President Bush Now Caught In The Tangled Web He Spun
By Bill Gallagher
-- -- DETROIT -- President
George W. Bush's character is diseased. Serial lies spew from
his forked tongue as the result of a damaged mind and
personality that will not permit him to face the truth. He lies
about leaks and leaks about lies
Vice President Dick Cheney, Bush's shady and cynical servant,
refuses to deal with the truth no matter how compelling and
overwhelming the facts are. Cheney is the lord of the lies, the
Bushevik Beelzebub, now hopelessly caught in his own deceptions
We now know they both kept repeating a known lie -- that Iraq
had secret trailers used as biological weapons labs -- long
after a Pentagon-sponsored fact-finding group unanimously
concluded the trailers had nothing whatsoever to do with weapons
of any kind.
The report in the Washington Post caused White House spokesman
Scott McClellan to fume. How could the Post, McClellan howled,
give the impression "that the president was saying something he
knew at the time not to be true." Matrons across America reached
for their smelling salts, faint at the notion that someone might
suggest that Dubya purposefully lied. Mercy me.
Bush and Cheney's lies are legion. They effectively used lies to
scare the hell out of the American people and they still do. But
now, they must manufacture more lies to fuel more fear to keep
their mass-deception operation going. They are struggling to
keep the old lies alive until the new ones roll off the assembly
Their base -- the corporate-military-religious right folks --is
eager to carry the new canards to the faithful as soon as the
marketing launch time is just right. The menace of Iran is the
sure-bet product, with the usual suspects in the media anxious
to sell it.
Iraq was sold as a threat and Saddam Hussein's horrible weapons
were what we most had to fear. Biological and chemical weapons
in Iraq were fearsome. Bush assured the United Nations the evil
regime in Iraq had a "continued appetite" for nuclear bombs.
Saddam, Cheney solemnly warned us, was hankering to build some
nukes. The first thing he would do would be to slip a few dirty
bombs to his old pal and partner in terror, Osama bin Laden.
The Busheviks created the mythology, mounted on a tripod of
smoking-gun "evidence." Saddam was attempting to buy uranium for
nuclear weapons. He bought aluminum tubes that could "only be
used" for nuclear weapons. He constructed and operated mobile
biological labs in trailers to manufacture disease-bearing
weapons. Slam-dunk. Or so they thought.
All lies. Pure lies. And as each of these lies became apparent
and independent intelligence experts reported this information,
the Busheviks kept parroting the lies that suited their
The pattern is repeated and unmistakable. Bush, Cheney and
company would keep spouting the lies that were the result, not
of "intelligence failures," but were known to be lies. This was
necessary to continue the grand deception used to sell the war
in the first place and cloak the truth about the real reasons
for the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Ambassador Joseph Wilson and European intelligence operatives
knew the story that Iraq was trying to buy enriched uranium from
Niger was false. An Italian newspaper revealed how a bunch of
international scam artists used obviously forged documents to
promote the hoax in a dizzying scheme to sell the lie.
Their motive was simple. They wanted to make money selling the
fabricated information to intelligence services, long before the
Busheviks had set their sights on Iraq. The French spotted the
fraud right away, and so did the Italians.
But after Sept. 11, the fraud was revived with the help of one
of outgoing Italian Prime Minister and Bush ally Silvio
Berlusconi's magazines. The same forged documents were recycled.
The British and the Busheviks drooled all over them.
Of course, those were the very governments looking for any claim
-- true or not -- to make the case for war with Iraq. Cheney and
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's private intelligence
operatives in the Pentagon pounced on the bogus Niger story and
made it one of the principal reasons for war. Bush even used it
in a State of the Union address.
Joe Wilson knew the story had holes, and warned the CIA. When he
told the truth -- that the White House knew it was peddling lies
-- he had to pay a price. Bush and Cheney unleashed their
political thugs Karl Rove and Scooter Libby to discredit, even
destroy Wilson. Exposing his wife's undercover job as a CIA
officer was just one weapon they used.
Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, who brought the indictment
of Scooter Libby to a federal grand jury and is still
investigating others in the White House, argued that the
Busheviks were involved in a concerted effort to lash out
against a critic.
In a legal filing in the case, Fitzgerald said leaks of
classified information were used in a "concerted action" by
"multiple people in the White House" involved in the plan to
"discredit, punish or seek revenge against" Wilson.
Libby claimed he got the OK from Cheney, with Bush's
authorization, to leak intelligence information to friendly
reporters. It's about time Bush and Cheney released transcripts
of their interviews with Fitzgerald. That would sure help clear
the air or, more likely, fill the atmosphere with more lies --
criminal ones at that.
The "National Journal's" Murray Waas blew the lid off another
example of the Busheviks' incessant use of a phony rationale for
war long after experts have discredited it. That was Saddam's
procurement of high-strength aluminum tubes for the purpose of
developing nuclear weapons.
Waas reported that as early as October 2002, Bush and Cheney had
reports from the Energy Department and the State Department's
Bureau of Intelligence and Research concluding that the tubes
were "intended for conventional weapons."
That judgment -- which turned out to be the correct one -- was
never shared with the Congress and certainly not with the
American people. Condoleezza Rice, then the national security
adviser, insisted the tubes were "only really suited for nuclear
weapons." The Busheviks ignored all the expert reports that
challenged Rice's false assertion.
"We have found the weapons of mass destruction," Bush proclaimed
to a group of Polish television reporters when one of them dared
to ask the president where they were.
Remember, the Poles sent troops to Iraq, and the nation's
political leaders -- bribed with U.S. money -- told their people
the young Poles were fighting to save the world from Saddam's
illicit weapons arsenal.
Bush made his unequivocal proclamation on May 29, 2003. But the
Washington Post reports that two days before Bush bragged about
the phony find of weapons, a secret fact-finding mission "had
already concluded that the trailers had nothing to do with
A prime source for these frightening tales was an Iraqi engineer
who defected to Germany in 1999. German intelligence gave him
the code name "Curveball" and he was in time to become the
Busheviks' main man in providing information on Iraq's "secret
The Germans had concluded, years before the Busheviks decided to
go to war with Iraq, that "Curveball" was a fraud, a liar and a
nut. But those credentials made him a perfect puppet-informant
for Cheney and Rumsfeld. He was willing to say anything to
confirm their suspicions that Saddam had an active
After Saddam's fall, the weapons Rumsfeld said he knew "exactly"
where to find were elusive. No one could find any. So you can
imagine how excited the warmongers were when they got word the
military had captured two trailers possibly used for bioweapons
production. Cheney and Rummy were toasting each other and
swilling down single-malt scotches.
Anxious for the satisfaction and propaganda value of the moment,
the Pentagon hurried a team of technical experts to Iraq to
evaluate the trailers. The CIA already had a draft of a white
paper describing the trailers as "the strongest evidence to date
that Iraq was hiding a biological warfare program."
The technical team, the Post reported, included eight Americans
and a Brit, "each with at least a decade of experience in one of
the essential technical skills needed in bioweapons production."
The experts worked in the sweltering sun, checking vats and
valves, taking hundreds of photographs. By the end of the day,
there were different opinions about what the trailers were used
for, but there was certainty about what they were not.
One team member whose identity was protected told the Post,
"Within the first four hours, it was clear to everyone that
these were not biological labs."
On May 27, the technical team transmitted their unanimous
findings. Within a day, the CIA posted on its Web site the paper
titled "Iraqi Mobile Biological Warfare Agent Production
Plants." The next day, Bush proclaimed, "We have found the
weapons of mass destruction." The lies lived. The truth was
By late June, then-secretary of state Colin Powell said that the
"confidence is increasing" that the trailers were meant to be
used to produce biological weapons. In September, Cheney said
the "mobile biological laboratories" could have been used to
produce anthrax and smallpox. Lies, lies and more lies, and they
If we had a real Senate Intelligence Committee, instead of that
horrible excuse for one run by that shameless White House whore,
Sen. Pat Roberts, the panel would be demanding to know who got
the technical team report on the trailers and what was done with
I'm sure Rumsfeld saw the report, since the Pentagon's Defense
Intelligence Agency assembled the technical team. Poor Rummy.
All those generals are calling for his head.
What took them so long?
Rumsfeld is the worst defense secretary in American history and
certainly one of the worst military strategists since the
invention of gunpowder.
The very name Rumsfeld should mean an arrogant person bursting
with incompetence. Bush is right to keep him on board. Cheney,
Rumsfeld and Rice are rats richly deserving to be with their
captain on his sinking ship of state.
They deserve their fates. The tragedy is how many more Iraqis
and Americans will die for their lies.
Bill Gallagher, a Peabody Award winner, is a former Niagara
Falls city councilman who now covers Detroit for Fox2 News. His
e-mail address is email@example.com.
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