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2003 Iraq War

This is a very important issue. The three reasons Bush gave for the invasion of Iraq (9/11 related, yellow cake uranium & Weapons of Mass Destruction) were all lies.  (See: Ref1, Ref3 & Ref6)  The Bush administration was so concerned about covering up their lies that they used character assassination against Valerie Plame and others. (Ref12)

It's taken a month of research on the internet and reading a number of books to figure this out.  "It's about the oil" really didn't feel like the total answer.  The neoconservatives are behind it and yes oil is part of it but by no means the focus.  It's a much more troubling concept of the U.S. taking over the world.  Ten days after Bush41 was inaugurated in the first Security Council meeting on assignments were given out for an attack on Iraq.  The second security council meeting

Why? Ans: Project for the New American Century (PNAC)

Key References:

Against All Enemies (Wiki) by Richard Clarke (2004) (Amazon) - (Wiki) Starting with Bush41 through Bush43 head of counter terrorism
The Price of Loyalty (Wiki) by Paul O'Neill (2004) (Amazon) - (Wiki) Sec of Treasury under Bush43 & member of the National Security Council (Wiki)
Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire (Wiki) (2004 DVD) (Amazon) by  Julian Bond (Wiki)
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (Wiki) (Amazon) by Naomi Klein (2007) (Wiki)

I have moved all the prior research into this question to another web page (Prior Research) since I've found the answer.  It's well described in the movie:
Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire (2004 DVD) by  Julian Bond (Wiki)
It examines the idea that neoconservatives used the September 11, 2001 attacks to usher in a new doctrine of expanding American power through military force under the guise of a "war on terror" and that the doctrine, known as the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), had been laid out prior to 9/11 by its authors, which include Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Jeb Bush and Dan Quayle.  12 Aug 2011 DVD on order
YouTube has the movie in 10 parts: Hijacking Catastrophe - Intro (1 of 10)
The movie makes use of interviews with over 30 well known people. (See Interesting People Hijacking Catastrophe below)

Wiki: Project for the New American Century - Closed down in 2006 - replaced by FPI:
Open Letter to The Honorable William J. Clinton, President of the United States, January 26, 1998 (at PNAC web page) signed by:

Elliott Abrams Wiki
Iran-Contra multiple felony counts
special assistant to the president and senior director for democracy, human rights, and international operations at the National Security Council
Richard L. Armitage Wiki member of The Vulcans (Wiki) (Bush43 campaign foreign policy team)
Deputy Secretary of State
William J. Bennett Wiki Sec of Education Reagan supported by Irving Kristol
Drug Czar under Bush41
Jeffrey Bergner Wiki Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs 2005 - 2008
John Bolton Wiki
Paula Dobriansky Wiki Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs 2001 - 2005
Francis Fukuyama Wiki contributor to the formulation of the Reagan Doctrine (Wiki)
active in the PNAC
argued that the worldwide spread of liberal democracies (Wiki) may signal the end point of humanity's sociocultural evolution and become the final form of human government.
Robert Kagan Wiki co-founded the PNAC
FPI board
Zalmay Khalilzad Wiki Ambassador at Large for Free Iraqis with the task of coordinating "preparations for a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq." 2002
William Kristol Wiki chairman of the New Citizenship Project 1997 - 2005
co-founded the PNAC
board of trustees for the free-market Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (Wiki)
director of the FPI
board member of Keep America Safe (fear monger?)
on the board of the Emergency Committee for Israel (Wiki)
Richard Perle Wiki chairman of the Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee (Wiki) Bush43
member or patron of:
Hudson Institute (Wiki)
Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) (Wiki)
was established by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Wiki)
Center for Security Policy (CSP) (Wiki) "Peace through Strength"
American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) (Wiki)
"'regime change' by any means necessary in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority is an urgent imperative."
Henry Jackson Society (Wiki)
Supports the maintenance of a strong military
Gives two cheers for capitalism
Peter W. Rodman Wiki United States Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (Wiki) 2001 - 2007 (left early)
Donald Rumsfeld Wiki Sec of Defense 2001 - resigned Nov 6, 2006
eight retired generals and admirals called for Rumsfeld to resign in early 2006 in what was called the "Generals Revolt," accusing him of "abysmal" military planning and lack of strategic competence
Center for Security Policy (Wiki)
Signed PNAC's founding statement of principles as well as two policy letters on Iraq
Freedom House (Wiki) NGO with 80% from U.S. government
selected by the State Department to receive funding for 'clandestine activities' inside Iran
Committee for the Free World (Wiki) Former chairman
William Schneider, Jr. Wiki Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States (Wiki) 1998 - said Iraq could attack U.S.
Chair Defense Science Board (Wiki) 2001 - 2009
advocated using nuclear weapons in certain limited first-strike situations.
Vin Weber Wiki member PNAC
chairman National Endowment for Democracy (Wiki) funded by Congress
senior fellow at the Humphrey Institute (Wiki)
on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Law and Politics (Wiki)
board member of:
Aspen Institute (Wiki)
Council on Foreign Relations (Wiki)
Paul Wolfowitz Wiki Wolfowitz Doctrine (Wiki) Feb 18, 1992
is an unofficial name given to the initial version of the Defense Planning Guidance for the 1994–99FY
Deputy Secretary of Defense (Wiki) 2001 - 2005
2005 Bush43 nominates as Pres World bank (Wiki - Criticism)
R. James Woolsey Wiki head of the CIA (Wiki) 1993 - 1995
accused of both profiting from and promoting the Iraq War
released a book entitled "Shariah: The Threat to America," published by the Center for Security Policy
Robert B. Zoellick Wiki Office of the United States Trade Representative (Wiki) 2001 - 2005
Deputy Secretary of State (Wiki) 2005 - resigned 2006

Open Letter to The Honorable George W. Bush, President of the United States, September 20, 2001 (at PNAC web page)

Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) - (Wiki) - Official web site

Why Libya War?

It looks like Obama has bought into the same foreign policy that Bush43 was using.

Arch Neo-Con William Kristol Endorses Barack Obama Foreign Policy?! Dec 2, 2008 -
Do these appointments tell us something about Barack Obama's foreign policy and does this mean change?
Bill Kristol: "Obama is not the change.  In what foreign policy area is he the change?  He's gone ahead and increased the number of troops in Afghanistan something that's already in course under the Bush administration.  He's going with the Bush schedule for the draw-down in Iraq, not what he proposed during the campaign.  He's going to be a strong partner with India, he's going to fight terrorism, he's going to work with NATO, he's going to, I hope he sticks with this, increase defense spending, and the size of the Marines and the Army.  I think he's going to continue Bush's foreign policy basically for better and worse.  I hope he continues it a little better actually.  Is a little tougher on certain things.  But he'll have some token negations with Iran but he'll end up with the same choice that Bush would have in terms of having to perhaps threaten in a certain way, perhaps to use military force to stop the Nuclear program.  So
Obama is not the change.  That's the simple answer and his appointments reflect that."

FPI - Foreign Policy Experts Urge President to Take Action to Halt Violence in Libya - 15 March 2011
asks for (1) the no fly zone and (2) bombing and regime change.  The UN is not mentioned. 
Signed by: See FPI - People below

The Weekly Standard (Kristol's mag) - You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby Mar 28, 2011-
NPR - The Nation: Obama Fails To Explain An Unjust War March 29, 2011 by John Nichols
Daily Caller - Bill Kristol declares Obama ‘a born-again neo-con’ days after consulting with him on Libya policy 03/30/2011-

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