Condoleezza Rice warned about "mushroom clouds". Don Rumsfeld said that we knew exactly where the (nonexistent) WMDs were. Colin Powell stood in front of the UN Security Council and showed one piece of faked and/or misinterpreted "evidence" after another.
It was all lies.
Thousands of American soldiers gave their lives, tens of thousands were grievously injured, and trillions of dollars in direct and indirect costs were sucked from the US economy. All for a bunch of lies.
A man whose lies helped to make the case for invading Iraq [...] will come clean in his first British television interview tomorrow.
"Curveball", the Iraqi defector who fabricated claims about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, smiles as he confirms how he made the whole thing up. It was a confidence trick that changed the course of history, with Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi's lies used to justify the Iraq war. [...]
The chemical engineer claimed to have overseen the building of a mobile biological laboratory when he sought political asylum in Germany in 1999. His lies were presented as "facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence" by Colin Powell, US Secretary of State, when making the case for war at the UN Security Council in February 2003.
But Mr Janabi, speaking in a two-part series, Modern Spies, starting tomorrow on BBC2, says none of it was true. When it is put to him "we went to war in Iraq on a lie. And that lie was your lie", he simply replies: "Yes."
US officials "sexed up" Mr Janabi's drawings of mobile biological weapons labs to make them more presentable, admits Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, General Powell's former chief of staff. "I brought the White House team in to do the graphics," he says, adding how "intelligence was being worked to fit around the policy".
The Republican Party used faked "evidence" to lead the country into a disastrous and painfully costly war of aggression. How can that party continue to exist?