"You sent them in there because of weapons of mass destruction. Later the mission changed when there were none," Boxer told Rice. "Let's not rewrite history, it's too soon to do that."
"It wasn't just weapons of mass destruction," Rice told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, saying former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) supported terrorism, attacked Kuwait and Israel and needed to be removed given the new U.S. threat perception after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington.
"We can have this discussion in any way that you would like, but I really hope that you will refrain from impugning my integrity," Rice told Boxer. "I really hope that you will not imply that I take the truth lightly."
Even if Rice insists we were prepared to go to war, that implies one of two things. Either one, the bushits were planning to go into Iraq long before 9/11, and two, she was willing to go to war with the "army we've got." Either one is bad for the war and fear mongers in the admin.
"This was never going to be easy," Rice said of the war and its aftermath during a confirmation hearing in which she painted an optimistic picture of the future in Iraq — and for resolution of the long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians as well.
"It was always going to have ups and downs. I'm sure that we have made many decisions, some of which were good, some of which might not have been good, but the ouster of Saddam Hussein was worth the price," Rice said. "I think we made the right decision to overthrow him."
"I think?!?" What the bleep? You had better damned well know definatively that it was the right decision. Given what we know about the situation, I would have to dissagree adamantly. The ROI is out right got us into one very deep hole that, in terms of both political and real capital, we won't get out of for a very long time.
What is more, she may be willing to testify that we were ready for the war, but we are most certainly not ready to establish and support the peace - more bombings today. I wouldn't want to be in Iraq and a normal citizen waiting to vote. Sounds like people going to the polls should be armed with a gun, or a death wish, hoping for martyrdom.
And another thing....what is she setting us up for? Fronts in Iran? Fronts in Israel/Palestine?
“This is a war against terrorism, and Iraq is just one campaign. The Bush Administration is looking at this as a huge war zone,” the former high-level intelligence official told me. “Next, we’re going to have the Iranian campaign. We’ve declared war and the bad guys, wherever they are, are the enemy. This is the last hurrah—we’ve got four years, and want to come out of this saying we won the war on terrorism.”
...“Rumsfeld will no longer have to refer anything through the government’s intelligence wringer,” the former official went on. “The intelligence system was designed to put competing agencies in competition. What’s missing will be the dynamic tension that insures everyone’s priorities—in the C.I.A., the D.O.D., the F.B.I., and even the Department of Homeland Security—are discussed. The most insidious implication of the new system is that Rumsfeld no longer has to tell people what he’s doing so they can ask, ‘Why are you doing this?’ or ‘What are your priorities?’ Now he can keep all of the mattress mice out of it.”
No doubt, these jesters are war and fear mongers sine qua non. That puts us in deep, deep, deep, with nary a way out. Just wait for the draft next. Booyah, we're in for a world of shit.