Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Helen Thomas: Bush justifications "lame"
U.N. inspectors and two U.S. task forces spent months and millions of dollars searching Iraq for evidence of weapons of mass destruction -- the centerpiece of Bush's rationale for going to war -- but found nothing.Amen Sister Thomas!
Reminded of this inconvenient truth during his appearance on NBC-TV's "Meet the Press" last Sunday, Cheney had to fall back on the pathetic excuse that, even though Saddam didn't have such weapons, Iraq had the capability of obtaining them. Against that yardstick, most of the world is a potential target for invasion and occupation.
The never-give-an-inch vice president concluded: The invasion was "the right thing to do" and "if we had it to do all over again, we'd do exactly the same thing."
That statement is outrageous, given the reality that none of the stated reasons for the U.S. invasion turned out to be accurate.
Incompetence is one thing. Stubbornly promoting incompetence in the face of overwhelming evidence that you are on the wrong track, all the while insisting that you are right and everybody else is wrong is simple idiocy. We are literally ruled by willful idiots.
With truths like these I am just amazed that there is actually a competition for control of the Congress in the midterm election. With the administration proving to be such a disaster, and so incompetent, it seems that right now is the time for a check and some oversight. The only way this will come about is for a change in Congress. It is clear that the American people are sick of our leadership, but there is somehow a chance that when the dust of this election settles that we will have at least two more years of the same. How is this even possible?!
It makes me wonder if the Democratic process in this nation has been irretrievably damaged by the naked theivery of the 2000 election followed by an executive power grab with an acquiescent Congress. Maybe it is time for some democratic reform in what is supposed to be the prime example of robust democracy on the face of the planet!
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