Tuesday, April 7, 2015
The link below has the full vid of Amy Goodman's hard-hitting speech.
Bush, The Iraq War, and Torture: From Assessment to Accountability.
At the Hofstra Conference on the George W. Bush Presidency, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman says one million died over the last decade in a country that the Bush administration said they were going to save
Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!. She is co-author, with her brother David Goodman, of the book Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders and the People Who Fight Back. The pair also co-wrote the national best-seller The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them.
AMY GOODMAN: 9/11 was clearly a defining moment. A horrific moment, when close to 3,000 people were incinerated in an instant. The question, though, was what did Iraq have to do with 9/11? If you ask yourself, as the last speaker suggested, what would you have done on September 12th -- why would you attack a country that had nothing to do with this horrific attack on the United States?
Just today, a report has come out from the Nobel Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. They've done some calculations. They released a report saying, This investigation comes to the conclusion that the war has directly or indirectly killed around 1 million people in Iraq, 220,000 in Afghanistan, 80,000 in Pakistan, a total of around 1.3 million. Not included in this figure are further warzones such as Yemen. The figure is approximately ten times greater than that of which the public experts and decision makers are aware of, and propagated by the media and major NGOs, and this is only a conservative estimate, they write. The total number of deaths in the three countries named above could also be in excess of 2 million, whereas a figure below 1 million is extremely unlikely.
One million deaths in Iraq in the last bit more than a decade. In a country the Bush administration said they were going to save. That would -- as they famously said, Cheney and Rumsfeld -- greet U.S. soldiers with flowers and sweets. As Vice President Cheney said, we are going to liberate the people of Iraq.
Sadly, the Bush administration exploited 9/11. The blueprint for what happened, and ..............