March 27, 2006
No more excuses
In an understated headline, the NYT proclaims today, "Bush Was Set on Path to War." On January 31, less than two months prior to the invasion, Bush and Tony Blair wrote the script of the story they would use to justify the invasion. In the memo stamped "Extremely Sensitive," it is clear they knew there were no WMDs; there was no linkage with 9-11; they didn't care if the UN passed another resolution or not. They were going to war.
A bumper sticker featured in the Sunday Wisconsin State Journal that reads "I never thought I'd miss Nixon" brought a chuckle, but also reminds us that Congress once sat as an equal branch of government. Yes, Watergate was a crime and so was the cover up. But look at the intentional misleading of the international community, the Congress, the military and the American people in the false claims that have led to thousands of American injuries, 2,308 deaths, as many as 100,000 Iraqi deaths, the destruction of our image in the world and on and on.
And people get upset with a censure motion? (Of course going to war under false pretenses is less urgent than George Mason defeating UConn. Come to think of it, the invasion was in March, so perhaps madness is part of the package.)
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