By: Rowan Wolf of Uncommon Thought Journal
Over the past week we have literally been bombarded with lies that were told. Which lies do you think are the most serious, or make you the angriest?
A – Iraq Troop Surge
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President Bush has started his vaunted troop surge which he said was to put 21,500 more troops on the ground in Iraq. That “surge” has now more than doubled (and the cost has more than tripled) according to a CBO analysis. Counting support personnel, the surge could actually involve 48,000 troops and cost up to an additional $27 billion (depending on duration of the surge). See also articles at DefenseTech, McClatchy, or CNN.
B – Plamegate – I Didn’t Do It
From “no one was involved” in leaking the name and status of Valerie Plame, it seems like everyone was involved – Libby, Fleischer, Rove, Cheney, and possibly even Bush. Sampling of related articles: LA Times, Washington Post, The Nation, and Truthout.
C – Iran is a major threat in Iraq
According to the Bush spin machine as they seemingly beat the war drums in a buildup to strike Iran, Iran is a major operating force and threat in Iraq. Well … Not according to the what we can see of the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE). Whoops, those pesky intelligence folks.
Of course then there is the debate over whether what we see happening in Iraq is a civil war or not. The White House steadfastly maintains it is not. At a news conference yesterday I watched Stephen Hadley quote from the report that it was not a “civil war,” and claim repeatedly that the administration would not try to put a “simple label” on the Iraq situation. Oh please, not use simple labels and rhetoric to your advantage? Why would we think that the administration would stoop so low (9/11, 9/11, 9/11, cut and run, staying the course)?
While the administration may not stoop so low as to apply the overly simplistic characterization of “civil war” to the Iraq situation, they are not above “cherry picking” parts from the report that support them – even if those supporting pieces are in the same paragraph as the part they don’t like. The offending paragraph is quoted below, and the emphases are mine.
The Intelligence Community judges that the term “civil war” does not adequately capture the complexity of the conflict in Iraq, which includes extensive Shia-on-Shia violence, al-Qa’ida and Sunni insurgent attacks Coalition forces, and widespread criminally motivated violence. Nonetheless, the term “civil war” accurately describes key elements of the Iraqi conflict, including the hardening of ethno-sectarian identities, a sea change in the character of the violence, ethno-sectarian mobilization, and population displacements.
D – Global Warming? What global warming?
The executive summary of the UN’s Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been released. Actually, this is just from Working Group I of the Panel, but even the summary is damning. Global warming is happening. Human activity is a major contributing factor. We have 10 years – maybe – to reduce the impact.
While the summary marks the strongest IPCC statement to date on global warming, it is hardly the first or only highly credible report. We have known for several years that the jury was in on this. We have had little “debate” within the scientific community over global warming for almost a decade. The “debate” prior to the last few years has been the significance of the impact of human activity on global warming – not whether it was real or not.
However, business, the lap dog media, and the Bush administration, have done everything in their power to silence discussion and create the impression of scientific dispute and doubt. The Bush administration has actively squashed even use of the world “global warming” or climate change” by government scientists (and Bush’s own appointments). In an effort to discredit the report, the American Enterprise Institute offered scientists$10,000 each to argue against the IPCC report. It is not surprising that AEI is significantly backed by the energy industry – including coal. They are also a major lobbying force and contributed heavily to the G.W. Bush campaigns.
Obviously, there are significant implications for each of the lies. And the Plame situation is linked both to the lies and spins that (for some) apparently justified the invasion of Iraq, and undermined our human intelligence on Iran. On the other hand, growing the US forces in Iraq by 48,000 (which would be approximately at one-third increase) is major on many levels – for Iraqis and Americans. On the other hand, the case against Iran seems to be a recycling of the Iraq script. In fact, one could virtually do a search (for Iraq) and replace (insert Iran) on that script – how efficient of them. Regardless, it could very well end up with US (and Israeli?) missile strikes inside Iran, and we can all predict where that will go. However, it may be that the global warming debacle goes to the heart of what influences really rule the Bush’s Oval office.
A, B, C, D, all of the above?