Sunday, January 02, 2005
Niger Uranium Lie
President George W Bush
State of the Union address January, 2003
There is only one thing, among many things, that Americans need to remember with regards to George Bush's "misrepresentations, misleading statements, misunderstandings, lies", whatever you want to call them, in leading the United States into a preemptive attack on Iraq. In his 2003 State of the Union address, he included the "intelligence" that Iraq had been purchasing uranium from Niger, inferring that a weapons program was in place and active.
At the time, the FBI and CIA had already determined that the documents purporting to demonstrate this contention were not only forgeries, but obvious forgeries. The administration had access to this information, obviously, but chose to ignore it. Add to this fact that the man who brought the forgery issue to light, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, was not only ignored by Bush and Co., but his wife's cover as a CIA agent was exposed by the administration as a sort of payback or reprisal for his whistle blowing.
The administration knew this information TEN MONTHS before the State of the Union address. There have been so many lies told by this administration that each lie in itself gets diluted by the total amount told. Americans and investigative agencies should concentrate on one of them, if the lie is severe enough to be punishable for. Breaking into the Watergate apartments was in itself not a horrifying crime for Nixon's "plumbers", but by concentrating on this one act all of the dirty laundry of Nixon's administration was strung out for everyone to see. The Watergate break-in was part of a larger pattern of government misconduct toward the American people.
Any investigation of the current administration's conduct should began similarly, by concentrating on just ONE of the alleged lies to the American public. From there, a general pattern of lying and deceit can be unearthed in an official and legal manner. The big problem with this, of course, is that no government investigation seems intent on truly righting government wrongs. It took Woodward and Bernstein of the Washington Post to really bring the Watergate issue to daylight. It is presently hard to imagine any mainstream media doing the same thing to George Bush and administration!