Lie by Lie: A Timeline of How We Got Into Iraq
3/5/02 Joe Wilson tells CIA there's no indication that Iraq is buying yellowcake. [Date the public knew: 7/6/03]
3/8/02 First of Downing Street memos prepared by Tony Blair's top national security aides. "There is no greater threat now than in recent years that Saddam will use WMD…Washington believes the legal basis for an attack on Iraq already exists…Regime change has no basis in international law." [Date the public knew: 9/18/04]
3/12/02 Color-coded terror alert system introduced.
3/13/02 Bush on Osama: "I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him."
3/14/02 Downing Street memo: "Condi's enthusiasm for regime change is undimmed…Bush has yet to find the answers to the big questions…what happens the morning after?" [Date the public knew: 9/18/04]
3/15/02 British intel reports that there's only "sporadic and patchy" evidence of Iraqi WMD. "There is no intelligence on any [biological weapons] production facilities." [Date the public knew: 9/18/04]
3/22/02 Downing Street memo: "US scrambling to establish a link between Iraq and Al Qaida is so far frankly unconvincing…We are still left with a problem of bringing public opinion to accept the imminence of a threat from Iraq…Regime change does not stack up. It sounds like a grudge between Bush and Saddam." [Date the public knew: 9/18/04]
3/24/02 Saddam "is actively pursuing nuclear weapons at this time."—Cheney on CNN
3/25/02 Downing Street memo: "There has been no credible evidence to link Iraq with Al Qaida…In the documents so far presented it has been hard to glean whether the threat from Iraq is so significantly different from that of Iran or North Korea as to justify action." [Date the public knew: 9/18/04]
Late March 2002 Cheney tells Republican senators that the question is no longer if the US will invade Iraq but when. [Date the public knew: 5/5/02]
June 2002 Iraq bombing begins. Military will fly 21,736 sorties and attack 349 targets between now and the start of the war.
9/13/02 Cheney tells Rush Limbaugh: "What's happening, of course, is we're getting additional information that, in fact, Hussein is reconstituting his biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons programs." There is no such new intel.
Jan. 2003 CIA balks at being made to bolster weak WMD intel. In a heated conversation with Scooter Libby, CIA's McLaughlin says: "I'm not going back to the well on this. We've done our work." [Date the public knew: 10/3/05]
1/9/03 After nearly two months, UN's Hans Blix says his inspectors have not found any "smoking guns" in Ira
1/31/03 Notes of meeting between Bush and Blair make clear Bush intends to invade Iraq even if UN inspectors found no evidence of WMD. Bush told Blair he'd considered "flying U2 reconnaissance planes…over Iraq, painted in UN colours" to tempt Iraqi forces to fire on them, which would constitute a breach of UN resolutions. [Date the public knew: 2/3/06]
2/1/03 During UN speech rehearsal, Powell throws draft written by Libby into the air and says: "I'm not reading this. This is bullshit." [Date the public knew: 6/9/03]
2/4/03 After reading draft of Powell's speech, CIA agent emails his superior with concerns about "the validity of the information based on 'CURVE BALL.'" Noting he's the only US agent to have ever met Curveball (who was hung over at the time), the agent asks: "We sure didn't give much credence to this report when it came out. Why now?" Deputy head of CIA's Iraqi Task Force responds: "Let's keep in mind the fact that this war's going to happen regardless of what Curveball said or didn't say…the Powers That Be probably aren't terribly interested in whether Curveball knows what he's talking about." [Date the public knew: 7/9/04]
/There are a numerous other ones provided
//I'm looking forward to seeing how you spin all of them, you got a knack.