Well, it’s official. We were lied to about the Weapons of Mass Destruction. About the whole purpose of this idiotic war. You remember the WMDs, don’t you? The ones we simply couldn’t wait for the UN to find and are now telling everyone to be patient while we look for them? Yeah, those.
Officials inside government and advisers outside told ABCNEWS 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.”
I’m sorry…they weren’t lying, say the liars, they just changed their emphasis. So all you people out there with loved ones getting bitten by sand fleas in the desert, they’re there because of a slight shift in emphasis. All you flagwavers at home cursing at protesters, you keep on supporting the matter of emphasis.
Here’s another article:
A high-level UK source said last night that intelligence agencies on both sides of the Atlantic were furious that briefings they gave political leaders were distorted in the rush to war with Iraq. “They ignored intelligence assessments which said Iraq was not a threat,” the source said. Quoting an editorial in a Middle East newspaper which said, “Washington has to prove its case. If it does not, the world will for ever believe that it paved the road to war with lies”, he added: “You can draw your own conclusions.”
“But Legomancer!” you say. “Surely the liberation of Iraq is a Good Thing! They were under the heel of tyranny!” Well, you’re right. The United States should be all about the tyranny fighting. I would love for our nation to stand for something other than making everyone else bow to us. If George Bush had said, “You know, I’ve had it up to here with tyranny and I’m going after tyrants. Who’s with me?” and began a campaign to free people everywhere from oppression, that would be promising. But that’s not the case. Whatever freedom the Iraqi people may or may not experience is a coincidental by-product, and as we’ve seen in the past, if another tyrant emerges to rule over them who also happens to be friendly with the US, we won’t bat an eye.
For example, supposedly their actual reason for the war was 9/11. We’re back to that again. Never mind that there’s no connection between Saddam and Osama, never mind that we never bothered to finish any of our tasks in Afghanistan, never mind that the majority of the hijackers and funding for 9/11 came from our buddies in Saudi Arabia, who didn’t get the crap bombed out of them. We were sending a message: Don’t mess with the U.S. That’s what 150 soldiers were sent to die for. “Support the troops” indeed. If supporting the troops means sending them to die for a lie, maybe they could use a little less support.
To me, what the most appalling about this whole thing is that they’re admitting they lied so soon.
They really don’t care anymore. Who’s going to stop them? CNN has nothing about these allegations about lies. What will the opposing party do in the face of this? They were all clamoring to be the first to support Bush, because no Democrats have the guts to stand up and say anything that might be perceived as unpatriotic. Republicans have no problem with declaring that homosexuals are evil deviants, but Democrats don’t dare suggest that this war might not have been a good idea. Thankfully, Random House is starting a new imprint just for Conservative authors so that their voices can finally be heard above the din of the powerful left wing. And while no one in the liberal media had a problem with people calling Bill Clinton a murderer, Diane Sawyer tried for an hour to get the Dixie Chicks to apologize for not liking George Bush.
FX: Sound of head beating against wall.