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Friday, April 25, 2003  

Justification for war a lie

This news, via Atrios, is probably ripping at light speed through the blogosphere. Let me jump on the wagon:

"Officials inside government and advisers outside told ABC NEWS the administration emphasized the danger of Saddam's weapons to gain the legal justification for war from the United Nations and to stress the danger at home to Americans.

'We were not lying,' said one official. 'But it was just a matter of emphasis.'

"Officials now say they may not find hundreds of tons of mustard and nerve agents and maybe not thousands of liters of anthrax and other toxins. But U.S. forces will find some, they say. On Thursday, President Bush raised the possibility for the first time that any such Iraqi weapons were destroyed before or during the war."
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It was always clear that the Bush administration had a hidden agenda toward Iraq. It had several excuses and depending on its mood, would spin the wheel and choose an answer. None satisfied anyone, which was in itself either satisfying or not. The hawks didn't really need an excuse, so they failed to notice the inconsistencies, lack of evidence, and contradictions in adminstration rationale.

But this isn't a soak-the-poor corporate kickback. The President of the United States stood before his country, and later before the world, and gave his reasons for invading Iraq. He talked of UN relevancy; he questioned the patriotism of those who saw through his lies. And then he waged war on a defenseless country, killing thousands of Iraqis--some hungry conscriptees fearful of retribution if they didn't fight back, some civilians unlucky enough to be caught in the crossfire.

Recall that a few years ago a President was impeached for lying about a blowjob. Now a president has lied about invading a sovereign nation. Is this finally evidence enough to hold him accountable? If not this, then what?

(And if the administration adopts and ends-justifies-the-means approach in war, doesn't it make a lot of sense that it's doing the same at home. With, say, the lives of men like Mike Hawash?)

posted by Jeff | 11:31 AM |
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