Friday 24th of May 2024

same old curve ball .....

‘Stung by growing criticism of his Iraq policy which has
manifested itself in all-time low public opinion ratings, President Bush last
month embarked on a tour in which he delivered five speeches outlining his
"Plan for Victory" in Iraq, as well as offering a defense of his
decision to invade Iraq. "It is true that much of the intelligence [used
to justify the invasion] turned out to be wrong", Mr. Bush said in the
fourth of these speeches. "As President, I'm responsible for the decision
to go into Iraq." 

While taking responsibility for
his actions, Mr. Bush has not taken well to any criticism of his role in
over-selling the case for war, and in his speech was quick to attack those who
dared hold him to account. "Some of the most irresponsible comments about
manipulating intelligence", he said, "have come from politicians who
saw the same intelligence we saw, and then voted to authorize the use of force
against Saddam Hussein. These charges are pure politics."’ 

Let History Judge

same old bushit .....

‘Two highly classified intelligence reports delivered
directly to President Bush before the Iraq war cast doubt on key public
assertions made by the president, Vice President Cheney, and other
administration officials as justifications for invading Iraq and toppling Saddam
Hussein, according to records and knowledgeable sources. 

What Bush Was
Told About Iraq

Pandora's box

US envoy to Iraq: 'We have opened the Pandora's box'

· 80% of Americans think civil war likely
· Rumsfeld accuses Tehran of fomenting conflict

Julian Borger in Washington and Ewen MacAskill
Wednesday March 8, 2006
The Guardian

The US ambassador to Baghdad conceded yesterday that the Iraq invasion had opened a Pandora's box of sectarian conflicts which could lead to a regional war and the rise of religious extremists who "would make Taliban Afghanistan look like child's play".

Zalmay Khalilzad broke with the Bush administration's generally upbeat orthodoxy to present a stark profile of a volatile situation in danger of sliding into chaos.

Read more at the Guardian...