|The Nossiter Net
The net that shall enmesh them all
Edited, Written, and Published by Josh Nossiter
Friday, September 29th, 2006
|The Nossiter Net is cast to snare some of the riper rascalities of the day. Comments? firstname.lastname@example.org|
|With the Bush administration and its allies furiously rewriting history and spinning current events for political advantage, itís all too easy to lose sight of the truth in the ceaseless blizzard of lies. The administration is catastrophically bad at everything to do with governance, but very good indeed at hyper-aggressive obscurantism. Both the press and the Democratic opposition are left battered and breathless by the sheer volume and the shameless audacity of the untruths coming at them. The reality-based community, sucked into the administration maelstrom of mendacity, is drowned out.
As a public service, this page provides the following fifteen truths not to be lost sight of in our governmentís ever-thickening fog of falsity.
1. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, and Wolfowitz bear direct responsibility for not preventing the attacks of 9/11. As former counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke details in Against All Enemies, they ignored Clarkeís urgent warnings about potential Bin Ladin attacks, neglected Clintonís advice to focus on Al Qaeda, and rejected the intelligence provided by the CIA and NSA. They failed to hold a serious meeting on the subject until a week before the attacks occurred
2. Bush capitalizes on the 9/11 attacks to silence his opposition, stifle civil liberties, and engage in un-American activities like torture, arbitrary detention, and warrantless wiretapping.
3. If any U.S. action emboldened Al Qaeda to attack us, it was not Clintonís orderly withdrawal from Somalia six months after we lost a helicopter in Mogadishu, but Reaganís precipitate flight from Lebanon after we lost hundreds of our marines in Beirut.
4. Saddam Hussein was not involved with 9/11, and hated and feared Al Qaeda, who in turn hated him, so much so that Osama Bin Ladin offered his services to the Saudi government to remove Hussein from power.
5. Bush and his minions continue to make the claim that Saddam Hussein was involved with 9/11, and then lie that they donít make such a claim.
6. Through criminal negligence on the administrationís part, we are losing the war we already won in Afghanistan.
7. The invasion of Iraq was unnecessary. The occupation of Iraq has sparked a civil war. The situation in Iraq is worsening. The cost in lives and treasure is obscene.
8. Saddam Hussein had no WMD program when we invaded in 2003, and hadnít had one since 1998. Thatís when Clinton destroyed it with hundreds of cruise missiles in operation Desert Fox. Clinton was reviled by the Republicans for the successful operation, as Thomas Ricks reminds us in his book, Fiasco.
9. The administration deliberately lied about Iraqi WMD to rally support for the war, as confirmed by Britainís intelligence chief in the so-called Downing Street Memo.
10. War profiteers Parsons, Halliburton, and Bechtel are enriching themselves in Iraq at the expense of the Iraqis and American taxpayers. Dick Cheney remained on Halliburtonís payroll through at least 2005. All three firms are major contributors to the Republican party.
11. Saddam Hussein was a threat only to his neighbors and his own people. He fought an eight year war with our help against an Iranian army lacking such essentials as footwear, and after an estimated million casualties managed only a stalemate.
12. Through criminal negligence, the administration allowed Osama Bin Ladin to escape capture at Tora Bora in December of 2001.
13. Our own intelligence services say the war in Iraq has made the terrorists stronger and our own military weaker. The British military has decided the Iraq war is counter-productive and wants out.
14. A majority of Iraqis wants us to leave Iraq. A majority of Americans agrees with them.
15. Anything said or written by Bush or anyone who supports him is a lie, as confirmed by the high White House official who told journalist Ron Suskind the Bush administration creates its own reality. As a corollary, anyone who believes anything said or written by Bush or anyone who supports him is an imbecile. Or an incurable Republican, which amounts to the same thing.
©Joshua C. Nossiter, 2006
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