Thursday, May 29, 2003

Laboring to Deceive 

I've been planning a trip out west, so a bit out of commission. The issue of no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is making the blogging rounds, and the mainstream media as well. I think the issue was a trap to begin with, with many being led into saying that this war would be justified somewhow if wmd's were found.

This war could never be justified under any guise, so the hand-wringing of those who believed the administration on the wmd issue, is absurd to watch. Their lies were transparent to begin with, their true motivations transparent to begin with: empire building, at the expense of the economy at home, at the expense of the American people. At the expense of the good trust of our longtime allies and the peoples of the world. But in case you want to be reminded of the parade of lies before during and after the war, check out the Whiskey Bar, and "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we labor to deceive":

"Before the war, there's no doubt in my mind that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical. I expected them to be found. I still expect them to be found.
Gen. Michael Hagee, Commandant of the Marine Corps
Interview with Reporters
May 21, 2003

Given time, given the number of prisoners now that we're interrogating, I'm confident that we're going to find weapons of mass destruction.
Gen. Richard Myers, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff
NBC Today Show interview
May 26, 2003

They may have had time to destroy them, and I don't know the answer.

Donald Rumsfeld
Remarks to Council on Foreign Relations
May 27, 2003

For bureaucratic reasons, we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction (as justification for invading Iraq) because it was the one reason everyone could agree on.

Paul Wolfowitz
Vanity Fair interview
May 28, 2003

Posted by billmon at May 29, 2003 03:20 AM | TrackBack "

There you have it, Wolfowitz coming clean on the issue, and nary a stir in the mainstream media. If people eat this shit, then they deserve to live in a pig sty.