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As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. -- William O. Douglas

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Bush Lies - American Soldiers Die - American Media afraid to cover it


What troubles me most about the Downing Street Memo is that it clearly indicates the American Public was manipulated into going to war with Iraq.

Bill Clinton was subjected to intense scrutiny over a tryst with Monica Lewinski which led to a vote on impeachment. What he did was wrong.

For those of you who doubt that George Bush's political machine lacks power, ask yourself this: Why would President Clinton's lying to Congress about receiving fellatio while in the Oval Office be such a scandal while the lie this current President crafted in his presentation to secure Congress' approval for going to war has not?

When did America's salaciousness overtake its repugnance for death and mayhem? Where is the outrage and repulsion over lying that ends up in a huge national deficit, unneccessary destruction of lives and our reputation in the world?


President Bush's lying to Congress about Weapons of Mass Destruction has led to 12,762 wounded and dead US Soldiers and conservative estimates account for 12,000 innocent Iraqi civilians dead. The cost of this war is above 175 billion dollars. The numbers are climbing daily with no end in sight.

There is no stability in the Mid-East and President Bush is starting to sound like Herbert Hoover who denied that America was in a Great Depression. Posterity has shown President Hoover was mistaken - History will prove President Bush on he other hand, is a liar. America's reputation in the world is nothing more than lying bully. a We have damaged our reputation among nations of the world by following the lies of a small group of people who manipulated American emotions. How many more people must die for this lie? How much more damage must our reputation incur around the world before they decide to rally against us? Why are we beginning to look like Hitler's Third Reich to the rest of the world? Why are we, as a nation under the spell of this liar's paradox?

It would be in every American Citizen's best interest to read - and sign - this petition which will be forwarded to the Whitehouse along with the tens of thousands of signatures already collected.

Please read the memo and decide for yourself. By clicking on the title of this post you will be directed to Senator Conyers web site. You read. You decide.

Ignore it and you can kiss your Country goodbye.

Letter to Pres Bush Concerning the "Downing Street Minutes"

The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005

Dear Mr. President:

We the undersigned write because of our concern regarding recent disclosures of a Downing Street Memo in the London Times, comprising the minutes of a meeting of Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top advisers. These minutes indicate that the United States and Great Britain agreed, by the summer of 2002, to attack Iraq, well before the invasion and before you even sought Congressional authority to engage in military action, and that U.S. officials were deliberately manipulating intelligence to justify the war.

Among other things, the British government document quotes a high-ranking British official as stating that by July, 2002, Bush had made up his mind to take military action. Yet, a month later, you stated you were still willing to "look at all options" and that there was "no timetable" for war. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, flatly stated that "[t]he president has made no such determination that we should go to war with Iraq."

In addition, the origins of the false contention that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction remain a serious and lingering question about the lead up to the war. There is an ongoing debate about whether this was the result of a "massive intelligence failure," in other words a mistake, or the result of intentional and deliberate manipulation of intelligence to justify the case for war. The memo appears to resolve that debate as well, quoting the head of British intelligence as indicating that in the United States "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."

As a result of these concerns, we would ask that you respond to the following questions:
1)Do you or anyone in your administration dispute the accuracy of the leaked document?
2) Were arrangements being made, including the recruitment of allies, before you sought Congressional authorization to go to war? Did you or anyone in your Administration obtain Britain's commitment to invade prior to this time?
3) Was there an effort to create an ultimatum about weapons inspectors in order to help with the justification for the war as the minutes indicate?
4) At what point in time did you and Prime Minister Blair first agree it was necessary to invade Iraq?
5) Was there a coordinated effort with the U.S. intelligence community and/or British officials to "fix" the intelligence and facts around the policy as the leaked document states?

These are the same questions 89 Members of Congress, led by Rep. John Conyers, Jr., submitted to you on May 5, 2005. As citizens and taxpayers, we believe it is imperative that our people be able to trust our government and our commander in chief when you make representations and statements regarding our nation engaging in war. As a result, we would ask that you publicly respond to these questions as promptly as possible.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Sincerely

The following letter put forth by US Congressman, Rep. John Conyers speaks far more eloquently than anything I can write about this topic.

God bless Rep. Conyers and the other 88 Congressman for their courage and patriotism - for not letting this disgusting lie go by the wayside.

Click on green highlighted areas for links to news stories.

5 Comments:

At Thu Jun 09, 09:25:00 AM MDT, Blogger justme88 said...

In Oct. of 2002 Bush was given a mandate by congress to launch an attack on Iraq. That was public knowledge. So he did have congressional approval.

 
At Thu Jun 09, 09:27:00 AM MDT, Blogger justme88 said...

http://archives.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/10/11/iraq.us/

 
At Thu Jun 09, 09:59:00 AM MDT, Blogger The Voice said...

Justme88,

Thanks for the post! - the Downing Street Memo clearly indicates Bush had made his decision to wage war on Iraq before Congress got on the bandwagon. They made their decision based on the Bush Administrations 'findings.' Remember Colin Powell who was the frontman on that fiasco? He has since distanced himself from the Administration.

So your article supports the claim that Prsident Bush lied to the American public. We trusted him and he lied.

If there's nothing to hide then the Republican-Controlled Congress should not stand in the way of an investigation which would clearly exonerate the President.

My bet is the republican-controlled Congress will stonewall it like they are doing with Tom DeLay and his corruption investigation.

Dutch - Its always good to see you! :O)

J

ps - I hope San deigo is to your liking!!

 
At Thu Jun 09, 12:12:00 PM MDT, Blogger tannia g. robles said...

America, as much as I love this country is Hitler too so many around the world. We are not becoming Hitler, we're already there. We have thousands of people blindly following a ruler, we've invaded their country, we've killed thousands of innocent people, we racial profile and demean middle eastern people, our actions show our superiority complex, and we continue to tell others how they should live their lives. All I'm waiting for is the camps, oh wait a minute don't we already have some displaced Iraqui's living in camps out there? We don't need the gas ovens, we're already bombing their homes. Hitlers reich lasted 12 years, wow just 8 more years and we'll really take the title!

 
At Thu Jun 09, 12:13:00 PM MDT, Blogger The Voice said...

Justme88,

Here's something to consider:

A used-car sales man is trying to sell you a 'lemon.' He knows it is not a good, sound vehicle. He knows you will never buy it. He talks to his buddy, and they get you drunk. You sign the papers at the bar and you are smashed - its a love fest - the guy is slapping you on the back and you feel like the best of friends. You have so much in common.

Now, you wake up in the morning and realize what has happened. You are bit hung-over and you know you would never have bought that piece of junk if you hadn't been drunk. You are embarrassed.

Did anything the salesman or his buddy have to do with your bad decision to buy that car? Did they do something illegal? Do have any recourse? Would you take either of them to Court? Is that contract valid? What are your rights?

Imagine you live in the next town over. After a little investigation, you come to find the salesmen from this small town are relatives and close personal friends the local Police and Judge. They go to 'Church' together, they hang out with each other etc. The Salesmen even helped them get elected into office. In short, they eat out of the same trough.

Do you think if you take these shysters to Court you will get any justice? Where would you turn to? Should these people be allowed to get away with the deception they visited upon you? Are you mad?

It's hypothetical, I know. Just something to think about.

Be safe,
J

 

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