Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: Bush lied, your kid died
Bush lied, your kid died. Sounds a lot like a slogan that Gahan Wilson creature Karl Rove might have come up with if he was "on the other side" to tag someone, likely unfairly, in a campaign. Like the flip-flopper tags stuck on Kerry.
But the facts are that Bush did lie. Whine and quote all you want. Not one of the people being cited as "voting for the war" was ever asked to actually vote to send Americans to invade Iraq. Go read the record. No one's opinion on Iraq and Saddam counted as much as Bush's, and Bush and his team was very busy selling the idea that America was threatened by Saddam. The vote was not to send Americans to Iraq to depose Saddam. The vote was to authorize the President to take military action as a last resort, which was ultimately allowed to be defined by his judgement and then presented later should that danger be imminent, to protect America from the threat of WMD in Saddam's possession and by claimed association, possibly in the hands of terrorists like Al-Qaeda. It is apparent the President also lied when he agreed to commit America to invade Iraq as a last resort by his very argument. He was finished considering other options the minute Congress granted the authorization he now portrays as approval to depose Saddam. That authorization was never granted. The authorization was to use American Armed Forces as a last resort, to protect us from WMD. It is also apparent that in the run up to the war, any data suggesting Saddam was a toothless piece of meaningless shit was discounted. Even the UN inspectors, the only "intelligence" service on the ground in Iraq, gathering information about the WMD programs, who persistently portrayed the status as "no evidence of WMD has been found" were discounted as morons being duped by the Iraqis.
President Bush gave no accounting of why the invasion had to start in March of 2003, ever. This was required before the invasion, unless there was evidence that the threat from Saddam's WMD was imminent and he had no choice, after which he was obligated to present the data and rationale to Congress within some time limit which I forget at the moment, but is was something like 90 days.
Congress deserves a hot oil enema for being so compliant and not demanding Bush live up to the standard they set in the Resolutions authorizing the use of American armed forces in Iraq. But, citing a bunch of people repeating what the President of United States said who alone do not have the authority under any circumstances to send Americans to invade another country, or what a previous President of the United States said who did not authorize an invasion of Iraq, as evidence Bush did not lie is just throwing sand and dirt in the air to confuse. It is clear. Bush lied, in fact, in spirit and by purposeful intent. The consequences have been horrific. Americans by the thousands have been killed and maimed, while Iraqis by the tens of thousands have been killed and maimed.
America is now directly in the morass of the Middle East, instead of merely by our former proxy relationship with Israel. Bush and Cheney and Condi have lied and dragged America into this mess, and it should be made clear that to do that and blame others is not going to be tolerated. They could have and should have known better. Apparently Bush Senior knew better and members of his administration who have been recylced under Bush Junior also knew better. A private agenda, hatched in conflict with prior experience, pursued at the cost of America's best interests and sold to Congress via lies and exaggerations cannot be sold off as "no one could have known" or "every one agreed that Saddam was a bad guy" since only George W. Bush had the authority to take action and he failed to ensure he had the fact straight before he gave the order to invade.
There was a lot of seemingly unfair criticism of George W. Bush when he first assumed the role of President. He was constantly criticized for being a poor speaker and appearing to be less than intellectually capable of performing as President. Well, today it seems the lack of intellectual capacity has been augmented by a general laziness and unwillingness to do the necessary homework to be right on important issues. Lying is a mark of behavior of someone over their head with no idea of how to proceed. Just because he is ordinary, and has surrounded himself with other ordinary people, and they may have struggled and failed, and we either identify with him in this situation or pity him does not mean we can lower our standards to the point where this is accepted. Jim