The Iraq war was started thanks to a Liar

It’s in some ways surprising that this story has not been more widely circulated.

A man whose lies helped to make the case for invading Iraq – starting a nine-year war costing more than 100,000 lives and hundreds of billions of dollars – will come clean in his first ever British television interview tomorrow.

“Curveball”, the Iraqi defector who fabricated claims about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, smiled as he confirmed 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.

I wonder if it’s becuase the lies were his, not Bush’s and Blair’s, or because of this:

He tried to defend his actions: “My main purpose was to topple the tyrant in Iraq because the longer this dictator remains in power, the more the Iraqi people will suffer from this regime’s oppression.”

Basically, he wanted rid of Saddam.

I guess it’s because it doesn’t fit either narritive.

  1. It doesn’t really fit with the left’s narrative that Bush and Blair made it all up.
  2. It doesn’t really fit with the right’s defense… because they’ve long given up trying to make one.

But it’s the truth, so I guess it fits mine then.

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