Eliza Manningham-Buller was the director of MI5 during most of the time that George W Bush was President of the United States. MI5 is the British equivalent of the FBI, more or less.
Ms. Manningham-Buller has stated that neither Great Britain nor the United States found anything to connect the crimes committed on September 11, 2001, to Saddam Hussein or anyone in his government.
For those who do not know why this is significant, President Bush lied to the American people about the role of Baghdad in the 9/11 crimes, and used those lies to launch an attack on Iraq. Now, seven years later we are mired in an unwinnable war (unwinnable because there is no clear way to define victory), and the only thing to come of the action is that Texas oilmen will now control the flow of oil out of that region.
A cynic might say that President Bush sacrificed thousands of American lives, hundreds of billions of dollars, and millions of Iraqi lives only to secure the control of fossil fuels for his progeny.
Well, perhaps anyone with a mind might say that, irrespective of their cynicism; but, I digress.
Ms. Manningham-Buller has been quoted thus:
There was no credible intelligence to suggest that connection and that was the judgment, I might say, of the CIA. It was not a judgment that found favor with some parts of the American machine.
The CIA, our own foreign intelligence agency found no credible information to conclude that Iraq was involved in 9/11.
Many of us knew this at the time; but the teabaggers of the day (at that time called 'conservatives' although they have no interest in conserving anything but the justification of their own avarice) demanded that we 'support the President' during his difficult time of deciding to annihilate a civilization and cashing-out as quickly as possible.
Ms. Manningham-Buller, goes on to say:
To my mind, Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11 and I have never seen anything to make me change my mind.
And remember that this former MI5 chief is now a member of the House of Lords, and one of our closest allies. She is not some apologist for pacifism or a leftist talking head. This woman is a credible world leader in what was once known as Western Civilization.
The sad outcome of George W Bush's illegal, immoral, and truly sad attack against the Iraqi people is not just the waste of human life and money, but the reality that he personally has radicalized at least one, possibly two, generations of Muslim men. Men who will grow-up to hate America, not because of our freedom as teabaggers like to say, but because we are a vicious, avaricious, militaristic culture who follow insane right-wing leaders like the sheep we have come known to be.
Ex-MI5 Spy Chief: No Link Between Hussein, 9/11