Photo: Iraq, after the American ‘liberation’…
“We’ve always said it could be days, weeks, or months and we don’t know. And I don’t think you need a timetable. What you really need to know is it’s going to end and it’s going to end with the Iraqi people liberated.”
Donald Rumsfeld, March 30, 2003.
“Iraq is free, and today we are joined by representatives of a liberated country.”
George W. Bush, Sept. 23, 2003.
“Just in this administration, we’ve liberated 50 million people from the Taliban in Afghanistan and from Saddam Hussein in Iraq — two terribly oppressive regimes that slaughtered hundreds of thousands of their own people.”
Dick Cheney, May 31, 2005.
A study published by The Lancet in 2006, estimated 655,000 Iraqis, the vast majority of them innocent civilians, have been killed as a result of the bombing and occupation of Iraq. Was this a human price worth paying for the supposed liberation of an oppressed people? How does freedom in Iraq under Bush’s mandate compare with Saddam Hussein’s regime?