Tuesday, November 01, 2005

They lied to us!

From Jim Kunstler at Clusterfuck Nation:
They Lied To Us

October 31, 2005

The cry across the land grows increasingly shrill: "THEY LIED TO US!"

For going on three years, the American public, especially on the political left, has been complaining that the Iraq War was some kind of a shuck-and-jive. The Bush government pulled the wool over everybody's eyes. They ran a vicious propaganda operation. We were fooled by all those fairy tales about WMDs, Saddam and Osama, and African radioactive yellowcake.

Now, through the fog of the Valerie Plame affair and the indictment of Scooter Libby, the cry is reaching a crescendo: "THEY LIED TO US!"

Being a Democrat myself, and therefore nominally in opposition to Bush-and-Cheneyism, one has to contend with all sorts of embarrassing nonsense emanating from one's own side. In Sunday's New York Times op-ed section, for instance, Nicholas Kristoff wrote: "Mr. Cheney, we need a stiff dose of truth." I'm sorry to tell you this Nick (and the rest of my homies), but what Jack Nicholson's character said in that court martial movie some years back still applies: you can't stand the truth.
Kunstler goes on to say that the war really should have been called not the Iraq War, but the War to save Suburbia. Kunstler is a wicked and gleeful Malthusian.

Spotty wonders, though, as people sit in their drafty 62 degree homes this winter, singing in limbo song fashion How low can I go?, whether Kunstler may be right. Go read the whole post; don't be afraid of the name of the site.


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