Don’t Blame the Iraq Debacle on the Israel Lobby

Santa Cruz Sentinel March 29, 2013 | UPDATED: September 11, 2018
[Republished by Foreign Policy In Focus/Institute for Policy Studies and Truthout
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This month”s 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq has inevitably raised the question of why the United States made such a tragic choice. As many of us argued in the lead-up to the war, claims that Iraq possessed “weapons of mass destruction” which threatened the national security of the United States and that the Iraqi government had operational ties to al-Qaida were false. Similarly, the corrupt and repressive sectarian government the United States helped establish in Baghdad has undermined any pretense that the war was about promoting democracy.