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Musings and Meanderings
Thursday, October 07, 2004
The Duelfer Report.
We didn't go to war in Iraq because Saddam Hussein was creating WMD's.
We didn't go to war in Iraq because Saddam Hussein was about to make Nuclear Weapons.
We didn't go to war in Iraq because Saddam Hussein was supporting Al Queda.
We didn't go to war in Iraq because Saddam Hussein was giving WMD's to terrorists.
Apparently now, according to the President we went to war because:
"The Duelfer report showed that Saddam was systematically gaming the system, using the U.N. oil-for-food program to try to influence countries and companies in an effort to undermine sanctions," Bush said as he prepared to fly to campaign events in Wisconsin.
Oh and apparently even though the Duelfer report contradicts this, we went to war because Saddam Hussein was (to paraphrase Douglas Adams)"... doing so with the intent of restarting his weapons program once the world looked away."
This election is taking on an air of surrealism that begins to make even myself, a long veteran of politics, shake my head in disbelief. What American in their right mind would return a President to the White House who has steadfastly stood by his reasons as to why he started a war with Iraq, until they were completely unsupportable, then simply made new ones up to justify his actions?
What a country.
What is interesting about the report is that it supports a little credited theory as to the real reasons why France, Germany and Russia did not support the war in Iraq. A few months after the war started I was speaking to my brother in France, and he said that Hussein had tried to do an end run around the sanctions by offering to sell oil for Euro's to these countries. Now if you are not an Economist you might not realize how big a deal this would have been, and theoretically could have actually began a slow and permanent movement away from the world being run by "Petro-Dollars" to be replaced by a world run by "Euro-Dollars". This theory posits that this was another of the "secret" reasons that the Bushies wanted to start this war and remove Hussein.
Bush likes to repeat Kerry's ill worded phrase "Wrong War at the Wrong Time for the Wrong Reasons". MY thought with this war (which I called for in my first blog, still available in the archives) is that it was the Right War, at the Wrong time for the Wrong reasons. My supposition is that the Bushies didn't think America was bright enough to understand the real reasons to remove Saddam Hussein, so they had to manufacture ones.
This doesn't even begin to address the post war issues, the Economy, the erosion of Civil Rights and the host of other issues I, and half of America, has with this Adminsitration.
What a country.