Recently, though, two emerged, ready to rock and roll, argue and dispute, asking the questions they should have raised prior to this war that has killed more than 2500 coalition troops and countless Iraqis. Too bad its too little too late.
In The Situation Room on CNN, Wolf Blitzer interviewed the former Republican presidential candidate and Viagra enthusiast Bob Dole. Blitzer tossed out the strong statement of Ted Kennedy that it is clearer than ever that Iraq was a war we never should have fought and the administrations Iraq policy is not worthy of the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform.
Dole countered with: Well, what he didnt say, that there were over 3,000 killed on 9/11, and maybe Ted, like most people have forgotten, you know, really why we were there.
Bob Dole, obviously, is suffering from more than erectile dysfunction. His deliberate attempt to connect the attack on our soil to energize support for George Bush, the Republican Party, and the war in Iraq indicates that he has a medical condition requiring more drastic treatment than a little blue pill. In fact, Dole must have the same illness plaguing George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Condoleezza Rice. All of them need a heaping dose of truth serum.
Thank you, Wolf, for finally insisting on the facts even though your effort is tardy.
Well, I am just going to stick to this point that the president led us in there with the background music of American culture. Everybody was led to believe that we were getting payback. We were avenging what happened on 9/11 and that we are going to get them. Vice President Cheney said we are going to attack terrorism at its base. Over and over the language was this is where it came from. In fact, most recently the President suggested that it was always the hot pursuit, like a New York police chase. We chased them back into their country. We pursued the terrorists back to Iraq and its all nonsense. The reason there are terrorists in Iraq today like Zarqawi is we created the opening by blowing the country apart. From the beginning its been not true. Now you cant prove motive and you cant prove somebody lies, but from the beginning everything about how theyve got WMD, they are a threat to us, they are going to bomb us with a nuclear weapon, this country is going to be an easy liberate, its going to be a cakewalk. As Cheney said as recently as ten months ago the insurgents are in their last throes. Everything that is said is not true. And right to the end here, here we are now and its not a civil war and when Allawi the Prime Minister is saying it is a civil war and here is the president quoting his own people that its not a civil war. I mean the denial has been continuous. So you really cant count on the administration to tell you what is going on. That is just the fact. Youve got to check it out. By the way, the president said this week that he wants the whole truth about what is going on in Iraq, the whole truth and that the media isnt telling the whole story. Ill tell you what we are not telling. We are not showing pictures of the 2500 bodies coming back because they wont let us show the pictures. They dont want the whole truth out and thats the fact.
Thank you, Chris, for finally reporting reality when you were giddy over Bush for so long that your wife must have been wondering about your sexual orientation.
But Imus, who usually castigates Bush at every opportunity on his morning show, appeared on Larry King Live and when asked by King to comment on the war in Iraq surprisingly did the Texas Sidestep. He mumbled: Well, they flew those planes into the towers. What? I guess since Don has to wake up early to be limousined to the studio he may have been too tired to remember that he usually pulls no punches.
Predictably in the midst of much needed honesty, George Bush was defending his war and deceiving his audience in another lame attempt to place the public back in his corner. This man who most Americans no longer trust was grinning, joking, saying the word progress over and over, and taking questions from admirers. He said, I dont want to be argumentative, but I was very careful never to say that Saddam Hussein ordered the attacks on America. Yet, throughout his spin, he referenced 9/11 and Iraq over and over in his pursuit of approval:
Heres the basis from which I made decisions is that 9/11 affected the way I think And so I told the American people that we would find the terrorists and bring them to justice, and that we needed to defeat them overseas so we didnt have to face them here at home. My most important job is to protect you, is to protect the American people. Therefore, when we see threats, given the lesson of September the 11th, we got to deal with them.
So, Wolf and Chris, please confront BushCo. with some of that newly acquired courage to demand the facts. Ask them about the men who hijacked those planes. Remind them that most were from Saudi Arabia. Tell George Bush to quit using 9/11 and Iraq in the same sentence unless hes going to look all of us in the eye and say, I apologize for betraying our troops and this country by linking September 11 and Saddam Hussein countless times. Remind him that most of our soldiers on the ground in Iraq even think thats why theyre fighting. Then ask him if the progress in Tal Afar is worth the sacrifice so many families have and are continuing to make.
And if neither of you has the nads to penetrate what the salivating Kelly ODonnell, NBC News White House Correspondent, calls the presidential aura, then train for some other career where no lives are at stake.