We're Watching YOU
"Trying to eliminate Saddam, extending the ground war into an occupation of Iraq, would have violated our guideline about not changing objectives in midstream . . . and would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. . . . We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect rule Iraq. . . . There was no viable 'exit strategy' we could see. . . . Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations' mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression that we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land. It would have been a dramatically different -- and perhaps barren -- outcome."
The current White House Resident should have listened to his father, President Bush, from who the quote above comes. If you haven't read "Blueprint for a Mess" by David Rieff that appeared in the New York Times you really should to get an idea on just how slapped together the rush for war was. As well as how little concern was given to the reality of occupying Iraq.
Although Scott Ritter found nothing pertaining to "Weapons of Mass Destruction" while at a compound belonging to the Special Operations Directorate of the Iraqi Intelligence Service he did come across training materials dealing with the construction and use of Improvised Explosive Devices, the same homebuilt armaments that are taking so many American lives today. Reading the link you'll also note that the Iraqi Intelligence Service had a program of surveillance chillingly akin to the Poindexter/DARPA "Total Information Awareness" program, albeit a low tech version. Although Congress cut the funding out of TIA are you aware that it has morphed into a privatized version of data surveillance entitled MATRIX (Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange). Yup, privatized, funded to the tune of 4 million dollars by the Justice Department with another 8 million fom the Department of Homeland Security in the pipe. Privatized, meaning no bothersome Congressional oversight between Big Brother and your privacy. Did I mention the CIA might get access? Read the informative article by By Anita Ramasastry linked above.
While researching this piece I came across a chilling account of the folks at the website Cryptome being visited by the FBI because it was categorized as a place to get information"that could harm the United States" the excellent site deals with truth, with the facts concerning civil liberties, 9/11, things like how many of our men and women are dying in Iraq. They are valuable resource that, if you have been stopping by here for a while you have doubtless followed links to.
Is truth dangerous to a Democracy? Or just to the liars that have so successfully subverted it?
Bush Lies and our fellows are dying.
Rumsfeld lies about lying.
And they couldn't get away with it without media collaboration.
Think about it.