Powell’s comments Friday referred to pre-war information he gave the United Nations on Iraq’s mobile biological weapons laboratories to justify the military campaign last year led by the United States and staunchly backed by Blair.
And so, right on schedule it all begins to unravel.
Not that the perps’ pack of lies wasn’t obvious from the start. It’s that the liars would cave so publically — and so casually.
It’s The Judy Miller Show !
Can they be embarrassed really? I doubt it.
Oh yes. We all recall how Blair claimed Saddam had the capability of launching a nuclear strike against the UK in 45 minutes, don’t we?
“If the American secretary of state has misled the people of the United States, it also appears that we have been misled in this country by the same faulty intelligence,” Henderson said.
“The record should be put straight. Those who are responsible should apologize to those who have lost loved ones because of this dreadful error of judgment and a statement should be made to parliament.”
What “faulty intelligence”? The intelligency community was quite clear in its findings, as Richard Clarke has been at pains to point out. Sadddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11.
But Bush didn’t want to hear that — and neither did the Poodle.
“The cat is out of the bag. The certainty with which Colin Powell lectured the Security Council of the United Nations was overwhelming,” Campbell said.
“Now we have every reason to believe that the information upon which he was relying does not stand up.”
Right bag, wrong cat. The “information” being relied upon was fantasy.
The review, led by a former head of Britain’s civil service, Lord Robin Butler, is to issue a report before July.
“We have set up the Butler inquiry. That has got the objective of looking at the intelligence received behind the issue of the WMD allegations in relation to Iraq,” O’Brien told the independent Channel 4 News programme.
“When the Butler inquiry reports we will know more about the way in which that intelligence was collected.”
It’s not how it was collected that’s at issue, it’s how it was disregarded.
Which only goes to show that any new inquiry is going to do nothing more than repeat the old one.
And so it is with us. Why do we put our trust in liars? Why do we allow them to lie over and over again? Why do we allow the media to be a conduit of lies?
We must love lies. We must hate truth. That’s the only logical conclusion.
And we must love death too.
Why else do we commit murder so brutally and on such a vast scale as the “Shock and Awe” campaign — whose victims we dare not numerically tally?
Why else do we offer the sons and daughters of the lower classes so willingly as cannon fodder — shipping their corpses home under cover, hiding the maimed and wounded in hospitals than none but Cher dare enter?
We are liars and murderers. We are monsters and cowards. We are fully deserving every iota of suffering that will be visited upon us in retribution.
We get what we pay for.