Monday, April 03, 2006

Bush Lied Us To War, Memo Reveals

My post from Sunday April 2nd, referred to the meeting between President George Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair where Bush before the war acknowledged that Saddam Hussein didn't have weapons of mass destruction. I feel it's neccessary to link the article from the NY Times about the memo that exposed the meeting discussions. You can read it here. You can read about it here. You can also read about it here.

I post these several links to hopefully make sure that the information is available in some way. As Media Matters points out, the memo has received little attention. This is curious to me as this is more of a "smoking gun" about Bush lieing to the public about the approaching war than even the Downing Street Memos.

Let's be clear about what Bush was saying to Tony Blair just a few days before Colin Powell went to the UN with the "evidence" of Saddam's WMDs, (this evidence of course was virtually completely false). Bush and Blair acknowledged that no unconventional weapons had been found inside Iraq. Faced with the possibility of not finding any before the planned invasion, Mr. Bush talked about several ways to provoke a confrontation, including a proposal to paint a United States surveillance plane in the colors of the United Nations in hopes of drawing fire, or assassinating Mr. Hussein.

So Bush was open and thinking about creating a casus belli in order to justify an invasion. This of course was the behind the scene manuevering by Bush. To the public it was all talk about WMDs that Saddam had. We were lied to and Bush was quite aware that he was lieing.

This memo came out last week in the New York Times and the rest of the media yawned. By this week, it's ignored news. This is similar but not the same reaction that the Downing Street Memo received. That memo was reported in Britain and it took nearly a month before a major media outlet (The Washington Post) to even report about it.

What bothers me to the extreme is that our nation is so poorly informed. Even today about a third of the nation believes Saddam Hussein perpetrated 9/11. As well about the same percent still believe that Saddam had WMDs despite the fact that repeated investigations and inspections after the war found nothing, and despite President Bush publicly saying after the war that there were no WMDs found. To clarify, the phrase "after the war" means at least a year after the initial invasion. I have not claimed that the Iraq War is over.

Our media that chases sensational stories about white women disappearances and celebrity murders, just doesn't seem to think that a president that outright lies to the public that he serves isn't much of a story.

The American people are the president's boss, not the other way around. He is suppose to answer to us, not lie to us. He is obligated to tell the truth to Americans, not avoid telling the truth. Bush is a criminal as far as I'm concerned, he should be impeached. But I've said this many times before.

Also of note is the website After Downing Street which examines all of the Bush lies about Iraq and is a coalition from Congress willing to impeach Bush.


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