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On September 18, 1998, Paul Wolfowitz appeared before the House National Security Committee and delivered an impassioned plea for the use of American arms to topple the government of Saddam Hussein. Read the full text of his remarks here. We need to keep in mind that the invasion of Iraq transpired not because of any connection between 9/11 and Iraq (there was none), nor because Iraq presented any immediate threat to the United States (as we now know, the intelligence community’s assessment was that it did not), but rather because of the determination of a small band of individuals to wage a pre-emptive war (that is to say, a war of aggression) against Iraq. Wolfowitz was one of the loudest of those voices. He is feverishly trying to distance himself from that legacy now. He should not be permitted to do so.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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“I hope that after reading the following pages the leaders of the Y. M. C. A. will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.”