Most of you know I was the chief U.S Asset covering Iraq at the United Nations, who got arrested on the Patriot Act, locked up on Carswell Air Force Base and threatened with forcible drugging when the Bush cabal decided to blame Pre-War Intelligence for their catastrophic decision to go to War.
But what exactly was the Bush Administration hiding, (besides the CIA’s advance warnings about 9/11)? One thing was a comprehensive peace option with Baghdad that addressed every straw argument from the Neo-Cons justifying the War. The Bush cabal was terrified that Americans would discover the U.S. could have achieved every single objective ever articulated without firing a missile. No soldier or civilian had to die in Iraq. Not one.
VT readers know that Intelligence is fractious. Pre-War Intelligence on Iraq was pro-active in addressing the problems, and bluntly honest that War would be catastrophic, completely unnecessary, and wasteful of financial resources. Only the White House and Congress were too cowardly to admit their mistakes. So they blamed me. I watched their attacks on prison television, locked on a Texas military base and gagged by indictment.
On the 10 year anniversary of the start of the War, it’s worth examining the comprehensive peace option hammered out in the two year run up to the invasion. I was traveling in Minnesota last week for speaking engagements. In a television interview, I discussed the Iraqi Peace option at length.
I hope it will persuade the world to give diplomacy a chance to forestall confrontation with Iran in the months ahead. It’s never so hopeless as you might think.