I consider myself a Moderate Liberal. I believe that when you give someone a reason for doing something you should stand behind your reasons. To
obtain a clear objective you must be steadfast in your ideals and beliefs, otherwise, the people you are attempting to influence to achieve your goal
will see through your attempts at manipulation. After all, attempting to make someone see things as you do is manipulation.
Something I do not understand is why would someone make a serious claim about a nation, back up their claim with evidence of their cause, only to
change the reasoning behind the actions once the goal was perceived as achieved? Some might call that lying. I am here today to accuse President
George Bush of doing just this very thing.
In 1990, Iraq attempted to annex Kuwait and used the excuse that Kuwait was slant drilling Iraqi oil reserves near the boarder. President Bush sr. had
justification to attack Iraq in defense of an oil producing ally that had no course of retaliation. The reason was straight forward and never wavered.
The war ended almost as fast as it began. President Bush did not push all the way into Baghdad and remove Saddam Hussein because this was not a needed
course of action. Saddam just needed to be disarmed. This is just what happened.
Flash to the present day and we have a new Iraq war that is being waged by President Bush jr. His motivations have been rather unclear because of the
constant flip flop of reasons and excuses being thrown at the US population almost daily. The biggest flip flop of them all was changing the focus of
the war on terror to the war on Saddam. This was achieved through skillful media manipulation and craftily worded speeches.
Here is a list of Bush’s statements in chronological order:
United Nations Address, Sept. 12, 2002:
"Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production
of biological weapons."
Radio Address, Oct. 5, 2002:
"Iraq has stockpiled biological and chemical weapons, and is rebuilding the facilities used
to make more of those weapons."
"We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons -- the very weapons the dictator
tells us he does not have."
Cincinnati, Ohio Speech, Oct. 7, 2002:
"The Iraqi regime... possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons."
"We know that the regime has produced thousands of tons of chemical agents, including mustard gas, sarin nerve gas, VX nerve gas."
"We've also discovered through intelligence that Iraq has a growing fleet of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles that could be used to disperse
chemical or biological weapons across broad areas. We're concerned that Iraq is exploring ways of using these UAVS for missions targeting the United
"The evidence indicates that Iraq is reconstituting its nuclear weapons program. Saddam Hussein has held numerous meetings with Iraqi nuclear
scientists, a group he calls his "nuclear mujahideen" -- his nuclear holy warriors. Satellite photographs reveal that Iraq is rebuilding facilities
at sites that have been part of its nuclear program in the past. Iraq has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes and other equipment
needed for gas
centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons."
State of the Union Address, Jan. 28, 2003:
"Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agents."
Address to the Nation, March 17, 2003:
"Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal
weapons ever devised."
First off, we know that WMD was never found. Either he had faulty intelligence, or he lied to us. I don’t think that the mightiest nation in the
world is going to hand the president bad intell. We also know that the shift in reasoning has turned to the establishment of democracy in the mid
east, as well as disposing of a ruthless dictator. Neither of which were original reasons of going to war. The fact that all the reasons for going to
war have been excised and reduced to these two basic reasons should be a cause for alarm throughout the American population.
The discrepancy list for President Bush’s political statements are hard to ignore. Let’s look at a few more: Taken from
A week after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Bush said he wanted Osama Bin Laden "dead or alive." But he told reporters six months later, "I truly am
not that concerned about him. It's not that important. It's not our priority." He also did not mention bin Laden in his hour-long convention
acceptance speech this year.
May 16, 2003: U.S. civil administrator L. Paul Bremer announces a sweeping operation to ensure that Baath Party members are removed from critical
positions in the public sector. This ban could affect as many as 30,000 senior Baath Party members. Thursday, April 22, 2004: "The White House
confirmed Thursday that the administration is moving to change a postwar policy that blocked members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party from Iraqi
government and military positions. . . . The sweeping ban was put in place by civilian administrator Paul Bremer, but he now wants to change the
policy as part of an effort to convince Sunnis, who dominate the party, that they are welcome members of the postwar political transition in
Bush says we found the weapons of mass destruction..."We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories...for those who say
we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong, we found them." [President Bush, Interview in Poland, 5/29/03]
Bush says we haven't found weapons of mass destruction "David Kay has found the capacity to produce weapons. And when David Kay goes in and says we
haven't found stockpiles yet, and there's theories as to where the weapons went. They could have been destroyed during the war. Saddam and his
henchmen could have destroyed them as we entered into Iraq. They could be hidden. They could have been transported to another country, and we'll find
out." [President Bush, Meet the Press, 2/7/04]
Bush says it is impossible to distinguish between Al qaeda and Saddam... "You can't distinguish between Al qaeda and Saddam when you talk about the
war on terror." [President Bush, 9/25/02] says Saddam had no role in Al qaeda plot "We've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved in Sept.
11." [President Bush, 9/17/03]
Bush vows to have a un vote no matter what... "No matter what the whip count is, we're calling for the vote. We want to see people stand up and say
what their opinion is about Saddam Hussein and the utility of the United Nations Security Council. And so, you bet. It's time for people to show
their cards, to let the world know where they stand when it comes to Saddam." [President Bush 3/6/03] Bush withdraws request for vote "At a National
Security Council meeting convened at the White House at 8:55 a.m., Bush finalized the decision to withdraw the resolution from consideration and
prepared to deliver an address to the nation that had already been written." [Washington Post, 3/18/03]
After the murder and mutilation of four U.S. civilian employees in Fallujah in central Iraq, U.S. officials in the country were adamant that
overwhelming force would be applied to go into Fallujah and impose law and order, U.S. style. Then, U.S. forces held back from Fallujah and U.S.
Marine forces were given the go-ahead to return to their old "softly-softly" policy that senior officials angrily repudiated after the killings.
-FLIP: U.S. military commanders gave a grim ultimatum to rebel forces in Fallujah to surrender all their weapons or be crushed. Then that ultimatum
was watered down. Only heavy weapons were ordered to be surrendered. The rebels will be allowed to retain their light weapons, including automatic
rifles. That is a crucial concession to any militia or guerrilla force as possession of such weapons gives them the power to continue to enforce or
even extend their political control over their subject population.
The problem does not lie just with President Bush jr. It also lies within some of his closest staff. Condoleezza Rice has been heard saying that Iraq
was within one year of manufacturing WMD. Two years later, Mrs. Rice said that no one ever said Iraq was even close to manufacturing of WMD. Don’t
even get me started on Rumsfield. He can’t even keep Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein’s names right in a 10 minute speech.
President Bush and his government counterparts are responsible for providing a stable and safe environment for the American citizens. It is apparent
that all he is capable of is lying to the American public to further his own agenda. It should be noted that this president is the only president to
twice deceive the American public with the intention of bringing about safety to the world through war. Can’t he just choke on that pretzel some
John Dean for The History News Network: hnn.us...
Ronald Brownstein and Kathleen: LA Times:
Devon M. Largo: www.pol.uiuc.edu...
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