It was yesterday. In Iraq, bombs took the lives of 65 people. In America, polls showed a solid majority thinking the whole thing was a mistake. On Twitter, Donald Rumsfeld remained unapologetic.
Iraq is a reminder of the need for political leaders to ask the right questions before allowing military action and to listen honestly rather than acting on ideological or political impulses.
The New York Times was stupid. America was stupid.
Kirby Wilbur, a rightwing talk radio host on KVI 570 AM Seattle boosted every war, and organized his audience into a militia called the “570th Cavalry” to swarm and intimidate peace rallies. Kirby Wilbur is now the Chairman of the Republican Party in the State of Washington and was one of the plaintiffs who funded and won Citizens United.
if Dan and millions of other Americans were all taken in, that's a mistake, not a moral failing.
Paralyzed in a 2004 attack in Sadr City, Iraq War veteran Tomas Young recently announced that he will stop his medicine and nourishment, which comes in the form of liquid through a feeding tube — a decision which will hasten his death. Joining us from his home in Kansas City, Young reads in full his letter, A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran. "My day of reckoning is upon me," Young says. "Yours will come. I hope you will be put on trial. But mostly I hope, for your sakes, that you find the moral courage to face what you have done to me and to many, many others who deserved to live. I hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness."
JAY: Now, last time, they had this document called the Project for a New American Century, which kind of set a tone, I think, for the Bush administration, the idea that the United States should use its overwhelming superiority in military power to sort of reshape the world as it likes. And it really came down to the issue of regime change. And one could manipulate the media and the intelligence in whatever way was necessary to achieve that. Is that still the agenda?
WILKERSON: I think that's basically the game plan. It's a little more sophisticated this time, as you might suspect. They learned a little bit. And it features some new characters. But it's basically the same plotting, careful, methodical use of the media, use of the Congress, use of Israel and AIPAC, use of all the instruments that they can get their hands on to kind of prod the American people, and mostly, of course, the administration, into a point where it doesn't really have any choice but to go to war with Iran.
MOORE: As far as Assad and Syria goes, I just think as Americans now, whenever we're told anything -- somebody comes on and says there are reports that maybe this and maybe that -- we have to have the most skeptical, critical eye and ear to what we're being told.
MORGAN: See that's my problem with it, is that here we go again: we were told Saddam had chemical weapons and was about to use them. Now we're told Assad does. Many will say this is just a pretext for going in, and going into some kind of advanced war with Assad. How do we know who to believe here?
MOORE: Well, you start by not believing the people who lied to you before. The American government lied to it's own people. Honestly, I don't know of a worse lie one could tell, other than a lie to take a country to war, to make up things to take people to war. That's just got to be the most obscene, immoral thing to do. So this government hasn't earned the right to be trusted. If it says 'Assad has chemical weapons,' or if it says, 'Ahmadinejad has a nuclear weapon' --
MORGAN: But it's not this government, is it, that went to war with Saddam? You have to differentiate that.
MOORE: Which government are you talking about, you're talking about Obama versus Bush? No, no, no, I'm talking about the real government: Wall Street, the banks, the corporations, the people that made... 2 trillion dollars is what we spent on the Iraq War. Who made that money? Soldiers in the field? I don't think so. No, no, this is always about the people who have the purse strings and the politicians who are bought off by them.
So if they come on now and tell me anything about this, ya know, 'Ahmadinejad is building a bomb' -- really? I'll believe it when he walks in the room here and shows it to me. Frankly, that's how much I would not trust anything being said by the Military-Industrial complex of this great country.
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