by Scoobie Davis
Who In Congress Will Call for Impeachment?Email William Bennett
and ask him "Where's the outrage
From American Street
Investigate What, Exactly?
It was obvious to veteran politics watchers that the case for war was being trumped up. There was the infamous PNAC letter to Clinton, the emergence of Iraq as a target publicly the first week after 9-11, and the debunked Czech connection. The next big push ‘coincidentally’ was renewed in time for the fall campaign of the midterm elections.
From past UN inspectors, to the newly employed inspectors, to the nuclear containment arm of the UN, denials of any evidence of WMD was unanimous. The new inspectors followed every lead being provided by Iraqi ex-pats through intelligence channels and kept coming up empty. And promises of ‘proof’ to come that were made in that fall campaign emerged as desperately thin suppositions when Colin Powell finally presented his case to the UN just six weeks before the onset of war.
The sham was so transparent that major allies concurred with UN inspectors who asked for more time to confirm whether any WMD evidence would emerge. So the Bush administration went to war with what they had, not what they wished they had: a blank check and the official consent of the UN.
Everyone who balked - the UN, Germany, France, Joseph Wilson, a majority of the world and 40% of the US - were denounced as cowards, traitors, laggards or focus groups. And off to war we went.
After Hussein fell and the trumped up WMD claims were ultimately boiled down to “Saddam wanted to someday have nukes,” investigation after investigation ensued to determine what went wrong. And we learned, repeatedly, how toothless official investigations could be as they all gingerly tiptoed around the assignment of culpability or outright claims of fraud.
So the latest smoking gun of the British memo will simply be denied. A majority of Americans now believe the war was a mistake, but many among them are loathe to call their president a deliberate liar.
Faced with fresh facts, will a majority remain in denial based on the fresh lies of liars who’ll deny the facts in the memo? Does John Conyers really believe asking Bush to explain will result in anything but more lies?