The American government knew that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein possessed no weapons of mass destruction before the invasion of that country, but deliberately withheld this information from the world, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has admitted in his soon to be published autobiography.
Brown, who was a senior member of Tony Blair’s cabinet and who became Prime Minister after Blair was ousted, writes in his book My Life, Our Times, which will be published next week, that the Pentagon deliberately failed to share “devastating intelligence that undermined the case for the invasion of Iraq in 2003.”
Brown revealed the existence of a secret US report that raised serious doubts about whether Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
The report, commissioned before the invasion by Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary at the time, said America could not pinpoint any facilities in Iraq that “produce, test, fill or store biological weapons” and did not know whether all the processes required to make chemical weapons were in place.
America also lacked intelligence on Saddam’s nuclear programme and Rumsfeld was told it was doubtful that Iraq could produce longer range missiles.
The intelligence was at odds with Tony Blair’s claim in September 2002 that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction that could be fired in 45 minutes.
In a dramatic break with Blair, who still defends his decision to go to war, Brown says the invasion cannot now be justified.
“Given that Iraq had no usable chemical, biological or nuclear weapons that it could deploy and was not about to attack the coalition, then two tests of a just war were not met: war could not be justified as a last resort and invasion cannot now be seen as a proportionate response.”
Brown reveals that Rumsfeld received the “highly confidential” report prepared by the US joint chiefs of staff’s director of intelligence in early September 2002. “Please take a look at this material as to what we don’t know about WMD,” wrote General Richard Myers, the joint chiefs’ chairman. “It is big.”
The report conceded that up to 90 percent of America’s knowledge of Iraq’s nuclear capabilities was based on imprecise intelligence, adding: “We do not know with confidence the location of any nuclear-weapon related facilities.” It also said the Iraqis lacked “the precursors for sustained nerve-agent production”.
The so-called “dodgy dossier” published by the UK government in September 2002 said that Iraq continued to produce chemical and biological agents and that Saddam “continues his efforts to develop nuclear weapons”.
Brown said he was shown evidence by MI6 that “seemed to prove” Iraq had WMDs and was even told it knew where the weapons were housed.
The invasion—carried out at the behest of the Jewish lobby in America and Britain, who wanted Saddam Hussein removed from power because he was Israel’s most powerful enemy in the Middle East—directly caused the rise of ISIS, and, ultimately, the mass invasion of Europe by millions of fake refugees.
Despite all the evidence showing that the invasion of Iraq was a war crime which resulted in the deaths of over a million people, those responsible for that war—the Jewish neocons in Washington DC, the George W. Bush administration, and the Blair government in Britain, have never been prosecuted.