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December, 2005

 

A War Based On Lies:
Scootie, You're Doin' A Great Job!
By Meg Brizzolara

Oops, sorry, that was a reference to another disgraced Bush Administration official, Michael Brown, head of FEMA, recently departed. One whose incompetence cost thousands of lives.
But lest we forget that the indictment of Mr. Libby is not about incompetence, or even a technical slip of the tongue regarding a CIA operative, or even lying to a grand jury, all bad enough, worthy of a prison term, let's review what this CIA operative identity leak is REALLY about.
The Bush Administration lied about the reasons for going to war with Iraq. THAT'S what this is about.
The war has cost thousands of innocent lives, and now we know that the case made for it was based on lies, deliberate twisting of intelligence, forgeries and a belief that anyone who had the integrity to say so was worthy of the destruction of their careers.
Joseph Wilson tried to tell the Bush Administration that no yellow cake uranium was ever purchased by Iraq from Niger. The personal cost to him for saying this publicly was the destruction of his own career and that of his wife.
The presentation given to the United Nations Security Council by Colin Powell in the leadup to the war was masterful. So many of us wanted to believe he knew what he was talking about. It scared us and we wanted this Butcher of Baghdad stopped.
Many of us in the teeming masses of America knew this was a lie but we were never interviewed by CNN, MSNBC, or any of the other media outlets who couldn't get their pencils out fast enough to take down every utterance from the White House about how bad Sadaam Hussein was, how he and bin Laden (in reality they hated each other) had their sites on every post office and shopping mall in America.
But it was all false, it was all lies and the Bush Administration engaged in payback to Joseph Wilson for saying so.
Valerie Plame and Joseph Wilson will go on to other things, the lecture circuit if nothing else, but we have now topped the 2,000 mark of innocent American lives spent for this lie.
We don't know how many lives of innocent Iraqi's was spent, we don't count them, at least publicly. The levees in New Orleans were left in disrepair because Bush wanted the money to fix them for war. More innocent lives lost.
Let's not obfuscate what this CIA leak of Valerie Plame's identity is really about. It's about a war based on LIES.

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