From the ‘Told You So’ file: Lynchpin of GOP Iraq War push admits having lied

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Surprise, surprise: eight years later and the dirty f••king hippies were right: the Republican story about bioweapons in Iraq told in the run-up to the war was a gigantic lie:

“The defector who convinced the White House that Iraq had a secret biological weapons programme has admitted for the first time that he lied about his story, then watched in shock as it was used to justify the war.

“Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, codenamed Curveball by German and American intelligence officials who dealt with his claims, has told the Guardian that he fabricated tales of mobile bioweapons trucks and clandestine factories in an attempt to bring down the Saddam Hussein regime, from which he had fled in 1995.

” “Maybe I was right, maybe I was not right,” he said. “They gave me this chance. I had the chance to fabricate something to topple the regime. I and my sons are proud of that and we are proud that we were the reason to give Iraq the margin of democracy.” “

“They gave me this chance…to fabricate something to topple the regime”? Does this mean Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi was instructed to invent evidence? Ah, don’t worry about it either way, Curveball: Iraq got her ‘democracy.’ All you had to do was tell 1 lie that led to the waste of 1.5m Iraqi lives, $1.153 trillion dollars, and nearly 5000 US soldiers.

If murderous mendacity is what passes for patriotism in Iraq what the f••k were we doing ‘saving’ these people to begin with?

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