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You keep repeating a lie
by Ted Rudow III, MA ( Tedr77 [at] aol.com )
Sunday Jun 15th, 2014 12:37 PM
The U.S. seems to have a hard time figuring out reasons for its wars, especially the ones it wages on Iraq, so it keeps changing them until it finds something that will stick and sound reasonable and justifiable!
The first Gulf War in 1991, waged by Bush the elder, started off being to "stop naked aggression," and then morphed into a war "to preserve the American way of life," as well as to save the oil, preserve jobs, etc. Back in August of 2002 when the U.S. was trying to come up with a better reason to attack Iraq, the White House chief of staff told the New York Times: "From a marketing point of view, you don't introduce new products in August." And guess what? The new-and-improved excuses for an upcoming war on Iraq were rolled out in September. What a coincidence!
For this second Gulf War, the U.S. started off trying their best to tie Saddam to Osama bin Laden's outfit so they could pin part of the blame for 9/11 on him. But they couldn't come up with any real credible evidence, and even the CIA admitted they didn't think Saddam was connected-and got rebuked by the White House for disagreeing! But even though Bush wasn't able to come up with any proof to satisfy the international community, he has managed to convince most Americans. Something like two-thirds of Americans believe Iraq either staged the 9/11 attacks or played some sort of role in the attack behind the scenes, or that some of the 9/11 hijackers were Iraqis! That's not the case at all, but it just goes to show that if you keep repeating a lie often enough, people will eventually believe it!
Ted Rudow III, MA