It is not an enjoyable experience watching the
Republican Party descend into the depths of propaganda and falsehood. Today's
disaffected Republicans once believed the GOP to be the party of principle.
Any remaining claim to principle ended with Bush's invasion of Iraq.
No informed person believed that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction
or terrorist connections to al-Qaeda and involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks.
It is not possible that the president and vice president of the United States,
the secretary of state, the secretary of defense, the director of the CIA and
the national security adviser could have believed such rubbish. Yet, each one
of them told the American people, the U.S. Congress, the United Nations, and
our allies that they did believe it.
Did U.S. intelligence agencies actually convey totally false information to
the highest government officials? If so, these agencies are the greatest threat
to innocent people abroad and to the U.S. government's credibility. Such incompetence
is more dangerous than terrorism. The agencies should be immediately abolished.
Contrary to Bush administration propaganda, Saddam Hussein was precisely the
type of secular Arab ruler who would feature large on Osama bin Laden's
hit list. Hussein brutally suppressed Islamic leaders, knocking off cleric after
cleric, including Moqtada al-Sadr's father, a grand ayatollah.
If Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction to give terrorists, the terrorists
would have used them on Israel. The U.S. is a derivative target because of our
alliance with Israel against the Palestinians.
Bush and Rumsfeld claim that they believed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
Yet, it is certain that the joint chiefs and commanding generals did not believe
the falsehood. No general, no matter how incompetent, would have concentrated
his invasion army in a small area adjacent to an enemy armed with WMD, when
one weapon could wipe out the entire U.S. invasion force.
No one has been held accountable for the unjustified invasion of Iraq that
has destroyed America's standing in the world and has cost tens of thousands
of Iraqi lives and thousands of American dead and wounded.
Don't expect a demand for accountability from the public. A poll released August
20 by the Program on International Policy Attitudes [pdf]
at the University of Maryland found that 54% of Americans continue to believe
Iraq had WMD; 35% believe that Iraq was closely linked to al-Qaeda, and 15%
believe Iraq was involved in the Sept. 11 attack.
What does the persistence of such extraordinary falsehoods say about the U.S.
media? How can a free people with First Amendment rights be so totally misinformed?
The answer is that an independent media no longer exists in the U.S.
Formerly independent media are now submerged into corporate chains where focus
on advertising revenues means zero tolerance for controversy. In the run-up
to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the U.S. media served as a propaganda arm for
the Bush administration. The New
York Times and Washington
Post have since published mild apologies for neglecting their responsibilities,
but the U.S. media has been muzzled by the "you-are-with-us-or-against-us"
Anyone who tells the truth is in the "against-us" camp.
Having gotten away with one invasion based on deception, the Bush administration
is eager to repeat the offense. Last week Undersecretary of State John Bolton
used a Hudson Institute forum to repeat before a live C-SPAN TV audience the
same lies – only
this time it is Iran that has WMD:
"Today I'd like to speak about Iran, which has concealed a large-scale,
covert nuclear weapons program for over 18 years, and which, therefore, is one
of our most fundamental proliferation challenges. All of Iran's WMD efforts
– chemical weapons, biological weapons, nuclear weapons, and ballistic
missiles – pose grave threats to international security."
The grave threat to international security is posed by the Bush administration's
relentless war propaganda. Does Bolton really believe that a nuclear weapons
program, with all its extraordinary requirements, could be concealed for 18
There is a total failure of U.S. diplomacy. Is the failure intentional? Does
the Bush administration desire more war in the Middle East?
Every indicator reads yes. The U.S. has struck an aggressive stance toward
Iraq, Syria and Iran – the three Middle Eastern countries that are not
ruled by American puppets on the American payroll. Now that the Soviet Union
is no longer a check on U.S. intrusions in the Middle East, the Bush administration
intends to complete the colonization under the cloak of bringing "democracy"
This is the neoconservative agenda. The same neocons who control the Bush administration
have put forward this plan in written and spoken form for all to read and hear.
They have informed us of their war intentions, and we are paying no attention.
If you favor the return of the draft and war without end, vote Republican.