America’s Preeminent Warmongers

Constantly Beating the Drums of War

from the Safety & Comfort of Their Penthouses and ‘Beltway Bunkers’

March 2015

UPDATED: April 2016
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It needs to be screamed out loud & clear: The only thing the vast majority of the Republican Party loves more than tax cuts for their wealthy friends is invading another country with our military might. Sending innocent American GI’s to their death for no legitimate reason has no effect on them at all. Their “cause” is the only thing that matters.

The entire universe knows by now that the G.W. Bush Administration began planning a war with Iraq before they ever took office. It was Bush and Cheney’s second priority, right after cutting taxes for the wealthy and corporations. They would have declared war on Iraq with or without 911, but that event gave them better fodder to use in convincing the American public that Saddam Hussein was a threat. 911 simply made their selling job easier.

Paul O’Neill, Bush's Treasury Secretary: “...going after Saddam was topic “A” 10 days after the inauguration - eight months before Sept. 11.”

The lies have been more than sufficiently documented. Not one single accusation against Hussein’s intent to attack the west was true. Yet, even after a trillion dollars and tens of thousands of casualties, the warmongers are still beating the drums of war.

We hear the term ‘warmongers’ all the time, but seldom are they publicly identified. However, there are plenty. In this document are past and present names and faces of many of the most notable, beginning with those who knowingly lied us into the Iraqi War.

During the 1990's, before 911, Donald Rumsfeld was already trying to drum up a war with Iraq. He was involved in several official efforts to promote the war including what he called "The Rumsfeld Commission Report" which he issued to Congress in 1998 for their consideration. Additionally he sent then-President Bill Clinton a letter urging him to declare war on Iraq (PDF). The letter was signed by Rumsfeld and 17 of his close warmongering allies. The image below is the "signatures" of those involved

Obviously we know now that Clinton did not accommodate Rumsfeld by declaring war on Iraq. But Rumsfeld wasn't about to give up. After being heavily involved in stealing the 2000 Presidential Election for George W. Bush, Rumsfeld wormed his way into the job of Secretary of Defense under Bush and became a key player in building the necessary lies to support attacking Iraq which began in March 2003.


The Architects of Iraqi War
(Kudos to ThinkProgress - Visit link to see where they are today)

Paul Wolfowitz

Role In Going To War: Wolfowitz said the U.S. would be greeted as liberators, that Iraqi oil money would pay for the reconstruction, and that Gen. Eric Shinseki’s estimate that several hundred thousand troops would be needed was “wildly off the mark.”

[Not one single penny from iraqi oil was paid back to the U.S. In fact the U.S. has paid for every drop of oil we gotten from Iraq, and we only get about 30,000 barrels of oil per day from that country - approximately 0.01% of their daily production. China receives the bulk of Iraqi’s oil. At the height of the war a total of 165,000 troops were in Iraq.]

Douglas Feithz

Role In Going To War: As Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Feith spearheaded two secretive groups at the Pentagon — the Counter Terrorism Evaluation Group and the Office of Special Plans — that were instrumental in drawing up documents that explained the supposed ties between Saddam and al Qaeda. The groups were “created in order to find evidence of what Wolfowitz and his boss, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, believed to be true.” Colin Powell referred to Feith’s operation as the Gestapo. In Bob Woodward’s Plan of Attack, former CentCom Commander Gen. Tommy Franks called Feith the “f***ing stupidest guy on the face of the earth.”

William Luti

Role In Going To War: Luti worked under Douglas Feith, overseeing the Office of Special Plans, a Pentagon intelligence shop used to produce intelligence supporting the Bush administration’s claims about the threat represented by Saddam Hussein.

Stephen Hadley

Role In Going To War: As then-Deputy National Security Advisor, Hadley disregarded memos from the CIA and a personal phone call from Director George Tenet warning that references to Iraq’s pursuit of uranium be dropped from Bush’s speeches. The false information ended up in Bush’s 2003 State of the Union address.



Richard Perle

Role In Going To War: Richard Perle, the so-called “Prince of Darkness,” was the chairman of Defense Policy Board during the run-up to the Iraq war. He suggested Iraq had a hand in 9-11. In 1996, he authored “Clean Break,” a paper that was co-signed by Douglas Feith, David Wurmser, and others that argued for regime change in Iraq. Shortly after the war began, Perle resigned from the Board because he came under fire for having relationships with businesses that stood to profit from the war.

Elliot Abrams

Role In Going To War: Abrams was one of the defendants in the Iran-Contra Affair, and he pled guilty to two misdemeanor counts of withholding information from Congress. He was appointed Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director on the National Security Council for Near East and North African Affairs during Bush’s first term, where he served as Bush's chief advisor on the Middle East. His name surfaced as part of the investigation into who leaked the name of a undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame.

Scooter Libby

Role In Going To War: As Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, Libby repeatedly pressured CIA analysts to report that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and links to al Qaeda. He also provided classified government information to New York Times reporter Judith Miller that formed the basis of a series of articles highlighting Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction that were later entirely discredited. Along with Hannah, Libby was a principal author of the discredited draft UN presentation.

John Hannah

Role In Going To War: As deputy national security advisor to Vice President Cheney, Hannah served as the conduit between Ahmad Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress and the Bush administration, passing along false information about Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction that the administration relied upon to justify the invasion. Hannah was also a principal author of the draft speech making the administration’s case for war to the UN. Then-Secretary of State Colin Powell and CIA director George Tenet rejected most of the content of the speech as exaggerated and unwarranted.

David Wurmser

Role In Going To War: At the time of the war, Wurmser was a special assistant to John Bolton in the State Department. Wurmser has long advocated the belief that both Syria and Iraq represented threats to the stability of the Middle East. In early 2001, Wurmser had issued a call for air strikes against Iraq and Syria. Along with Perle, he is considered a main author of “Clean Break.”

Andrew Natsios

Role In Going To War: Shortly after the invasion of Iraq, Andrew Natsios, then the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, went on Nightline and claimed that the U.S. contribution to the rebuilding of Iraq would be just $1.7 billion. When it became quickly apparent that Natsios’ prediction would fall woefully short of reality, the government came under fire for scrubbing his comments from the USAID Web site.

Dan Bartlett

Role In Going To War: Dan Bartlett was the White House Communications Director at the time of the war and was a mouthpiece in hyping the Iraq threat. Bartlett was also a regular participant in the weekly meetings of the White House Iraq Group (WHIG). The main purpose of the group was the systematic coordination of the “marketing” of going to war with Iraq as well as selling the war here at home.

Mitch Daniels

Role In Going To War: Mitch Daniels was the director of the Office of Management and Budget from January 2001 through June of 2003. In this capacity, he was responsible for releasing the initial budget estimates for the Iraq War which he pegged at $50 to $60 billion. The estimated cost of the war, including the full economic ramifications, is approaching $1 trillion.

George Tenet

Role In Going To War: As CIA Director, Tenet was responsible for gathering information on Iraq and the potential threat posted by Saddam Hussein. According to author Bob Woodward, Tenet told President Bush before the war that there was a “slam dunk case” that Saddam possessed weapons of mass destruction. Tenet remained publicly silent while the Bush administration made pre-war statements on Iraq’s supposed nuclear program and ties to al Qaeda that were contrary to the CIA’s judgments. Tenet issued a statement in July 2003, drafted by Karl Rove and Scooter Libby, taking responsibility for Bush’s false statements in his State of the Union address.

Donald Rumsfeld

Role In Going To War: Prior to the war, Rumsfeld repeatedly suggested the war in Iraq would be short and swift. He said, “The Gulf War in the 1990s lasted five days on the ground. I can’t tell you if the use of force in Iraq today would last five days, or five weeks, or five months, but it certainly isn’t going to last any longer than that.” He also said, “It is unknowable how long that conflict will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months.”

Condoleezza Rice

Role In Going To War: As National Security Adviser, Rice disregarded at least two CIA memos and a personal phone call from Director George Tenet stating that the evidence behind Iraq’s supposed uranium acquisition was weak. She urged the necessity of war because “we don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.”

Chief Warmonger
Dick Cheney

Role In Going To War: Among a host of false pre-war statements, Cheney claimed that Iraq may have had a role in 9/11, stating that it was “pretty well confirmed” that 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta met with Iraqi intelligence officials. Cheney also claimed that Saddam was “in fact reconstituting his nuclear program” and that the U.S. would be “greeted as liberators.”

Ass't Chief Warmonger
George W. Bush

Role In Going To War: Emphasizing Saddam Hussein’s supposed stockpile of weapons of mass destruction, supposed ties to al Qaeda, and supposed nuclear weapons program, Bush built public support for — and subsequently ordered — an invasion of Iraq.

[Bush Breaks With 140 Years of History in Plan for Wartime Tax Cut - With this push to slash taxes during wartime, Bush broke from 140 years of history under presidents of both parties. In every major conflict the United States has fought since the Civil War (and some minor ones), Washington has raised taxes to pay for the war.]

A full-length report about how New York Times reporter Judith Miller played a major role in spreading the Bush Administration’s lies to “justify” the Iraqi War.

The Source of the Trouble
“Pulitzer Prize winner Judith Miller’s series of exclusives about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq - courtesy of the now-notorious Ahmad Chalabi - helped the New York Times keep up with the competition and the Bush administration bolster the case for war. How the very same talents that caused her to get the story also caused her to get it wrong.”
PDF Copy of Report

Some Pertinent Iraqi War Facts




Ten Years After the Invasion of Iraq: The Human Cost from Watson Institute on Vimeo.

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U.S / Ally Casualties of Iraqi War

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Bob Simon on How the Bush Administration Tried to Link 9/11 and Iraq from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

War's First Casualty: the Truth from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.
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And Now, Fast-Forward to Today

Bill Moyers: The Same People
Who Lied Us Into War With Iraq
Are Demanding Yet Another War


Bill Moyers on the Folly of Attacking Iraq from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

Today’s Warmongers: Some Old, Some New


Senator John McCain

Senator
Lindsey Graham

Congressman
Louie Gohmert

Former Sen.
Joe Lieberman

John Bolton

William "Bill" Kristol

Charles Krauthammer

Frances Townsend

Retired General
Jack Keane

Michael Savage

Ann Coulter

Henry Kissinger

Stephen Hays

Retired General
Michael Hayden

Jack D. Crouch

William Safire

Paul Bremer

Rep. Robert Pittenger

Ret. Army Lt. Colonel
Ralph Peters

Monica Crowley

U.S. Senator
Ron Johnson

Robert Kagan

Rep. Tom Cotton

Bill O'Reilly

Joni Ernst

Mike Huckabee

Eric Bolling

The American-Right’s Foreign Allies


Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu

Avi Lipkin

If you don’t know that America is the biggest threat to world peace, then you’re in the minority.

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The following 47 Republican U.S. Senators are default warmongers by the act of signing an open letter to Iran (pdf) telling them that any peaceful deal President Obama cuts with Iran will be nullified as soon as a Republican President is elected.

= Already IDed above as warmonger
Tom Cotton, R-AR Orrin Hatch, R-UT
Charles Grassley, R-IA Mitch McConnell, R-KY
Richard Shelby, R-AL John McCain, R-AZ
James Inhofe, R-OK Pat Roberts, R-KS
Jeff Sessions, R-AL Michael Enzi, R-WY
Michael Crapo, R-ID Lindsey Graham, R-SC
John Cornyn, R-TX Richard Burr, R-NC
John Thune, R-SD Johnny Isakson, R-GA
David Vitter, R-LA John A. Barrasso, R-WY
Roger Wicker, R-MS Jim Risch, R-ID
Mark Kirk, R-IL Roy Blunt, R-MO
Jerry Moran, R-KS Rob Portman, R-OH
John Boozman, R-AR Pat Toomey, R-PA
John Hoeven, R-ND Marco Rubio, R-FL
Ron Johnson, R-WI Rand Paul, R-KY
Mike Lee, R-UT Kelly Ayotte, R-NH
Dean Heller, R-NV Tim Scott, R-SC
Ted Cruz, R-TX Deb Fischer, R-NE
Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV     Bill Cassidy, R-LA
Cory Gardner, R-CO James Lankford, R-OK
Steve Daines, R-MT Mike Rounds, R-SD
David Perdue, R-GA Thom Tillis, R-NC
Joni Ernst, R-IA Ben Sasse, R-NE
Dan Sullivan, R-AK
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