Monday, July 31, 2006

Dear Anonymous, Have I Got a Letter for You

A recent anonymous comment maker on this site made a strong point that the Bush administration never said Iraq and Saddam Hussein were behind 9/11, and therefore the war in Iraq was not sold on that basis. Anyone who lived through those years knows Bush, Cheney and other White House officials went out of their way to give that impression - namely, that it rallied the nation to war based on the idea that Saddam was behind 9/11. That is why such a large percentage of Americans believed that to be the case, and many still do. But is there any proof that President Bush did that? You can't impeach someone for being misunderstood, can you? Where's the proof?
Here is the letter the President sent to Congress on the day before the war began:

Presidential Letter 
Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate
“March 18, 2003
Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
Consistent with section 3(b) of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107-243), and based on information available to me, including that in the enclosed document, I determine that:
(1) reliance by the United States on further diplomatic and other peaceful means alone will neither (A) adequately protect the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq nor (B) likely lead to enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq; and
(2) acting pursuant to the Constitution and Public Law 107-243 is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.

There's your proof: Iraq was based on a lie, a lie that President Bush now denies he made.


At 10:26 PM, Blogger LaurelhurstDad said...

You can repeat the facts all you want, but certain people will never believe it until druggies like Rush say it.

It's interesting that when the Bush crowd repeat the lies, some people believe them, but they don't believe facts laid out for them.

Paul Krugman sums it up pretty well. See

(This was also in today's Oregonian.)

At 10:33 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

Krugman is a national treasure. He's an economics guy dragged into the fray by the desperate nature of these times, and the fact that so few of his colleagues are getting the job done.

At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Krugman is a national treasure."

Dear Lord. In any event, the President's letter does not state, "Iraq was behind the the September 11 attacks." It states that it aids the terrorist organizations that may have been involved. That has been proven to be true. Again, Google "Salman Pak".

At 10:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, it says 'planned, authorized, committed, or aided.'

At 10:35 AM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

It was the day before the war. There was no need to continue the slippery deceptive language. This is when President Bush made the mistake of putting it in writing - what they had just been implying. If you can read this and not see the nation of Iraq being tied to 9/11 than you should just move on to denying that Iraq exists at all.
Why go halfway with the delusion?

At 10:37 AM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

"those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001."

Iraq didn't and in this letter President Bush says iraq did. He is lying.


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