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Friday, July 11, 2003

Don't let them distract you!
The White House now claims that the CIA approved Bush's statement about uranium for Africa in the State of the Union address. CBS reports that since British intelligence reported the claim, and since Bush said "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa" in the SOTU, that it was technically not a lie, even though the CIA had told him that the British intelligence was wrong. Rumsfeld contends that the uranium from Africa was just "one scrap" of a larger picture.

We should probably ignore the quibbling. Many of Bush's and others' speeches were laced with qualifiers to keep the statements from being out-and-out lies. But the message was clear, to Congress, the UN, and the world: The reason for going to war was that Iraq had WMD's that posed a significant and immediate threat to the US and other countries. This has now been proven to be false--no WMD's were used, none have been found. I doubt if the CIA gave Bush false information to the extent that Rumsfeld seems to imply, but even if they did, the CIA works for Bush. Two-hundred plus and counting US soldiers dead. Over 1000 wounded. Tens of thousands of Iraqis dead and wounded. $70 Billion spent so far, increasing at $4 billion per month. Bush is the guy in charge. It's his fault.