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November 16, 2005
Rewriting history?

I desperately want to discuss this but I don't even know where to start.

It has to be said that while there were voices of sanity calling for a slowdown in the rush to war, the ones from people in power were few and far between.

Congress was successfully stampeded into voting the Bush Administration carte blanche authority to do whatever the heck it wanted to do and Congress has only itself to blame for this. You can't blame The Peepul for this one. The country was mobilizing for war before most of them knew it. The blame rests squarely on Congress.

Blame. Congress. Ours is a system of checks and balances, and it offered neither.

And Bush's much-reviled Veteran's Day Speech? The one so many of you are using to "prove" he's telling lies about who had what intelligence? You're letting yourselves be tricked. Again.

Because, once again, a close reading of what he actually said reveals that he's implying much that he's not actually saying.

The money quote:

And many of these critics supported my opponent during the last election, who explained his position to support the resolution in the Congress this way: "When I vote to give the President of the United States the authority to use force, if necessary, to disarm Saddam Hussein, it is because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a threat, and a grave threat, to our security." That's why more than a hundred Democrats in the House and the Senate -- who had access to the same intelligence -- voted to support removing Saddam Hussein from power. (Applause.)

Bush isn't saying that the House and Senate had the same intelligence that the White House said. He's saying that they had the same intelligence that Kerry was talking about.

You may think this is semantic nitpicking but I promise you, this is the kind of misdirection that will keep him out of jail. It's the kind of line-walking that allows him to look you in the eye (or at least, look a camera in the eye) and say he's not lying to the American Peepul.

Stop hearing what he wants you to hear and listen to what he's saying.

It's 2005 and now we're having the debate and the investigation we should have had before we killed something like 30,000 Iraqis, lost over 2,000 USofA soldiers, impoverished our country, nearly bankrupted Iraq, and destabilized the entire Middle East for decades to come, along with creating a whole new generation of terrorists with darned good reasons to hate the USofA.

And you're acting like a bunch of two year-olds. "Oooo, shiny!" And then you're off to chase the lastest bubble, letting yourselves be distracted from the real issues. Makes me crazy.

Bush lied? People died. What he's saying today is less important, critically less important, than keeping the pressure on what happened then.

Bush lied. People died. This is the headline that captures the attention of those who aren't sure, who haven't decided, or who haven't been paying attention.

We need to know if it's true, and we won't find that out by listening to him making bitter speeches today.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:14 AM