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President Bush's lies now a tough sell


The Daily Republic
By Kelvin Wade

"Why, of course, the people don't want war, (but) the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

- Hermann Goering, April 18, 1946

There's a reason why President Bush's speech on Iraq last week went unheard by most Americans and hasn't changed his sagging poll numbers. He and his administration have a credibility problem that Democrats and Independents have seen for some time and some Republicans are starting to acknowledge.

The 2002 Downing Street Memo is just the latest blow. While the memo has been trashed by conservative bloggers and right-wing blowhards like Rush Limbaugh, it has been authenticated by two senior British officials. It states that the British believed Bush had decided to go to war long before he told the public and says that "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."

The memo also said Saddam's WMD capability was "less than that of Libya, North Korea or Iran."

Nine Senate Democrats have called for an investigation but of course, the Republicans will never investigate. According to the GOP, lying under oath about oral pleasure is an impeachable offense while lying to take the nation to war isn't even worth an investigation.

Maybe they're smart in covering for their fearless leader when a recent Zogby poll showed that even 25 percent of Republicans would want Bush impeached if it could be shown he lied about the reasons for war.

Republican senators such as Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and congressmen such as Ron Paul of Texas and Walter Jones of North Carolina have criticized Bush's handling of Iraq.

"The White House is completely disconnected from reality. It's like they're just making it up as they go along,"Hagel said recently.

Bush's numbers are down because the public has questions about this policy. We've got 1,700 soldiers dead, 13,000 wounded and war costs set to top $230 billion. What could we have gotten for that money here in our country? What have we gotten for all of this sacrifice in Iraq?

I'll tell you two things we've gotten. This past Sunday, the Iraqi government acknowledged its security forces have been resorting to the same sort of torture and abuses that Saddam used. Did our soldiers die to replace a horrible regime with another?

The other story is that the CIA and State Department says that Iraq has replaced Afghanistan as a training ground for terrorists. Terrorists are getting extensive training in urban combat, especially through the use of improvised explosive devices. They've exported the tactics back to Afghanistan and are using them against us in that conflict. George Bush misled us when he told us Iraq was a terrorist training ground two years ago, but he's definitely made that situation come true.

The bottom line is that we no longer believe this administration. And with his polls tanking, Bush reached for a familiar playbook. Bush always accuses his detractors of forgetting the lessons of 9-11. Well, he seems to remember his personal lesson from 9-11: Exploit it whenever you're in a political jam.

This time it's not selling. Through deception, he sold the public on a war that's cost us in lives and treasure, that has antagonized and emboldened our enemies and driven U.S. prestige among out allies to an all time low. The worst part is its made us no safer. Fool us twice, shame on us. Peace.

Kelvin Wade is a writer and lives in Fairfield. Reach him at kelvinjwade@aol.com.

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Good article,but I think there is grounds for Impeachment.
The Americans want an investigation on this matter.

I think it's still for the people,by the people.
As the evidence shows a war was started on false premisses,that's grounds for Impeachment!
This LIE costed lives!
A president takes an oath to protect his citizens and when he start a war on a LIE,knowing people will die,that's a crime!

This isn't a case of a bad decision to go to war,but a war that used false information to start a war!
And the deception and LIES go all the way to the whitehouse!
Dear God men are dead and crippled from this LIE!

You're preaching to the wrong public, Everybody here reading this site would agree (I guess), so many Americans saw Far. 9/11 and the only thing you have to do to know that there is something very wrong with this admin. is to type it into google, yet Bush is re-elected and the entire country watches Fox and votes republican.

So go convince propaganda minister Goebbels a.k.a. Rupert Murdoch and his sacred viewers instead!

My belief is that Bush was NOT re-elected - he stole both elections.

This time he used Dieboldt. The President of Dieboldt told him way before the election if he used Dieboldt voting machines he would promise him the election. I'm sure he did promise him the election - I'm sure that Dieboldt had the machines rigged so no matter who a person voted for it came up Bush. As if we needed Bush for a second term! We didn't need him for the first one!

I personally am ashamed as a fellow Dem that Kerry didn't fight more for the re-counting of votes and even more evidence this was all contrived. It undermines the very Constitution our nation was founded on for one thing and it makes the people even more cynical than they ever were before - though I think it should make people SOOOO angry that they wouldn't care who the Democrats nominated in 2006 AND 2008 - they'd vote Democratic in protest.

But this nation has too many right wing extremist born again Christians who only see the abortion issue as being of paramount importance. While I do not agree with abortion as a means of birth control given the amount of birth control devices out there now, I do believe a woman has a right to choose. I also believe that government cannot legislate morality regardless of who is in the White House so born agains, consider ever other factor.

The President we have is NOT a born again Christian nor even a good Christian as far as I'm concerned. Isn't one of the commandments, "Thou Shalt Not Kill"???? I'm 100% sure God didn't mean, "You can kill anyone who doesn't agree with you and that's okay."

Well enough of my getting up on my soap box. I am indeed preaching to the choir on this one writing here. We all know these things.

Bush took the Constitutional Oath of Office to, among other things,
"PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA".

Can any human being with any shred of good will look themselves in the mirror and say with conviction that this President has upheld the sacred oath he took, not once but twice?

The Impeachment and subsequent conviction of the President, VP, Secretary of Defense, and so on down the line is mandatory to restore our Constitutional form of government. I also advocate the voluntary resignations of all of the judicial appointees made by this and previous right wing administrations, subject to reconfirmation by a legislative branch which is other than a rubber stamp for a despot.

Please feel free to comment dirrectly to me at richschaedler@mail2.myexcel.com.

Power to the People!

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