Condi Admits Another Iraq War Lie

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Authored by Darius Shahtahmasebi via,

Last week, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made some surprising admissions about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, claiming U.S.-led interventions in the Middle East were not about spreading democracy but were instead about addressing security issues.

During an interview at the Brooking Institute last Thursday, Rice stated the following:

“We didn’t go to Iraq to bring democracy to Iraq, we went to Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussein, who we thought was reconstituting his weapons of mass destruction and who we knew had been a threat in the region. It was a security problem.”

Condoleezza Rice also stated:

“We didn’t overthrow the Taliban to bring democracy to Afghanistan, we overthrew them because they were harboring Al-Qaeda in a safe haven after 9/11.”

Her statements run in contradiction to official “Operation Iraqi Freedom” White House statements that the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003 in order to promote democracy, as noted by Newsweek.

"Once we had done that, it was a separate decision as to whether or not to try to advocate for a post-Saddam or a post-Taliban Iraq or Afghanistan that would be democratic, or that it would be given a chance for democracy. And we actually debated whether that ought to be the case. But we felt, particularly in the Middle East, we had done enough of support authoritarians because they are stable, and then watch them ultimately not be stable,” Rice added.

According to Condoleezza Rice, as Bush’s foreign policy advisor, she would never have asked Bush to bring democracy to Iraq and Afghanistan by military force, which she said was a “dramatic” example of democracy promotion.

For example, former Vice President Dick Cheney once said:

“The point would be that the conflict will be intense, but it’s intense because the terrorists understand that if we’re successful at accomplishing our objective — standing up a democracy in Iraq — that that’s a huge defeat for them.” [emphasis added]

To anyone who has been paying attention to these conflicts, Rice’s admission is hardly surprising. Not only did she already admit in 2011 that “we didn’t go to Iraq to bring democracy to the Iraqis,” but clearly, the U.S. has no interest in delivering actual freedom and democracy in any of the countries in the Middle East, as American-led interventions have only led to chaos and destruction. Further, if Cheney’s stated goals were correct, it still begs the question as to how a country can deliver freedom and democracy to another country by using outright force — completely contrary to the stated principles of democracy. For example, Saddam Hussein was far more popular prior to the 2003 invasion than any puppet government the U.S. could ever have installed. The U.S. hardly heralded a democratic transition.

Further, Rice’s rationale for the “intervention” are almost exactly what we were told at the outset in the days leading up to the U.S. invasion, namely that Saddam Hussein posed a major security threat to the region (and to the United States); particularly in relation to his non-existent weapons of mass destruction. By the time the U.S. invaded, the narrative that they were bringing Iraq “democracy” had already gained popularity.

Condoleezza Rice’s latest book is entitled: Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom. Just two days ago, Rice explicitly told Politico that she views her book as really helping Americans to understand the great sweep of America’s involvement in democratic transitions, the promotion of democracy, trying to help us understand it from the context of our own democracy and the very long road that it took us to get to a stable democracy.

According to Rice, democracy means “trying to help the Ukrainians deal with the most difficult circumstances,” for example.

According to a cable obtained by Wikileaks, Viktor Yanukovych’s successor in Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, previously worked as a mole for the U.S. State Department during the Bush-Cheney era. The State Department even referred to Poroshenko as “our Ukrainian insider.” He currently has a 17 percent approval rating.

To people like Condoleezza Rice, that is the meaning of democracy: replacing an unfriendly regime with a regime that will do Washington’s bidding. In the case of Iraq, Saddam Hussein was doing Washington’s bidding up until the U.S. government decided to turn its back on him.

At least with Rice’s brutal honesty and recent confirmation, which directly contradicts what the rest of the Bush administration have been telling us for years, we now know his removal had nothing to do with promoting the democratic interests of the Iraqi people.

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Captain Benny's picture

No shit.  Any observant person knew this as long as they turned off the TV and thought critically the last 16 years.

knukles's picture

The security of the MIC's dividend policy, campaign contributions and ability to attract and retain talent in the executive suite is important to us.  We hold all stakeholder's dear, except of course the little brown kids we drone every day.  But that's a different story which should logically be reported alongside any new breaking news on Flint's water.


Through superior firepower

Looney's picture


Condoleezza Rice is also guilty of singlehandedly starting the war between Georgia and Russia in 2008, trying to lift up John McCain’s poll numbers against that Kenyan Fag.  ;-)


MillionDollarButter's picture

She is just reiterating the same lie, actually.

nope-1004's picture

Exactly.  Bringing democracy is the exact same thing as removing rogue regimes.

Truth is they invaded to secure local resources, control shipping lanes & travel corridors, and install strategic bases.  These are the same reasons invasions have taken place for centuries.


BullyBearish's picture

and how has that democracy working out for us?  bush1,clinton,bush2,obomber,shrump...those repressed countries just don't know what they're missing...


i'll believe we have a democracy when i can vote on whether we go to war, suffer debt-based money, allow private bankers to own our currency, enter into alliances, etc, etc., etc...

beemasters's picture

Bush destroyed the people, pretending to spread Democracy to Iraq and now, Trump is practically waging a war in Syria to protect beautiful babies. Those lying-bastard-in-chief's!

Mr. Universe's picture

You realize that Kerrygold butter is illegal in Wisconsin. Speaking of buttered buns. How in the world did Condi end up with memberships to The SF golf club (no Jews allowed), Augusta National and the Bohemian Grove?

Shlomo Scheckelstein's picture

Condi our schwartzer goy did it along with the neocons they served our holly land well

Déjà view's picture

"Complex-prone women are especially dangerous. They are like malicious
mothers-in-law, women that evoke hatred and irritation with everyone.
Everybody tries to part with such women as soon as possible. A
mother-in-law is better than a single and childless political persona, though.

"This is really scary. Ms. Rice's personal complexes affect the entire field
of international politics. This is an irritating factor for everyone, especially for the East and the Islamic world. When they look at her, they go mad.

"Condoleezza Rice needs a company of soldiers. She needs to be taken to
barracks where she would be satisfied. On the other hand, she can
hardly be satisfied because of her age. This is a complex. She needs to return to her university and teach students there. She could also deal with
psychological analysis.

~Vladimir Zhirinovski aka Eidelstein

wet_nurse's picture

It was to mess with Nimrod's tomb Bro!

Erek's picture

"Bringing democracy is the exact same thing as removing rogue regimes."

Please define 'rogue regime'.

nope-1004's picture

A regime not supported by deep state or John McCain.


Erek's picture


But I thought that .gov has been acting pretty rogue before DT came onboard.

TuPhat's picture

But I think that .gov has been acting pretty rogue after DT came on board.

JuliaS's picture

Each war must have its own wardrobe, backdrop and moral purpose.

And that’s because all the justness-of-our-cause arguments fall down if ever a war is seen to be part of a continuous foreign policy which has been consistent for decades. In the 95 years since Messopotamian oil was discovered the UK (and the US) have been at war with or occupying Iraq. Now if you’re a mainstream broadcaster and you’re looking to objectively describe that reality in an impartial, forensic way free of ideological bias, then the phrase you want to use will be British and American plans to bring democracy to the Middle East.

- Robert Newman


Katos's picture

They killed SADDAM HUSSEIN and destroyed IRAQ because saddsm WAS ready to cease USING the "petrodollar! Same as Gaddafi! THEY had the nerve to try to get out from under the petro DOLLAR AND paid with their lives!

knukles's picture

Woah dere.  Now, Kenyan and Fag have never been proven, but mere assertions and innuendo of anonymous sources that they in turn had overheard late at Joe's Bar the other night, so there's no proof. 
Now back to our regularly scheduled 3 Minutes of Hate

11b40's picture

We still need a special prosecutor to follow up so the American people can have confidence in their leaders. I say we should investigate every one of these charges of faggotry.

SmittyinLA's picture

Ya, I remember that "war", our first "live time internet war" still waiting for the war crimes prosecution for Georgians firing artillery on civilians, instead "that guy" got promoted to Ukraine, probably has US citizenship by now too.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Hat tip to America's children, many of whom will continue to grow up to become Israel's superpower security force.

Troy Ounce's picture


It does not matter because nobody cares, nobody is interested and nobody gives a fuck.


Because it is all far away. On TV. Can't feel it.

Leaders lied to the population? Just fine.


Nice Try Lao Che's picture

I gave [my fuck] at the office

Give Me Some Truth's picture

"Next" is Syria. "Regime change" plain and simple. Authoritarian regime change, Anarchy Regime Change, Chaos Regime Change. Doesn't matter. Then: North Korea. "Regime Change" again but with an army of educators shipped in to install "democracy." Iran: Just "Regime Change." Celtics to Lakers. Bama to Auburn. Something like that. Libya: "Regime Change, Mad Max variety ..." Afghanistan: Spreading some democracy here. Need a little more rain and fertilizer for it to take, but give it a few more centuries ... All brough to you by the US of A, the indispensable nation. Cue: wild applause. Cut to: Parades with grandmothers and adoring children welcoming our troops with hugs and flowers.


Or: Cut to: Shot of bombed out city, debris everywhere. Cut to: Refugees flooding into a tent city at some European refugee camp. Cut to: Aftermath of a terroist attack at a Florida nightclub. Cut to: A vet learning to walk with his new prostethis. Cut to: A graph showing the size of the U.S. debt. Cut to: A mother cradling a dead small child in some remote Mideast Village that has just been struck by a U.S. missile directed by a pilot sitting in a recliner in some non-descript building in Arizona. Finally, cut to: shot of U.S. Aircraft Carrier with a president dressed in a flight suit underneath a giant banner that reads "Mission Accomplished." 

Squid Viscous's picture

what an evil lying cunt.

perfect for next FBI director?

oh wait they already have lyin Joe Lie -berman slotted in

E.F. Mutton's picture

Lieberman? Well fuck, why not just outsource our gummint to Israel while we're at it.


Squid Viscous's picture

that was done many many moons ago...

Cynicles II's picture

The MIC will remain strong as long as they understand who they work for: the Banksters.

Only 4 Countries Left Without a ROTHSCHILD Central Bank

Link goes to 
not that virus filled crap western whatever the fuk the troll is always promoting.

Ghost of Porky's picture

"After all, this is the guy who tried to kill my dad."

-George Bush

detached.amusement's picture

surprised the kennedys didnt try to kill him after his supervisory job on jfk

Give Me Some Truth's picture

Still, it's been 15 years, all these people need to get their stories straight and stick to them. It doesn't matter why we invade, I guess. If efforts to "nation build" end up being "nation destruction," then you just switch to "regime change." It is nice I guess that our own government gets to decide who are the "good doggies" and who are the "bad doggies" that must be put down. 

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Captain,

Funny you should mention 16 years. Worth a repost. I'm sure many of you are familiar with this list of War Crimes, Treason, Crimes Against Humanity & Crimes Against The American People.

As it spans 16 years and the False Left / Right Paradigm Criminals still at large to this day.

Irrefutable proof of the absolute, complete, open Lawlessness by the Criminal Fraud UNITED STATES, CORP. INC., its CEO & Board of Directors.

1. Torture .
2. WMD lie to the American People.
3. Lying the American People into War.
4. Illegal Wars of Aggression.
5. Arming, funding & training of terror organizations by the State Dept. / CIA & members of CONgress.
7. McCain meets with ISIS (Pics available).
8. Clapper lies to CONgress.
9. Brennan lies to CONgress & taps Congressional phones / computers.
?10. Lynch meets Clinton on tarmac.
11. Fast & Furious deals with the Sinaloa Cartel.
12. Holder in Contempt of CONgress.
13. CIA drug / gun running / money laundering through the tax payer bailed out TBTFB.
14. Illegal NSA Spying on the American People.
15. DNC Federal Election Crime / Debbie Wasserman Shultz.
16. Hillary Clinton email Treason.
17. Clinton Foundation pay to play RICO.
18. Anthony Weiner 650,000 #PedoGate Crimes.
19. Secret Iran deal.
20. Lynch takes the Fifth when asked about Iran deal
21. FBI murders LaVoy Finicum

At the current moment we're completely Tyrannically Lawless.

We have been for quite some time. In the past, their Criminality was "Hidden in plain view."

Now it's out in the open, in your face Criminality & Tyrannical Lawlessness. Complete debachary.

The bar & precedent has been set so high among these Criminals I doubt we will ever see another person arrested in our lifetime.

MD's picture

Will somebody please spread democracy to the US?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Or even a representative republic.

Anything but the crony capitalism we presently suffer from.

mkhs's picture

Would you settle for spreading manure?

Erek's picture

How about overthrowing the "rogue congress"!

detached.amusement's picture

 really??  blowing the place the fuck up, aside from boston & manhattan, at least they havent done that yet.

atthelake's picture

You don't bring democracy by bombing a country back to The Stone Age. At the rate we're going, all Americans will be tried as war criminals, including you and me.

knukles's picture

Well, what if it was already there to begin with?  Don't we get any points for redevelopment?

Goatboy's picture

Can we fix lead pipes in Flint Michigan with bombs? I think it should be tried. Its obviously working around the world. Democracy would flourish too, like in the middle east.

TuPhat's picture

What's with the 'we' crap.  I didn't put those pipes there.  Flint can fix their own problems.  And if you are wondering bombing it might be an improvement but it wouldn't be worth the expense.  Let it crumble away.

Herdee's picture

It was the first step in a plan to create and fund ISIS.

Bill of Rights's picture

911 whistle blower 911 whistle blower...please...pretty please.

TuPhat's picture

The flunkies who did that job are all in their graves by now.

DirtySanchez's picture

HW Bush, W Bush, Obama, and their war secretaries, are all war criminals.

Bill of Rights's picture

Ill add Anthony Charles Lynton Blair to that list as well.

RussianSniper's picture

Horrible human being!
Possibly the worst of all of them.

mkhs's picture

How do you know he is human?