Tuesday, January 29, 2008

How about that story this past week on 60 Minutes -- very interesting. No, not the lead segment on the subprime problem (thought that was also interesting), but the next one on George Piro, the FBI agent who interrogated Saddam for seven months. It's a must view.

Piro divulges that Iraq did not have WMD, that UN inspectors destroyed them, and that Saddam was lying about having WMD in hopes that it would serve as a deterrent against an invasion by Iran.

The bottom line is we're not talking real clandestine stuff here, meaning not only should our intelligence agencies have had this info at the time, but that they very likely did and it was just ignored by the powers that be. Didn't fit the desired policy. The administration then went on to lie about Iraq at least 935 times.

Oh, and we had this gem of a statement by Mr. Truth himself, our VP: "Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us." That makes how many things Cheney has gotten wrong?

Despite all of this impeachable-type stuff, it seems the only thing people can remember now is that the surge is working (!). But it's at least encouraging to see this poll, with the question asked: "When it comes to the war in Iraq, do you think that removing Saddam Hussein from power was or was not worth the number of U.S. military casualties and the financial cost of the war?" 59% say "not worth it" vs. 32% that say "worth it," or almost a 2-1 ratio against.

So despite less violence in Iraq, people remain against this war from its very start. Perhaps it has something to do with the lies, the being misled part, or the fact Iraq had nothing to with 9/11, had no al-Qaeda until now, or perhaps it's the fact we have nearly 4000 soldiers dead and the cost of this war will be in the trillions.... The list goes on.

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