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Former joint chiefs Chairman Gen. Hugh Shelton says the Bush admin was pushed into the war in Iraq, thoughts?

Former Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Hugh Shelton says that, during the Bush administration, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, his deputy, Paul Wolfowitz, and other Pentagon officials pushed to go to war with Iraq "almost to the point of insubordination."

"There was a very strong push in those days for us to go into Iraq, and there was absolutely no intelligence, zero, that pointed toward the Iraqis.," he told Christiane Amanpour on ABC's 'This Week' on Sunday. "It was all Al Qaida, Osama bin Laden. And yet there was an element there that was -- that was pushing to go into Iraq at the same time."

George Bush was focused on Afghanistan and initially resisted the pressure to invade Iraq, Shelton says. But he was eventually convinced.

 
sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 9:07 PM on Oct. 24, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I thought this was all brought to light when Richard Clarke put out his book. Rumsfeld and Cheney were trying to finish what was started in the first Bush administration.
    beckcorc

    Answer by beckcorc at 9:30 PM on Oct. 24, 2010

  • Gee, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz bet Cheney was in there too. All the PNAC crowd, imagine that.

    Friday

    Answer by Friday at 9:19 PM on Oct. 24, 2010

  • Gee, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz bet Cheney was in there too. All the PNAC crowd, imagine that.


    Answer by Friday 3 minutes
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    You can bet that Cheney was pushing it too. Afer all, there was that Halliburton thing....with Cheney earning big bucks while Halliburton won so many contracts over there...etc. Yukkkk.
    kerp1960

    Answer by kerp1960 at 9:25 PM on Oct. 24, 2010

  • Nothing more then a talking head like every other president
    BlueCollarMama

    Answer by BlueCollarMama at 9:44 PM on Oct. 24, 2010

  • Gee, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz bet Cheney was in there too. All the PNAC crowd, imagine that.



    and imagine that, this was teh SAME GROUP that held a congrats dinner party when the decision was made, I believe it was at Cheney's home..guess who didn't get an invite? George Bush
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    See? Poor George. The 'behind the scenes' people are shaping policy,no matter what a President wants....George was a figurehead. His Daddy --George senior--always was in charge and he didn't even approve of George...he made him feel inadequate. I felt sorry for him. But I detest Cheney and Rumsfeld,etc.





    kerp1960

    Answer by kerp1960 at 9:55 PM on Oct. 24, 2010

  • No sweetie, I am saying you would see the connection to WMD, thanks to the UN Also how the UN was funding Saddams payoffs to terrorists as well.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 6:47 PM on Oct. 25, 2010

  • Afghanistan, remember, was going very, very well," Shelton said. "The drumbeat back here in Washington was still pushing, coming out of the Pentagon, let's go to Iraq, let's get -- take him out. And he finally said, let's go."


    As Wired's Noah Shachtman details the logs show that though the search for weapons of mass destruction continued in Iraq for years, and U.S. forces found no evidence of a massive WMD program:

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 9:09 PM on Oct. 24, 2010

  • An initial glance at the WikiLeaks war logs doesn't reveal evidence of some massive WMD program by the Saddam Hussein regime -- the Bush administration's most (in)famous rationale for invading Iraq. But chemical weapons, especially, did not vanish from the Iraqi battlefield. Remnants of Saddam's toxic arsenal, largely destroyed after the Gulf War, remained. Jihadists, insurgents and foreign (possibly Iranian) agitators turned to these stockpiles during the Iraq conflict -- and may have brewed up their own deadly agents.
    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 9:09 PM on Oct. 24, 2010

  • See, this is why I kinda feel sorry for poor George.He WAS led around by the nose and he was their puppet.....poor litte guy.
    kerp1960

    Answer by kerp1960 at 9:26 PM on Oct. 24, 2010

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    I thought this was all brought to light when Richard Clarke put out his book. Rumsfeld and Cheney were trying to finish what was started in the first Bush administration.

    It sure did and a few others, for those of US who wnated FACTS about what heppened, we read it. The CONSERVIE crowd did NOT..They wanted FREEDOM FRIES and FREEDOM ISN"T FREE.....One of the conservie moms that is a regular on here, who I think is pretty smart...pretended as of some of this is new....the K street memo's as well.....and it was "well if thats true they should be prosecuted"... its TRUE, backed with FACTS and they dont CARE...Which is highly disturbing

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 9:46 PM on Oct. 24, 2010

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