is rare that a public lie can live on for more than a decade, despite
its having been proven to be a lie multiple times over many years.
that’s what has happened with the invasion and occupation of
Iraq by the Bush-Cheney Administration and their excuse for having
created a firestorm in the Middle East by its war of aggression
against Saddam Hussein and the nation he ruled.
Cheney is still one of the talking heads on the Sunday and other
“news” shows on television. He is still trying to cover
up the lie that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, even though
the administration was told by world leaders, nuclear experts, and
other observers that his troops would find no such weapons in Iraq.
At the very least, George W. Bush was told by the world that he and
his administration should give the nuclear inspectors a chance to
complete their work in Iraq.
to invade and control Iraq’s oil and, especially, to kill
Saddam, they didn’t wait for the inspections and, when the
first phase of the invasion was over, discovered that there were no
weapons of mass destruction. But, the die was cast and the ensuing
occupation laid waste to a country in which, despite being ruled by a
dictator, the people had made some progress: It was a secular society
and women had some rights, unlike many of the absolute dictatorships
with which the U.S. government has been comfortable and with which it
has worked out economic and military agreements over many decades.
they appeared before the World Court at The Hague, Cheney and much of
the administration of which he was a part would be spending their
time in a gated community, where they would be allowed some time in
an exercise yard each day. Since the U.S. is the world’s only
superpower, this would not happen. The U.S. does not admit mistakes,
it does not apologize, and it does not pay for what it has broken.
The Bush-Cheney Administration simply proves that, if the crime is
big enough, you can get away with it.
this week, Cheney was making the rounds to those who suborn his lies,
usually known as the national media, but in this case, he made a
speech to others who gratefully receive his twisting of history, the
American Enterprise Institute. During his visit, he called President
Obama’s agreement with Iran “madness,” as if
negotiation with other countries is the product of a fevered and
Cheney and others like him (that would be most of the George W. Bush
Administration), the only way to deal with “enemies” is
to rattle sabers and, if that doesn’t work, use the sabers and
some bombs. So much for Republican President Teddy Roosevelt’s
advice, to speak softly and carry a big stick: In Cheney’s
case, he doesn’t care what tone of voice is used, as long as it
results in hostilities, if not all out war.
was the true madness. Their act of aggression in Iraq set the Middle
East on fire and the end is not in sight. Perhaps, the worst is yet
to come. Blood and treasure are what we have given for a senseless
(to the average rational person) adventure, which has cost thousands
of U.S. military their lives and rained death and misery on untold
tens of thousands (some say hundreds of thousands or millions) of the
people who live in the ravaged region.
that Cheney is alone among modern day warmongers. The administration
of which he was a part was filled with such people. Then again, why
would they not want war? After all, it is one of the easiest ways to
pile fortune upon fortune: Scare the people, frighten them into
supporting any war against any adversary, cut social programs, and
fund the Defense Department and the military above all else, and go
to war. The money just keeps flowing to the 1 percent. No one
should have to ask why there is such a disparity in wealth and income
the former vice president is interviewed on television, he is not
asked how much he made for his company, Halliburton, one of the
biggest beneficiaries of the trillions of dollars in bloody war
money. Was the Bush-Cheney Administration blinded by madness?
There was some of that blood lust involved in the rush to invade, but
it was more than that. As the famous Deep Throat of Watergate told
the two reporters, “Follow the money.”
the lot of them never had to worry about their personal safety, nor
the safety of their own families. They didn’t have to serve in
combat. Cheney avoided service in Vietnam, the war of his time. “I
had other priorities,” he sneered. The lies that he and others
in the administration told to take the country to war in Iraq
continue to this day and Cheney is the point man in trying to rewrite
history. It didn’t take long for them, when they found no
weapons of mass destruction, to claim that the world was better off
without the existence of Saddam Hussein. That may be so, but was it
worth the destruction of an ancient nation to take out one dictator?
Because making war pays big money to some, it was worth it to Cheney.
should be more shocking than Cheney’s rewrite of history and
his criticism this week of the Obama Administration’s Iran
nuclear agreement is the simple fact that he has been asked for his
opinion by the national media, those who purport to provide news and
information that the people need to make decisions in a democratic
society. The man has been dead wrong, when he hasn’t been
lying, yet they keep dragging him out and putting him in front of the
cameras, when the only thing he has to offer is misery, especially
for the young men and women who are shipped off to fight his wars.
on the press and their abuse of the great First Amendment of the U.S.