Below are the two lead paragraphs from "False Pretenses
" by Charles Lewis and Mark Reading-Smith of The Center for Public Integrity. They are not so crass as to refer to the "935 false statements" as lies but I am. I think any reasonably thoughtful and intelligent person realized at the time that Bush and pals were telling lies. That, of course, rules out most of the mainstream media and Congress.
President George W. Bush and seven of his administration's top officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made at least 935 false statements in the two years following September 11, 2001, about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Nearly five years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, an exhaustive examination of the record shows that the statements were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses.
On at least 532 separate occasions (in speeches, briefings, interviews, testimony, and the like), Bush and these three key officials, along with Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan, stated unequivocally that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (or was trying to produce or obtain them), links to Al Qaeda, or both. This concerted effort was the underpinning of the Bush administration's case for war.
I was reading an article from an Israeli newspaper entitled "Palestinian collaborator: Terrorists only understand force
". These two paragraphs from the end of the article shine an interesting light on why some people think some Palestinians collaborate (emphasis added):
Attorney Nathan Schreiber said he receives many requests for help from former collaborators who live in Sderot.
"Naturally they're very concerned about the situation. They may ethnically be Palestinians but there is Jewish blood in their veins. In my talks with them they keep saying that Israel is not doing enough to stop the Qassams. They follow the strife inside Gaza and have said that in their opinions – the rocket attacks will only stop once the factional violence in Gaza ceases."
Labels: Iraq, Israel, Palestine, War