Monday, December 22, 2008

The 'Coup' That Wasn't

Iraq as the theater of the absurd

By Justin Raimondo

"......The crew that brought us this war and the subsequent occupation deserve to go down in history as far worse than mere incompetents: we hear much about how the top Bush administration officials who ordered subordinates to engage in torture, up to and including the president and vice president, have to be brought to justice, and that's all well and good. But what about the pack of lies they told us to justify a war that is nothing short of the worst strategic disaster in American military history? Why don't they begin investigating who lied, who forged "evidence" of Iraqi "weapons of mass destruction," and who deliberately did an end run around the mainstream intelligence agencies and fabricated an elaborate mythology, none of which turned out to be based on anything other than the imaginative powers of Ahmed Chalabi and his neocon enablers in the Pentagon?

These hearings are long overdue, but I doubt they'll ever be held, for a number of reasons. One, this war resulted from bipartisan complicity in a campaign to pull the wool over the eyes of the American people. Democrats, as much as congressional Republicans and the Bush administration, engaged in a cooperative effort to unleash the dogs of war. Not only that, but it was the Clinton administration, you'll remember, that originated and pushed for passage of the Iraq Liberation Act, which formally set the process in motion and sent us down the road to war....... "

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