Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War in 2003, and naturally renowned military critic Joy Reed discussed the issue on her MSNBC show Monday.
And Reed was not shy about her words, and at one point, discussing the fraudulent excuses used to garner support for the war, she declared that it was one of the “greatest political crimes” ever committed by the administration of the President of the United States.
“I mean, gitmo,” Reid said, referring to the prison that the US government set up in Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay to bypass constitutional protections for accused criminals, “it was a global war on terror when we were allowed to open this gulag. “.
“They tortured people there, trying to get them to say that Iraq was involved,” Reed continues, referring to the involvement in the 9/11 attacks. “And they weren’t. We got to the point of torturing people, trying to get them to lie so that they would somehow say that it was Saddam Hussein, who was a terrible person, but he did not participate in this.
“And the way they manipulated people’s anger and fear about 9/11 to infiltrate Iraq is one of the biggest political crimes and crimes of immorality coming from the presidential administration,” Reid added. .
One side note: before and after the start of the Iraq War, numerous officials in the Bush administration in the years following 9/11 claimed links between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda—claims that were, of course, false. Bush himself finally acknowledged this in 2006.
The main justification for the invasion was the allegation that Iraq harbored weapons of mass destruction; these claims were not true.
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