Gandalf grey 2012-03-29 16:21:21
The Rest of Your Words, Mr. Bush, Are Also A Problem
A BUZZFLASH READER COMMENTARY
by Perri Green
President Bush says he’s “moved on” and that the “case is closed” with
regards to those “sixteen words” in his SOTU.
Fine. What about these 71 from the same speech?
“Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials
to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent. U.S.
intelligence indicates that Saddam Hussein had upwards of 30,000 munitions
capable of delivering chemical agents. We have also discovered through
intelligence that Iraq has a growing fleet of manned and unmanned aerial
vehicles that could be used to disperse chemical or biological weapons
across broad areas.”
To date, not a single UAV has been found, or drop of CBWs, or any munitions
capable of delivering said weapons.
Is the CIA responsible for those words as well?
What about these 26, also from the same speech?
“Evidence from intelligence sources, secret communications and statements by
people now in custody reveal that Saddam Hussein aids and protects
terrorists, including members of Al Qaida.”
To date, not a shred of evidence connecting Hussein with Al Qaida or any
other known terrorist organizations (besides certain Palestinian groups who
represent no direct threat to the US) have been revealed.
And then there are these 20:
“Our intelligence sources tell us that he (Saddam) has attempted to purchase
high-strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production.”
The IAEA as well as dozens of leading scientists declared said tubes
unsuitable for nuclear weapons production — months before the war.
The CIA has assumed tepid responsibility for not insisting Bush remove the
sixteen words about British evidence of Hussein’s alleged attempts to
purchase uranium from Africa. (Since when does the US go to war on the basis
of British intel anyway?)
Bush, however, must take responsibility for the rest his words, all 117 of
which were lies. Lies that have resulted in the deaths of over two hundred
American GIs, the wounding of at least 1,046, and the senseless killing of
more than six thousand innocent Iraqi civilians. If this doesn’t qualify as
impeachable (and even indictable) high crimes and misdemeanors, then nothing
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“If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so
long as I’m the dictator.” – GW Bush 12/18/2000.
“To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that
we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic
and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
—George W. Bush on the Brink of Declaring War on Iraq.