Have previously written about how the 2003 invasion of Iraq involved little surprise. U.S. and British government minds seem to have been made up, long before. Found a Washington Post article by Robert Burns, “U.S., British Planes Bomb Iraq Sites“, August 10, 2001:
WASHINGTON –– U.S. and British warplanes bombed three sites in southern Iraq on Friday [August 10] in response to increased efforts by Iraqi air defenses to shoot down allied pilots, defense officials said.
It was the largest allied strike against Iraq since February.
Friday’s strike was carried out at 5:30 a.m. EDT by about 20 U.S. and British attack planes plus about 30 support aircraft, said a Pentagon spokesman…
The U.S. planes were launched from the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in the Persian Gulf, another official said, and from land bases in the region which the official would not describe in detail. Some of the support aircraft apparently flew from bases in Saudi Arabia.
The planes struck a military communications center, a surface-to-air missile launching site and a long-range radar – all elements of Iraq’s integrated air defense network…
All three targets were in southern Iraq, where U.S. and British planes have been enforcing a “no fly” zone since shortly after the end of the 1991 Gulf War to protect Shiite rebels against attacks by government forces.
Iraq in recent months has stepped up efforts to shoot down the allied planes patrolling “no fly” zones in both southern and northern Iraq…
Iraq considers the “no-fly” zones to be illegal and has mounted a sustained effort to shoot down a U.S. or British plane.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Aug. 3 that Iraq has rebuilt its air defenses since U.S. and British warplanes attacked radar and communications targets around Baghdad on Feb. 16.
February 16, 2001. August 10, 2001. September 11, 2001.
Where Donald Rumsfeld became Secretary of Defence on January 20, 2001.
And ten years earlier…
In some inglorious