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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Mission Accomplished, I Suppose

CNN ran a pair of important articles this morning about the July 7 London terror bombings and their connection to Dubya's invasion of Iraq and to Western imperialism in general.

In one article, the father of Mohammed Atta (the pilot of one of two planes that struck the World Trade Center towers) praised the London bombings and says many more such attacks will happen because of the US and British slaughter of Muslims around the world.

In the other article, London's mayor blamed the bombings on "governments which use indiscriminate slaughter to advance their foreign policy."

This, on the heels of an investigation by the Saudi Arabian government and an Israeli think tank that found most foreign fighters in Iraq "are not former terrorists and became radicalized by the war itself." The investigation "painstakingly analyzed the backgrounds and motivations of hundreds of foreigners entering Iraq to fight the United States."

"To say we must fight them in Baghdad so we don't have to fight them in Boston implies there is a finite number of people, and if you pen them up in Iraq you can kill them all," Peter Bergen, a terrorism specialist at the nonpartisan New America Foundation, a Washington think tank, told The Boston Globe. "The truth is we increased the pool by what we did in Iraq."

Which is exactly what the CIA said would happen before the invasion, but no one would listen. Most Americans were so shocked by the 9-11 attacks, and rightly so, that they agreed to anything that Bush wanted to do, including the Iraq invasion. Our pain and fear made it possible to swallow the lies about WMDs, even when the real experts were telling us Iraq was no threat and was not connected to the 9-11 attacks – facts now no longer in dispute.

Bush's credibility is slipping fast. Even the National Examiner is starting to pile on. The latest issue, which I saw in the grocery store check-out aisle, leads with "Bush Family Feud Explodes!!!" The cover pictures Barbara Bush and Laura Bush and alludes to Barb being upset about the Bush twins' partying escapades.

It's safe to say that a large percentage of the Enquirer's subscriber base is also part of Bush's political base. If the Enquirer's publisher feels it OK to parody the Bush matriarchs on its cover, it is a bad sign for Dubya. Next he'll be nominating an alien to the Supreme Court or chasing Bat Boy on his Crawford ranch.

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