Finally, CNN has aired a show, Dead WrongInside an Intelligence Meltdown, which chronicles the fabrications and misjudgments leading to war. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, an adviser to Colin Powell, was interviewed for the documentary. Of his involvement in Powells presentation to the United Nations that Iraq had a substantial WMD program, Wilkerson said, I look back on it and I still say it was the lowest point in my life. George slam dunk Tenet emerges as just one among many who told the president only what he demanded to hear. For this, Tenet, along with Powell, was awarded the Medal of Freedom. Tenet declined to be interviewed for the CNN Presents broadcast.
But this is an hour of too little, too late.
More than 2,500 American troops are dead and thousands are wounded because of lies and mistakes. Weve destroyed a culture and killed and injured an unimaginable number of Iraqis. The casualties continue to mount as the president of our country is resolute with his stay the course platitude, a course whose only strategy is another meaningless platitude, we will not step down until the Iraqis step up.
Two soldiers went missing last Friday and weve just learned that a group linked to al-Qaeda is claiming responsibility. The soldiers were taken from an area south of Baghdad called the Triangle of Death.
I will never forget the morning my sister called to tell me our nephew had been killed in Iraq. She phoned because my brother, the father of my familys 21-year-old Marine, couldnt. She was on her way to tell our parents.
Ive written about the effect my nephews death has had and will continue to have on my family. But the unfathomable horror of knowing ones child has been captured by an enemy made more venomous because of our administrations deceptions and sanction of torture would be unbearable.
The consequence of our occupation of Iraq and the callousness of our governments disregard for human life conjures images I want to push from my consciousness. I cant imagine the despair the families of the missing must be suffering. Their agony is the responsibility of the criminals who chose the warpath and a failed MSM which refused to question. And the burden is also on the electorate.
George Bush insists we continue until we have complete victory.
Tragically, there is no such thing. Some individuals with ties to large corporations such as Bechtel and Halliburton are profiting from war. Those who have lost a loved one remain losers forever. Our families have been reshaped, our hearts pulverized. There is no getting over; there is only getting through. We do not honor the dead by burying more. Nor do we find the missing by offering money to people whose lives we have ruined.