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  •  Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld were actually more honest (35+ / 0-)

    than Powell. They all told us they were going to invade Iraq before they even took office--Bush during the campaign against Gore, Cheney and Rumsfeld in the PNAC publications of the 1990's. Powell (for no obvious reason) had the faith and trust of people who did NOT have faith and trust in Bush and the others. I remember Mary McGrory writing a column after his UN testimony saying that if Colin said so, it must be true, and we should invade.

    Powell (and, similarly, Blair) could have and should have tried to prevent the invasion. They knew the truth and lied to facilitate the war, for God knows what sick reasons. Is a crooked cop worse than a criminal? I kinda think so.

    If I knew it was comin', I could pull a jet plane.--Reggie Jackson

    by LongTom on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 06:26:14 AM PDT

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    •  Exactly. (11+ / 0-)

      As long as nobody talks about PNAC but a few of us crackpots, light is not really shining on this issue.

      Every single thing I read about the clusterf*ck called the Second Iraq War makes no mention of it.  Zero.  Zip.  Nada.  The null set.  Nuthin'.

      And every time I see someone like Powell on a program like TDS where one could not be blamed for thinking there was a chance it would be brought up, I start yelling at the teevee.

      This was a premeditated invasion for which 9/11 provided the motivation and liars provided the rationale.

      And the American people still don't realize it.

      God damn it.

      Sorry.  But it really grills my cheese.

      "The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another." ~ George Bancroft (1800-1891)

      by JBL55 on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 09:26:44 AM PDT

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    •  Blair (0+ / 0-)

      Blair did not lie, as far as I remember. I recall one interview from back then in which he clearly stated his belief that the US would go to war no matter what, and he decided to go along with that on the chance there might be some contracts for British companies in it. As far as I know, there weren't, but it was sound reasoning on his part.

      Freedom is not just a word. 'Freedom' is a noun.

      by intruder from Old Europe on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 03:18:31 PM PDT

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    •  Not more honest, more suspect (0+ / 0-)

      All of these characters were caught up in their own bullshit.  It was all about not having "taken out" Saddam Hussein at the end of Gulf War Part 1.  The later war was just a continuation of the earlier, seemingly more sensible war.  Bush #1 was far more careful about that war thing, perhaps because he had been in an actual war and nearly got killed.  That tends to help a person keep some perspective about what war is, and isn't.  "Dick" Cheney, the newly-hearted idiotlogue?  Draft Dodging dolt, in some ways a bit like Romney.

      How a person who claims to be deeply religious can be so hungry to start wars completely baffles me.  Romney baffles me.  If he is elected we're going to be doing batshit crazy Bush II things all over again, since he has put every goddamned NeoCon on his campaign payroll.  Financial and international meltdown anyone?

      Romney: dumber than Bush

      Feel free to turn it into a Bumper Sticker.

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