Lies, and the Republicans who tell them. John McBush is no different.
U.S. President George W. Bush and his top policymakers exaggerated Saddam Hussein's links to terrorism and ignored doubts among intelligence agencies about Iraq's arms programs as they made their case for war, a Senate committee reported on Thursday.
The Senate intelligence committee said in a study that major Bush administration statements that Iraq had a partnership with al Qaeda and provided it with weapons training were unsupported by intelligence, and sometimes contradicted it.
It also said statements on Iraq's weapons before the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion were substantiated in most cases by available U.S. intelligence, but that they failed to reflect internal debate over those findings.
The long-delayed Senate study supported previous reports and findings that the administration's main case for war -- that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction -- was inaccurate and deeply flawed.
"The president and his advisors undertook a relentless public campaign in the aftermath of the (Sept. 11, 2001) attacks to use the war against al Qaeda as a justification for overthrowing Saddam Hussein," intelligence committee Chairman John Rockefeller said in written commentary on the report.
"Representing to the American people that the two had an operational partnership and posed a single, indistinguishable threat was fundamentally misleading and led the nation to war on false pretenses."
The report also cited at least one statement -- by then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, that the Iraqi government operated underground weapons of mass destruction facilities -- that was not backed up by intelligence information.
The 9/11 attack against us was used as a red herring to take this country to war in Iraq.
Knowing that, it's logical to assume that the Bush administration's failure to fully prosecute al Qaeda, and bring Osama bin Laden and his cohorts to justice, is just another extension of their deceitful campaign.
When John McBush stands in front of Americans and tells them the country needs a Republican in the White House for national security reasons he's bullshitting the American public as well. Republicans don't give a crap about national security, and they are willing to lie to us to get what they want, in this case they wanted billions to invade Iraq and to follow that with an invasion of Iran.
They botched the job so badly in Iraq they never got around to Iran, but if John McBush gets into the White House, rest assured that we will be at war with Iran sooner rather than later.
Now some Americans believe that would be a necessary war - that we need to attack Iran in order to protect Israel and our own interests in the middle east.
Fine, let's debate that, but let's not lie and use deceit as Republicans have in the past to prosecute right wing religious wars.
Hopefully this report will move the nation one step closer to possible charges against the current administration for war crimes. I firmly believe that the only way to stop this horrendous abuse of power is to prosecute.
The committee voted 10-5 to approve the report, with two Republican lawmakers supporting it. Sen. Christopher Bond and three other Republican panel members denounced the study in an attached dissent as a "partisan exercise."
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino cited Republican objections to the report, but said the issue of inaccurate intelligence had been previously aired.
"We had the intelligence that we had, fully vetted, but it was wrong. We certainly regret that and we've taken measures to fix it," Perino said.
Iran factors into the Republican web of deceit as well:
A second report by the committee faulted the administration's handling of December 2001 Rome meetings between defense officials and Iranian informants, which dealt with the Iranian issue and not Iraq.
It said Department of Defense officials collected potentially useful intelligence information at the meeting that they failed to share with other intelligence agencies.
Its time to flush this crap right out of Washington.
Update: Here is the "Phase II Report" (pdf) which compares statements made by President Bush and his administration against the known NIE intelligence available at the time.
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