Please bear with me as I step up onto the soapbox to take a few minutes of your time.
It is as many people always suspected:
Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. The NSC had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime’s record. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action.
News of the somewhat questionable contents of a recently leaked “Secret Downing Street Memo” has been floating around the web for a while now, and unsurprisingly in this corrupt world, has hardly made news in the mainstream media. But it will. And I truly hope that all hell will break loose.
1. John Kerry plans to raise the issue very publicly next week,
2. Congressman John Conyers and 88 members of Congress are collecting signatures to co-sign his letter to Bush on Mr Conyers website.
3. Ralph Nader & Kevin Zeese have been calling for Bush’s impeachment for almost a week now.
In other related news, an American judge has ordered that the US Military release videos and photos of the torture inflicted on the Abu-Graib prisoners.
This material, accoring to journalist Seymour hersch (via Washington Times) includes:
“…videotapes of American soldiers sodomizing young Iraqi boys at Abu Ghraib
prison”. The investigative journalist, one of the first to break the story of prisoner abuses, said the Bush administration is holding the tapes of these acts, Aljazeera.net reported Saturday. “The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling, and the worst part is the soundtrack, of the boys shrieking. And this is your government at war,” he said. There was “a massive amount of criminal wrongdoing that was covered up at the highest command out there, and higher,” he said
In other, again, Iraq related news, journalist Michael Yon has been keeping a blog of his articles as he lives with American Troops in Iraq. It is an excellent firsthand account of what is really going on in Iraq, and actually shares with readers some of the rare moments of humanity in this war.
Well-worth-visiting entries include (get yr hanky ready) Little Girl, Children in Iraq, and this thoughtful take on The Battle for Mosul. There is plenty more here if you want to get lost for a while.
This dirty war is breaking the hearts, souls and bodies of innocent people on all sides. George Bush and compatriots, shame on you. You evil, lying pieces of shit.
OK, I’ll step off my soapbox now. Normal transmissions (complete with photos) will be resumed shortly.