Netanyahu 2002: Iraq has Centrifuges ‘the size of Washing Machines’ to Produce A-Bomb

Israeli PM Binyamin “Chicken Little” Netanyahu tried to scaremonger about Iraq in 2002, as his contribution to the Anglo-American war of aggression on that country. “there is no question whatsoever,” Netanyahu said, “that Saddam” was seeking nuclear weapons. He said that Israeli intelligence reported to him that Russian scientists and North Korea were on site and actively aiding this phantom nuclear weapons program.

There was no Iraqi nuclear weapons program in 2002; it was dismantled in the early 1990s by United Nations inspectors. There were none of the chemical or biological weapons Netanyahu spoke of. No Russians. No North Koreans. Bupkes.

h/t Washington’s blog

Netanyahu also warned that Iraq would give nuclear warheads (which it did not have) to “terrorist groups.”

He also argued that no inspections could possibly find “mobile weapons sites” (which are impossible), implying that invasion and occupation was the only course open.

Netanyahu proved that neither he nor the Israeli intelligence organization, Mossad, had the slightest actual intelligence on Iraq, and that neither should be trusted to provide such intelligence to the US. Clearly, some right wing Israeli leaders always want the US entangled in regional wars in the Middle East, insofar as they are seeking US support in a hostile region. They therefore habitually exaggerate the dangers, and are little more than bullshit artists.

Netanyahu’s comments on Iraq are almost verbatim what he is now saying about Iran.

The Mainstream Media never calls Netanyahu on his bull crap.

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  1. Not only does the mainstream media never call the Israeli right wing on”bull crap,”it is insanely complicit in the war on Iran. Tonight, for example, CNN’s Piers Morgan featured “analysis” of Netanyahu’s UN speech by nefarious neo-con Dan Senor,and they brought in Alan Dershowitz for balance(!!!!!)

    It’s mind-boggling.

    • And it’s VERY worrying — seems to be across ALL US TV channels. It’s like the channels all believe that war is good for the US economy; so they all want to promote war.

    • I’m old enough to remember when Mr. Dershowitz was a liberal intellectual and sane.

      I feel sad for the Israeli’s, that they’ve gone so far to the right and seemingly fundamentalistic in their beliefs.

  2. The New York Times #1 bestseller “By Way of Deception”, which the State of Israel attempted to block by federal court action illustrated that Israeli intelligence routinely passes on false information to “allies” so that Israel’s enemies will be incorrectly blamed for acts rightfully attributable to other third parties.

    “By way of deception thou shalt do war” is attributed as the motto of the Mossad, according to Victor Ostrowsky, the book’s author. That book covers the targeting of Arab nuclear physicists for assassination with special emphasis on the tactics that led to the 1981 air strike on Iraq’s nuclear reactor facility and that resulted a 44-7 condemnation by the United Nations General Assembly.

    The book by Livia Rokach “Israel’s Sacred Terrorism” was based largely on the diaries of longtime Israeli foreign minister Moshe Sharret (he served briefly as prime minister in the 1950s). That book chronicles Israeli government practices of deception in implementation of its foreign policy.

    In 1982, Israel invaded Lebanon based upon the pretext that its ambassador to Britain, Shlomo Argov, was targeted for assassination and woundedby the P.L.O., when the actual culprits taking credit were members of the rival Abu Nidal organization. Argov personally opposed the invasion.

    Netanyahu’s dubious assertions are nothing at all new; rather it is a continuation of accepted policy method by the Israeli goverment.

  3. Benjamin Netanyahu, September 12, 2002:
    “It is simply not reflecting the reality to assume that Saddam isn’t feverishly working to

    develop nuclear weapons, as we speak.”
    —>Benjamin Netanyahu, April 18, 2012:
    “Today, the regime in Iran openly calls and determinedly works for our destruction. And it is

    feverishly working to develop atomic weapons to achieve that goal.”

    Benjamin Netanyahu, September 12, 2002:
    “How imminent is it [the threat from Iraq]? Look, do you want to wait and find out? The

    answer is no.”
    —>Benjamin Netanyahu, September 11, 2012:
    “The world tells Israel, ‘Wait, there’s still time,’ and I say, ‘wait for what, wait until

    when?’…The fact is that every day that passes, Iran gets closer and closer to nuclear

    bombs.”

    Benjamin Netanyahu, September 12, 2002:
    “Today the United States must destroy the same regime because a NUCLEAR-ARMED Saddam will

    place the SECURITY of our entire WORLD at risk.”
    —>Benjamin Netanyahu, March 5, 2012:
    “a NUCLEAR-ARMED Iran is a grave danger to my country and to the peace and SECURITY of the

    WORLD.”

    Benjamin Netanyahu, September 12, 2002:
    “[I]t is simply not reflecting the reality to assume that Saddam isn’t FEVERISHLY WORKING TO

    DEVELOP nuclear weapons, as we speak.”
    –>Benjamin Netanyahu, April 18, 2012:
    “Today, the regime in Iran openly calls and determinedly works for our destruction. And it is

    FEVERISHLY WORKING TO DEVELOP atomic weapons to achieve that goal.”

    Benjamin Netanyahu, September 12, 2002:
    “How imminent is it [the threat from Iraq]? Look, do you want to WAIT and find out? The

    answer is no.”
    –>Benjamin Netanyahu, September 11, 2012:
    “The world tells Israel, ‘Wait, there’s still time,’ and I say, ‘WAIT for what, WAIT until

    when?’…The fact is that every day that passes, Iran gets closer and closer to nuclear

    bombs.”

    Benjamin Netanyahu, September 12, 2002:
    “Today the United States must destroy the same regime because a nuclear-armed Saddam will

    place the SECURITY of our entire WORLD at risk.”
    –>Benjamin Netanyahu, March 5, 2012:
    “a nuclear-armed Iran is a grave danger to my country and to the peace and SECURITY of the

    WORLD.”

  4. “Netanyahu proved that neither he nor the Israeli intelligence organization, Mossad, had the slightest actual intelligence on Iraq … ”

    No, he didn’t. He proved that he was an unmitigated liar. Whatever intelligence that Mossad had, he declined to share because it did not suit his purposes. He proved that it is unwise to trust Israel in matters relating to neighbours, especially when the interests of the US military industrial complex demand a lie.

  5. Mr. Big Man expert on war, gives up the game at 8:40 were he says:

    “the more victories you amass, the easier the next victory becomes. The first victory in afghanistan, makes the 2nd victory in iraq that much easier. The 2nd victory in…uh.. Iraq will make the third victory that much easier too, but it may change the nature of achieving that victory. You may have implosions.taking place, I don’t guarantee it Mr. Attorney, but it makes it makes it more likely,the choice of Iraq is a good choice,it’s the right choice.”
    Not only is he a liar, and congress should have known better at the time, but if I were a detective and interrogating him, I would consider that as a confession. It was a Nixon moment.

    The “choice” is not whether to go to war or not, it’s between which country to attack based on the degree of difficulty, so he tells us about future neocon plans- which Wesley Clark also told us about.

    It’s just like “Location, Location, Location.. the three W’s,”
    My god, I’m awestruck by this erudite master of war and prose.

  6. Wasn’t “Curveball” groomed by Israeli intelligence ?

    Doesn’t the US contract out all intelligence on the Middle East to 3 partners, with Israel getting 95% of the work ?
    The other two were Syria and Jordan; maybe Syria is losing some of its already small market share.

    If a person can question Obama’s citizenship, where do they put someone like Senor ?

  7. Excuse my political ignorance, but:

    1. How is the mass news media allowed to continue spreading the out and out lies and propaganda of Netanyahu?

    2. Why does Israel annually continue to received the largest amount of US foreign aide of all foreign countries which includes military aide?

    Could the US Government replace Israel with another country that would be provided with the military power to keep the peace in the Middle East, of course this would include relocating all the military power, equipment and nuclear bombs that the US has located in Israel through foreign aide?

    3. Why hasn’t Israel signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons?

    4. 132 UN members recognize the State of Palestine, but the Security Council keeps vetoing it’s membership. The Security Council should be reformed, more democratic. Many instances that required immediate attention didn’t get it and tens of thousands of deaths occurred. This is more BS.

    “The United States is working to gather enough United Nations Security Council members to resist a planned Palestinian statehood bid so as to avoid having to use its veto power, Israeli and U.S. sources said on Saturday.” What the hell is going on? The corrupt billionaires, MIC and others keep trouble available. The billionaire’s get richer game disguised as a phony game of world politics.

    “–Palestinians in the Occupied Territories under Israeli control face conditions much worse than those suffered by African-Americans in the Old South under Jim Crow.”

    link to aljazeera.com

  8. I would disagree that the Israelis lacked good intelligence on Iraq. In all probability the intelligence they had was not the intelligence they wanted, i.e., that Iraq represented a threat. So they simply lied knowing such a lie would be readily accepted and embraced by US authorities and the media. It was not an error but policy.

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