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Commentary :: Peace
Support Cindy Sheehan, ask Bush to stop the lies Current rating: 0
20 Aug 2005
Modified: 04:07:50 PM
In his August 20 radio address, George W. Bush persisted in lying about our involvement in Iraq.
When will the lying stop? Once again, President Bush has attempted to connect Iraq to the attacks of September 11, 2005. Yes, in his weekly radio address of August 20, 2005 trying to justify the deaths of American troops who have died fighting in Iraq.

In an Associated Press report read, “’Our troops know that they're fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere to protect their fellow Americans from a savage enemy,’ the president said in the recorded broadcast.” That quote raises the question, “How many Iraqis attacked the United States on 9/11?” The answer is none. How many Iraqis attacked the Cole, or were involved in 1993 bombing of the Trade Center, or in the 1996 bombing or the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia? How many Iraqis were involved in other attacks against United States citizens or our allies? I think some research would show that there were no Iraqis involved.

Has the President found the Iraqi WMD? Were they under his desk, behind the White House drapes, or in Iraq? No. But nevertheless, Bush continues to paint our attack on and occupation of Iraq as a defense of the our country and our citizens. This old tactic is getting stale and far too overworked.

In his book, Against All Enemies, Richard Clarke paints a picture of the Bush administration as one that was either not aware of, or not concerned about al Qaeda, a group that had been involved in attacks against the U.S. While, during the Clinton administration, Clarke and other career officials had worked hard to protect the U.S. and our citizens from the al Qaeda terrorists, but they found the new administration to be totally focused on going after Iraq. Because of their frustrations, some of them resigned from the government; their warnings had been ignored.

John O’Neal, a former FBI counter terrorism expert, had quit the agency in August of 2001, took a job as head of security for the Trade Towers. O’Neal quit “in disgust over repeated obstruction to his investigations” of al Qaeda. His dedication to stopping al Qaeda was documented in Clarke’s book and in the January 14, 2002 edition of the New Yorker. O’Neal died on September 11, a victim of the Trade Center attacks.

Where were the Iraqis? Saddam Hussein was a dangerous man, dangerous to his own people, but he posed no threat to the United States, none that President has been able to prove, so why are our troops dying and suffering horrible disabilities in that far away country? How are they protecting “their fellow Americans from a savage enemy”?

Now, after W’s invasion, Iraqis are killing and maiming Americans; they are fighting our troops who have invaded and are occupying their country. Support Cindy Sheehan’s efforts to end this. We need to bring our troops home.
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