Monday, March 22, 2004

The Text vs. the Pretext

This is old news for many, but it bears repetition now that former OTB2 administration officials are acknowledging that war with Iraq was a foregone conclusion. WMDs, connections to Al Qaeda, humanitarian violations, etc., were all a pretext. The lust to put our soldiers in harm's way in an invasion of Iraq was openly talked about by the Bushies 3 YEARS BEFORE 9-11!!

This really is a fascinating document. In 1998, Elliott Abrams, Richard L. Armitage, William J. Bennett, William Kristol, Richard Perle, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and a bunch of other right-wing crazies were calling on Clinton to ignore the UN and invade Iraq. They made noises about weapons of mass destruction, but, right there in the heart of the letter, is the real reason - if the US fails to attack, "the safety of American troops in the region, of our friends and allies like Israel and the moderate Arab states, and a significant portion of the world’s supply of oil will all be put at hazard."

When Clinton refused to march to their drummer, they went out and found an idiot-child to put in the White House and take their commands.


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