Wednesday, August 04, 2004
( 9:54 AM )
David Sirota and Christy Harvey of the Center for American Progress have written an amazing article for In These Times. They list what Bush and his folks knew - and that they didn't care.
But as author Flannery O’Conner noted, “Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” That means no matter how much defensive spin spews from the White House, the Bush administration cannot escape the documented fact that it was clearly warned before the war that its rationale for invading Iraq was weak.
Top administration officials repeatedly ignored warnings that their assertions about Iraq’s supposed Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and connections to al Qaeda were overstated. In some cases, they were told their claims were wholly without merit, yet they went ahead and made them anyway. Even the Senate report admits that the White House “misrepresented” classified intelligence by eliminating references to contradictory assertions.
In short, they knew they were misleading America.
And they did not care.
What did they know?
They knew Iraq posed no nuclear threat
They knew the aluminum tubes were not for nuclear weapons
They knew the Iraq-uranium claims were not supported
They knew there was no hard evidence of chemical or biological weapons
They knew Saddam and bin Laden were not collaborating
They knew there was no Prague meeting
Conclusion: they knew they were misleading America.
And they just keep doing it. This latest urgent and specific terror alert is just more evidence of their purposeful deception for their own ends.
(thanks to Blondesense for the heads-up)