Friday, June 06, 2008

They Lied, Thousands Died

U.S. Casualties in Iraq
Dead - 4,059
Wounded - 30,182

Those terrible numbers say nothing about the death and destruction rained down on Iraqi civilians or millions of Iraqi's who've lost everything and become refugees.

And going to war was based on lies! The invasion of Iraq was a war of aggression, a crime under international law. [ and for my rightwing readers - those international laws apply because the U.S. is a signatory to the treaties that created those international laws. In other words, they apply because we (the U.S. of A.) agreed to abide by those laws. ]

The Bush Administration continues to lie, but the day of reckoning is coming. The evidence is accumulating and given time, those who lied us into war will be called to account.


The Propaganda Campaign Dissected

By Dan FroomkinSpecial to Friday, June 6, 2008; 1:22 PM

Yesterday's long-awaited Senate Intelligence Committee report further solidifies the argument that the Bush administration's most blatant appeals to fear in its campaign to sell the Iraq war were flatly unsupported.

Some of what President Bush and others said about Iraq was corroborated by what later turned out to be inaccurate intelligence. But their most compelling and gut-wrenching allegations -- for instance, that Saddam Hussein was ready to supply his friends in al-Qaeda with nuclear weapons -- were simply made up.

In an accident of timing, the report also validates former press secretary Scott McClellan's conclusion in his new book that the White House pursued a "political propaganda campaign" to market the war.

The White House response? That officials in Congress and elsewhere were saying the same things about Iraq. Or in other words, that other people bought the administration line. It takes a lot of chutzpah to defend yourself against charges that you've engaged in a propaganda campaign by noting that it worked.

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