We will soon see the eighth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq. That anniversary should remind us that the Iraq war has claimed many lives and permanently damaged many more. It is not clear when this war and occupation, or the war in Afghanistan, will ever end. What is clear is that the Iraq War was built entirely on lies and that painful fact grows clearer with each passing year. It is no longer possible for honest people to suggest that the false claims made to start this war were just a string of misunderstandings, which brings to mind an important question.
One of the two original justifications for invading Iraq was that Iraq was linked to al-Qaeda and the attacks of September 11. Vice President Dick Cheney made such claims on several occasions. But the truth was that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with al-Qaeda or 9/11 and he was distrustful of that elusive organization. It was later reported by the US Senate Intelligence Committee that Hussein denied all requests to provide material or operational support to al-Qaeda, and that Cheney’s claims were all false.