I watched the first of the two-part Frontline series, Bush’s War, last night. I greatly appreciate everyone who produced this series because it puts the last six years in context, digging below the surface of a number of headlines many of us remember about the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
Here’s what stands out to me from the documentary: Pre-invasion news stories about Iraq trying to acquire aluminum tubes for uranium processing; Iraq attempting to purchase uranium from Africa; and Iraq building mobile bio-warfare labs were all coerced out of (or forced upon) the intelligence community by Vice President Dick Cheney, Scooter Libby and others. Once strong armed into official intelligence reports, these “facts” were flung (by way of “leaking”) into the media circuit; then referenced as “reported news” by various administration officials at press conferences and hearings in front of the U.N. and Congress.
The Bush Administration was not “misled by faulty intelligence.” They actively distorted truth and promoted false facts to convince U.S. citizens and the world that an unnecessary war was essential. Their actions were a blatant offense against truth, justice and democracy and just plain wrong.
The entire Bush Administration, past and present, should be impeached now. It is a shame that our “opposition” party in Congress, the Democrats, have been too cowardly to bring them to justice sooner. They still have about nine months to pull it together and do what’s right for the American people.