president's political opponents the i.o.c. . managed to develop
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a clear and significant strategic relations with people in among the neocons and in the republican party at large and it with some democrats also to get support for america to do something about saddam. in january two thousand and one approach unity presented itself for the iraqi exiles so one president bush gave the power of all those people who were advocating supporting us came to power with . after nine eleven the collusion between the iraqi exiles and the bush administration becomes cooperation. that american administration. so that specifically asked us to see if we can introduce them to people. oh can provide information on w l d's. china be complies enthusiastically he introduces the americans to iraqi defectors endless sources of
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revelations about saddam hussein's deadly arsenal. the people in child his group wanted to get rid of saddam that so they were looking and searching in trying to come up with things that would help justify to us what our people wanted to hear that is we wanted to hear something would be weapons of mass destruction so we could justify it's going to work with them. a shrewd politician and strategist chalo be also introduces his defectors to the press and through their provocative headlines the journalists lend credibility to all the allegations against baghdad opinion in washington is divided and it was clear from the very beginning that major institutions in the united states such as the cia and a large part of the state department what opposed. to this they had no confidence in us they kept that criticizing us they kept calling us exaggerated liars despite
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everything the pentagon refuses to question the revelations made by the exiles the idea that chalo be had information that he knew to be false and he presented it knowing it to be false is has never been established in any of the inquiries in there been many official inquiries into the activities of the intelligence activities before the war. but the skeptics must be countered and to give credence to the iraqi exiles the hawks at the pentagon create our own service the office of special plans an initiative by paul wolfowitz and douglas feith. the office of special plans this was quite a lot of us once tri-city they were set up as an alternative cia. the cia gathers information from a multitude of sources in general its analysts check them before submitting their
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conclusions to the politicians but the office of special plans short circuits this process a first in the history of american intelligence in the end bush cheney and rumsfeld obtain the answers they need and. george tenet director of the cia grudgingly supports the information before congress. i have one of those hearings the director of the cia george tenet brought with him three white folders where materials about the some five hundred fifty sites in iraq where allegedly there were no weapons of mass destruction i asked tenet where did we get all this information and the answer is we got it for. the exiles who did we the united states of america have on the ground to see if in
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fact what was said in these exile provided information packets was accurate and the answer was zero. the exiles and the pentagon collaborate and transforming mere allegations into official policy. the collective effort by all those groups involved became a fabrication that became the policy of the united states and it was used to justify a war. further information was provided by friendly nations. in rome a dossier from the italian military secret service sees me arrives at the american embassy. it eludes to a secret sale of uranium to iraq by major. the german secret service offers its support as well. it's provides the americans with revelations made by an
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iraqi defector code name curveball he claims baghdad is making biological weapons in its mobile laboratories. or ship date as. the war to liberate iraq whether for bush a crucial barrier remains to be overcome before he can go to war congress the american president must ask congress for the green light before launching the country into a war. in august and september the drumbeats of war in iraq started get louder and louder and there were some indications that the president would soon be calling on congress for an authorization of war against iraq. a mere formality as bush holds the majority but bob graham will try to stall. this race too. and one of
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the questions was we'd like to review the national intelligence estimate on possible war with iraq and the answer was there isn't a national intelligence estimate. what graham is asking for is a top secret document an estimate of what every intelligence agency knows about a particular threat. to be told that here we are about to go to war and no national intelligence estimate has been done was astounding and we asked that it be done what happened was they kept their heads way down you know they didn't want to do an estimate on weapons of mass destruction in iraq because the honest to understand so was there any. good in london player comes to the aid of his friend bush's and publishes a dossier on the iraqi weapons. intelligence picture they want to keep they can be
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deployed within forty five minutes and iraq is seeking uranium from africa to develop an atomic bomb but in congress graham is not convinced he presses on he wants proof the agency particularly the cia the central intelligence agency was very reluctant and said we don't have time to do this i said we don't have time to know everything we need to know before we commit u.s. troops to combat tenet goes back to the white house and he says. looks like the jig is up i will go have to do it estimate and the white house says ok mr tenet two things number one you have to do it in one and a half weeks usually an estimate takes three or four months and number two it's got to come out exactly as vice president dick cheney said it was. tenet will once again view to the president's orders. bob kerrey is a u.s.
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senator and former navy seal. well i think it's a fair accusation to say that both president bush and vice president cheney put pressure on the intelligence community to reach a conclusion that they had already reached vice president cheney at one time went down and sat in cia did sat down at a in a chair next to the analyst looking at the data saying what do you have on weapons of mass destruction will lead kind of puts the pressure on the intelligence agencies to come up with something. capturing a moment in time. snapshots of the lives. of the stories . providing a glimpse into someone else's wild. inspiring documentaries from impassioned filmmaking this. week nice documentaries to open your eyes on al-jazeera.
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at this time on a just. how long has. the headlines on al-jazeera the u.s. national security advisor says troops won't leave syria until i saw is defeated in the region john bolton was speaking in israel to address concern over president abrupt decision in december to pull out troops. we're going to be discussing the president's decision to withdraw or to do so from northeast syria in a way that make sure that isis is defeated is not able to. revive itself and become a threat again and make sure that the. defense of israel and our other friends in the region. is absolutely assured. a delegation of u.s.
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officials has arrived in china for talks aimed at resolving their trade war president trump is optimistic about the new round of negotiations both sides agreed to a ninety day truce on imposing new tariffs which will expire in march cambodians are some celebrating what they're calling a victory over genocide day january seventh marks forty years since the fall of the brutal camero rouge regime it is estimated around two million people were killed under their rule democrats in the u.s. so warning president tom he'll face legal challenges if he tries to declare a national emergency to build his mexico border war he threaten the move if congress doesn't approve five point six billion dollars to build the impasse over funding has led to a partial government shutdown the u.s. military says an al qaeda operative accused of planning the bombing of an american warship has died in an air strike in yemen says the attack. by dowie in the matter
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of governorates on tuesday seventeen sailors died when a small boat with explosives blew a hole in the side of the u.s.s. cole in ad in in two thousand british prime minister's want her critics they're putting democracy at risk if they can't unite behind her brags that deal and peace will vote on teresa mayes withdrawal agreement next week may said backing her deal is the only way to honor the referendum result and protect the economy. a movie which follows the rise of british. role in the. headlines now back to iraq a deadly deception. in
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early october two thousand and two in the u.s. congress a resolution authorizing the war is put to the vote the cia finally presents its
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estimate on iraq classified as top secret it is not until twenty fifteen that the estimate is made available to the public it is in a state or text ninety five pages long the dissect saddam hussein's weapons of mass destruction program most notably however the estimate is exceedingly cautious citing doubts and conflicting opinions coming from the core of the intelligence community. to keep these drugs from being taken into account the white house symbol taney asli publishes a shortened version of the estimate on iraq twenty five pages embellished with color photographs and maps. they had a very clever sanitized version of the estimate which. if they sent the said we think it possible that saddam hussein had this then the take out the possible this version makes official the allegations that have been circulating for
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months baghdad has chemical and biological weapons as well as missiles saddam could get his hands on a nuclear weapon within a year the sales campaign that took place i would characterize as aggressive deception there's no question that the headlines leave a different impression what's in the document itself the october two thousand and two in i.e. is not conclusive. it is the headlines that will sway congress bob graham knows this he votes against the resolution to go to war. by taking that action according to our own intelligence reports i will tell you friends and i would encourage you. to read they classified intelligence reports which are much sharper than what is available in the classified form we are going to be increased the threat level against the people of the united states i found the document to be
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a very unpersuasive and it was a significant part of my ultimate decision to vote against the war in iraq. october tenth two thousand and two that. congress approves the war right role to in the course of history four out of jackson. the deception is successful. american officials bear the responsibility of having allowed questionable evidence to dictate their decision and this for political ends this photo was going to be taken in october of two thousand and two just a month before the november election so there were a lot of people who felt that from a political standpoint. they didn't really want to know too much because they wanted to be able to tell their constituents this is what the president said was the right thing i accepted his judgment the vote by congress is
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a resulting victory for the bush administration. and the iraqi exiles and it leaves the antiwar proponents with a bitter taste of defeat. really. with the vote of congress secured it is no time to rally public support to do so they have a dossier on hand. remember that dossier from rome the one that conveniently emerged from the archives from the italian military secret service sees me. and so bianco former minister of the interior has closely followed the extraordinary story of this dossier new yet chad on local made the ball up at fifty you will see it called corner let me introduce the polish women mean it left brazen enough at that it. a key but they will tease out. that food soldier is martino a long time sees me agent informer to french british and american secret services
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he is the one who circulated this seemingly explosive dossier among his so-called clients. this is it it contains official looking documents that allude to a sale by nisha to iraq of concentrated you rhenium or yellowcake. the yellowcake dosey he finally lands on the desk of vice president cheney in february two thousand and two. when dick cheney saw this report from the defense intelligence agency about yellowcake iraqis seeking yellowcake in darkest africa and asia where. he asked the cia briefer. you think about this this year briefer said well i'll check it out and to verify it the cia summons joe wilson on february the nineteenth two thousand and two wilson is familiar with the fourth largest uranium producer in the world he was posted there earlier in his career when i got there the first person i went to see was a u.s.
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ambassador. and she said to me we have already looked at this. and we have determined that there is nothing there will some returns to the united states and gives his report to the cia the amount of uranium that was being talked about represented about a twenty five percent increase in annual protection levels and any such increase would have had been approved through the consortium that ran the mine you could not hide that. wilson's conclusions are related to cheney who ignores the vice president is sticking to his dossier from italy. and yet the italians gave the americans fair. are warning the documents in the sherry and yellow cake are false. enzo bianco has been demanding a commission of inquiry for years. if i took it usually in opposed to the eighty
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three up but then into the visit of d.c. cases come to that then tally cases come down to. a question for what should it not at all not cause at the pit sit negative at. event that you get the one the. family the anything in it will david's out that the costs read it they'll be better at them in the file save for the maturity to not respond on a late that is the last. to be in that case ducts suspicions that the program or camp will ignore for them the yellow cake dossier is a godsend it fuels a fundamental fear that of a nuclear apocalypse the only weapon of mass destruction that truly. is a weapon of mass destruction is a nuclear weapon chemical weapons and biological weapons are battlefield weapons but a nuclear weapon and as
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a society altering weapon. fear of the iraqi people reaches its pinnacle in september two thousand and two the new york times publishes a headline about the threat from baghdad it eludes to aluminum tube was seized by the americans that were to be used in the production of centrifuges to enrich uranium from africa and finally to make an atomic bomb it all adds up. at the end of two thousand and two the media campaign in the united states works like a charm according to the polls almost eighty percent of americans believe saddam has an atomic bomb or is close to having them in the end the yellowcake dossier will have a remarkable fate president bush himself will get behind it the british government has learned that saddam hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from africa pronounced by the most powerful man in the world this little sentence
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is an unequivocal condemnation and yet bush had been warned when the president when the state of the union address was being fair the cia told the white house you cannot use this code. laim that saddam attempted to purchase uranium from. there. to proceed to despite of the cia's reluctance the white house attributes these revelations to the british who spoke of yellowcake in their september report . with respect to iraq's attempts to acquire nuclear material in the share the. the british intelligence official the head of british intelligence at the time to this day insists that that information was correct and no one can say with certainty that it isn't it isn't true in fact the british white paper
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was simply circular reporting it was our story that ended up in a british document it was the same story. the french government which essentially controls the exploitation of the raimi of mines looked into the yellowcake affair and concluded it was fraudulent. dilla subir was the diplomatic advisor to french president jacques chirac at the time said i felt a little kid you wanted a cool extra morning. experience. that you feel much oily do you know that. i don't fully understand us you want us to show each to pretty under to some of our a commander extra. when early two thousand and three the american government decides to present its case to world leaders. colin powell who stands before the u.n.
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to deliver a scathing indictment of saddam hussein he repeats the accusations already presented during debates before congress he stresses the existence of mobile laboratories for producing biological weapons these are the revelations made by curveball the iraqi defector who spoke to german intelligence. finally he accuses saddam of wanting to get his hands on an atomic bomb and he speaks of the r.u. minium tubes that for months have been presented as a refutable proof. we watched colin powell and we said whoa this is really theatrical well done and we gave him an a for presentation and a c. minus for content which would. be. just one request easy or more policeman the vile that.
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general powell put. nations with the head of the cia behind him was acquired from a man which they named curveball. curveball whose real name was rough feed comment was a knobby would later admit that he made it all up so he could stay in germany. richard pound who had superficially defended the idea of going to war has no problem admitting that many of powers allegations were unfounded the mobile laboratories that were described in that intelligence report that turned out to be completely false there were no mobile laboratories the aluminum tubes which could have been part of centrifuges turned out to be aluminum tubes for launching small small rockets colin powell now is like yeah he did. why you do it because the president tolomeo it taking their case to the u.n.
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the american seek to justify their actions in front of the international community weapons inspectors return to iraq but have yet to find w m d but washington applies an indisputable logic. hussein indicates that he has weapons of mass destruction that he is violating united nations resolutions then we will know that saddam hussein again to see of the world if he says he doesn't have any and i think that we will find out whether or not saddam hussein is saying some of the we believe will be verifiably false. fronts wages one last diplomatic battle. on february the fourteenth at the u.n. domenic to fill pan states the french position these are still a fox news if you. eat a young you know you don't it's even a game and on march seventh director general of the international atomic energy agency mohamed el baradei i denounces bush's claims about the yellowcake from africa bailed on analysis by you has concluded. with the concurrence of outside
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experts that means documents which form the basis for the reports of release and you don't need the iranian transactions between iraq and these areas are in fact not offensive. we have therefore conclude that the least the civic allegations are unfounded. well we know it's a forgery now and we know that our country suffered the indignity of the. a director saying before the u.n. security council it took us a day and a half our experts but we looked and internet and really looked elsewhere we hired experts and we found out that disease documents were not authentic. in paris jack shit like announces that he will veto any resolution in favor of war. related i get it will appeal dissolution the americans
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will ignore the advice of some like the conclusions of battle die and the opinion of the un. the night of march nineteenth the war begins three weeks later columns of american tanks roll into baghdad saddam hussein flee his. from the outset of the operation in iraq american soldiers search for saddam hussein's awesome they find nothing but politicians blame it on the intelligence community you know intelligence agencies frequently make mistakes intelligence organizations by their very nature are working with imperfect information with conflicting accounts with things that it's impossible to to interpret with a high degree of of certainty the cia which had been so suspicious of the collaboration
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between the exiles and the pentagon will be forced to take the blame notably for the most blatant lies that little sentence sixteen words in all spoken by bush about the african yellowcake and the documents that inspired it no one knew it at. time in our thoughts maybe someone new down in the bow for the agency but no one in our circles knew that there were doubts and suspicions that this might be a forgery this insistence on defending the official lie finally gets the better of joe wilson's discretion. it was at that time that i fully understood that the government was not going to do it their it that it lied to the american people and therefore i had to write the story myself. in the new york times he publishes the truth about his mission tunisia and the fact of the white house was well aware of his conclusions. given the structure of the consortium that operated the mine it
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would be exceedingly difficult for niger to transfer uranium to iraq. the cia must once again sold a responsibility and george tenet releases a statement. the sixteen words should have never been included in the text written for the president this was a mistake a small price to pay for a very lethal lie at the white house the issue becomes a subject of humor official inquiries will denounce the incompetence of the intelligence community for the erroneous information about saddam hussein's weapons of mass destruction this was fraud and i can't say that often enough no mistake fraud. the man who was complicit in this deception refuses to be held soley responsible. have to believe that an exile organization with limited means can fool a major superpower the only superpower in the world of the time. with with bill
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tens of billions of dollars on sophisticated intelligence gathering into war against saddam. is fiction. it will be three years before bush. admits that saddam did not have w m d's. the main reason we went into iraq at the time was we thought he had weapons of mass destruction turns out he didn't but he had the capacity to make weapons of mass but also talked about the human suffering or at. bush brushes aside the stated reason for a war that has destroyed an entire country. in iraq the invasion turns into a bloody occupation. the downward spiral. started with the occupation the coalition specially the americans lost the moral
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high ground and they became the jailers of that if people the bedlam the chaos the violence in iraq now it's a natural consequence of what bush and cheney did in invading iraq. iraq is quickly torn to shreds ripped apart by religious and ethnic violence. i think the most convincing argument was that in order to enhance israel's position in the middle east and its security the nation surrounding it that formed an anti israeli bloc had to be broken up into smaller confessional a homo genius nation states so in the case of iraq a kurdistan a shia sanin a sunni stan. this objective was openly declared as early as nine hundred ninety six in this document. signed by richard perle and douglas feith
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a text that accuses iraq of posing a threat to israel. today the chaos in iraq has spread into syria entire provinces are beyond the control of baghdad and damascus. and the west has a new enemy the islamic state of iraq and the levant isis also known as dice the united states bears considerable responsibility for the fact that the islamic state exists. but not because the united states intended to create the islamic state rather that the islamic state came into existence as an unintended consequence of this immensely foolish war the americans and the british had they occupy the
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country have had they cut of corruption when it started we would not have that the violence has claimed hundreds of thousands of victims day to many and is up rooted million innocent iraqis in the seventy's you have hundreds of thousands of refugees leaving the area and nobody asks nobody asked what caused this what caused this terrible human catastrophe it was an earthquake and was a typhoon it was an invasion of a country that was reasonably intact when we invaded. the iraqi deception has cost americans almost two trillion dollars according to some estimates. much of this public money has been directed to the defense industry. he says bad for business war tension is always very good for business so money of course was a major factor so the united states finds itself today essentially engaged in
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permanent war. and it's a permanent ward that that benefits some people there are some people and some entities that are making a lot of money. in from this endless war. profits rarely mentioned relegated to silence as all the americans who have died in iraq like the son of andrew bass of age killed may thirteenth two thousand and seven i think one of the saddest aspects of our iraq war is how quickly americans have chosen to forget it. there seems to be an unwillingness on the part of the american people to acknowledge and to confront this enormous failure we aggressive deception is totally incompatible with the fundamental principle of democracy a failure the result of a manipulation that has shaken the confidence of americans in their own institutions. the man who wanted to see the
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end of saddam hussein did not want to see the end of iraq and he was sidelined an emissary of president bush told me if you oppose the policies of president bush we will bring to the full weight of the united states to bet against you i know that the americans are going to target me. that there was a there is a finding on the national security council signed by president bush in april of two thousand and four and titled marginalise challenge. ten hours after this interview. he was found dead in his bed. an autopsy concluded it was a heart attack. saddam hussein arrested and charged has hung december thirtieth two thousand and six george bush is reelected in november two thousand and four richard cheney remains vice president
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colin powell leaves office in january two thousand and five condoleezza rice replaces him at the state department george tenet resigns in july two thousand and four citing personal reasons douglas pfeiffer resigns from the pentagon in january two thousand and five paul wolfowitz is appointed president of the world bank in june two thousand and five donald rumsfeld leaves the pentagon in november two thousand and six. richard perle divides his time between washington and the south of france. hello again and welcome back well i do want to take you over here towards a western part of the vote on the satellite image we do have
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a lot of clouds there to talk about and in these clouds we're talking about snow for turkey we're also talking about a lot of rain over the next few days down here towards parts of syria as well as into lebanon now looking too bad as we go towards monday but it is going to be on the increase as we go towards tuesday a lot more clouds and rain and snow particular here in turkey. he in the higher elevations ancora minus two is going to be a high on tuesday aleppo and eight in beirut is looking at about fourteen degrees for your high well as we go down here across the gulf not looking too bad for doha twenty six degrees maybe cloudy conditions over towards riyadh at twenty seven but by the time we get towards tuesday we are going to be picking up a few more clouds so mostly cloudy conditions across the region down here towards parts of we are going to see some coastal clouds as well with a temperature for twenty six for you and then across parts of southern africa not looking too bad across cape town but a lot of rain across much of johannesburg and durban from madagascar we're going to be seeing plenty or a few it could be flooding conditions over the next few days for monday as well as
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into tuesday and over here towards mozambique we are going to see some rain as well a rainy day for you at twenty four degrees and over here towards at thirty five degrees there. partners. on counting the cost it was the worst performing stock market at twenty eighteen find out where china is headed in twenty nineteen brazil's new president has an economic challenge plus taxing times for technology giants in france at
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