|Like you even need to read about the incredible
and ever-increasing list of lies and misinfo and deeply, colon-clenchingly
humiliating wrongness shot forth from the mouth of the GOP
machine, a truly jaw-dropping assortment of falsehoods and
fabrications about war, and war, and war. Oh, and the economy.
And the environment. And war.
Look. There is no doubt left. Zero. None. Even many
high-ranking Republicans are deeply worried over the
increasingly embittered national timbre regarding BushCo's lies,
as reflected in his ever-slipping ratings and declining
reelectability quotient and his smug little smirky emptiness.
Do you need to be reminded? Do you need to see it again?
Very good, then. Let us recap: No WMDs. Biggest joke on the
American public in the past 50 years. Saddam doesn't have 'em,
and probably never did. Over 1,400 of BushCo's own investigators
and specialists and scientists -- affectionately known as the
Iraq Survey Group -- canvassing postwar Iraq for six months, not
to mention the teams of original U.N. investigators, and finding
not a trace of anything resembling huge stockpiles of
massive scary weaponry.
Which is to say, no nukes. No biotoxins. No big cannons full
of scary Korans and rusty bullets and old gum. Nothing at all
resembling what Condi Rice and Cheney and Rummy and Wolfowitz,
et al., said were absolutely positively no question going to be
found any day now because after all that's why we went to war.
Except that it wasn't. And they knew it.
To paraphrase The Washington Post: Among the judgments of the
above-mentioned Iraq Survey Group, as overseen by David Kay, who
reports directly to CIA Director George Tenet, are these: Iraq's
nuclear-weapons scientists did no significant arms-related work
after 1991. Also, all those facilities with suspicious new
construction (remember Colin "Emasculated" Powell's
bogus satellite photos?) proved benign, and of no
military use whatsoever.
This is not speculation. This is not liberal wishful
thinking. These are facts. And BushCo knew them. And more.
Translation: Bush's urgent call back in March to bomb the
living crap out of pissant Iraq because Saddam had irrefutably
cranked up his nuke arsenal and might possibly bomb weak
depressed New York at any minute and wipe out all the Starbucks
and ruin Monday Night Football was not only completely bogus
and impossible, it was shockingly dangerous, and
unprecedented, and even borderline treasonous.
Remember how Saddam ostensibly loved al Qaeda? Remember how
Uncle Dick helped drill that terrorism connection into the
cultural consciousness, repeatedly, across all media for months
on end just before the war, thus inducing upward of 50 percent
of the disturbingly gullible U.S. population to believe that
Saddam actually had a hand in 9/11? When he didn't? When there
was no connection whatsoever? Remember that?
Ah, yes. It turns out that all intelligence and every piece
of evidence points exactly the opposite way. As BushCo was well
informed, Saddam might only make contact with al Qaeda -- his
sworn enemies -- if his back was against the wall, and probably
not even then.
More? Sure. How about Afghanistan? Remember that? Osama at
large. Never captured. Taliban resurfacing. No aid for the
country and no rebuilding (except for a shiny new oil pipeline)
and complete devastation and neglect.
And even Rummy, in his private and damning memo, said as
much, just last week, writing that there is absolutely no
way to tell whether we are making any progress in the war on
terror, and that "victory" would be "a long, hard
slog," and that it was impossible to say whether we are
killing known terrorists any faster than the increasingly
furious and inspired madrassas, or Islamic fundamentalist
schools, can manufacture them.
"This is a man that we know has had connections with al
Qaeda. This is a man who, in my judgment, would like to use al
Qaeda as a forward army." -- President Bush, Oct. 14, 2002
"Yes, there is a linkage between al Qaeda and
Iraq." -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Sept. 26, 2002
"There have been contacts between senior Iraqi officials
and members of al Qaeda going back for actually quite a long
time." -- National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice, Sept.
Isn't that cute? Not a single one of those statements was
true. And not a single one of those people is being accused of
treason or malfeasance or of being a soulless anti-American
warmongering drone, despite how their words were dripping with
lies when they exited their mouths.
Look. Bush told Americans we were going to enter into this
savage and bloody war no one really wanted because Iraq posed an
immediate and imminent threat to the security of the U.S. and
its citizens. He gutted the economy for it. He destroyed
long-standing relationships with countless international allies
for it. He made America into this rogue superpower brat,
disrespected and untrustable and appalling, for it. And it was
How about this? More soldiers have died since BushCo declared
the war essentially over six months ago than during the war
itself. And guerrilla attacks on U.S. forces have more than
doubled over recent months to more than 25 per day, with fresh
American causalities coming in nonstop.
No matter, says the GOP. All part of the clumsy
"rebuilding" process, they say. By the way, that $87
billion BushCo just begged for to keep the Iraq war machine
clunking along? That's more than the fiscal debt of all the
gutted U.S. states combined. Iraq is, by every account, a
devastating U.S. money
Might it be worth mentioning here that comprehensive new
nonpartisan investigation that reveals how at least 15,000
Iraqis, including a minimum of 4,000 civilians, were slaughtered
by U.S. forces in the first days of the invasion? Or that
some estimates of total Iraqi civilian deaths go as
high as nearly 10,000? Do those people matter? All those
women and children and poor families? Nah. Screw 'em.
And you know why they don't matter, according to the GOP?
Because we got rid of a pesky evil pip-squeak tyrant, that's
why. One who was zero threat to the U.S., and not much of a
threat to neighboring countries, and had no 9/11 connection, but
who we know killed lots of his own people 20 years ago, with
America's full and complicit assistance, including the biotoxins
we sold to him.
And how he's gone. Yay! Mission accomplished! Except, of
course, he's not. Still alive, apparently. But he's hiding
somewhere! And he's probably really furious that he had to shave
his mustache, too! Ha! That oughta show him! That's $300 billion
and hundreds of dead U.S. soldiers well spent, baby! God bless
This needs to be said. This needs to be repeated, over and
over again, because apparently it is still not clear and
apparently Republican apologists love to trot it out as some
sort of justification, some sort of hollow and childish
accusation, signifying nothing.
Yes, Bill Clinton lied, too. He lied about stupid adulterous
sex. And the GOP savaged him like rabid feral swine attacking a
rutabaga. Had him impeached over it. Loathe him still, and his
wife, too, with unprecedented level of hatred and bile and
vicious litigious action never before seen in this nation.
No such fate for BushCo. Shockingly, the GOP isn't the
slightest bit upset about this pro-corporate, oil-drunk
administration's deadly string of lies. Shall we wonder why? Or
is it just too poisonous and sad to consider for very long, lest
the intellect curdle and the soul recoil?
OK, I'll spell it out: George W. Bush and his entire senior
administration lied, and continue to lie, flagrantly, openly,
knowingly, with full intent, about the need to drive this nation
into a brutal and unwinnable and fiscally debilitating war, one
that protects no one and inhibits no terrorism and defends
nothing but BushCo's own petrochemical cronies and political
This much is obvious. This much is painfully, crushingly sad.
And this much we must purge like so much clotted gunk from the
collective social artery one year from now. Otherwise, we should
just turn in our stained and bloody Superpower badge, and resign
ourselves to our fate.
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