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Omar Sounds Off: Calls for Bush & Cheney to Be Held Accountable for Iraq War

"To this day, they have not been held accountable," Ilhan Omar tweeted on Wednesday.

By NTK Staff | 03.20.2019 @11:47am
Omar Sounds Off: Calls for Bush & Cheney to Be Held Accountable for Iraq War

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) called for former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney to be held accountable for the Iraq War in a Twitter rant on Wednesday.

“16 years ago the U.S. illegally invaded Iraq, leaving a trail of destruction and lives lost,” Omar tweeted

Omar then listed off the consequences of the Iraq War. She wrote, “4,496 U.S. troops lost their lives, 100,000+ Iraqi civilians killed, Ongoing regional instability,” and “Incalculable damage to U.S. reputation in the world.”

“We must hold accountable those who repeatedly lied in the run-up to war,” Omar continued. “In October 2002, President Bush said that Saddam Hussein had a ‘massive stockpile’ of biological weapons. It was a lie.”

“Dick Cheney repeatedly cited a nonexistent meeting between a 9/11 conspirator and Iraqi intelligence. It was a lie,” Omar tweeted. “In August 2002, Cheney said, ‘Simply stated, there’s no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.’ That too was a lie.”

“All of these statements were not only false, they were known by intelligence agencies to be lies at the time. To this day they have not been held accountable,” Omar concluded, linking to a Vox article from 2016 that claimed Bush lied about WMDs in Iraq.

Omar chose not to mention the fact that the mission resulted in the ouster and death of Saddam Hussein, a volatile Middle East dictator who used chemical weapons to kill thousands of his own people in 1988. Human Rights Watch estimates that Hussein’s military forces murdered 250,000 or more Iraqis.

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