I don't understand your reply. What illegal invasions are you describing?
The illegal invasion of Iraq.
When did I say that North Korea has nuclear weapons?
Stephen Pelletiere was the CIA senior political analyst on Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war. He was a professor at the Army War College from 1988 to 2000.
He says: This much about the gassing at Halabja we undoubtedly know: it came about in the course of a battle between Iraqis and Iranians. Iraq used chemical weapons to try to kill Iranians who had seized the town, which is in northern Iraq not far from the Iranian border. The Kurdish civilians who died had the misfortune to be caught up in that exchange. But they were not Iraq's main target.
He goes on to say: Immediately after the battle the United States Defense Intelligence Agency investigated and produced a classified report, which it circulated within the intelligence community on a need-to-know basis. That study asserted that it was Iranian gas that killed the Kurds, not Iraqi gas.
He also said: The agency did find that each side used gas against the other in the battle around Halabja. The condition of the dead Kurds' bodies, however, indicated they had been killed with a blood agent - that is, a cyanide-based gas - which Iran was known to use. The Iraqis, who are thought to have used mustard gas in the battle, are not known to have possessed blood agents at the time.
The invasion of Iraq was illegal. The reason for the invasion of Iraq, and the killing of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, and the creation of four million refugees was to find and remove WMDs. Here is a chronological sequence of events concerning that:
“Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.”
~Dick Cheney, August 26, 2002
“Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons.”
~George W. Bush, September 12, 2002
“Iraq has stockpiled biological and chemical weapons, and is rebuilding the facilities used to make more of those weapons...We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons -- the very weapons the dictator tells us he does not have.”
~George W. Bush, October 5, 2002
“The Iraqi regime . . . possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons. We know that the regime has produced thousands of tons of chemical agents, including mustard gas, sarin nerve gas, VX nerve gas.
“We've also discovered through intelligence that Iraq has a growing fleet of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles that could be used to disperse chemical or biological weapons across broad areas. We're concerned that Iraq is exploring ways of using these UAVS for missions targeting the United States. The evidence indicates that Iraq is reconstituting its nuclear weapons program. Saddam Hussein has held numerous meetings with Iraqi nuclear scientists, a group he calls his “nuclear mujahideen” - his nuclear holy warriors. Satellite photographs reveal that Iraq is rebuilding facilities at sites that have been part of its nuclear program in the past. Iraq has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes and other equipment needed for gas centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons.”
~George W. Bush, October 7, 2002
“If he declares he has none, then we will know that Saddam Hussein is once again...”
~Ari Fleischer, December 2, 2002
“The president of the United States and the secretary of defense would not assert as plainly and bluntly as they have that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction if it was not true, and if they did not have a solid basis for saying it.”
~Ari Fleischer December 6, 2002
“We know for a fact that there are weapons there.”
~Ari Fleischer January 9, 2003
“It appears to be a re-run of a bad movie. [Iraqi President Saddam Hussein] is delaying. He's deceiving. He's asking for time. He's playing hide-and-seek with inspectors. One thing is for certain -- he's not disarming.”
~George W. Bush, January 21, 2003
“Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent.”
~George W. Bush, January 28, 2003
“We know that Saddam Hussein is determined to keep his weapons of mass destruction, is determined to make more.”
~Colin Powell, February 5, 2003
“We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons -- the very weapons the dictator tells us he does not have.”
~George W. Bush, February 8, 2003
“So has the strategic decision been made to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction by the leadership in Baghdad?... I think our judgment has to be clearly not.”
~Colin Powell, March 7, 2003
“Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised.”
~George W. Bush, March 17, 2003
“Well, there is no question that we have evidence and information that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical particularly . . . all this will be made clear in the course of the operation, for whatever duration it takes.”
~Ari Fleisher, March 21, 2003
“There is no doubt that the regime of Saddam Hussein possesses weapons of mass destruction. And . . . as this operation continues, those weapons will be identified, found, along with the people who have produced them and who guard them.
~Gen. Tommy Franks, March 22, 2003
“One of our top objectives is to find and destroy the WMD. There are a number of sites.”
~Pentagon Spokeswoman Victoria Clark, March 22, 2003
“We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.”
~Donald Rumsfeld, March 30, 2003
“We are in the process of trying to liberate that country. And at the moment where the war ends and the coalition forces occupy the areas where those capabilities -- chemical and biological weapons -- are likely to be, to the extent they haven't been moved out of the country, it obviously is important to find them.”
~Donald Rumsfeld, April 9, 2003
“We have high confidence that they have weapons of mass destruction. That is what this war was about and it is about.”
~Ari Fleischer, April 10, 2003
After the “fall” on April 10, 2003
“When there happens to be a weapon of mass destruction suspect site in an area that we occupy and if people have time, they'll look at it.”
~Donald Rumsfeld, April 11, 2003
“I don't think we'll discover anything, myself. I think what will happen is we'll discover people who will tell us where to go find it. It is not like a treasure hunt where you just runaround looking everywhere hoping you find something. I just don't think that's going to happen. The inspectors didn't find anything, and I doubt that we will. What we will do is find the people who will tell us.”
~Donald Rumsfeld, April 17, 2003
“We are learning more as we interrogate or have discussions with Iraqi scientists and people within the Iraqi structure, that perhaps he destroyed some, perhaps he dispersed some. And so we will find them.”
~George W. Bush, April 24, 2003
“There are people who in large measure have information that we need . . . so that we can track down the weapons of mass destruction in that country.”
~Donald Rumsfeld, April 25, 2003
“He tried to fool the United Nations and did for 12 years by hiding these weapons. And so, it's going to take time to find them. But we know he had them, and whether he destroyed them, moved them or hid them, we're going to find out the truth.”
~George W. Bush April 25, 2003
“We'll find them. It'll be a matter of time to do so.”
~George W. Bush, May 3, 2003
“I'm absolutely sure that there are weapons of mass destruction there and the evidence will be forthcoming. We're just getting it just now.”
~Colin Powell, May 4, 2003
“We never believed that we'd just tumble over weapons of mass destruction in that country.”
~Donald Rumsfeld, May 4, 2003
“I'm not surprised if we begin to uncover the weapons program of Saddam Hussein -- because he had a weapons program.”
~George W. Bush, May 6, 2003
“U.S. officials never expected that 'we were going to open garages and find' weapons of mass destruction.”
~Condoleeza Rice, May 12, 2003
“I just don't know whether it was all destroyed years ago -- I mean, there's no question that there were chemical weapons years ago -- whether they were destroyed right before the war, (or) whether they're still hidden.
~Maj. Gen. David Petraeus, Commander 101st Airborne, May 13, 2003
“Given time, given the number of prisoners now that we're interrogating, I'm confident that we're going to find weapons of mass destruction.”
~Gen. Richard Myers, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, May 26, 2003
“They may have had time to destroy them, and I don't know the answer.”
~Donald Rumsfeld, May 27, 2003
“For bureaucratic reasons, we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction (as justification for invading Iraq) because it was the one reason everyone could agree on.”
~Paul Wolfowitz, May 28, 2003
“It was a surprise to me then -- it remains a surprise to me now -- that we have not uncovered weapons, as you say, in some of the forward dispersal sites. Believe me, it's not for lack of trying. We've been to virtually every ammunition supply point between the Kuwaiti border and Baghdad, but they're simply not there.”
~Lt. Gen. James Conway, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, May 30, 2003
“The coalition did not act in Iraq because we had discovered dramatic new evidence of Iraq's pursuit. We acted because we saw the evidence in a dramatic new light -- through the prism of our experience on 9/11.”
~Donald Rumsfeld, June, 2003
The CIA gave us bad intelligence.
~George W. Bush, July 11, 2003
“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unkowns. That is to say, there are things we know we don't know. But, there are also unknown unknowns. These are things we don't know we don't know.”
~Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld