HUBRIS : the Selling of the Iraq War, a new documentary special aired today on MSNBC has told us what we suspected all along.
President George Bush lied to the Nation on why America invaded Iraq. The pretext that there were WMD – Weapons of Mass Destruction, was an outright lie.
And as a result of this damned lie, George Bush and his Vice President Dick Chenney caused 4,600 Americans to lose their lives and left more than 35,000 others maimed, and permanently disabled. The world paid little attention to the deaths of well over a million Iraqis.
Had this tragedy been caused by others, other than Bush and Cheney, two of America’s most powerful men, they would be facing criminal charges at The Hague.
NOTE : Today, George Bush cannot travel freely to Europe, lest he be served with a criminal complaint.
And history will not be kind to Gen. Colin Powell, then Secertary of State, who allowed himself to be used and compromise his integrity and legacy, to present what he knew, or should have known, to be less than credible evidence to the U.N., about the existence of WMD in Hussein’s Iraq.
What Powell presented in his 90 minute well rehearsed speech to the U.N. as evidence of WMD was a hoax. A man of his stature, integrity, reputation, should have seen through Bush’s and Cheney’s deviousness. His military career prepared him well to know right from wrong. He let us down, and in so doing, soiled and damaged his legacy for all time.
That Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and connections to al-Qaida was patently false. This was the position Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld asserted in public with absolute confidence. Ranking U.S. military officers and intelligence professionals voiced their doubts to no avail.
Gen. Anthony Zinni, commander in chief of U.S. Central Command at the time the U.S. was preparing to invade Iraq said this; ” It was a shock, it was a total shock – I could’nt believe the Vice President (Cheney) was saying this – “There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies and against us”, Cheney said.
Gen. Zinni adds; ” I never saw one piece of credible evidence that there was an ongoing program. What I was hearing (from Bush administration officials) and what I knew did not jive.”
Bush and company twisted, massaged and wildly exaggerated intelligence to pull off an illegal war against a sovereign country.
Alas, they will never be held accountable.