Thursday, June 17, 2004

The wheels are coming off the Bush/Cheney junta

The 9/11 commission, bi-partisan, independent, have stated unequivocally that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with the attacks in New York and Washington. Osama Bin Laden regarded with a certain amount of disdain the secularism exhibited by the Saddam regime. The same disdain many in the religious right in this country have for so-called activist judges who won't allow prayer in public schools. But that's a different subject.
Despite what the commission has stated, both Bush and Cheney have continued to insist there was such a connection. But are they really saying that? I believe what the Bush campaign is trying to do is parse these statements in such a way so as to be saying one thing and implying another. That is to say, yes, there are al Qaida operating in Iraq now, but that is only the result of the chaos that ensued AFTER the invasion. And when and if they get called on these statements, they will say, yes indeed, we have evidence see, car bombings, kidnappings, these are evil-doers, we must keep fighting them. And this has the effect of scaring an already uneasy electorate into believing that we had to go into Iraq to punish Saddam for his attacking us. It boggles the mind.
I was watching that press conference in the rose garden the other day, and Bush just seems so uncomfortable in his own skin now. That sick desperation in his laugh, the shrugging shoulders, how is he going to keep this up for four more months. He will grow increasingly desperate, his lies and obfuscation will only grow in intensity. Remember the lead up to war? The tale of two state of the union addresses. The first one had the stories of Uranium in Niger, stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, ready to use at a moments notice. A year later that all turned into "weapons related program activities." Yet millions of people still stand by this nonsense, or more likely they just believe the message spoon fed to them by the administration, stick with us and we'll protect you, just don't ask to many questions.


Blogger Jon said...

The funny thing is, Bush/Cheney never said that Saddam had anything to do with 9/11. They said he had implicated himself in al-Qaeda plots, of which there actually is evidence, and it's not as shaky as that used in Michael Moore's exquisite documentary to connect the "House of Bush" and the "House of Saud". Go here...

3:59 PM  
Blogger RBP said...

The point being, the administration makes a tenuous connection between Saddam and al-Qaida, and then do nothing to discourage the idea that Saddam was somehow culpable in 9/11. The fact is Saddam had nothing to do with it. They know it, they just don't care if you know it. As a matter of fact they want you to think otherwise, it helps buttress their case for war.

6:20 PM  

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