Saturday, December 06, 2008
Robbing the poor
Bush pats himself on the back for keeping his eye on the ball ??
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Eugene Robinson is an Associate Editor and twice-weekly columnist for The Washington Post.
.....But no. Instead, he told Gibson that his "biggest regret" was a mistake made by others: intelligence analysts who got it wrong about Iraq.
The only inference we can draw is that if the intelligence had been more skeptical of Saddam's WMD prowess, there might not have been an Iraq War. Karl Rove recently sounded this same revisionist theme, saying that "absent weapons of mass destruction" there likely would have been no invasion.
But there was plenty of skeptical intel about Iraq's alleged WMD, particularly its nuclear program – the potential "mushroom cloud" that Condoleezza Rice so chillingly evoked. Shaky or ambiguous reports – such as the bogus document about Iraq's attempt to buy yellowcake uranium in Niger – were presented as gospel. International nuclear inspectors, meanwhile, were inside Iraq doing their job.
There's another problem with the way Bush is trying to rewrite history. After U.S. forces combed Iraq for WMD and established that none existed, the administration came up with other backdated rationales for the invasion. Vice President Cheney even kept insisting on some link with 9/11 that only he could perceive; after a while, nobody paid him any attention.
The president spoke of having created a democracy in the heart of the Middle East, one that would shoot tendrils of freedom to take root throughout the region – which is a hard story to sell when the war's greatest geopolitical impact has been to strengthen theocratic Iran to the point that it dares to dream of ancient Persian glory.
Bush pats himself on the back for keeping his eye on the ball – the "war against ideological thugs." But those ideological thugs are ensconced somewhere, probably in the lawless frontier territories of Pakistan, rebuilding their murderous networks and plotting new attacks. I'm betting that they don't regret Bush's decision to invade Iraq, either.
In fact, almost all American industries, even non-war industries, are making money at the expense of the poor of other nations of the world. America--huge green and greedy, gluttonous, wasteful, selfish. Its dollar, the "greenback," or the American dollar that is sinking American! The car industry, a quick bankruptcy is impossible. Chapter 11 would take years to unfold during which time the companies would lose unrecoverable market share. Airlines don’t compare to auto manufacturers with independent suppliers providing credit and some four thousand parts needed every day; just one missing part can prevent assembly of a whole car. As long as a nation demands more than they need, in other words more than plenty, they demand absolute excess, extravagant luxury.--They have to rob the poor to get it, and to rob the poor to get it they have to wage war.The American people have been making war and making money in their war jobs and their high salaries at the expenses of the poor.
Ted Rudow III,MA