shocker of the day, part 2
Just in case there was any shred of doubt left, Bush made it official last night: It's all about regime change.
And as usual, he justified his desired war with a rehash of the usual hackneyed batch of, ah, dubious assertions.
As the Bush administration prepares to attack Iraq this week, it is doing so on the basis of a number of allegations against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein that have been challenged -- and in some cases disproved -- by the United Nations, European governments and even U.S. intelligence reports.
The same story revealed that even top Administration officials have trouble keeping their
lies stories straight...
In his appearance Sunday, on NBC's "Meet the Press," the vice president argued that "we believe [Hussein] has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons." But Cheney contradicted that assertion moments later, saying it was "only a matter of time before he acquires nuclear weapons." Both assertions were contradicted earlier by Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, who reported that "there is no indication of resumed nuclear activities."
And let's not forget that Bush still doesn't want to discuss the war's costs.
Even so, it's distressing to see how effective that technique can be, as the mantra has subtly affected even Bush's critics; for example, David Broder's use today of the term "preemptive" when "preventative" is more apt. For all of Bush's assertion of a "clear" danger, the possibility of Iraq providing weapons of mass destruction to terrorist is a matter of mere speculation.
How encouraging to see that even as he issues his ultimatums, Bush is still incapable of being honest with the American people about his coveted war.