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Our terrorism double standard

By Blurtman   2015 Nov 14, 8:39am   ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike   2 links   24,627 views   177 comments   watch (2)   quote     share

Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves

We must mourn all victims. But until we look honestly at the violence we export, nothing will ever change

More strikingly, where were the heads of state when the Western-backed, Saudi-led coalition bombed a Yemeni wedding on September 28, killing 131 civilians, including 80 women? That massacre didn’t go viral, and Obama and Hollande did not apologize, yet alone barely even acknowledge the tragedy.

Do French lives matter more than Lebanese, Turkish, Kurdish, and Yemeni ones? Were these not, too, “heinous, evil, vile acts”?

Western countries, particularly the U.S., are directly responsible for the violence and destruction in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Yemen, from which millions of refugees are fleeing:

The illegal U.S. invasion of Iraq led to the deaths of at least one million people, destabilized the entire region, and created extreme conditions in which militant groups like al-Qaeda spread like wildfire, eventually leading to the emergence of ISIS.

In Afghanistan, the ongoing U.S. war and occupation — which the Obama administration just prolonged for a second time — has led to approximately a quarter of a million deaths and has displaced millions of Afghans.

The disastrous U.S.-led NATO intervention in Libya destroyed the government, turning the country into a hotbed for extremism and allowing militant groups like ISIS to spread west into North Africa. Thousands of Libyans have been killed, and hundreds of thousands made refugees.

In Yemen, the U.S. and other Western nations are arming and backing the Saudi-led coalition that is raining down bombs, including banned cluster munitions, on civilian areas, pulverizing the poorest country in the Middle East. And, once again — the story should now be familiar — thousands have been killed and hundreds of thousands have been displaced.

http://www.salon.com/2015/11/14/our_terrorism_double_standard_after_paris_lets_stop_blaming_muslims_and_take_a_hard_look_at_ourselves/

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138   curious2   416/416 = 100% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 16, 7:06pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

tatupu70 says

Please clarify your position if I am presuming incorrectly.

First, you make obviously false statements. Then, you say pointing out your obviously false statements puts me in the other "camp". Frankly, you can't possibly be that stupid, so the only conclusion remains the one you accuse W of: you're a liar. At least W had, according to the CIA director, "every reason to believe" what he said. You have no such excuse.

139   Lashkar_i_Trumpi   868/868 = 100% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 16, 7:11pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

There's nothing new under the Sun here with ISIS.

ISIS knows exactly what it is doing, and the Atrocities are the Goal. The means is the end.

Pol Pot had no 'plan' for Cambodia other than killing everybody who wore glasses. ISIS has no real long term strategy except some general jack off fantasies about reconquering Al-Andalus or the Balkans or India.

A return to the "Year Zero". For Pol Pot, a basic agrarian society to act as a clean slate. For ISIS, year one of Islam in the 7th Century, to get everything "Right" this time and recreate the raw, awesome energy of the first burst of Islam from the Arab world.

These panics, these desires to burn it all down and start afresh, and never mind the consequences, are not at all new to humanity.

There have been flagellants, levelers, fascists, etc. who have all wanted the same thing. A fresh start with a pure heart.

140   Ironman   1673/1732 = 96% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 16, 7:12pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

curious2 says

You have no such excuse.

Based on your back and forth with Tatty, are you ready to admit that he's a huge Troll?

141   tatupu70     private mesage   2015 Nov 16, 7:13pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

curious2 says

First, you make obviously false statements. Then, you say pointing out your obviously false statements puts me in the other "camp". Frankly, you can't possibly be that stupid, so the only conclusion remains the one you accuse W of: you're a liar. At least W had, according to the CIA director, "every reason to believe" what he said. You have no such excuse.

I don't recall you pointing out any of my "obviously" false statements, and your link is similarly vague. If you think I lied, by all means link to the direct statement and let's go in to detail on it and see who is lying and who is stupid.

142   Lashkar_i_Trumpi   868/868 = 100% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 16, 7:15pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Here's a really depressing theory.

Since the late 70s, when Wahabi Youth fought Saudi Arabia for control of Mecca, and it took weeks for the KSA Mercs to stop the armed Wahabis, the Kingdom has been in a bind.

It must support Wahabism as the foundation of the Monarchy's legitimacy. However, extreme Wahabism is a danger itself to the Monarchy, demanding ever more purity.

The solution, blessedly provided 'right on time' by the Soviet Assistance to Afghanistan, saved their bacon. They've depended on giving stipends and salaries to the most radical Wahabis the country produces as a matter of course of the normal functioning of their society - their Education, their Religious Police, the very core Myth of the State.

These men are both the jihadis, the textbook writers, and the teachers at the Madrassah. If they stayed at home instead of going to Syria or Indonesia or Chechnya, they would create trouble.

Perhaps ISIS is just a means to meatgrind the excess Wahabis created by the House of Sauds attempt to maintain legitimacy, and a useful tool of foreign policy.

143   tatupu70     private mesage   2015 Nov 16, 7:17pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

curious2 says

Tenet admits error in approving Bush speech

President 'had every reason to believe' uranium claim, he says

OK--please explain the purpose of this link if not to point out that the CIA director had OK'd the text of the speech in which Bush lied.

144   HydroCabron     private mesage   2015 Nov 16, 7:25pm  ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

The CIA intelligence was deemed insufficiently bellicose by Cheney, Feith et. al., so Cheney actually built an independent team of intelligence analysts to create the intelligence to justify Cheney's predetermined conclusions.

At that point the distinction between "lying" and "delusional asshole" became less interesting to me.

145   BlueSardine   393/395 = 99% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 16, 7:27pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

See Benghazi and candidate clinton...

tatupu70 says

I think it defies credibility to believe that a President would make statements that were baldfaced lies without wanting to make sure they were sourced well, but maybe I give Bush too much credit.

146   curious2   416/416 = 100% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 16, 7:46pm  ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

tatupu70 says

If you think I lied, by all means link to the direct statement

Here.

tatupu70 says

let's go in to detail

You have a pathology. It includes occasionally lying, but to call you a pathological liar would be somewhat imprecise. Pathological trolling, resorting to lying in order to continue the game. I considered the possibility that you were some sort of Turing machine experiment, a machine programmed to keep the exchange going as long as possible. Then I wondered, who would bother programming a machine to elicit defenses of GW Bush? The answers seemed inconsistent with most (but certainly not all) of your other comments.

tatupu70 says

please explain the purpose of this link

It was a direct quote, refuting your prior lie. W had "every reason to believe" what he said, according to the Director of the CIA, which approved what he said.

If you are a Turing machine intended to support the Democratic party, then you are horribly misprogrammed. As with Hydrocabron bringing countless threads back to Benghazi, you insist on keeping the focus where Democrats are weakest, actually doing the Republicans' job for them. It is remarkable that of all the things a partisan bot could possibly say to repeat and elicit valid criticism of W and his Iraq policy, you insist on claims that are obviously false and then you invite defense of W and his Iraq policy. If you are a Turing machine programmed to maximize waste of bandwidth, then well done.

147   HydroCabron     private mesage   2015 Nov 16, 8:04pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

curious2 says

You have a pathology.

It's the strangest coincidence: All those who firmly disagree with you are mentally ill.

It must be comforting to know that everyone else out there is crazy.

By the way, you need to trim your verbiage. It's more prissy and precious than usual lately.

148   Ironman   1673/1732 = 96% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 16, 8:05pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

HydroCabron says

curious2 says

You have a pathology.

It's the strangest coincidence:

Certainly is, you have it too!

149   bob2356   431/432 = 99% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 16, 8:18pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

socal2 says

For starters.

"Bush's "16 Words" on Iraq & Uranium: He May Have Been Wrong But He Wasn't Lying"

http://factcheck.bootnetworks.com/article222.html

I suppose in Bob's world, the President of the United States is supposed to ignore the claims made by the CIA director and listen to some back office analyst?

Bush, Cheney, and Rummy made it very clear what intelligence they wanted. Blair did the same thing. Everyone fell into line or got thrown under the bus. People got fired for not toeing the line and giving the administration exactly what they wanted. There was plenty of warnings the intelligence was bad but these were totally ignored or buried. Not some back office analyst warning. The German government told the administration their primary sources for intelligence to go to war were full of shit well before colin powell spoke at the un. There is no way, no how bush was not aware of this going on. Bush can truthfully say he was given bad intelligence. But he damn well knew it was bad, the chickenhawk trifecta arranged for it to be bad.

150   Ironman   1673/1732 = 96% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 16, 8:29pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

bob2356 says

Bush, Cheney, and Rummy made it very clear what intelligence they wanted. Blair did the same thing. Everyone fell into line or got thrown under the bus.

Were you on that weekly email newsletter too besides the ISIS one?

151   curious2   416/416 = 100% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 12:02am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

HydroCabron says

everyone else out there

The most trollish users of PatNet are not even a representative sample of PatNet, and certainly not "everyone else out there."

152   Lashkar_i_Trumpi   868/868 = 100% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 4:19am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

153   tatupu70     private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 5:06am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

curious2 says

You have a pathology. It includes occasionally lying, but to call you a pathological liar would be somewhat imprecise. Pathological trolling, resorting to lying in order to continue the game. I considered the possibility that you were some sort of Turing machine experiment, a machine programmed to keep the exchange going as long as possible. Then I wondered, who would bother programming a machine to elicit defenses of GW Bush? The answers seemed inconsistent with most (but certainly not all) of your other comments.

Sorry, but you need to look in a mirror. It's not a game to me. You are the one who posts purposely vague statements-instead of quoting an individual passage when calling me a liar, posts a link to an longer post-- and instead of actually having a discussion about the issue at hand, tries to act like a pseudo-psychologist.

Further, you can't simply state your position. When I asked if you believe that Bush's defense--the reason you don't consider his statements as lies--is that he and his administration believed the faulty intelligence (that his own intelligence officers have come out and said THEY didn't believe), you deflect and ignore the questions. It is impossible to have even the simplest discussion with you because you obstruct, confuse, and deflect at all turns.

And don't forget, my friend, you started this. You are the one who wanted to argue. Nobody was responding to anything you posted.

154   HydroCabron     private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 6:08am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

tatupu70 says

Sorry, but you need to look in a mirror. It's not a game to me.

He might not ever learn the definition of "troll", since he looks to his friend Call It Crazy to define the term.

What is it with wingnuts on this board? They all seem confused about the definitions of "sarcasm" and "trolling"?

Maybe he'll divert the thread into another tirade against Big PhArMa and the corruption of our vital bodily fluids, while sitting at his keyboard drinking only pure grain alcohol made from rainwater.

155   Ironman   1673/1732 = 96% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 9:06am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

HydroCabron says

He might not ever learn the definition of "troll",

He can start learning from these guys:
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There's the cream of the crop from the Troll Division at Patnet..

156   HydroCabron     private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 9:11am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Ironman says

He can start learning from these guys

Aww!

Incurious2 finally has a friend on Patnet. Exactly the friend he deserves, too!

157   socal2   105/105 = 100% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 9:49am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

bob2356 says

Bush, Cheney, and Rummy made it very clear what intelligence they wanted. Blair did the same thing. Everyone fell into line or got thrown under the bus. People got fired for not toeing the line and giving the administration exactly what they wanted. There was plenty of warnings the intelligence was bad but these were totally ignored or buried. Not some back office analyst warning. The German government told the administration their primary sources for intelligence to go to war were full of shit well before colin powell spoke at the un. There is no way, no how bush was not aware of this going on. Bush can truthfully say he was given bad intelligence. But he damn well knew it was bad, the chickenhawk trifecta arranged for it to be bad.

Says the little ISIS voices in your head.

But....but....but the Germans had a source that said something different! Meanwhile our National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) said Saddam had WMD's with 90% certainty.

"THE DANGEROUS LIE THAT BUSH LIED"
By LAURENCE H. SILBERMAN
Feb. 8, 2015 6:25 p.m. ET
2853 COMMENTS

In recent weeks, I have heard former Associated Press reporter Ron Fournier on Fox News twice asserting, quite offhandedly, that President George W. Bush “lied us into war in Iraq.”

I found this shocking. I took a leave of absence from the bench in 2004-05 to serve as co-chairman of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction—a bipartisan body, sometimes referred to as the Robb-Silberman Commission. It was directed in 2004 to evaluate the intelligence community’s determination that Saddam Hussein possessed WMD—I am, therefore, keenly aware of both the intelligence provided to President Bush and his reliance on that intelligence as his primary casus belli. It is astonishing to see the “Bush lied” allegation evolve from antiwar slogan to journalistic fact.

The intelligence community’s 2002 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) stated, in a formal presentation to President Bush and to Congress, its view that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction—a belief in which the NIE said it held a 90% level of confidence. That is about as certain as the intelligence community gets on any subject.

Recall that the head of the intelligence community, Central Intelligence Agency Director George Tenet, famously told the president that the proposition that Iraq possessed WMD was “a slam dunk.” Our WMD commission carefully examined the interrelationships between the Bush administration and the intelligence community and found no indication that anyone in the administration sought to pressure the intelligence community into its findings. As our commission reported, presidential daily briefs from the CIA dating back to the Clinton administration were, if anything, more alarmist about Iraq’s WMD than the 2002 National Intelligence Estimate."......

http://www.wsj.com/articles/laurence-h-silberman-the-dangerous-lie-that-bush-lied-1423437950

158   Rew   414/414 = 100% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 10:52am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

socal2 says

Again, being wrong on the size and scope of Iraq's WMD program is not the same thing as lying.

Being wrong isn't the same thing as lying, you are right. But this is a huge 'mistake', and appears calculated. Being really really wrong, and claiming a country has a capability which it does not, and using that as a pretext to motivate your nation to go to war, that's some highly calculated misinformation. "lying"? No. Manipulative? Oh yes.

Politicians love to be able to hide behind the "intelligence was wrong" shield. Of course we were going to find small amounts of chemical weapons munitions in Iraq. You think 400 rockets was worth going to war over? Highly doubtful those rockets are even up for grabs, on the black market, if we did NOT invade.

Oil, Israel, "payback", and Democracy v.s. WMDs and al-Qa'ida -- let's not pretend, at this hour, we cannot tell which are a sales pitch, and which are true motivations for the conflict.

159   Rew   414/414 = 100% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 10:57am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

HydroCabron says

At that point the distinction between "lying" and "delusional asshole" became less interesting to me.

What, you mean like giving "intelligence" to news outlets, so they can run a story, and then getting on broadcast TV and saying, "Some news agencies are saying that ... yes.".

;)

160   socal2   105/105 = 100% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 11:50am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Rew says

Being wrong isn't the same thing as lying, you are right. But this is a huge 'mistake', and appears calculated.

Er - no. It doesn't appear to be calculated at all. Our elected leadership (both Democrats and Republicans) made decisions based on the best intelligence available. When the combined National Intelligence Estimate says with 90% confidence that Iraq has WMDs, would you expect our elected leaders to believe otherwise?

Rew says

Oil, Israel, "payback", and Democracy v.s. WMDs and al-Qa'ida -- let's not pretend, at this hour, we cannot tell which are a sales pitch, and which are true motivations for the conflict.

Israel was against (at worse - ambivalent) about removing Saddam as they have always been more concerned about Iran, and America didn't get a single drop of Iraq oil for profit.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Governmental_positions_on_the_Iraq_War_prior_to_the_2003_invasion_of_Iraq#Israel

The motivations you list above is the same shit ISIS believes.

161   tatupu70     private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 11:59am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

"It was just bad intelligence! Everyone was fooled! You can’t say Bush “lied” about Iraq pursuing WMDs or about the Saddam Hussein regime having ties to 9/11 because he was just echoing what the intelligence community said, which was wrong.

This is a line of argumentation that Bush administration officials and Iraq war boosters have been clinging to ever since it became clear that U.S. troops would found no mobile biological weapons labs and no Mutual Admiration Society correspondence between Saddam and Osama. “We were wrong just like everyone else” isn’t a particularly compelling argument, though I suppose that if you’re responsible for one of the modern era’s most significant foreign policy disasters, “shared incompetence” is a more appealing excuse than “willful deception.”

But the Bush administration absolutely did engage in willful deception. Quite a bit of it, in fact. It’s one thing to simply repeat an intelligence assessment that is wrong, and quite another to take a disputed, credibly challenged intelligence assessment and state it as uncontested fact. That’s a lie, and senior Bush officials did it often. There’s no better example of this than the aluminum tubes."

If you were following politics in the six months or so leading up to the actual invasion of Iraq, then you probably remember how much importance senior Bush administration officials put on the fact that Iraq had tried to obtain a certain type of aluminum tube that was, per those same officials, only suitable for use in uranium centrifuges. The tubes were at the heart of their case that Saddam Hussein was pursuing a nuclear weapons program, and had been cited as evidence of Hussein’s intentions by Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, and Colin Powell. They even earned a mention in George W. Bush’s now infamous 2003 state of the union address:

The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.

Our intelligence sources tell us that he has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production.

Saddam Hussein has not credibly explained these activities. He clearly has much to hide.

The dictator of Iraq is not disarming. To the contrary, he is deceiving.

This was all wrong. And they knew at the time that the intelligence regarding those tubes was nowhere near as strong as they made it out to be. A number of intelligence agencies believed that the tubes were, in fact, made for uranium enrichment. There were, however, a number of dissenting views, including from the State Department and the intelligence arm of the Department of Energy, the agency responsible for maintaining the United States’ nuclear arsenal (i.e. the people who actually know this stuff). DOE determined that the tubes were completely impractical for use in uranium enrichment, and were probably intended for use in conventional rockets. The State Department came to a similar conclusion.

http://www.salon.com/2015/02/10/yes_bush_lied_about_iraq_why_are_we_still_arguing_about_this/

162   socal2   105/105 = 100% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 12:10pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

tatupu70 says

This is a line of argumentation that Bush administration officials and Iraq war boosters have been clinging to ever since it became clear that U.S. troops would found no mobile biological weapons labs and no Mutual Admiration Society correspondence between Saddam and Osama.

No - this is the line all independent investigations including the bi-partisan Robb-Silberman Commission determined. All you got are the hacks at Salon saying different. Couldn't you find a DailyKos link or something from MediaMatters too?

You just want to be a good ISIS monkey claiming America lies to start wars to kill Muslims or something.

Bravo!

163   HydroCabron     private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 12:16pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

What's with all the Bush/Cheney/Wolfowitz/Hadley/Feith revisionism here? Is Patrick's new role as Keyboard Kommando Against Islamofascism inspiring the human trash to crawl back out of from under their rocks? Are wingnuts feeling guilty?

Why shy away from the term "lying"? Powell knew the intelligencs was b.s.

Colin Powell said to his staff during the preparation for his U.N. speech: ""I'm not reading this. This is bullshit."

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/jun/02/usa.iraq

Fresh evidence emerged last night that Colin Powell, the US secretary of state, was so disturbed about questionable American intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction that he assembled a secret team to review the information he was given before he made a crucial speech to the UN security council on February 5.
Mr Powell conducted a full-dress rehearsal of the speech on the eve of the session at his suite in the Waldorf Astoria, his New York base when he is on UN business, according to the authoritative US News and World Report.

Much of the initial information for Mr Powell's speech to the UN was provided by the Pentagon, where Paul Wolfowitz, the US deputy defence secretary, set up a special unit, the Office of Special Plans, to counter the uncertainty of the CIA's intelligence on Iraq.

Mr Powell's team removed dozens of pages of alleged evidence about Iraq's banned weapons and ties to terrorists from a draft of his speech, US News and World Report says today. At one point, he became so angry at the lack of adequate sourcing to intelligence claims that he declared: "I'm not reading this. This is bullshit," according to the magazine.

Presented with a script for his speech, Mr Powell suspected that Washington hawks were "cherry picking", the US magazine Newsweek also reports today. Greg Theilmann, a recently retired state department intelligence analyst directly involved in assessing the Iraqi threat, says that inside the Bush administration "there is a lot of sorrow and anger at the way intelligence was misused".

164   tatupu70     private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 12:22pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Reinventing History

Several months later, with Hussein’s government ousted and with the U.S. military coming up empty in its search for WMD caches, Bush began his historical revisionism by insisting publicly that he had no choice but to invade because Hussein supposedly had barred U.N. inspectors.

On July 14, 2003, Bush told reporters: “We gave him [Saddam Hussein] a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn’t let them in. And, therefore, after a reasonable request, we decided to remove him from power.”

Facing no contradiction from the White House press corps, Bush continued repeating this lie again and again in varied forms.

On Jan. 27, 2004, for example, Bush said, “We went to the United Nations, of course, and got an overwhelming resolution – 1441 – unanimous resolution, that said to Saddam, you must disclose and destroy your weapons programs, which obviously meant the world felt he had such programs. He chose defiance. It was his choice to make, and he did not let us in.”

As the months and years went by, Bush’s lie and its unchallenged retelling took on the color of truth. At a March 21, 2006, news conference, Bush again blamed the war on Hussein’s defiance of U.N. demands for unfettered inspections.

“I was hoping to solve this [Iraq] problem diplomatically,” Bush said. “The world said, ‘Disarm, disclose or face serious consequences.’ … We worked to make sure that Saddam Hussein heard the message of the world. And when he chose to deny the inspectors, when he chose not to disclose, then I had the difficult decision to make to remove him. And we did.”

At a press conference on May 24, 2007, Bush offered a short-hand version of the made-up tale, even inviting the journalists to remember the invented history.

“As you might remember back then, we tried the diplomatic route: [U.N. Resolution] 1441 was a unanimous vote in the Security Council that said disclose, disarm or face serious consequences. So the choice was his [Hussein’s] to make. And he made a choice that has subsequently caused him to lose his life.”

In one of his White House exit interviews – on Dec. 1, 2008 – Bush again revived his convenient version of history, that Hussein was responsible for the invasion because he wouldn’t let the U.N. inspectors in. ABC News anchor Charles Gibson asked Bush, “If the [U.S.] intelligence had been right [and revealed no Iraq WMD], would there have been an Iraq War?”

Bush answered, “Yes, because Saddam Hussein was unwilling to let the inspectors go in to determine whether or not the U.N. resolutions were being upheld.”

In his frequent repetition of this claim, Bush never acknowledged the fact that Hussein did comply with Resolution 1441 by declaring accurately that he had disposed of his WMD stockpiles and by permitting U.N. inspectors to examine any site of their choosing.

Media Complicity

And never did mainstream reporters contradict Bush’s false history to his face. Indeed, some prominent Washington journalists even adopted Bush’s lie as their own. For instance, in a July 2004 interview, ABC’s veteran newsman Ted Koppel used it to explain why he – Koppel – thought the invasion of Iraq was justified.

“It did not make logical sense that Saddam Hussein, whose armies had been defeated once before by the United States and the Coalition, would be prepared to lose control over his country if all he had to do was say, ‘All right, U.N., come on in, check it out,” Koppel told Amy Goodman, host of “Democracy Now.”

In the real history, Hussein did tell the U.N. to “come on in, check it out.” But faux reality had become the trademark of the Bush presidency – and of its many supporters in the press corps.

Washington’s conventional wisdom eventually embraced another fake belief, that Hussein provoked the war by misleading people into believing that he still possessed WMD. The fact that Hussein and his government had declared they didn’t possess WMD was forgotten.

In line with the bogus version of history, “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley asked FBI interrogator George Piro, who had debriefed Hussein in prison, why the dictator kept pretending that he had WMD even as U.S. troops massed on Iraq’s borders, when a simple announcement that the WMD was gone would have prevented the war.

“For a man who drew America into two wars and countless military engagements, we never knew what Saddam Hussein was thinking,” Pelley said in introducing the segment on the interrogation of Hussein about his WMD stockpiles, which aired Jan. 27, 2008. “Why did he choose war with the United States?”

This “60 Minutes” segment never mentioned the fact that Hussein and his government did disclose that the WMD had been eliminated. Instead Pelley pressed Piro on the mystery of why Hussein supposedly was hiding that fact: “Why keep the secret? Why put your nation at risk, why put your own life at risk to maintain this charade?”

After Piro mentioned Hussein’s lingering fear of neighboring Iran, Pelley felt he was close to an answer to the mystery: “He believed that he couldn’t survive without the perception that he had weapons of mass destruction?”

But, still, Pelley puzzled over why Hussein’s continued in his miscalculation. Pelley asked: “As the U.S. marched toward war and we began massing troops on his border, why didn’t he stop it then? And say, ‘Look, I have no weapons of mass destruction,’ I mean, how could he have wanted his country to be invaded?”

Now, with the publication of Karl Rove’s memoir, the American public can expect a reprise of the argument that it was unfair for anyone to accuse President Bush of lying about Iraq, that he simply believed mistaken intelligence and did what he thought was best for America. In other words, Bush was the victim of mean critics, not a dishonest warmonger.

One also can expect that the mainstream U.S. news media will continue to forget its own role in perpetuating the lie that George W. Bush would never lie.

https://consortiumnews.com/2012/04/26/bush-did-lie-about-iraq/

165   socal2   105/105 = 100% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 12:27pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

HydroCabron says

What's with all the Bush/Cheney/Wolfowitz/Hadley/Feith revisionism here? Is Patrick's new role as Keyboard Kommando Against Islamofascism inspiring the human trash to crawl back out of from under their rocks? Are wingnuts feeling guilty?

Right - we are "human trash" and "revisionists" to push back against ISIS/Leftist prop that America started the Iraq war based on lies to kill Muslims or steal oil or something.

Not one of you ISIS supporting mooks have disputed the bi-partisan Rob-Silberman's commission's findings.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/laurence-h-silberman-the-dangerous-lie-that-bush-lied-1423437950

Nor has anyone disputed the Factcheck.org link debunking of the "Yellowcake Lie".
http://factcheck.bootnetworks.com/article222.html

You know, when you ape the same shit that ISIS believes, you may want to step away from the keyboard for a few.

166   marcus   435/436 = 99% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 12:37pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

HydroCabron says

Colin Powell said to his staff during the preparation for his U.N. speech: ""I'm not reading this. This is bullshit."

Powell also famously said, "You break it, you own it."

167   tatupu70     private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 12:41pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

socal2 says

Right - we are "human trash" and "revisionists" to push back against ISIS/Leftist prop that America started the Iraq war based on lies to kill Muslims or steal oil or something.

Not one of you ISIS supporting mooks have disputed the bi-partisan Rob-Silberman's commission's findings.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/laurence-h-silberman-the-dangerous-lie-that-bush-lied-1423437950

Nor has anyone disputed the Factcheck.org link debunking of the "Yellowcake Lie".

http://factcheck.bootnetworks.com/article222.html

You know, when you ape the same shit that ISIS believes, you may want to step away from the keyboard for a few.

From the factcheck.org link on yellowcake:

"The Senate report doesn't make clear why discovery of the forged documents changed the CIA's thinking. Logically, that discovery should have made little difference since the documents weren't the basis for the CIA's original belief that Saddam was seeking uranium. However, the Senate report did note that even within the CIA the comments and assessments were "inconsistent and at times contradictory" on the Niger story."

I know it's inconceivable that Tenet fell on the sword for his boss. Even if you want to believe that Bush believed that the yellowcake story was true, it's only 1 of many, many instance where intelligence was exaggerated, cherry picked, or outright made up to present a convincing case for War.

Even Tony Blair said this in a now unclassified doc.

“Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD,” the secret memo reads. “But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.”

168   marcus   435/436 = 99% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 12:44pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

socal2 says

America started the Iraq war based on lies to kill Muslims or steal oil or something

Uhmm, the agenda is/was no secret.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_for_the_New_American_Century

169   HydroCabron     private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 12:50pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

socal2 says

You know, when you ape the same shit that ISIS believes, you may want to step away from the keyboard for a few.

Impugning the patriotism of Iraq War opponents. 2003 called: They want their rhetoric back.

Time for another entry in the thread about conservatives being above personal attacks.

170   socal2   105/105 = 100% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 1:45pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

HydroCabron says

Impugning the patriotism of Iraq War opponents. 2003 called: They want their rhetoric back.

Being against the Iraq war is totally legitimate. You have not seen me impugn the patriotism of any of those who were against the war.

But I sure as shit will impugn the patriotism of the morons who still regurgitate the "Bush Lied!" lie. This lie is as bad as the 9/11 truther morons.

If you don't want to be called an ISIS supporting monkey, stop aping their propaganda.

171   Lashkar_i_Trumpi   868/868 = 100% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 1:45pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

The Iraq War being a lie and a dumb idea to remove a strongman does not make Islam the Religion of Peace.

172   tatupu70     private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 1:48pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

socal2 says

But I sure as shit will impugn the patriotism of the morons who still regurgitate the "Bush Lied!" lie. This lie is as bad as the 9/11 truther morons.

If you don't want to be called an ISIS supporting monkey, stop aping their propaganda.

Are Colin Powell and Tony Blair ISIS supporting monkeys also?

173   mell   62/62 = 100% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 2:03pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

tatupu70 says

Are Colin Powell and Tony Blair ISIS supporting monkeys also?

Tony Blair for sure as he has sold out his country with unhinged immigration. Can't make a judgement about Powell.

174   socal2   105/105 = 100% civil   private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 2:14pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

tatupu70 says

Are Colin Powell and Tony Blair ISIS supporting monkeys also?

I can't speak for Blair, but I lost all respect for Powell when he let Scooter Libby get hung out to dry knowing full well it was his deputy (Richard Armitage) who told Novak about Valerie Plame.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/post/colin-powells-cheap-shot/2011/03/29/gIQA2Q0smJ_blog.html

But I don't think Powell has ever said Bush or the Administration lied about WMDs. Most recent reports has Mike Morrell from the CIA apologizing to Powell for the CIA getting the intelligence wrong.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/michael-morell-apologizes-colin-powell-about-cia-pre-iraq-war-wmd-evidence/

175   HydroCabron     private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 3:13pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

socal2 says

If you don't want to be called an ISIS supporting monkey, stop aping their propaganda.

Bush and his minions either lied or they didn't.

Refusing to believe a thing on the grounds that somebody from Daesh might believe it is the height of moronic political correctness.

There are men in ISIS who believe that swallowing mercury is bad for you. Are you going to therefore declare mercury safe to eat?

176   HydroCabron     private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 3:15pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (3)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

mell says

immigration

There are other political issues besides immigration. Can you think of more than one thing in a day?

177   HydroCabron     private mesage   2015 Nov 17, 3:19pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

thunderlips11 says

The Iraq War being a lie and a dumb idea to remove a strongman does not make Islam the Religion of Peace.

I agree.

It's the same as how some Ukrainian rebels being old-school fascists does not make the Russian troops in Donbass "vacationing volunteers", and does not prove that the Ukrainians shot down a passenger airplane.

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