BUSH'S 16 WORDS MISS THE BIG PICTURE
The chattering classes are doing what they do best, and that is to shed darkness wherever they go. This column informed readers about the
Members of the media aren't capable of much more than fragmenting and atomizing information. Integrating facts into a conceptual understanding is certainly not what Howard Fineman, Chris Matthew's anointed analyst, and the brain trust on MSNBC's "Hardball" does. To disguise his pedestrian politicking, Fineman discussed who, at what time in the afternoon, as well as when in the estrus cycle of the next door cow, did an official put the infamous 16 words about nukes and
Reducing this administration's single-minded will to war to an erroneous 16 words ignores the big picture. First came the decision to go to war. The misbegotten illegality that was this administration's case for war followed once the decision to go to war had already been made. The administration's war wasn't about a few pieces that did not gel in an otherwise coherent framework; it wasn't about an
By all means, dissect and analyze what, in September 2002, I called the "lattice of lies" leveled at Iraq: the uranium from Africa, the aluminum tubes from Timbuktu, the invisible "meetings" with al-Qaida in Prague, an al-Qaida training camp that existed under Kurdish—not Iraqi—control, as well as the alleged weaponized chemical and biological stockpiles and their attendant delivery systems that inspectors doubted were there and which never materialized.
But then assemble the pieces and synthesize the information, will you? Do what the critical mind must do. The rational individual, wedded to reality, reason, and objective, non-partisan truth saw Bush's sub-intelligent case for war for what it was. He saw Bush as the poster boy for "the degeneracy of manner and morals" which James Madison warned war would bring—the same "bring 'em on" grin one can also observe on the face of a demented patient with end-stage syphilis. The rational individual saw all this, and understood that when
Hold the CIA responsible for giving in to the War Party's pressure, if you will. But recognize that the CIA was only obeying the wishes of its masters. The CIA had attempted to resist. Witness the early statements by Vince Cannistraro, former counterterrorism chief, who scoffed at the concoction of an al-Qaida-Iraq connection. Having come under fire after September 11, the agency gave in to White House pressure to politicize and shape the lackluster information.
Unforgivable? Yes. But consider who the intelligence community takes its corrupt cues from. Perhaps
In her latest damage control interview with Blitzer, Rice continued to insist that Saddam Hussein was threatening his neighbors when the president pounced, and, as justification for the war, she still makes reference to Saddam's effort to pursue a nuclear program in ... 1991, and to the burying of old centrifuge parts prior to the first Gulf War. Rice, of course, continues to deny the
And the media will continue to do what their collective intelligence permits: focus only on the one lie, thus making the lattice more impenetrable.
©By ILANA MERCER
July 16, 2003