Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Prior to the war in Iraq, in trying to explain my support for an invasion, I explained to an anti-war acquaintance that, "just because the Bush administration says something is true, doesn't automatically mean it's not."

Well, I was wrong.

I was mainly convinced by Colin Powell's presentation to the UN Security Council. The sheer specificity of it was impressive. I figured that if the CIA is declassifying this much detail, imagine what they're not sharing with the French and Germans.

As Thomas Powers writes in Sunday's Boston Globe:

"...[M]any of Powell's claims involved big things that would be easy to check once America had free run of Iraq: a factory for making poisons and explosives near the northern town of Khurmal; four chemical munitions bunkers at Taji; 'rocket launchers and warheads containing biological warfare agents... hidden in large groves of palm trees'; a suspicious caravan of trucks photographed last Nov. 25 at the Amiriyah Serum and Vaccine Institute, a center for testing biological and chemical weapons; '1,600 death-row prisoners transferred in 1995 to a special unit' where an Iraqi source saw 'blood oozing from the victims' mouths.' In his State of the Union address, President Bush cited even bigger things: 30,000 Iraqi warheads, 500 tons of chemical weapons, 25,000 liters of anthrax, 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin. None of this has been found."

But, of course, Bush keeps telling the American public, "We found the weapons of mass destruction." Serial liar. This explains the gallons of ink spilled by conservatives condemning Hillary Clinton's memoir. Remind the American people about the guy who lied about sex, so as to distract them from looking too closely at the guy who lied about his reasons for starting a *&#%ing -- and ongoing -- war.

Yes, we freed the Iraqi people and, of course, the region is so much more stable now.

Even former members of the Reagan administration are alarmed by the bully boy.

Another typical Bush administration ploy is, of course, to say one thing and do the complete opposite. How else does one explain the DOJ order about racial profilling. Won't do it. we do do it.

The week does bring some good news. Bill O'Reilly has "jumped the shark," according to Hit & Run.

And Giambi and Godzilla are hitting, really hitting.



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