TV News LIES

Wednesday, Sep 02nd

Last update02:18:02 AM GMT

You are here News War Anarchy, civilian casualties and terrorism... just some of the things that DIDN'T happen in Iraq (according to Rumsfeld memo)

Anarchy, civilian casualties and terrorism... just some of the things that DIDN'T happen in Iraq (according to Rumsfeld memo)

E-mail Print PDF

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeldn mid-2004, after U.S forces had been fighting in Iraq for just over a year, the then Defense Secretary ordered the Pentagon to draw up a list of potential catastrophes that had been avoided.

The document - dubbed the 'What did not happen' memo - was drawn up to make the embattled politician feel better.

It outlines 29 eventualities that Pentagon officials had apparently planned for, but which had not yet happened - like 'Saddam uses WMD against U.S. or allied forces'.

But it also listed ten things that did eventually happen, and for which the invasion forces were clearly not prepared, including:

  • Iraq descends into anarchy
  • Iraq becomes Balkanized
  • There are mass Iraqi casualties
  • The oil infrastructure is severely damaged or destroyed
  • Disruption of oil production causes widespread economic problems
  • Another state (e.g. North Korea) takes advantage of U.S. focus on Iraq
  • There is widespread vigilante justice
  • Shi'a holy sites are damaged or destroyed
  • A revolt of the 'Arab street' in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, or Jordan causes political instability
  • There is a dramatic surge in terrorist recruitment

Rumsfeld commissioned the memo in July 2004, just over a year after the initial invasion and four months after the lynching of four Blackwater mercenaries in Fallujah marked the beginning of a bloody insurgency.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


U.N.: Civilian casualties in Afghanistan reach record levels

Afghanistan civilian casualtiesThe number of women and children killed or injured through the year in Afghanistan increased by...

U.S. helicopter 'friendly fire' incident kills eight Afghan soldiers

US Friendly fire kills AfghanisAt least eight Afghan Army soldiers were killed and five were wounded after two U.S. helicopters...

The Company Getting Rich Off the ISIS War

Paul WolfowitzFor the Middle East, the growth of the self-proclaimed Islamic State has been a catastrophe. For...

Perpetual war creates endless consequences

Perpetual warWhen the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, began this month...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!