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2002 Joint Congressional Resolution on Iraq

While al-Qaeda connections and WMDs have been found in Iraq, many people refuse to acknowledge them, simultaneously claiming that these are the only reasons the US went to war with Iraq. Well, the 2002 Joint Congressional Resolution on Iraq (PDF below), cites seventeen other criteria for taking action against Iraq. Next time somebody says that this war was only about WMDs, take the wind out of their sails by showing them the exact reasons that over a 100 Democrats in the House and Senate approved.
Resolution on Iraq

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Conclusions on Iraqi links to al-Qaeda

We often hear people parroting Democrats and the media, saying that there simply were no connections between al-Qaeda and Iraq before the US led invasion began. While this completely misses the more germane point that al-Qaeda fighers flocked to Iraq to fight the US in 2003 and afterward, it is also patently false that al-Qaeda had no presence in Iraq pre-2003. A Pentagon report (abstract here, full pdf below), that the media tortuously twisted, makes clear that Saddam and Iraq did in fact have ties to al-Qaeda along with numerous other terrorist organizations. Check out the report below–if you don’t have time to read the whole thing, the executive summary should properly arm you.
Pent Report Cover

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Report to House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: WMDs Found in Iraq

We hear so much talk about there being no WMDs in Iraq, but a direct report (pdf below) contradicts this.

House Perm Sel Intel Comm WMD report

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Iraq Survey Group Key Findings

While Lord Dulfer’s Iraq Survey Group report garnered some attention in 2004, the media had a field day with line-item editing. You can find the 1000+ page report at CIA.gov, but for a quick look at key findings, see the ISG’s comprehensive summary PDF below. Especially interesting are the sections on chemical and biological weapons program’s production capabilities, testing practices, and ability to quickly reconstitute programs.

ISG Key Findings cover page

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