What We Knew, What We Were Told

(The Stories That Led Us to War)

(The headlines on this page are links to articles archived on this site. The archived headlines are links to original articles.)


How PR Sold the War in the Persian Gulf
Excerpted from Toxic Sludge Is Good For You, Chapter 10


March, 2002


March 19: US says Iraq linked to al-Qaeda


April, 2002


April 16: A War Against the Peacemaker


August, 2002


August 12: USA Today Repeats Myths on Iraq Inspectors

August 20: Bush's Summer Reading List Hints at Iraq

August 20: US pushes PR for war with Iraq

August 21: Al Qaeda Presence In Iraq Reported Baghdad Knows, Rumsfeld Says

August 21: Sharing the Evidence on Iraq

August 22: "Wag the Puppy" -- New Twist in Media War

August 22: Protesters, Police Clash Downtown During Presidential Visit

August 23: Dissing the Dissenters

August 27: Saddam Does Not Have "Weapons of Mass Destruction"

August 28: 'A link between Saddam and bin Laden? No way' (linked footnotes)

August 29: Saddam a threat to energy supply, Cheney tells vets

August 29: Bush wrong to use pretext as excuse to invade Iraq

August 30: Not So Fast Bush Will Invade Iraq ... Eventually


September, 2002


Remember this? Selling war on Iraq follows rules for new product launch. (Cartoon.)

September 1: Hail and farewell (Chris Matthews final column)

September 2: The source of all evil

September 2: How low can we go?

September 2: The Cheney Doctrine: War without end

September 3: Dick Cheney's Nightmare of Peace

September 3: As hawks debate, ordinary Iraqis continue to suffer

September 3: Hypocrisy now!

September 3: Powell Cites 'Real' Divide Internally on Iraq Policy

September 3: History will look back and say, jeeminy yow!

September 4: Plans For Iraq Attack Began On 9/11

September 5: Don't look now: Saddam is drowning kittens

September 5: The Powell Trap: Easing Us Into War

September 5: Clinton: Get bin Laden before pursuing Saddam

September 6: Bomb the lot of them

September 6: In war, some facts less factual

September 6: When contemplating war, beware of babies in incubators

September 6: U.S. officials worried by lack of Iraqi weapons evidence


September 7: Poll: Don't Go It Alone On Iraq

September 8: Bush, Blair Decry Hussein

September 9: Interview with Scott Ritter

September 9: Iraq weapons report

September 10: Real Battles and Empty Metaphors

September 10: U.S. Not Claiming Iraqi Link To Terror

September 10: Ironic if Bush himself causes jihad

September 11: The US Media: A Weapon of Mass Deception

September 11: Democrats Unconvinced On Iraq War

September 11: Top arms official sees no solid case against Iraq

September 11: THREATS AND RESPONSES: BAGHDAD ARSENAL; U.S. Lacks Up-to-Date Review of Iraqi Arms

September 11: Russia to play key role in building Iraq attack support

September 12: US accused of double standards at UN

September 12: President's Remarks at the United Nations General Assembly

September 12: Why Aren't U.S. Journalists Reporting From Iraq?

September 12: Marketing Iraq: Why now? (Marketing mushroom clouds)

September 12: Poll: Most Expect War With Iraq

September 12 & 13: CNN and Fox interviews with Scott Ritter. (Excerpt)

September 13: Observers: Evidence For War Lacking

September 13: A Decade of Deception and Defiance (pdf)

September 13: Hawks hit by a rhetorical ricochet

September 13: Aides say Bush planned all along to seek U.N. support

September 14: Never Forget What?

September 15: Iraq Briefings: Don't Ask, Don't Tell

September 16: Democrats Question Iraq Timing

September 17: American Historians Speak Out

September 17: Untested administration hawks clamor for war

September 18: Inspectors face a daunting task if they are allowed in

September 18: Iraq's offer slows Bush momentum

September 18: Saddam's concessions will never be enough for the US

September 18: Rumsfeld Repeats the Myths

September 18: Curses! Dubya Gets Foiled Again

September 18: President Bush wants war, not justice

September 19: Evidence on Iraq Challenged (aluminum tubes)

September 19: Cheney makes plea in Conn. stop

September 19: UN to upset Bush's war plans with one-year deadline for Iraq

September 20: De-Saddamization, Not Disarmament

September 20: The News Dissector And The President

September 20: PBS Fails to Hold Rumsfeld Accountable

September 20: Persistence on Iraq Pays Off for Bush

September 20: Bush-Hitler Remark Shows U.S. as Issue In German Election

September 22: Culture War With B-2's

September 22: Have local hawks flown south?

September 22: Marching off to peace

September 22: Unveiled: the thugs Bush wants in place of Saddam

September 23: Lawmakers Hear Pleas Against War

September 23: Don't Ask, Don't Tell

September 23: Forget the Evidence by Brendan O'Neill

September 24: Bush doctrine makes waves overseas

September 24: A 'liberated' Iraq could end up like Weimar Germany

September 24: THREATS AND RESPONSES: CONGRESS; 3 Retired Generals Warn Of Peril in Attacking Iraq Without Backing of U.N.

September 24: Blair's dodgy dossier

September 25: Louder War Talk, and Muffled Dissent

September 25: No More Bratwurst!

September 26: Bush Asserts That Al Qaeda Has Links to Iraq's Hussein

September 26: Kucinich and Tauscher: War Vote Should Happen After Election

September 27: Neoconservatives Are Crazy

September 27: Unwanted Debate on Iraq-Al Qaeda Links Revived

September 29: 'This war is wrong and we won't stand for it'

September 30: Unasked Questions


October, 2002



October 1: Two GOP Senators Urge Iraq Coalition

October 1: WH Press Briefing on the Biden-Lugar resolution

October 1: Naming Names, or Not

October 1: Reality, If Not Normality

October 1: War fear grips people of Baghdad

October 2: Analysis: Can US stop Iraq inspections?

October 2: The Defense Budget And Wartime Profiteering

October 2: Israeli General Disagrees

October 2: Anti-war - but what for?

October 2: Why we need to go to war. (Mark Fiore Cartoon)

October 4: A chink in the link

October 4: War is hell, so why are we so hell-bent?

October 5: Is the American empire already over?

October 5: Graham: Expect retaliation

October 5: More than 1.5 million Italians protest a possible war with Iraq

October 6: The war against Iraq has already begun

October 6: The World; Will the Real Saddam Hussein Please Step Down

October 6: Attack May Spark Coup In Iraq, Say U.S. Analysts

October 6: Scramble to carve up Iraqi oil reserves lies behind US diplomacy

October 6: Worth More Than a One-Liner

October 7: Just Asking... by Eric Alterman

October 7: Saddam's inner circle is defecting, say Iraqi exiles

October 7: Military imprecision (Afghanistan)

October 7: On to Baghdad – and beyond

October 7: Petroleum fuels debate on Iraq war

October 7: Byrd Chastises White House, Democrats

October 8: Inspection as invasion

October 8: With Congress Aboard, Bush Targets a Doubtful Public

October 8: Only one Adolf Hitler

October 8: Some administration officials expressing misgivings on Iraq

October 8: White House Global Message

October 8: When Did Iraq Become More Important Than America?

October 8: Waxman Pops The Question

October 9: White House 'exaggerating Iraqi threat'

October 9: Iraq attack likely 'only if provoked'


April, 2003


April 11: Weapons-Grade Plutonium Possibly Found at Iraqi Nuke Complex


May, 2003


May 7: Pearle told investors they could profit from war

May 30: ‘Why Rumsfeld Is Wrong’


September, 2003


September 23: Vision of the neocons stays fixed on making hard choices


October, 2003


October 14: Pentagon official: US may take action against Syria


November, 2003


November 1: Bush's Other War

November 20: War critics astonished as US hawk admits invasion was illegal

November 21: US hawk admits Iraq war 'illegal'


December, 2003


December 17: Saddam's weapons (View interview here.)

December 28: Bush's man rejects Blair weapon claim

December 28: Attacks Force Retreat From Wide-Ranging Plans for Iraq

December 30: Iraq Arms Hunt May Hinder Other U.S. Aims


January, 2004


Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Report: WMD in Iraq: Evidence and Implications

Jan. 8: Powell: No 'smoking gun,' but Iraq war justified

January 9: Rice: No Evidence Iraq Moved WMD to Syria

Jan. 10: Saddam's Ouster Planned In 2001?

January 25: Our Man in Baku

January 25: The 50 lies, exaggerations, distortions and half truths that took this country to war

January 26: Blair, Cheney face no-show-WMD fallout

January 26: Pressure mounts for Iraq elections