Thursday, June 30, 2005

more secrets and lies

On the first anniversary this week of the US handover of ‘power’ to the puppet government in Iraq Bush came up with his usual corkers. (Exerts from his speech courtesy of the never biased foxnews.com):

"The terrorists who attacked us — and the terrorists we face — murder in the name of a totalitarian ideology that hates freedom, rejects tolerance and despises all dissent,"

Now, replace “terrorists” with ‘US and Allied Forces’ and say it with an middle eastern accent and see how it sounds.

"Their aim is to remake the Middle East in their own grim image of tyranny and oppression — by toppling governments, driving us out of the region, and exporting terror,"

Ditto. You can also add ‘exporting oil’ if you like.

"Iraq is the latest battlefield in this war. Many terrorists who kill innocent men, women and children on the streets of Baghdad are followers of the same murderous ideology that took the lives of our citizens in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania,"

Iraq and Baghdad are interchangeable with Vietnam and a host of Central American countries. Or just read it straight and realize that he is shooting himself in the foot once more. The US invaded Iraq because of “weapons of mass destruction”, well that was the official line at the time. Now as support at home of the war and its growing list of American fatalities falters, he has to draw of the terrorist threat to rally support and rewrite history.

"There is only one course of action against them: to defeat them abroad before they attack us at home,"

Once more grasping at straws and trying to fire up the ignorant masses.

Bush is not only losing ground in Iraq but also amongst his own political troops. In the past month Vice President Cheney confidently asserted that the insurgency in Iraq was in its ‘”final throes”. This was swiftly rejected by Defence Secretary Rumsfeld’s statement shortly after that the situation was so far from under control that he could justify the US presence in Iraq for another 12 years. In an unusual show of honesty Rumsfeld added, that Iraq was "statistically" no safer for its citizens today than it was before the ousting of Saddam Hussein.

And speaking of these two loyal Republicans, this week Cheney’s mates at Halliburton were accused of over charging for their Iraqi contracts by a mere US$1 billion. What’s more the Secretary of Defence’s department is named in the cover up. What a surprise!

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