Saturday, February 25, 2006

Case Closed: The Iraq War Was Based On White House Lies

The Bush White House has long argued that the plan to invade Iraq came well after 9/11. Despite one cabinet secretary and Bush’s own National Security advisor disputing this, the White House has stuck to the lie that 9/11 was not used as a fake motivation to attack Iraq. If that lie is exposed, it exposes the entire case for war on Iraq as a carefully marketed deception. It becomes obvious that we weren’t forced to go into Iraq by bad intelligence. No, the decision was made to fix the intelligence around the policy, just as the Downing Street memo made clear. Indeed, the fact the we are still debating this, speaks volumes for the incredible spin machine this White House uses to operate. So what’s new?
Apparently the “Freedom of Information Act” has yet to be gutted by this administration, and it was used to acquire the actual notes of one of Rumsfeld’s aides on the afternoon of 9/11. In these notes lies the smoking gun of our times – the proof that the Iraq War was one big lie:
From Paul Krugman’s column today: At 2:40 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, Donald Rumsfeld gave military commanders their marching orders. "Judge whether good enough hit S. H. [Saddam Hussein] @ same time — not only UBL [Osama bin Laden]," read an aide's handwritten notes about his instructions. The notes were recently released after a Freedom of Information Act request. "Hard to get a good case," the notes acknowledge. Nonetheless, they say: "Sweep it all up. Things related and not."

Things related and not. That is the most damning phrase in modern American History. It means our President has gotten a lot of Americans killed for an unnecessary war, based on lies.


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