Thursday, December 15, 2005

Letter to RMN on Bush Misleading to War

Since they're not going to publish this one, I'm publishing it here.

Letter writer Guy Bowman wrote that Paul Campos was misleading us or ignorant by claiming that President Bush misled us into war in Iraq. As evidence, he offers quotes from Richard Miniter's 2004 book, Shadow War, in which CIA Director George Tenet, in February 2004, testified before Congress that multiple reliable sources have stated that Iraq was training al Qaeda in document forgery, bomb making and poisons.

I don't know what that is supposed to prove, except that Tenet lied before Congress. Tenet knew that the information about Iraq training al Qaeda in bomb making and poisonous gases came from al-Libi, a known unreliable source who was tortured for the information he gave, and then recanted. The DIA informed the White House in February 2002 that the information al-Libi provided was suspect and unreliable, and a CIA memo from the same time period shows that Tenet knew that al-Libi had been in no position to have the information he was giving.

Despite knowing these things, Bush made a speech in Cincinnati in October 2002 in which he said, "We've learned that Iraq has trained al Qaeda members in bomb-making and poisons and deadly gases."
Though the White House knew of the unreliable and suspect information, they sent Colin Powell to the U.N. in February 2003 to testify that the information was true.

Making positive assertions of fact when one knows those "facts" to be suspect is misleading, to put it mildly. If telling the truth about the President is Bush-bashing, then so be it.

But Mr. Bowman was correct on one count: we "Bush-bashers" do live in a parallel universe. It's called the reality-based community, where we know that we won't be able to defeat the terrorists until we get a leader whose policies are also reality-based.

Julie O.

Other letters to RMN:
Defining Liberalism -- Our Duty To Each Other
Turtles All the Way Down

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