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It's imperialism, stupid


BY NOAM CHOMSKY
4 July 2005

IN his June 28 speech, President Bush asserted that the invasion of Iraq was undertaken as part of "a global war against terror" that the United States is waging. In reality, as anticipated, the invasion increased the threat of terror, perhaps significantly.

Half-truths, misinformation and hidden agendas have characterised official pronouncements about US war motives in Iraq from the very beginning. The recent revelations about the rush to war in Iraq stand out all the more starkly amid the chaos that ravages the country and threatens the region and indeed the world.

In 2002 the US and United Kingdom proclaimed the right to invade Iraq because it was developing weapons of mass destruction. That was the "single question," as stressed constantly by Bush, Prime Minister Blair and associates. It was also the sole basis on which Bush received congressional authorisation to resort to force.

The answer to the "single question" was given shortly after the invasion, and reluctantly conceded: The WMD didn't exist. Scarcely missing a beat, the government and media doctrinal system concocted new pretexts and justifications for going to war.

"Americans do not like to think of themselves as aggressors, but raw aggression is what took place in Iraq," national security and intelligence analyst John Prados concluded after his careful, extensive review of the documentary record in his 2004 book "Hoodwinked."

Prados describes the Bush "scheme to convince America and the world that war with Iraq was necessary and urgent" as "a case study in government dishonesty ... that required patently untrue public statements and egregious manipulation of intelligence." The Downing Street memo, published on May 1 in The Sunday Times of London, along with other newly available confidential documents, have deepened the record of deceit.

The memo came from a meeting of Blair's war cabinet on July 23, 2002, in which Sir Richard Dearlove, head of British foreign intelligence, made the now-notorious assertion that "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy" of going to war in Iraq.

The memo also quotes British Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon as saying that "the US had already begun 'spikes of activity' to put pressure on the regime."

British journalist Michael Smith, who broke the story of the memo, has elaborated on its context and contents in subsequent articles. The "spikes of activity" apparently included a coalition air campaign meant to provoke Iraq into some act that could be portrayed as what the memo calls a "casus belli."

Warplanes began bombing in southern Iraq in May 2002 — 10 tons that month, according to British government figures. A special "spike" started in late August (for a September total of 54.6 tons).

"In other words, Bush and Blair began their war not in March 2003, as everyone believed, but at the end of August 2002, six weeks before Congress approved military action against Iraq," Smith wrote.

The bombing was presented as defensive action to protect coalition planes in the no-fly zone. Iraq protested to the United Nations but didn't fall into the trap of retaliating. For US-UK planners, invading Iraq was a far higher priority than the "war on terror." That much is revealed by the reports of their own intelligence agencies. On the eve of the allied invasion, a classified report by the National Intelligence Council, the intelligence community's center for strategic thinking, "predicted that an American-led invasion of Iraq would increase support for political Islam and would result in a deeply divided Iraqi society prone to violent internal conflict," Douglas Jehl and David E. Sanger reported in The New York Times last September. In December 2004, Jehl reported a few weeks later, the NIC warned that "Iraq and other possible conflicts in the future could provide recruitment, training grounds, technical skills and language proficiency for a new class of terrorists who are 'professionalised' and for whom political violence becomes an end in itself." The willingness of top planners to risk increase of terrorism does not of course indicate that they welcome such outcomes. Rather, they are simply not a high priority in comparison with other objectives, such as controlling the world's major energy resources.

Shortly after the invasion of Iraq, Zbigniew Brzezinski, one of the more astute of the senior planners and analysts, pointed out in the journal National Interest that America's control over the Middle East "gives it indirect but politically critical leverage on the European and Asian economies that are also dependent on energy exports from the region." If the United States can maintain its control over Iraq, with the world's second largest known oil reserves, and right at the heart of the world's major energy supplies, that will enhance significantly its strategic power and influence over its major rivals in the tripolar world that has been taking shape for the past 30 years: US-dominated North America, Europe, and Northeast Asia, linked to South and Southeast Asia economies.

It is a rational calculation, on the assumption that human survival is not particularly significant in comparison with short-term power and wealth. And that is nothing new. These themes resonate through history. The difference today in this age of nuclear weapons is only that the stakes are enormously higher.

Noam Chomsky is a professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the author, most recently, of Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance.

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CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES ABOUT THE WAR IN IRAQ, THE DOWNING STREET MEMO & IMPEACHMENT!!!

CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND LET THEM KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!

YOU CAN FIND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES CONTACT INFORMATION AT THE LINKS BELOW:

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/

http://www.house.gov/

http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/welcome.jsp

Congressman Bass,

Because of the nature of the "Downingstreet Memo's" I suggest that you and your fellow congressman and women hire a special counsel to investigate the revelations that the "memo's" suggest. It is your duty as a hired representative from the State of New Hampshire to represent all of us and to look into the charges that the "memos" represent. Was this war in Iraq planned long before 9/11? Why does President Bush equate 9/11 and Iraq in all his press releases when we know for a fact that Iraq had nothing to do with Iraq.

Sincerely

A concerned veteran

Was this war in Iraq planned long before 9/11? Why does President Bush equate 9/11 and Iraq in all his press releases when we know for a fact that Iraq had nothing to do with (9/11)*

The reasons for going to war were deliberate lies. That was obvious at the time and it has been proven since.

The question that I want answered is what were the real reasons?

I am not wholly convinced by the 'oil' answer, as any future (US approved) Iraqi government will (eventually) sell Iraqi oil (to the US) at spot prices, just the same as Saddam would have done had he been allowed.

Saving the Iraqis from a brutal dictator is not convincing either. There were and are many brutal dictators committing far worse atrocities. Blair / Bush do not seem at all concerned (excluding the usual lip service) with the suffering of these peoples so why the compelling concern for Iraqis.

For reelection, what else? He had to appear to be doing something about 9?11--whether there were any ties or not--besides the public is generally so naive, just keep saying 9/11 and Iraq enough times together and they believe it.

See Guerilla Network News for some interesting ideas. Here is an article published on GNN by Russ Baker.

Two years before 9/11, candidate Bush was already talking privately about attacking Iraq, according to his former ghost writer
Houston: Two years before the September 11 attacks, presidential candidate George W. Bush was already talking privately about the political benefits of attacking Iraq, according to his former ghost writer, who held many conversations with then-Texas Governor Bush in preparation for a planned autobiography.
“He was thinking about invading Iraq in 1999,

I don't think Dubya has the cajones to do one for the Gipper (read: Invade Iraq for revenge or for Dad)

I just can't see Bush emulating anyone I value as a leader; aspiring to be a great President.

There are several components to "owning" oil.

There's the dirty work of getting it out of the ground: OPEC manages that generates huge repositories of US DOllars. OPEC has become very disciplined over the years.

Then there's the market: ALl the big players own a stake in that and no one plays "chicken"; the market operates very smoothly.

Then there's consumption, value-added via production. US owns that one!

Okay, Saddam threatened all these components. That would have been the "mile long gun" Saddam tried to build... aimed at Israel that Saddam had always failed to grasp.

He wanted to set up his own "oil exchange" or bourse.. based on Euros as the transaction currency. The flight from the Petro-Dollars to Euros would present an abyss in downside risk; the Neo-cons (little-brains) could think of nothing other than Invasion.

BTW, Iraq was readmitted to OPEC in Sept 2003 to no fanfare or hoopla. The silence around this event is fairly loud.

The invasion was the solution to some sticky American problems.

While the mountain of lies that stands to someday bury this administration and all those who have aided and abetted them (including all of us who will have refused to break our consumerist, petrol - addict ways before it's too late), can we put down the condemnations of the blatantly obvious and dreams of an "honest" justice system for just one second?

9/11 was an act of war against the American people by the highest sects of the world's elite: they control the media, they control our everyday capitalist interactions, they have the power to send our troops to a 140 degree oven of death to be completely vulnerable children and heartless killers at the same time, all the while decimating the health of our troops, the Iraqi people, and the entire iraqi (and world) ecosystem by using thousands of pounds of depleted uranium munitions.

This tragic farce of brutality will not be stopped by the very protectorates of it's ultimate cause, which is of course energy domination by the neo - liberal forces. Would you rather start talking to your neighbors and friends about how your community can begin to powerdown and prepare for the furtherment of the war on the American people, or would you rather curse the filth and lies alone and wait for the flood tide of reality that already drenches 4 billion people everyday? I understand the importance of this brand of activism and spreading the awareness to the public, I'm just talking to all of you who already now the facts and the rigged game that this system is.

Alot of people talk about a "police state" or martial law coming into effect. Isn't the propaganda machines greatest achievement so far causing us to vigilently police ourselves and our true feelings 24/7? It is obvious that a sea change is about to come for the daily lives of everyone, but it is up to us to begin to make the neccesary steps to have a fighting chance right now.

In the words of Charles Bukowski: "Better old demons than new Gods". Why not have a shamed and paralyzed bush administration feeding on its own vomit of lies for a few more years, at least the world (and finally our own country) recognizes the entire administration as a complete farce, and still has the ability to differentiate between us the people and the politicians who have looted and raped the earth for the past 50 years. What we need is direct action, not more dependance on our alleged "representatives". Screw these partisan divisions over the nonsense "wedge" issues that allegedly divide our country, when reality slaps us in the face we will all have to work together or complete decimation of our society is certain.

Remember, "Better to light a small circle than to condemn the darkness". - Confucius

some great websites to continue this dialogue:
www.fromthewilderness.com
www.culturechange.org
www.postcarbon.org
www.survivingpeakoil.com

I think when I first learned of China's new oil needs, at the most expensive rate, Brent Light Sweet Crude (It's Brent, something,for sure) I heard the last nail hammered into the pine coffin of this "era".

At the rate we learn to get a handle on the amount of hydrocarbons consumed in this economic environment I am pretty sure something cataclysmic will happen first.... and not any act of God.

I am afraid it's just a metter of when and not if.

If 9/11 was an act of war on the american people that means those who commited the act that caused 9/11 and may conspire a similar plan in the future have to be treated like WAR CRIMINALS and NOT TERROISTS. Like they are in guantanamo bay

But to you. Comitting Nazi acts like hitler is ok so long its for 'demoracy' and wrapped in the red white and blue.

Fact is only 3000 or so died in 9/11 people that favour bush have killed over a million (yes a million!) Iraqies/Afganistans and well over a thousand of their own men! Good going!

Bush and Company reminds me of an older version of Billionaire Boys Club in 80's ... remember them?

You left wing America/Bush haters and bashers make me sick. I have read NOTHING in the memos that clearly indicates that GW Bush or PM Blair lied or deceived anyone about the war on terrorism, including the invasion of Iraq. Of course, you leftists have already tried and convicted President Bush based on other forged documents (remember Dan Blather?). Bush is the President, we conservative Republicans elected him, as well as the majority in both houses of Congress so just get over it.

Looks like you forgot to read the Chomsky.

Its good, clean water next to the poisoned kool-aid that you get on Fox "News", and the smog and filth that drips from the fork-tongues of neocons.

"You'll eat sh*te if its fried right," is the real Fox News motto. Sorry to see that you're still caught up in the Fox News bread and circus stuff--

Life goes on, the scales will fall from your eyes, and you'll come to realize there's better figures of worship than W's "My-Jesus-ain't-no-sissy" and "Stupid-Amerrikans-I-can-trample-the-constitution-all-I -want".

Extreme patriotism and extremist religion are the last refuge of scoundrels... Bush's and Cheney's "patriotism" is acually hatriotism.

W, Cheney, Rumsfeld have hijacked the government. Wake up.

Pardon me, but we are the America lovers/Bush haters. We are the real patriots who will fight to hang on to our constitutional rights that this great country was founded on. Your Bush/co have been chipping away at the foundation of America since the before the first stolen election.

You'd be strummin' a different banjo if your precious Right to Bear Arms was at stake.

Open your eyes. Or, enjoy your blissful ignorance.

Another "right wingnut", Eh! Next you will be blaming all of your precious dictator's problems on Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, Bill clinton, Hillary Clinton and Al Gore.

All of you Bush apologists have one thng in common, you man RIGHT or more RIGHT! Another "r" word is not anywhere in any of your vocabularies, RESPONSIBILITY. Almost 1800 of our finest young people have been sacrificed at the altar of right wing "Christian" dogma and for what good purpose. Oh, that's RIGHT, Amerika is spreading democracy to Iraq. In the meantime, DEMOCRACY in America is being eroded by Bush and the likes of you blind sheep who are so self sanctimonious (read jealous) about some guy getting some side action.
Bill clinton's biggsest sin was having the side action with a rather unattractive bimbo. I thought he should have had better taste in women. So Clinton lied about a little side oral action and got impeached. Bush "fixes" the intelligence to fit the policy to wage war in Iraq and none of it turns out to be true. 1800 die but that's ok with the likes of you! As I told some other right wingnut yesterday on this site, why don't you go to your local recruiter and sign up to go over there and put your life on the line for your fearless dictator GW Bush?

As the Boss said about Reagan in the 80's, "blind loyalty to your leaders will get you killed"! Let the right wingnuts fight the right wingnuts' war and let their heirs collect from their substantial estates inflated by war profiteering.

That you read the memos and could not find anything that clearly indicated they flat out lied about the Iraq invasion/occupation can mean one of three things:

You have been watching only fox news or other establishment media sources so have little or no current truthful information, much less historical context, on which to base your beliefs

Or two, you have the reading comprehension skills of a third grader.

Or both.

"W" lied about being a Christian too..."W" broke the Constitution AND the Holy Bible. Murdering for oil is against America AND God. George W Bush and his Administration are only in love with the root of all evil>>>>>> THE LOVE OF MONEY.

Where's GW Bush's "apology" for his so-called WMD "mistake" to the tens of thousands of dead and injured Iraqui people and American and British families of the dead and maimed Troops? If I made a "mistake" that big, I would be FIRED from my job!

I want two bumper stickers:

Thou shalt not bear false witness…to Congress, the American people, and allies!

God does body counts!

TO THE WRITTER OF THE G W BUSH THING! YOUR SO FIRM ON YOUR SUPPORT FOR G W AND FOR I SUPPOSE, THE IRAQI CONFLICT. WHY ARN'T YOU IN THE MILLITARY PUTTING GENUINE SUBSTANCE TO YOUR LIP SERVICE? AND SINCE YOU'LL WONDER THE SAME ABOUT ME, I SERVED IN THE U S ARMY FROM JUNE-69 TO MAY-72. SO BITE ME! DIG THIS DUDE. WERE GONNA PUT YOUR HERO IN A FEDERAL PRISON. OR WERE GOING TO FIGHT A REVOLUTION HERE. IT'S YOUR CHOUCE . AGAIN, BITE ME!
AND I AM SCOTT HUMPHREY OF SPFLD, ILLINOIS

i don't hate george bush , but i do hate lying and murder and fraud. i am praying for the great spirit to touch his heart and for him to repent (and come clean and resign ) . donald rumsfeld clearly stated before the Iraq invasion "Iraq has wmd's and we know where they are " . i can understand why you resist acknowledging that you have been lied to ...no one wants to believe that our president ( or any human being ) would do such a thing , but sooner or later we all have to grow up and face the facts . there are billions of dollars to be made by launching a war . a snow cone vendor needs to have a warm climate in order to sell his product . arms dealers need to have a war . it's that simple . they don't make a lot of money when we are at peace and i think that deep down you know this. iwish you were as loyal to your country and humanity as you are to mr. bush

I love the fact the Bush continues to insist that there is a linkage between 9/11 and the justification for war. Let's not let a conversation about Iraq go by without asking the big unanswered questions about 9/11. Let's force the media to ask tough questions on this mattter. Bush is calling 9/11 the pretext for war. Bush and his NeoCONS have referred to 9/11 as the "New Pearl Harbor"

The PNAC plan specifically singled out the NEED for a "New Pearl Harbor" as a pretext for implementation of the broader plan. Should we really assume that they have carried out the plan while chalking up 9/11 (the essential trigger for their plan) as merely a coincidence?

If you believe that the NeoCONS are following the plan as laid out in the PNAC (as do I), why would you ignore the pretext for war as spelled out in those documents by Richard Pearle (Harbor) himself?
Are you a coincidence theorist?

Just because you can't imagine such a conspiracy does not mean there was not one. The guns are smoking all over the place.

Somebody please help me understand why the Mossad Agents in New York happened to be celebrating while filming the smoldering trade center towers. Anyone? Somebody help me understand why these agents were held and then deported to Israel. Somebody help me understand why Carl Cameron's three part series on FAUX News detailing this matter was subsequently scrubbed from their web site.

Google: Cameron spy ring
Google: "dancing israelis"
Google: "false flag"
Google: "USS Liberty"
Google: bush saw first plane
Google: rumsfeld shot down
Google: "Israeli art students"
Google: odigo warned
Google: 9/11 insider trading
Google: Cheney NORAD

Bush saw the first plane fly into the first tower on TV before he went into that school to read to those children... He said so.

The only possible way for that to occur is on closed circuit TV inside the President's limo. How was it that he happened to be watching that?

Rumsfeld admits that flight 93 was "shot down" on 9/11, yet the official government story is never changed to reflect this truth.

Why are they lying? What are they hiding? How many people know the same lie? How many will step forward once the Administration is on the ropes?

Assume nothing. The truth will blow you away.

WHO WAS REALLY FLYING THOSE PLANES ON 9-11?
Hours after the 9-11 attacks, authorities began to find clues conveniently left for them to stumble upon. The Boston Globe reported that a copy of the Koran, instructions on how to fly a commercial airplane, and a fuel consumption calculator were found in a pair of bags meant for one of the hijacked flights that left from Logan.

Authorities also received a “tip

If 9/11 was conspired by the neo-cons, why was Osama Bin Laden talking about how suprised he was that the towers came down so quickly after the planes hit? He essentially took credit for the attack.

beeing accountable.

Must be the video-tape found and translate by the C.I.A.

Actually Bin Laden flat out denied responsibility for the 9/11 attack. There was a tape featuring an actor purported to be Bin Laden discussing the collapse of the towers. Didn't it seem a bit too coincidental that a video tape of bin laden would have been "found" shortly after 9/11? C'mon. The most highly skilled PsyOps initiative in the history of planet earth has been in full affect since 9/11 - by the Government of the United States, against the citizens of the United States.

Think all the way outside the box.

Welcome to Opposite World...brought to you by Karl Rove.

Now I have to read that whole thing to find out how thick a mesh there is in this web of foolishness and where the first challenge to honesty begins, then trace it through this whole thing.

Or.... I can read three or four sentences and then respond appropriately (eeeeerrrp) to the stench of conspiracy targeting Jews/Israelis/X/Y/Z

True Torah Jews are against Zionism:

http://www.jewsagainstzionism.com/

Thanks Noam Chomsky.

Impeccable analysis for impeachable crimes.

The flag of the United States of America, according to the US flag code adopted by Congress, “represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.

On this 4th of July, the reason we should take pride in America is that the founders had the belief that human beings could find a better way to coexist. That they did not have to succumb to the law of the jungle and create just another (inevitably evil) self serving empire.

Some of us understand that the promise and hope of America, the true American dream, is creating a system of governance of, for, and by, WE the people.. based upon justice, fairness, morality (philisophical, not religious definition), and consent of the governed.

Despite their clever machiavellian schemes and ideologies, the neocons, religious right, and Bush do not understand this at all. They are evolutional throwbacks trying to drag us back into the dark ages of human history. Their choices are based upon the subconscious survival instincts that have always led to a dead end. They provide no hope for the future and pervert everything America stands for - they are weak.

Our founders worked from an elightened, hopeful, inspiration in human reason.. that relied upon empirical evidence to take a step forward in the evolution of human existence. I gain hope from them, we can overcome the dark side of human nature and evolve as a civilization.

Somehow, the idea that Bush and his team came up with an Iraq war to spread the imprealist wings is a little incredible. That UK government and Tony Blair would so eagerly go along is also a surprising element.
There is one reason why the war had to take place urgently- The war had to happen before the passions of 9/11 cooled. But why the war - there are four possible reasons-
(1) Imperialist goals, as I said, somehow I dont think of these Bush people as having grand ideas for America. These are small minds given to petty but aggressive thoughts. But document from The Project for New Century does indicate that these stalwarts wanted to fill the vacuum left by cold war. But, Imperialistic goals have to conform to multi-presidencies and so, I cant believe that they would go for a adventure that they themself could not execute over long periods.
(2) May be there was something in Iraq that would incriminate America- in particular Bush Sr. and Tony Blair. May be they left an American WMD and the war gave them an excuse to retrieve it from the desert.
(3) The most likely is what most Americans instinctively know- Oil and Profits. If we follow the narrations of Naomi Klein and the unseemly profits of Halliburtons, the exclusion of Iraqi citizens in the reconstruction, the prevention of a true decision making by Iraqi government, the lack of interest in really curin gAfghanistan of its ills and the sourec of terrorism, we come to the invariable conclusion that this war was an opportunistic war for the purpose of corporate profits. Bush and his corporate supporters could't care if Americans got the oil or not (after all they have not done anything to reduce oil prices- so desire for oil is not a patriotic notion) as long as they could get oil profits, which I assume they are doing very well, even though Iraq is a quagmire.

So, let us make sure we call the spade a spade. Bush and Blair administrations are not grand dreamers of Imperialism. They are petty war profiteers like the Barbarian warriors.

IT'S THE CONTRACTS STUPID IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN SAYING IS THE REASON FOR THE WAR IN IRAQ . BILLION$ AND BILLION$ AS CARL SAGAN WOULD SAY . EVEN IF THE NEOCONS GOT NOT ONE MORE DROP OF OIL OUT OF IRAQ , THEY WOULD STILL HAVE MADE OUT LIKE BANDITS . IF THE CAUSE OF IMPERIALISM IS NOT FURTHERED , THE INCENTIVE OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN NO BID FRAUDULENT CONTRACTS WOULD BE ENOUGH FOR THIS MURDEROUS ATTACK . BUT IT IS CERTAINLY CONCIEVABLE THAT IMPERIALISM PLAYED A PART AS WELL . I AGREE WITH REASON #3 IN JAYAKUMAR'S COMMENT .

Oldest evil in the book , besides that sins of the flesh thing Clinton did...Bush's (and Neocons) sin is he loves money above ALL else, including God , country, and family .

Dear Non-Imperialist,

I am with you one hundred per cent on your evaluation.

Have you ever asked yourself just what these neocons are actually conserving? It certainly is not the Constitution, the country's economic or natural resources. Maybe it is white male domination of the reigns of power. What do you think?

“OUR COUNTRY RIGHT OR WRONG!

The most stunning part of the article is what the Pentagon aide says. "If the Pentagon takes this law seriously". Now we are at the point where they openly decide which laws they will choose to obey? The system appears to be past the point of no return.

Actually, the phrase "my country, right or wrong" is from the inaugral speech of Samuel Adams, second president of the U.S. And what he ACTUALLY said was, "The one thing we must NEVER say is 'my country, right or wrong ..."

I tried to find it on the web to show you, but couldn't. However, I know for sure a copy of Samuel Adam's inagural speech is housed in the University of California at Irvine. At least it was about 25 years ago.

Found this reference to the quote, seems there are several but as you stated neither came from Samuel Adams

SEARCHER'S VOICE •
My Country, Right or Wrong
by Barbara Quint • Editor, Searcher Magazine

Interesting phrase. Synonymous with gung-ho, chauvinistic nationalism. The Quotations section of Microsoft's Bookshelf gives the background of the phrase and a hint of the debate it has aroused:
"Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong." Naval commander Stephen Decatur originated the phrase in a toast given at an April 1816 banquet in Norfolk, Virginia, to celebrate his victory over the Barbary pirates. (The action in Algeria also gave the U.S. Marine Corps anthem its "to the shores of Tripoli" phrase, saluting their first renowned military action.)

Fifty-five years later, Carl Schurz, German-born U.S. general and U.S. senator, clarified the concept, "Our country right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right." British author, G. K. Chesterton would probably have agreed with Schurz, since he wrote in 1901, "'My country, right or wrong' is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying 'My mother, drunk or sober.'"

Absolutely unbelievable.

The more the idiots continue to lie about the link between 9/11 and Iraq, the more it will blowback on them. The link between 9/11 and Iraq is that is was used as a pretext for war, despite the FACT that Iraq had NOTHING WHATSOEVER with the events of 9/11.

If this is the direction that the Republicans want to take this, in the now immortal words of the Idiot Prince, "Bring 'em on!"

It's time to reveal the ENTIRE TRUTH of 9/11. THEY want to link it to Iraq...fine...consider it linked.

GOP lawmaker: Saddam linked to 9/11
N.C. representative says 'evidence is clear'

"Saddam Hussein and people like him were very much involved in 9/11," Rep. Robin Hayes said.

Told no investigation had ever found evidence to link Saddam and 9/11, Hayes responded, "I'm sorry, but you must have looked in the wrong places."

Hayes, the vice chairman of the House subcommittee on terrorism, said legislators have access to evidence others do not.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/06/29/hayes.911/index.html

Hey, this is a start to fight imperialism... it's already been filed January 2005. This retired lawyer is doing this for WE THE PEOPLE. He needs our help to make the case against Bush and Cheney and others in the Administration that duped us with lies. This is a good start to make them accountable:

http://www.dougwallace.com/

Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.
-Thomas Jefferson

While we talk, innocents and our own family members are dying.

Let's put together a list of questions that we will demand the media ask of the President in a formal news conference setting such as:

"Mr. President, you stated on two separate occassions that you actually saw the first aircraft fly into the first tower on the morning of 9/11 prior to entering the class room at the elementary school...you said that you saw it on TV...can you please explain on what Television set you that?"

Or how about this:

"Mr. President, Donald Rumsfeld was quoted as saying that flight 93 in Pennsylvania was actually SHOT DOWN, can you just givee us a simple yes or no answer, was an order given to shoot down flight 93?"

Aren't there some questions that we deserve to know the answers to?

Isn't it time that we not only demand that the media ask tough questions, but provide them with a list of the questions that require answers?

Let's formalize an effort to craft a list of questions that require answers, and DEMAND that the media ask these questions, or face a boycott. Let's hit the MSM in their wallets if they continue to fail to serve the public good.

This site is about the Downing Street Memos, not about conspiracy theories claiming Bush was directly responsible for the 911 attacks. Stick to the topic or post elsewhere please. Makes me wonder if you are part of a right-wing effort to undermine the ligitimacy of the DSM issue.

I CERTAINLY RESPECT YOUR CONCERN IN FOCUSING ONLY ON THE DSM , HOWEVER JUST CALLING SOMETHING A CONSPIRACT THEORY DOES NOTHING TO PROVE THAT THEORY INCORRECT (REMEMBER LOGIC ) . SOME CONSPIRACY THEORIES ARE IN FACT, CORRECT . THE DSM ACTUALLY COULD BE USED TO SUPPORT A 911 CONSPIRACY THEORY .WHEN 911 HAPPENED , I DID NOT THINK U.S. GOVT WAS INVOLVED , BUT WHEN ONE OBSERVES HOW THE ADMIN. HAS EXPLOITED IT TO PUSH THROUGH THEIR AGENDA , IT SEEMS AS IF 911 WAS A DREAM COME TRUE FOR NEO CONS . THOSE WHO THINK THE BUSH ADMIN WAS NOT INVOLVED IN THE 911 PLOT MUST SUBSCRIBE TO ONE OF THREE REASONS WHY 1. THE BUSH ADMIN IS TOO ETHICAL TO DO SUCH A THING (THE DSM/ IRAQ WAR PROVES OTHERWISE ) 2. THE ADMIN DID NOT DO IT BECAUSE THEY WERE AFRAID THEY WOULD GET CAUGHT . 3. BIN LADEN BEAT THEM TO IT . WHICH ONE DO YOU SUBSCRIBE TO ? ARE THERE ANY OTHER REASONS WHY THE BUSH ADMIN WOULD NOT BE INVOLVED OR COMPLICIT THAT i HAVE NOT THOUGHT OF ? I ALWAYS ASK PEOPLE WHO POO POO THE POSSIBILITY OF ADMINISTRATION INVOLVEMENT TO NAME ONE THING THAT THE ADMIN DID AFTER THE AUG 6 PRESIDENTIAL BRIEFING ENTITLED "BINLADEN DETERMINED TO STRIKE IN U.S. " TO PREVENT AN ATTACK (JUST NAME ONE THING ). DID THEY TELL THE AIRLINES THAT THEY MIGHT WANT TO LOCK THEIR COCKPIT DOORS ? I AM NOT SAYING THAT I THINK THE ADMIN IS INVOLVED ONLY THAT IT IS A VERY REAL POSSIBILITY THAT SHOULD NOT BE DISMISSED . REMEMBER HOW THE 911 COMMISSION COULD ONLY HAVE A COUPLE PEOPLE INTERVIEW THE PRES AND V.P. ? AND THEY WERE NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE NOTES ETC...THERE WAS A MULTI BILLION DOLLAR INCENTIVE TO ALLOW OR CAUSE THESE ATTACKS . LET'S NOT BE NAIVE , FREE THINKERS .

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