Letter: 'Conventional wisdom' on Iraq war may not reflect reality

Published: Sunday, April 14 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

U.S. Army soldiers stroll past two bronze busts of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in the Green Zone in Baghdad, Friday, March 20, 2009, on the sixth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Hadi Mizban, Associated Press

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Bruce S. Jenkins' op-ed regarding the Iraq war reasserts the conventional wisdom that there were no weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq, Iraq didn't attack the United States, it was a war of choice, etc ("U.S. better off because of Iraq War?" April 4). How do we know whether or not the conventional wisdom reflects reality? If the conventional wisdom on Iraq is based on reporting of events by the mainstream media, shouldn't that give us pause? The mainstream media's ability to tailor the story to support a political viewpoint is regularly demonstrated.

The 500 chemical munitions found in Iraq was the topic of a June 2006, House Armed Services Committee hearing. An important story in several aspects, but how was it reported? David Kay, the first director of the CIA Iraq Survey Group, testified at that 2006 hearing. He said, "Iraq was actually a more dangerous place than we assumed in the National Intelligence Estimate. Iraq was a vortex of corruption, filled with people who were capable to make WMD, who knew all the secrets, who were in that vortex of corruption, willing to sell their skills to the highest bidder."

Dan Cronenwett

South Jordan

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