by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber
Since the war in Iraq began in 2003, the Bush administration's rhetoric has shifted in directions that undermine its original case for war. During the initial buildup to war, the main arguments were:
1. We know that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction.
2. Saddam Hussein is allied with Al Qaeda.
3. The people will welcome American troops as liberators, so the war will be a "cakewalk" and the post-invasion occupation will be brief.
These arguments have now shifted to the following: