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Exactly ten years ago to the day, I was in the Kuwaiti desert waiting for George W. Bush to make his decision.
You may remember the circumstances. Ever since labeling Iraq, Iran, and North Korea the Axis of Evil in January 2002, the President had been gradually advocating war with Iraq based on the threat of nuclear weapons.
We knew it was going to happen. At the time, I was a rising intelligence officer, my head still filled with ideals of national duty from my time at West Point.
One of the generals that I served under gathered together his officers in early 2002 and said, Were going to war. Its not a question of IF, but WHEN.
By late summer of that year, my unit was ordered to Kuwait to pre-position assets and begin gathering boots on the ground intelligence. So every time Mr. Bush would say I havent made a decision yet, I winced from the heavy stench of his BS.
But still, I held out hope.
It all came crashing down ten years ago today. On February 5, 2003 Colin Powell, four-star general turned US Secretary of State, made a case to the United Nations that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
Now, I wont bother delving into the inaccuracies of the intelligence he presented. In Powells own words, making that presentation to the UN was the lowest point in [his] life and a lasting blot on his record.
For me, it was pivotal. At that instant, I knew without doubt that my government had reprehensibly lied through its teeth. And if they were lying about this what else were they lying about?
Everything, it turned out.
The event set me down a path on which I never looked back. The fraud of the Iraq War soon led to the frauds of previous wars, our monetary system, taxes, the global banking system, the national balance sheet, the police state, etc.
It all unraveled so quickly, and I soon realized that I was not living in a free country that all the loud, bombastic nonsense and pledges of allegiance were illusions masking modern day serfdom.
The subsequent ten years have only reinforced this trend. The political and banking elite have given us more war, inflation, and epic financial crises. Theyve turned Western civilization into a giant police state. And theyve managed to brainwash the great masses so effectively that the people are crying out for more.
And yet, there are solutions.