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Friday, October 28, 2005

Scooter Careers out of White House!

This may be the beginning of the end for George Bush's fabled fancies about why he went to war in Iraq! Lewis 'Scooter' Libby is now well and truly caught by the relentless work of the Special Prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald. One thing Libby should know about the Irish, they don't give up! All these present shenanigans are because the former American Ambassador to Iraq felt that Bush and his buddies overegged the pudding with regard to Saddam Hussein and his nuclear threat. Joseph Wilson, a career diplomat, travelled to the west African state of Niger in 2002 to investigate whether it was true that Iraq under Saddam Hussein had tried to buy uranium there. Wilson came back and reported that he did not think any of it was true, undermining US claims that Iraq was trying to build a nuclear bomb. This of course did not endear him to Bush who had already put the bombing of Baghdad in his diary!

To cap it all, it was revealed that Wilson's wife was a CIA agent! Wonder what she picked up in Baghdad? Can't have been anything reliable, just a check list on Tariq Aziz's CD collection!

Funny how George Bush felt it was so easy to repeat all this Niger nonsense in his State of the Union address in January 2003. Then six months later Wilson decided to go public. He wrote an article in the New York Times in which he said he believed that "some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons programme was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat". Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, then apparently had her identity revealed to newspaper columnist Robert Novak. And so it rumbled on......

What all this says, I think, is that there will be more coming out about the dodgy reasons for going to war. Regime change was illegal, however honourable the motives. Lying, spinning, and deceiving a nation are no reasons at all. War is hell, so General Sherman once said, and he knew that only too well! Bush doesn't so it was incumbent upon him to get it right. Only if there is a threat to a nation is war right.

Iraq then was no threat, however unsavoury the regime was. It is now, as an unstable melting pot of al Queda and fanatical jihadists roam the streets! Isn't it odd that Iran, with a leader of decidedly evil ideas, such as flattening Israel, and who probably has WMD, and who is making no secret of assisting the insurgents, gets off remarkably lightly?

Bush will soon be having more secrets revealed. Truth has a habit of coming round to the front door!


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