Wednesday, December 03, 2008

I came from the utter fields / carving shame on the tender shields


"In the aftermath of 9/11 the concern was about a tyrant accused of enormous human rights abuses," but who also possessed weapons of mass destruction, said Rove. "Absent that, I suspect that the administration's course of action would have been to work to find more creative ways to constrain him like in the 90s."
[From Rove: We Wouldn't Have Invaded Iraq If We Knew The Truth About WMDs]

The worm squirms and reinvents..and looks for a rock to hide under.....these pricks don't even have the balls to face up to their past. Manipulate the intelligence? Who us?

One hopes reckoning cometh.


Joan Walsh, over at Salon comments on a revisionist, arse saving, dishonesty that goes up one more notch than Rove:

Bush made a second stunning admission in his interview with Gibson. "The biggest regret of all the presidency has to have been the intelligence failure in Iraq," he said. "A lot of people put their reputations on the line and said the weapons of mass destruction is a reason to remove Saddam Hussein. It wasn't just people in my administration; a lot of members in Congress, prior to my arrival in Washington, D.C., during the debate on Iraq, a lot of leaders of nations around the world were all looking at the same intelligence. And, you know, that's not a do-over, but I wish the intelligence had been different, I guess."

What a cowardly, buck-passing answer. It was his administration that was responsible for the faulty intelligence; his administration that notoriously "stove-piped" the available evidence to make the case for war, ignoring all facts that contradicted the neocons' theories, crushing any dissent in the Pentagon and intelligence establishment. His administration then sold that corrupt evidence to Congress and browbeat members into authorizing the use of military force on the eve of the 2002 midterm election, by depicting them as traitors and sissies if they raised questions. Now Bush is trying to say he was misled by the "failure" of his own intelligence leaders and Cabinet advisors? What a loser.

It's hard to add much to that, except that this President seems determined to finish his presidency on about the same moral plateau he conducted it on over the past eight years. History will not be kind, and I hope, more immediately, that Congress will be even less kind...but I doubt it.

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