Three years have now passed since the start of the Iraq war.
First Americans were misled by the use of manipulated intelligence and outright false claims about Iraq’s ties to September 11th. Since then, we have received a steady stream of propaganda, declaring “Mission Accomplished”, describing an insurgency in its “last throes” and claiming great progress as Iraq descends into civil war.
The distortions continued this afternoon, as President Bush took the stage and again misled people. Here’s what he said:
BUSH: “First, just if I might correct a misperception, I don’t think we ever said — at least I know I didn’t say that there was a direct connection between September the 11th and Saddam Hussein.”
That is false. In fact, almost exactly three years ago he did just that:
“The use of armed forces against Iraq is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations or person who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.” [President George W. Bush, Letter to Congress, 3/21/03]
Um – where in that quote from 3/21/03 does it say there is a direct connection between 911 and Saddam Hussein?
Republicans in the White House and Congress have a three-part political strategy on Iraq: ignore the reality on the ground, cover up past failures and distortions, and attack the patriotism of anyone who demands accountability. None of that will solve anything in Iraq, and none of it will make America safer.
When has this administration attacked anyone’s patriotism?
It goes on from there and isn’t worth your time. So they start the letter with the “evidence” proving their premise but the evidence isn’t even there…..Then they move on to another accusation only this time they don’t go with any evidence. The next round, (ok, ok, see below) they start with the evidence, but use it to prove someone else’s guilt.
Last week nearly 90,000 Americans like you singled out Republican Senator Wayne Allard for accusing a Democrat of siding with terrorists by demanding accountability from the Bush administration for its illegal domestic spying program.
That quick reaction by Democrats who won’t stand for this kind of disgusting attack put Allard on the hot seat and generated press coverage of his ridiculous, desperate comments. Your steadfast defense of Democrats like Harry Reid, Jack Murtha and Russ Feingold when they have stood up and demanded accountability shows everyone that there will be a political price for underhanded and un-American attacks.
People are tired of this administration’s dangerous incompetence and consistently misleading statements.
(one statement from one Republican senator makes the administration guilty of un-American attacks? )