On the Culture of Failures, Rewarded
For the most part America itself is not bothered by the talking points that got us involved in Iraq in the first place. We accept an argument that these are not lies but misstatements that later turned out to be false. Somewhere in there a level of acceptability should be maintained because today we have acknowledged that those whom spoke this awful dribble received "misinformation".
I, for one, do not agree.
* 'We'll find WMDs'
* 'I think the intelligence I get is darn good intelligence'
* 'Liberating Iraq would be a cakewalk'
* 'The person in charge is me'
* 'Ahmed Chalabi is a friend of the U.S.'
Let's review some more of the Chicken Little's statements along with a few from Henny Penny, Cocky Locky and some more of the barnyard animals. Coupled with what we now know is the truth, would you call them lies? Would you, if you were trying to be fair and accurate as an American should be, call the Administration a bunch of liars?
"We know where they [Iraq's WMD] are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south, and north somewhat." - Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, March 30, 2003.
"We've learned that Iraq has trained al-Qaeda members in bomb-making and poisons and deadly gases." - Bush, Oct. 7, 2003
"Yes, we found a biological laboratory in Iraq which the UN prohibited." - President Bush in remarks in Poland, published internationally June 1, 2003.
"OOPS...Sorry about that. We really didn't know any of this. We just thought we did."
According to recent polls conducted by CNN/USA Today/Gallup, 50% of Americans said Yes to the question "Do you think the Bush Administration deliberately misled the American public about whether Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, or not?"
"We do know that he is actively pursuing a nuclear weapon. We do know that there have been shipments going into Iran, for instance -- into Iraq, for instance, of aluminum tubes that really are only suited for nuclear weapons programs.." Condoleezza Rice September 8, 2002
March 16, 2003 - MEET THE PRESS NBC
Q. TIM RUSSERT: And even though the International Atomic Energy Agency said he does not have a nuclear program, we disagree?
A. DICK CHENEY: We believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons. I think Mr. ElBaradei frankly is wrong.
I'm sorry to say, these are not the statements of heroes. They are failures. Massive, abysmal, (place your own adjective here), failures.
Just ask the 21,000 to 100,000 dead Iraqi civilians that will never get to hold up a finger in democracy. Those people had nothing to do with Saddam. They had nothing to do with Osama, 9/11 or terrorism. They were just in the way. Collateral Damage, as they like to say in pentagon-talk.
Let's look at some other famous quotes. After all, the more the merrier.
* 'We'll find Osama'
* 'We'll find the Anthrax Mailer'
* 'We'll find the White House/CIA Leaker'
On the Daily Show the other day, John Stewart asked a profound question...
"How many times does our government need to tell us they're incompetent before we believe them?" See the clip in Windows Media HERE.
Our failures are systematically being promoted.
"There was migration between what happened in Guantanamo. You had people and standard operating policy that migrated from Guantanamo to Afghanistan and then into Iraq." Alberto Gonzales. Soon to be Attorney General at Senate Confirmation Hearings, 1/06/05
I could go on and on but it is useless. The choices have been made and now there is no turning back. You can't make a u-turn in a one way tunnel. Still a question needs to be asked...
Exactly how was US information on Iraq so badly skewed by political pressure, worst-case analysis and a stream of garbage-grade intelligence concocted by Iraqis desperate for US intervention in Iraq??
Sadly, today one can take a red marker and XXX out Colin Powell's speech at the United Nations stating all the while, "Not True". It's not a difficult task. The audiotapes, the cartoon slides, the overhead satellite images and the cocaine looking substance that he announced could resemble a tiny fraction of Saddam's Anthrax stockpile.
All of it, every single bit of "fact" that we presented to the world on why we should invade was false.
How is this acceptable??
As of right now, at least there is a fight with John Bolton becoming the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Forget the he said/she said argument for and take a simple look at the facts concerning his nomination and see if we have it straight.
Mr. Bolton was to give a speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation. In the first draft he wanted to give distorted intelligence information in which he warned of a possible biological weapons program in Cuba. When a lower level analyst changed the text of the speech, accurately, Mr. Bolton went ballistic and attempted to retaliate against the analyst who corrected him.
Here is an excerpt of the speech concerning Cuba...
"Prisoners died in jail due to lack of medical care. Members of the security forces and prison officials continued to beat and otherwise abuse detainees and prisoners . . . The Government denied its citizens the freedoms of speech, press, assembly and association."
HMMM.... Sounds strangely familiar.
I have this strange feeling that Vladimir Putin laughs behind Condi's back...That Osama is eating better than some Americans and that John Bolton's hair might just attack his mustache at any moment. If this occurs he might just call on a special session of the U.N. to address a "Follicle Weapons Program" in Cuba or Iran.
Our problems will not be solved by promoting those that accept no responsibility for their actions. Condi, Alberto, Wolfie, Rummy and Mr. Bolton have no credibility. Bush and Cheney are losing support daily.
I've even asked my supporter friends the same question concerning these people; Would you buy a used car from any of them???
If you wouldn't, why would Europe or Asia or Africa???
There is a pattern amongst these people, it is called failure.
Each and every day, failure.
Then the next week, even more failure.
And to this day, failure.