They Lied Us Into War, All of Them

And I don’t just mean Iraq War II.

A friend wanted a list, so I whipped one up real quick.

Gulf of Tonkin 1967: McNamara knew it was a mistake before LBJ used it as an excuse to escalate. Daniel Ellsberg’s firsthand account from inside the Pentagon:
(Gareth Porter says Mac kept the truth from LBJ: )

Cold War’s End 1988-1991: CIA so busy lying about Soviet power under Casey and Gates, they missed the USSR’s fall.

Iraq War I: 1990-1991: Lied about Iraqi preparations to invade Saudi, Iraqi forces murdering babies

Kosovo: 1999: Lied about 100,000 Albanian Muslims slaughtered by Serbs

Afghanistan: 2001: Lied that Taliban wouldn’t give up Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda

Iraq War II 2003: Lied that Iraq was making WMD, including nuclear weapons, was allied with al Qaeda

Somalia 2006: The Islamic Courts Union government was not truly in league with al Qaeda as claimed

Libya 2011: Lied that there was an impending genocide in Eastern Libya

Syria 2013: No Slam Dunk on al Qaeda false-flag sarin attack, they finally admit much later

Iraq War III 2014: Yazidis on Mt. Sinjar did not need rescuing

Yemen 2015: Not really bad intel, but notably knew war would be “long, bloody and indecisive,” launched it anyway, just to “placate the Saudis.”

—Hasn’t led to war yet, but they’ve been lying for years about Iran’s intent and actions to make nuclear weapons, which never existed. CIA did finally admit this was so in 2007

Older phony casus belli:

1812: Impressment of sailors was the excuse when the Democrats really just wanted to seize Canada.

1846: Mexico: U.S. invaded, called it defense from the Mexicans

1861: Civil War: Keeping Ft. Sumter open after South Carolina secession was a provocation. (Everyone’s got a different opinion about this one.)

1620-Current: Indian wars: Paid Napoleon for the land. God says we can. And they started it anyway.

1898: Spain: Remember the Maine was an accidental fire which spread to the magazine.

1898: Philippines: Must Christianize these Catholics.

WWI: Lusitania was a deliberate provocation, Zimmerman telegram threat of German-Mexican invasion of U.S. Southwest was a ridiculous joke.

WWII: Pearl Harbor: FDR Knew.

Korea: Syngman Ree’s forces’ provocations preceded Northern invasion

Cross-posted at Stress.

Author: Scott Horton

Scott Horton is editorial director of, director of the Libertarian Institute, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from He’s the author of the 2017 book, Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan and editor of The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019. He’s conducted more than 5,000 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, investigative reporter Larisa Alexandrovna Horton. He is a fan of, but no relation to the lawyer from Harper’s. Scott’s Twitter, YouTube, Patreon.

6 thoughts on “They Lied Us Into War, All of Them”

  1. Iraq War I: 1990-1991:

    At that time the only place in the world that had slant oil well drilling technology was in TEXAS. But some how the technology was transferred into Kuwait. Kuwait then used this technology to drill into Iraq and draw oil from an oil field several miles from the border. Iraq discovered this and told the American ambassador Iraq was going to invade and tear out the well; she replied this is a Iraq-Kuwait matter we do not care if you invade.

  2. FDR, after failing to provoke Hitler into attacking American ships(Hitler was trying to avoid war – period), FDR had the Office of Naval Planning come up with an eight point plan involving wide ranging embargoes against Japan, guaranteed to ruin Japan financially and force a war with them. FDR desperately wanted into the then emerging WW2. His eight point plan of embargoes worked with 2400 American service men sacrificed at Pearl Harbor. A totally unnecessary war.

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