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  •  Yes, it's true that the LA Times and WSJ (4.00)
    have much to be ashamed of.

    Jonah Goldberg, an idiotic jerk.

    When Goldberg equates Bush's lies to FDR's handling of WWII, and asserts that it's no big deal for a President to lie in great national interests he is going over the top for even neo-con crap.  Since FDR has been out of power for some time now, I won't respond to Goldberg's lying blame as far back as the 1930s to Bush's woes.  But I do take great issue with the assertion that all Bush did was make a simple series of lies about the reasons to invade Iraq.

    George Bush did more than lie about going to war with Iraq.  He sent he United States to war when he knew that there was not a credible threat to the United States.  The invasion of Iraq was a choice, an act of aggression.  And Americans don't support wars of choice and aggression, which is why Bush lied to America about his reasons for going to war.

    It is a fact that Saddam Hussein did not pose an immediate threat to the United States at the time that Bush led our country to war.  We know this because no nuclear weapons and no biological weapons programs were found.  This means that the status quo was working.  And it means that there was time to let the inspections and the sanctions continue to work.

    At the time of the invasion, Bush's White House made the following claims: (1) Saddam Hussein posed an immediate threat to the United States and its allies, and (2) the only available action was an invasion of Iraq.  Bush claimed that the US invasion of Iraq was defensive and in line with UN mandates, despite the refusal by the UN to sanction the invasion.  Bush made these claims before Congress in his State of the Union speech and then dispatched his Secretary of State to make the same claims before the UN.  Powell asserted the United States had reliable and undisputable evidence the Saddam Hussein posed an immediate threat to the United States and the world, thereby justifying an invasion.

    It is morally wrong for a more powerful nation to impose its will on other nations by brute force.  Wars of aggression like ours with Iraq cause tens of thousands of civilian deaths, without any moral or legal basis or justification.  The United States, along with the rest of the civilized world, have declared wars of aggression morally wrong in all cases.  We've made these declarations the law of the land, and have tried the leaders of rouge nations such as World War II Germany for violating the principles of legal warfare. If these principles are followed, no state-against-state wars would exist, since the only justification for war is defense.  Only aggressors are therefore to blame for the continuance of war. Bush has led the United States into becoming such an aggressor nation.

    Bush has done more than lead the United States into the aggressive invasion and occupation of Iraq.  He has sent a signal to the rest of the world: Arm or get invaded.  But demonstrating America's willingness to violate its own laws when it comes to warfare, Bush leaves other national leaders little option but to defend their interests by arming for defense.  And since the United States is both a military and economic power unrivaled by even the other richest nations in the world, the world's poorer nations will seek defense through the weapons of the weak: Terrorism, biological weapons and nuclear weapons.

    Bush's lie was not just about intelligence.  It was more about the nature of the war itself.  He claimed defense, when he meant offense. There are few Americans willing to give up American blood for anything other than the true defense of our nation.  And Bush knows this, which is why he boldly lied to the Congress and the American people.

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