Friday, September 22, 2006

Insult to Americans

Bush Insults Americans
by Still Linking Iraq to 9/11 Attacks

By Mike Sarafa, September 22, 2006

I arrived home on the evening of 9/11/06 to a speech on television by President George W. Bush, commemorating the fifth anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers.

After tributes to the fallen heroes and courageous survivors of that day, the president launched into a disconnected and surreal defense of the war against Iraq.

"The United States could not risk the threat posed by Iraq after 9/11," the president said. He went on to defend the American attack on Iraq as essential to homeland security.

The argument carried some water in the aftermath of 9/11, but the president's continued insistence, in the face of contrary evidence, that Iraq was connected to the 9/11 attacks is difficult to swallow. The president's constant revisionism five years after the fact -- and after the facts are even clearer -- is an insult to Americans. [...]

But five years later, we know better. Everyone knows better except, it seems, the president, his people, and the talking heads who carry the Bush administration's load in the media. [...]

And for what? At what cost in human lives and dollars? At what cost to American stature abroad? At what cost to the American economy and the stability of Iraq?

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann may have said it best: "How dare you, Mr. President, after taking cynical advantage of the unanimity and love (after 9/11), and transmuting it into fraudulent war and needless death, after monstrously transforming it into fear and suspicion ... How dare you -- or those around you -- ever 'spin' 9/11?"

This war was predicated on a lie and for much of the past five years most Americans, including Chaldean Americans, bought into this lie. But the lie has been exposed.

Five years later, the war is a disaster. Five years later, the facts demonstrate that the hysteria over Iraq was a deliberate hoax played on the American people by the Bush administration. It was bought into by a weak Congress and propagated by a sycophantic media.

Full article here: Detroit Free Press

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