As US secretary of state, Colin Powell gathered his notes in front of the United Nations security council, the man watching — Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, known to the west's intelligence services as "Curveball" — had more than an inkling of what was to come. He was, after all, Powell's main source, a man his German handlers had feted as a new "Deep throat" — an agent so pivotal that he could bring down a government.So at the time of writing this, an estimate of what this guy has cost Americans is $774 trillion dollars. For the current estimate, click here. That's just money. The cost in Americans themselves is around 5000 casualties. Iraqis have lost about 100k of their number.
As Curveball watched Powell make the US case to invade Iraq, he was hiding an admission that he has not made until now: that nearly every word he had told his interrogators from Germany's secret service, the BND, was a lie.
Everything he had said about the inner workings of Saddam Hussein's biological weapons programme was a flight of fantasy - one that, he now claims was aimed at ousting the Iraqi dictator. Janabi, a chemical engineering graduate who had worked in the Iraqi industry, says he looked on in shock as Powell's presentation revealed that the Bush administration's hawkish decisionmakers had swallowed the lot. Something else left him even more amazed; until that point he had not met a US official, let alone been interviewed by one.
"I had the chance to fabricate something to topple the regime," he told the Guardian in a series of interviews carried out in his native Arabic and German. "I and my sons are proud of that, and we are proud that we were the reason to give Iraq the margin of democracy."
And YOU, Republicans, were behind it all the way. It lost you the 2006 and 2008 elections and you're still hurting from it. Sure a lot of Democrats were for the Iraq war as well, but as far as I can see, it was ALL y'all. Plus you insisted on invading a country based on this one guy's story rather than trusting some second opinions. Hans Blix, for instance. So the point is, if anyone is interested in revenge, it should probably be you. Send Cheney after him.