(partly quoted from this article)
And then you read the appalling little story about how BushCo is now “taking steps” to further the investigation into why their original intelligence on Iraq was so painfully, treasonously, colon-clenchingly wrong, why they thought Saddam had giant Costco-sized warehouses stacked to the rafters with snarling nukes and nasty biotoxins and active warheads when, in fact, he had nothing but a couple Dumpsters full of rusty 20-year-old shell casings and a bucket of stale glue (most of which have “made in USA” on them).
And don’t forget the part about how Congress allotted hundreds of millions of dollars for the futile Weapons of Mass Distruction search, with no public accounting of the money, and the entire budget and the expenditures are to remain classified, by order of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Let’s spell it out again, one more time, just for old time’s sake. There was no “bad” intelligence. There was no evil Saddam plotting an overthrow of the world. There was only BushCo-branded coercion and misprision and traitorous presidential lies the scale of which make Nixon look like a pickpocket. The CIA and the FBI and the Pentagon said it outright: Saddam was harmless. No threat. No WMD. No reason to go to war. Period. Didn’t matter.
As some Republicans whined and as the new reports — again from Bush’s own people — prove, Saddam did not hide WMDs in Syria. Or Pakistan. Or New Jersey. He did not bury them underground or paint them over to look like circus tents or stash them in the back of the Winnebago Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie were driving in “The Simple Life 2.” Bush’s WMDs never existed. And he knew it. What’s worse? We knew he knew it. And he got away with it anyway. And now, more than 1300 U.S. soldiers have died and over 10000 have been wounded and countless tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians, women and children and families, have died, brutally, horribly, and the war is getting uglier, worse, more violent and out of control and increasingly controlled by guerrillas and astoundingly effective Shiite radicals and no one anywhere really knows why we’re at war anymore.
We, as ‘neutral’ Dutch citizen, as children of the VPRO, should begin to understand that our freedom has one enemy: Politics based on religion.