Wowie, Zowie! Things are moving fast. George Tenent's book is coming out. He not only rakes Cheney over the coals but also clarifies the business of "slam dunk." More importantly, perhaps, he also reveals there was no discussion of going to "war" against Iraq, nor any discussion of the possible consequences of that dastardly act. This confirms what we already know from others; Bush/Cheney were determined to invade Iraq from the very beginning - no discussion was needed. What makes this all the more exciting is that Tenent's colleagues in the CIA are taking him to task for aiding and abetting Bush/Cheney's mad desire to attack Iraq. Tenent knew better, as did Colin Powell, but rather than resign in protest or raise a fuss about it, they just went along.
If that is not exciting enough consider that Durbin, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee has now revealed that they were well aware the public was being lied to about the necessity for going to war but couldn't reveal it because, as members of the Intelligence Committee, they were sworn to secrecy. I think this is a real cop-out because they could have said the intelligence didn't support what Bush/Cheney wanted to do without revealing any precise information. And given the importance of the situation - going to "war" in which thousands of innocent people and American troops would be killed, someone on the committee could have leaked. But like Tenent and Powell they just went along with the war crime of the century.
I repeat, the war crime of the century. Is anyone interested in holding these war criminals responsible for the horrors they have brought. Apparently not, the only complaints seem to be over the fact that they haven't been successful enough at it. It's like ordering people to murder, arson, pillage and rape, and then complaining they didn't do it well enough. I think the problem is that so many people on both sides of the aisle are complicit they dare not admit to themselves what they have done. Besides, no one wants to cut off all that wonderful cash that results from warmongering and feeds the bottomless military/industrial/political system that now controls the world.
I am sick of the way Kucinich is being treated by the mainstream press and everyone else. He is about the only one who has consistently opposed the madness of war and suggested ways to change things, including a plan to bring out troops home. He receives no respect. Today, for example, Margaret Carlson, on Hardball, when asked about Kucinich during the debate said, "I'm sure the vegans were pleased." I'm not a vegan. I was very pleased. And who is Margaret Carlson to be putting down anyone?
I would be delighted to see Kucinich as President but as the powers that be have already decided he can never become president we have little choice but to live with that. I guess being short and a vegetarian means you can't be president but being an AWOL and a pathological liar is okay. What a country!
Stephen Hawking has said there is no future for the human race unless we move into space. Does this really trouble anyone but me?