Skip to comments.Just Say It, "Bush Lied!" (or did he?)
Posted on 09/09/2006 5:57:00 PM PDT by Blackrain4xmas
FINALLY! Weve all waited 4 years to see a good report on what happened to Saddams WMD, and yesterday the last investigative report was released by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The only problem is I searched the entire 400 pages of this Phase II report (or rather both reports that make up the Phase II report), and I couldnt find those two words: Bush lied. I cant even find, Bush mislead in the 400 pages. What I did find was 400 pages of evidence showing that the intelligence community used small amounts of weak intelligence from a decrepit litany of agencies, and then poorly communicated that to policy makers (Bush Admin, Democrats who ran the Senate, and Republicans who ran the House).
I searched the British Butler Report and their Hutton inquiry, and neither stated that President Bush lied or mislead anyone. Australian Parliamentary investigations (bi-partisan and independent) failed to say President Bush lied or mislead anyone. The Independent and bi-partisan WMD Commission didnt say it either. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligences Phase I report didnt say the President lied or mislead either. In reading and re-reading all of the thousands of pages in these bi-partisan reports, I have never once seen the words, President Bush lied or President Bush mislead. Ive never seen, President Bush pressured analysts or President Bush manipulated intelligence. Never once did I see even evidence of that. Instead, all these reports say one thing, and its the same thing that the 21 investigations (including the independent 911 Commission) all stated clearly. They all point the finger at small amounts of weak and bad intelligence reporting from decrepit, poorly lead, under-funded intelligence agencies.
Two months before the midterm elections-elections that are pivotal to Americas fate-these new reports are just politics. Theres nothing new. Democrats can dance as much as they can, but they promoted war on Saddam from 1990-2002, they KNEW the intelligence for that entire period, most didnt even look at the latest classified intel before authorizing the second invasion, and they have to live with that.
The fact is, President Bush didnt lie, pressure, manipulate, distort, or mislead anyone regarding the threat posed by Saddam. Lets face it, the C student who can barely manage to read a teleprompter half the time is just not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Are we really supposed to believe and excuse Democrats who authorized the war because President George W Bush was so sly that he fooled veteran DC politicians; politicians who had been seeing classified intelligence information on Iraq for 11years before the authorization of the second invasion? That seems to be what Sen. Rockefeller, Sen. Levin, Sen. Kerry and others want us to believe. Can you hear the re-election speech whines, President Bush fooled me into voting for war by manipulating the intelligence that I never looked at before authorizing war. Or how about, President Bush out-smarted me by lying about intelligence on Iraq even though Id been looking at consistent intelligence reports for 11 years before. If President Bush isnt the sharpest knife in the drawer, then are those who claim Bush lied mere spoons, or are they really lawyer-lawmakers with razor sharp lies and agendas of their own?
Why believe them? Why believe politicians who go back and forth on the issue depending on the polls? Why believe lawyer politicians who are also up for re-election, and/or are already pandering for their own 2008 Presidential bids? Why believe them when they whine, Bush lied, Bush mislead, Bush twicked me.
Why not face the reality that 911 succeeded because Americas intelligence networks were hacked to the bone? Oh wait .I see. We cant admit that because it happened after the Soviet Union collapsed which means that wed have to admit President Clinton and a Democrat-controlled Senate slashed CIA budgets and others to get a budget surplus. We cant admit that the only political appointees who have been more damaging to the United States than FEMAs former Director were leaders of intelligence agencies, and they were appointed by President Clinton. Doubt it? Who has more blood and devastation on their hands: former FEMA Director Mike Brown, or former CIA Director Tenet?
People ask me all the time, What do you think about the war? They almost always mean the war in Iraq since its the political football for both parties to play with while the war around the rest of the world is largely ignored and even denied. I tell them, History shows that once a war is started, someone has to be defeated. Saddam wasnt defeated in 1991-not by his standards, and unless someone feels defeated theyre not defeated. Have you ever seen a boxer give up a title because he lost on points? They always come out of retirement until they feel theyre beaten.
We may forget it, but Saddam, the Arab Street, Iraqs neighbors, the UN, and Osama Bin Laden all believed that the US was waging war on Iraq in the 90s. Its why Al Queda was revived after the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan, and its why Bin Laden decided to start killing Americans. THAT is an undeniable link between Saddam and Bin Laden. If the US had removed Saddam in 1991 then Al Queda wouldnt have started attacking Americans, thered have been no 911, and thered be no Global War on Terror today.
Americas war with Saddam had to end someday, and that meant regime change. Uprisings of Iraqis demanding democracy failed and resulted in 400,000 deaths. At least five CIA supported coups and uprisings had failed. The ISG Duelfer Report shows that sanctions were almost completely and irrevocably failed. Diplomacy clearly had failed. 50+ assassination attempts on the first night of OIF failed. Four Clinton Admin air campaigns and two sustained 11-year-long air campaigns all failed. All else failed. Another invasion really was the last resort; the inevitable last resort.
Al Queda didnt attack the United States 5yrs ago because President George W Bush manipulated intelligence, mislead, or lied so he could invade Iraq and line oil barons pockets. No. Al Queda attacked the United States because no one before George W Bush had the nerve to invade Iraq, because the US had practiced a foreign policy of engage and retreat-uh, I mean redeploy, and their attacks succeeded because when the Soviet Union collapsed so did support, leadership, and efficiency in Americas intelligence networks.
There is truth in history-not in the mouths of politicians pandering for their jobs or for bigger and more powerful jobs. The lesson of Pearl Harbor was for Lady Liberty to never leave her guard down, and never ignore a belligerents threats. A more tactical lesson was to always strive to have the best intelligence-not the smallest and cheapest. President Bush didnt lie. The war in Iraq and 911 both happened largely America had sought the smallest and cheapest and most PC intelligence networks possible, and because when Osama Bin Laden declared war on the US he had to do it five times. He had to level two entire zip codes before the nation really went to war with him, and the CIA assigned more than 40 people to searching for him.
America ignored those lessons in 1941 and in 2001.
The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. -Sept 11, 2001 President George W Bush
We stand today at a unique and extraordinary moment. The crisis in the Persian Gulf, as grave as it is, also offers a rare opportunity to move toward an historic period of cooperation. Out of these troubled times, -- a new world order -- can emerge: a new era -- freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice, and more secure in the quest for peace. -Sept 11, 1990 President Bush Sr.
"When You See a Rattlesnake Poised to Strike, You Do Not Wait Until He Has Struck Before You Crush Him." -Sept 11, 1941 President Franklin D Roosevelt __________________
Al Queda didn't decide to start killing Americans because GWB invaded Iraq, but rather because no one else had the nerve to invade Iraq.
Clinton Lied....Men and Women DIED!!
What politician hasn't lied?
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