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Wednesday, February 05, 2003  

•• who said anything about a war? ••

on tonight's Crossfire, Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R-Calif) had the nerve to employ Orwellian doublespeak when debating Iraq and insisted that the U.S. is not going to "war", but is instead "liberating the Iraqi people".

so all of sudden, the "w" word is verbotten -- unless of course, it's in relation to this presidents' middle initial.

perhaps Mr. Rohrbacher and his fellow hawks need to be reminded that plans for war on Iraq” were already well in the works mere weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy.

the headline from a Dec. 2, 2001 Guardian/Observer article says it all: "Secret US plan for Iraq war"

so, on Dec. 2, 2001:
"Bush is said to have issued instructions about the proposals, which are now at a detailed stage, to his Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, three weeks ago.

But Pentagon sources say that a plan for attacking Iraq was developed by the time Bush's order was sent to the Pentagon, drawn up by Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, chairman of the joint chiefs General Richard Myers, and Franks."

so, let's get this straight: even prior to Bush's issuing of instructions about "proposals"(which would have been around the week of Nov. 11/01, according to the article), those neocon hawks Rummy, Wolfy and 2 Pentagon generals, Meyers and Frank had already "developed" a plan for war with Iraq and drawn them up!

but let's put all that into a larger context: according to the Guardian/Observer report, President George W. Bush was ordering "the CIA and his senior military commanders to draw up detailed plans for a military operation" for a war with the nation of Iraq a mere 4 to 5 weeks after al Qaeda terrorists attacked on American soil and killed almost 3000 people on Sept. 11, 2001.

given the plans' detailed strategies (which you can read in the Guardian piece), it could be easily surmised that discussions regarding U.S. actions against Iraq were long in the works, perhaps even prior to Sept. 11.

a European military source who had recently returned from General Tommy Franks's headquarters in Florida shortly after Sept. 11/01 said:

'The Americans are walking on water. They think they can do anything at the moment and there is bloody nothing Tony [Blair] can do about it.'

but who said anything about a war?

posted by voxpopgirl | 2/05/2003