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3rd Year Anniversary of Bush Lies in Cincinnati


By Steve Cobble
HuffingtonPost.com

Tomorrow (10/7/05) marks the 3-year anniversary of George W. Bush's mendacious speech to the VFW in Cincinnati. This was the speech that ratcheted up the hype to such a level that half the Senate Democrats and 2/5 of the House Democrats blithely handed over their Constitutional obligation to declare war to a President who had been itching to invade Iraq since he was Governor of Texas.

3 years. 2,000 dead Americans. Uncounted dead Iraqis. $300 B dollars not spent on schools, levees, Medicaid--or security here at home--or even chasing Osama bin Laden.
Yet the Republicans in Congress, who totally control Washington, have yet to seriously investigate any of it, from the missing WMDs to the Downing Street Minutes to the Valerie Plame outing to 9-11. Shame, shame.

Let's walk through some of the hype of that speech. (If you want a meticulous deconstruction of the Bush Administration propaganda and lies that led us to war, I suggest the brilliant book Hood-winked by John Prados. He takes each bit of pre-war propaganda and rips it apart, line by line. He does, in short, the job we wish the MSM would do. The specific exaggerations and falsehoods from the Cincinnati speech are laid out between pages 124-138 of Hood-winked.)

"Tonight I want to take a few minutes to discuss a grave threat to peace..." (and no, he doesn't mean Cheney).
"The threat comes from Iraq...and its drive toward an arsenal of terror."
"We agree that the Iraqi dictator must not be permitted to threaten America and the world with horrible poisons and diseases and gases and atomic weapons."
"...the threat from Iraq stands alone--because it gathers the most serious dangers of our age in one place."
"...Iraq is unique." (Hint: lots of oil.)
"If we know Saddam Hussein has dangerous weapons today--and we do..."
"Iraq has a growing fleet of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles that could be used to disperse chemical or biological weapons across broad areas."
"We know that Iraq and al Qaeda have had high-level contacts that go back a decade."
"Some have argued that confronting the threat from Iraq could detract from the war against terror." (Yes, some did. In fact, it is little-recognized, but despite all the propaganda, 3/5 of the House Democrats, led by Dennis Kucinich, voted against the authorization bill. So did half the Senate Democrats, led by Robert Byrd. The "war enablers", the leading Democrats who get all the media attention, were actually the smaller part of their own peers--much less the base of the party!)
"To the contrary, confronting the threat posed by Iraq is crucial to winning the war on terror."
"When I spoke to Congress more than a year ago, I said that those who harbor terrorists are as guilty as the terrorists themselves." (Note: this rule apparently does not apply to Castro haters in Miami.)
"Iraq has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes and other equipment needed for gas centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons." (Which requires yellowcake. Which brings us full circle to Ambassador Joseph Wilson, husband of Valerie Plame, noted recipients of the noted Bush Administration slime treatment...Any day now, though, the President is going to march across that hall and demand to know who outed Ms. Plame...)
"Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof--the smoking gun--that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud." (The "we cannot wait" argument, of course, was a favorite of the Japanese armed forces in the run-up to Pearl Harbor. It is also, at its core, fundamentally "un-American". What I mean by that is that striking a nation that has not attacked us is about as far from the ideals we all learned in school about what America stands for as anything I can think of--yet that is the logic that George W's pre-emption strategy is founded upon.)
"...for the sake of peace, we will lead a coalition to disarm him." (As the Institute for Policy Studies called it, "a coalition of the coerced.")
"Taking these steps would also change the nature of the Iraqi regime itself." (Yeah, I guess so. Now it's "Baja Iran"...)
"...they must understand that all war criminals will be pursued and punished." (As long as their rank is Lynndie England's or lower...)
"Some worry that a change of leadership in Iraq could create instability and make the situation worse." (Like everyone with more brain cells than Homer Simpson? Maybe Harry could speak to that...)
"I have asked the Congress to authorize the use of America's military, if it proves necessary, to enforce U.N. Security Council demands. Approving the resolution does not mean that military action is imminent or unavoidable."
(There you go, Hillary, John, Joe--there's your "out" door--why don't you take it? We all knew he was lying, but he did say it, and the Downing Street Minutes show he surely didn't mean it. So "fix" the blame on George, say you made a mistake by voting for the war and by trusting him, and apologize. Then move on.)

There you have it. A Michael Gerson special. A speech that preceded the key Congressional vote by only a few days, and was so important that, as Prados says, "The White House put out the word that Bush's Cincinnati VFW speech would be the definitive presentation of the Iraqi threat to America."
A well-crafted pack of lies, leading a supine press, a cowed Congress, and an abused and ignored (and too often, eye-averting) public to war.
10/7/02. A day that should live in infamy.

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In reading Media reacts to 'passionate' Bush you get this curious remark,

Bob Burnett, a commentator on the left-leaning Huffington Post website
was more direct in his criticism.

"President Bush isn't going to change his mind about Iraq; he's a
failed CEO incapable of learning from his mistakes.

"The only way for the American people to alter the course of the Iraqi
occupation is to bypass Bush and convince Congress to represent the
will of the electorate."

I wonder why so many are aware of GWB's shortcomings! and we know he
is not going to change. It is obvious that eliminating Saddam H.
opened the door to the radicals on both ends of the religious
equations ... Osama bin Laden and Pat Robertson.

It is 'mahvellus' to watch Bush's little kingdom fall apart; the rhythm at which 'the gang that couldn't shoot straight' is falling completely off the cliff...is very steady.. almost in an exponential, reggae kind of way.

The wrath may visit his house and all who have embraced him as their leader...bad kharma, Bushies, very bad kharma with no let-up in sight.

Thanks for the reminder about Bush's shameful speech in Cincinnati three years ago. We were there outside the building yelling that Bush was lying about WMD and links to 9/11. This was an amazing protest--the first of many--and more remarkable because it was in Cincinnati where Bush counts on solid support. Wouldn't it be great if Rove was indicted on the third anniversary of Bush's pack of lies to the American people?

Why has it taken so long for so many to see that Bush and Company were taking us over a cliff? I fault both parties for not seeing the falseness in the claims that were made that led us into an untenable war.
How do you put Humpty Dumpty back together again? Impeaching Bush is only a starter. How about all the others who equally deserve castigation?
And how do we put the pieces of, not only our country, together again, but the damage that has been perpetrated on world affairs?
At the very least----let us begin!

Investigations lead to names and inside information. The Bush administration should be at the top of congressional investigation, recalling how often the public has received lies from elected leaders and their appointees: lies and half truths over Tomkin Bay, over Iran-contra, over invasions of Granada, Haiti, Panama, and the 1.5 billion a week forced Iraq distortion. Big and powerful economic factors control this country, under a guise of Christian leadership. Disclose and dispose!

The military planers and PNAC enthusiasts believed with Bzrezinski that we needed a new equivalent to "Pearl Harbor" to arouse the American Congress and people to support pre-emptive wars and to increase military spending. 9/11 provided that impetus. Our "leaders" perpetrated 9/11, using the terrorists' plot, but also expanding it tremendously. They exacerbated the plot and were complicit with them. Read Griffin, Hufschmid or Ruppert to confirm. 9/11 triggered our willingness to war on Iraq and our "War on Terrorism." Cheney and Wolfowitz are founders of PNAC and many Bush appointees are supporters of PNAC plans for US to conquer the world to control its oil/gas and other wealth by force.

America will need its wisest leadership to help this once proud nation to cope with the mess Bush, et al have made. Let's hope strong and upright leaders can be found to help us recover our morality and former stature.

Add to these lies the biggger one, that our government was complicit in the events of 9/11, and you see the length and breadth of our outrage. 3000 killed that day and the health of thousands of first responders jeopardized by another Bush lie, that it was safe to work in the toxic soup following 9/11. As Griffin, Hufschmid and Ruppert well show, some of our leaders were in collusion with and used the terrorists that infamous day. This was the 21st century "Pearl Harbor" that Brezinski wrote we needed to get pre-emptive war and increased military spending approved. We'll need some very great leadership to save our country's sanity after it learns the truth of 9/11. 9/11 was the fuse to light the Iraq war AND the war on terrorism! Our leaders orchestrated it to serve the neocons wish for achieving PNAC. Cheney, Wolfowitz and other Bush appointees are founders and supporters of PNAC, the effort to conquer the world for its oil, gas and other wealth. Let's hope we can salvage our country from this unwise and devastating course. We have much to do.

It is no small cruel irony that the reason this administration gave for pronouncing the Ukranian election dysfunctional and fraudulent was that the exit polls did not match the official results. What of the swing states across this nation where in state after state new electronic machines without (..except in the case of Nevada where the Republican Secretary of State insisted on it) any verifiable paper record eliminating the possibility of an audit afterward, not to mention all the other ways in which voters were disenfranchised. If only one in ten machines malfunctioned, misrecording every 10th vote that's a 1% shift in the results (a Bush margin).

My town is presently at a meeting. We are discussing the war, and
we are all dissatisfied; However, not one person feels that Bush
should be impeached. The military stands behind him, and if he
were to be impeached, this would distroy their moral. We must stand
with the troops. They are doing what so many would not do. We believe
Bush did not lie. Remember John Kerry's speech before the senate?
Kerry stated that Iraq was a threat and had to be dealt with severely.
Look up that speech. Also Clinton spoke in the same manner. For there
to be a lie, it would have to be known only by the liar that it was
not true.

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