In ordinary times, it would be a bombshell: A secret memo proves that our president told his people a series of lies leading to wanton and needless death and destruction. He had planned to wage his war no matter what, and was even prepared to create fake evidence to justify the invasion. It was never about unconventional weapons. The calls to disarm were bogus. It was to be war from day one. In ordinary times, he’d be impeached.
But these aren’t ordinary times. We are all so used to this sort of thing that it has almost no effect at all. It’s just another day in the Age of Bush, where we’re always winning the war and we’re always right and no mistakes are ever made. Here’s the killer line (though actually there are several):
The memo also shows that the president and the prime minister acknowledged that no unconventional weapons had been found inside Iraq. Faced with the possibility of not finding any before the planned invasion, Mr. Bush talked about several ways to provoke a confrontation, including a proposal to paint a United States surveillance plane in the colors of the United Nations in hopes of drawing fire, or assassinating Mr. Hussein.
Now, faking scenarios in order to provoke another country into war is just what Hitler did with Poland, and is about the lowliest thing a government could do. It an act of pure deception and reveals total disrespect for the American people, playing them for fools. That he would have seriously proposed this should be major news. But I doubt it will be. We expect no better of him. And so, what would have been a death knell for Clinton will be water off a duck’s back for Bush. We’re too numb, too incredulous and dazed to care.
We’ve all been made fools of. All those dead soldiers and civilians were ingredients in Bush’s petri dish as he toyed with the fate of the earth. All the lofty speeches, the dire warnings, the denunciations of the “weasels” who called for more evidence – all a sham.
Be prepared for the ugliest election in all history later this year. If Bush loses the House of Representatives, he’ll be severely weakened, with investigations opening into every phases of his sordid presidency. And since the GOP has nothing to run on, it has no choice but to follow the usual Rove routine of destroying the opposition. It’s going to be a bloody, ugly fight and I am delighted I won’t be in America to witness it.
Read the above article if you have the stomach for it. There’s not much that’s “new,’ but that’s what makes it all the more revolting. This sort of shocker has become the everyday, the ordinary, the routine, and we simply accept it. It’s like reading Viktor Klemperer’s diaries, where every day the government does something more shocking, but since they do it every day there’s no longer any shock.