America’s recent major wars have all been accompanied by memorable falsehoods
Peter Dale Scott - 22 June 2011
As Peter Dale Scott’s article substantiates, history is repeating itself in Libya. The only difference is the enormity of the fabrications, which appear to escalate and reach new levels of outrageousness with each new war and new Administration.
It is a troubled time for NATO’s campaign against Libya. President Obama has seen a near-revolt in Congress against the costly war, while Defense Secretary Gates in Brussels has warned his European allies that their tepid response “is putting the Libya mission and the alliance’s very future at risk.”  Back home, according to the London Daily Mail, “Mr Gates has requested extra funds for Libya operations, but has been rebuffed by the White House.” 
The past history of American wars tells us that, when the war-going begins to get tough, the professional PR campaigns get going, often with wholly invented stories. For example, when in 1990 Colin Powell (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) was expressing doubts that the United States should attack Kuwait, stories appeared that, as revealed by classified satellite photos, Saddam had amassed 265,000 troops and 1500 tanks at the edge of the Saudi Arabian border. Powell then changed his mind, and the attack proceeded. But after the invasion a reporter from the St. Petersburg Times viewed satellite photos from a commercial satellite, and “she saw no sign of a quarter of a million troops or their tanks.” 
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