For media critic Norman Solomon, the 10th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq is a reminder of just how much we seem to have forgotten.
Solomon, who was featured in the MEF film War Made Easy, had this to say in a statement released by the Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA) today:
The tenth anniversary of the Iraq invasion comes at a time of chilling statements from the top of the U.S. government. Days ago, speaking of possible actions against Iran, President Obama told an Israeli TV reporter: ‘I continue to keep all options on the table.’ Earlier this month, Vice President Biden told the AIPAC annual conference that Obama ‘is not bluffing’ and declared that ‘all options, including military force, are on the table.’ These statements are similar to the threats uttered by President Bush and Vice President Cheney prior to the invasion of Iraq.
Despite the myth that just about everyone believed there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, many experts and independent groups in the United States — including the Institute for Public Accuracy — thoroughly debunked such claims during the year before the invasion.
A few weeks ago, in a stunning break with normal media protocol, Solomon confronted Larry Wilkerson, the former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, on exactly this point — directly challenging Wilkerson’s contention that his boss did the best he could with the facts he had. You can watch that incredible exchange here:
In War Made Easy, Solomon advanced the same devastating and myth-shattering argument that the invasion of Iraq was driven less by honest mistakes than by a carefully orchestrated Bush administration campaign to mislead the American public and bully the US news media — which responded by willingly assuming the role of cheerleaders for war. In this clip from the film, Solomon details how these deceptions congealed into conventional wisdom:
Ten years later, the lessons of the Iraq war are too important to forget.
And you can watch War Made Easy in its entirety for free here: