Wednesday, September 12, 2007

repeating the big lie, republican-style

A Republican advocacy group called Freedom Watch, with ties to the White House, is running TV ads featuring a soldier who lost both his legs in Iraq. The ad shows one of the planes hitting the World Trade September on 9/11, and the soldier says "They attacked us, and they will again. They won't stop in Iraq."

Sorry, soldier (and I really am sorry about your injuries) but that's just wrong. As General Petraeus admitted when asked by Senator Robert Byrd, Iraq was NOT connected to the attacks of September 11, 2001. And there were NO links between Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden. Remember, Hussein was a secular nationalist, and Bin Laden is a messianic theocratic pan-Arabist. In other words, they did not exactly see eye to eye, and Bin Laden criticized Saddam's regime for being godless.

The soldier is just repeating what he's been told, what we've been told, over and over by the dishonest de facto Bush Administration. As former chief propagandist I mean press secretary Ari Fleischer (who is a founder of Freedom Watch) said, "Iraqis did not attack us on 9/11." But Fleischer adds, "The point is not that Iraq was responsible for 9/11. They're not. But 9/11 should be a vivid reminder to everyone about how vulnerable our country is and that's why we need to win in Iraq."

Maybe, Ari, that is a reminder of why we should instead have concentrated on getting Bin Laden, instead of taking resources out of Afghanistan before we had captured or killed that bloody-handed sonofabitch to start the Republican lie-based war in Iraq.

Instead, the Republicans keep on lying and even admit it, to try to win political gains - in this instance, to keep enough support in Congress for the Iraq fiasco to postpone a complete collapse until after Bush has left office. How heroic.

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