The lie of the land

When all else fails, lie. This seems to be the Bush Junta's favourite tactic and, unsurprisingly, has been used in its "defend the war" strategy.

At a foreign policy forum in Chicago, Condoleezza Rice said that the US weapons hunting team "is finding proof that Iraq never disarmed and never complied with U.N. inspectors." Moreover, she suggested that if the U.N. Security Council knew last winter what Kay's group has uncovered now, it never would have rejected the U.S. call for war. According to Rice, "Saddam Hussein continued to harbour ambitions to threaten the world with weapons of mass destruction and to hide his illegal weapons activity."

And I thought the lies before the war were outrageous! The US team found a single vial containing a bacterium so common you could find it in your backyard, not even a toxin. This should be stressed, due to the spin to portray it as a biological weapons find. Moreover, the bacteria could be turned into botox (perhaps they meant "Weapons of Line Reduction" rather than "Weapons of Mass Destruction"?). And, to repeat the point, not a single chemical, nuclear or biological weapon has been found. So over $160 billion spent and thousands killed and wounded in order to come up with a single vial of a precursor to a possibly infectious agent.

And Rice thinks that the UN Security Council would have authorized war on behalf of a vial of what could have become botox?

Moreover, do her comments signify a new shift? First it was Saddam has WMDs, then he had WMD programs and now it appears he had WMD "ambitions"! Remember, before the war we were told that Saddam had massive quantities of WMD, not programs. Now he just wished he had WMD and planned to start a program someday. So the Bush Junta has been reduced to arguing that Saddam had "Ambitions of Mass Destruction." Some come down from when Colin Powel said at the UN that "every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources. These are not assertions. What we're giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence."

The war was a hellish waste and the only people who stand to benefit from it are a few massive corporations. And some still try and deny this was a war for oil and political dominance!


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