In arguing the case for war with Iraqin 2002 and 2003, the Bush Administration claimed before Congress and the United Nations that
- Iraq and Al Qaeda were allies. They were actually well-known to be mortal enemies.
- Iraq had something to do with 9/11. Actually the Al Qaeda attackers were from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon or Egypt.
- Iraq had WMD. They did not, and there was strong evidence that they did not from international arms inspectors.
- Iraq had tried to buy yellowcake uranium from Niger. The CIA sent Ambassador Joe Wilson to Niger to investigate. He found that the supposed evidence was bogus. His wife Valerie Plame's CIA cover was blown a week later.
- Iraq was buying aluminum tubes to use in centrifuges for purifying fissile uranium. In fact, these particular tubes could not have been used in centrifuges, and had been purchased as components for rockets.
- US Intelligence sources confirmed these charges. In fact, the Administration pressured the CIA to change its findings; cherry-picked results; ignored any evidence contrary to their predetermined conclusions; and threatened (and sometimes carried out) retribution against any who questioned them.
It has come out since then that Bush and others had decided on war with Iraq before the 2000 election.