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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 09:28 AM

How BFEE Sold the War -- and We Bought It (Valerie Plame Wilson and Joe Wilson)

Here's an important essay Corporate McPravda USA has seen fit to miss:



How the Bush administration sold the war – and we bought it

We knew WMD intelligence was flawed, but there was a larger failure of officials, media and public to halt the neocon juggernaut

Valerie Plame Wilson and Joe Wilson
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 27 February 2013 03.30 EST

It has been 10 long years since "Shock and Awe" – the opening bombardment of Baghdad – lit up the skies above the Tigris. A decade later, we know far more about the case the Bush administration made to the world to justify its war of choice to overthrow Saddam Hussein. Books like Hubris by David Corn and Michael Isikoff, and British commission and US Senate reports have catalogued the extent to which intelligence was misused to mislead the public.

Yet, even as the intervening period has brought profound change for the United States and its role in the world, have we learned the lessons of that disastrous period? And what were those lessons?

SNIP...

Powell's claim from a discredited defector code-named "Curveball" on Iraq's biological weapons capability was particularly alarming. Valerie knew that "Curveball" had been deemed a "fabricator" by the agency, meaning that none of his intelligence could be believed.

The implications suddenly become obvious: we were watching a kabuki play and the outcome was predetermined. The Bush administration was determined to go to war, however bad the intelligence, and not even Secretary of State Powell was going to stand in the way.

SNIP...

That it was so successful is an indictment of a corrupt administration. But it is also emblematic of the failure of the checks and balances that are the hallmark of our democracy. As Obama appointees John Kerry and Chuck Hagel can attest, the US Congress was ineffective, to say the least, in the exercise of its oversight responsibilities. (The same applies to the UK Parliament.) The Washington press corps was dilatory in its investigative reporting – valuing access and cozy relationships with senior officials above the search for truth; ultimately, the media served as lapdogs rather than watchdogs.

CONTINUED...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/feb/27/bush-administration-sold-iraq-war

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Reply How BFEE Sold the War -- and We Bought It (Valerie Plame Wilson and Joe Wilson) (Original post)
Octafish Feb 2013 OP
CanSocDem Feb 2013 #1
Octafish Feb 2013 #2
Tikki Feb 2013 #3
Jackpine Radical Feb 2013 #6
Tikki Feb 2013 #8
Octafish Feb 2013 #9
OldDem2012 Feb 2013 #4
Octafish Feb 2013 #12
OldDem2012 Feb 2013 #14
pansypoo53219 Feb 2013 #10
lark Feb 2013 #11
libodem Feb 2013 #5
Octafish Feb 2013 #15
Dryvinwhileblind Feb 2013 #7
Octafish Feb 2013 #16
Dryvinwhileblind Feb 2013 #18
Initech Feb 2013 #13
Octafish Feb 2013 #17
rhett o rick Feb 2013 #19
Octafish Feb 2013 #20
rhett o rick Feb 2013 #21
just1voice Mar 2013 #22

Response to Octafish (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 09:42 AM

1. And the beat goes on...


From your link:

"And the public, still reeling from 911 and whipped up by the fear-mongering since, instinctively trusted its leaders".


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Response to CanSocDem (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:07 AM

2. I remember the look I got at the local camera store when I said Bush was lying in 2003...

...The clerk fetching my photo order was around 19 or 20 years of age -- out of high school, in not much of a job, and ready for a visit from the Recruiter. I told him to watch out. The news was slanted for all-out war, built on lies. I told him about Bush's dad lying America into war with Iraq in 1990 and this was more of the same. He said, "Thanks" and wasn't all that interested in fighting a war for oil.

I could feel the heat of eyes burning holes in my neck, so I turned around. The crew-cut fellow in line behind me was staring, full-bore hate. I asked him what his problem was and got no reply, just the stare one usually sees directed at a child molester. I stared back, sneered nice like Cheney, and walked out. The guy was amazing in his unvocalizable anger.

Judging by his haircut and well-fed frame, I figured he was a Reserve officer working out out of the local Air National Guard base in civilian clothes. If he was a Reservist or on Active Duty, I truly hope he and his colleagues made it through safely. Seeing how the coming months revealed that governer Bush knew about the coming attacks and did nothing, I'm figuring he feels like a might right ass these days.

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Response to Octafish (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:17 AM

3. Don't you wish you could see them and ask them what they think now.

I remember some woman at a round-table discussion on Presidential
candidates back in 2000.

Though not rich, she was going on and on about how she was going to vote for boosh because he
was going to make her very wealthy.

I would love to hear her story now.

Tikki

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Response to Tikki (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:27 AM

6. Help! Is this letter on the up-and-up?

URGENT ASSISTANCE - FROM USA
IMMEDIATE ATTENTION NEEDED: HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL
FROM: GEORGE WALKER BUSH 202.456.1414 / 202.456.1111 FAX: 202.456.2461

DEAR SIR / MADAM,

I AM GEORGE WALKER BUSH, SON OF THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH, AND UNTIL RECENTLY SERVING AS
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THIS LETTER MIGHT SURPRISE
YOU BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT MET NEITHER IN PERSON NOR BY CORRESPONDENCE. I
CAME TO KNOW OF YOU IN MY SEARCH FOR A RELIABLE AND REPUTABLE PERSON TO
HANDLE A VERY CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS TRANSACTION, WHICH INVOLVES THE
TRANSFER OF A HUGE SUM OF MONEY TO AN ACCOUNT REQUIRING MAXIMUM
CONFIDENCE.

I AM WRITING YOU IN ABSOLUTE CONFIDENCE PRIMARILY TO SEEK YOUR
ASSISTANCE IN ACQUIRING OIL FUNDS THAT ARE PRESENTLY TRAPPED IN THE
REPUBLIC OF IRAQ. MY PARTNERS AND I SOLICIT YOUR ASSISTANCE IN
COMPLETING A TRANSACTION BEGUN BY MY FATHER, WHO HAS LONG BEEN ACTIVELY
ENGAGED IN THE EXTRACTION OF PETROLEUM IN THE UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA,AND BRAVELY SERVED HIS COUNTRY AS DIRECTOR OF THE UNITED STATES
CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY.IN THE DECADE OF THE NINETEEN-EIGHTIES, MY
FATHER, THEN VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, SOUGHT TO
WORK WITH THE GOOD OFFICES OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRAQ TO
REGAIN LOST OIL REVENUE SOURCES IN THE NEIGHBORING ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF
IRAN. THIS UNSUCCESSFUL VENTURE WAS SOON FOLLOWED BY A FALLING-OUT WITH
HIS IRAQI PARTNER, WHO SOUGHT TO ACQUIRE ADDITIONAL OIL REVENUE SOURCES
IN THE NEIGHBORING EMIRATE OF KUWAIT, A WHOLLY-OWNED U.S.-BRITISH
SUBSIDIARY.

MY FATHER RE-SECURED THE PETROLEUM ASSETS OF KUWAIT IN 1991 AT A COST OF
SIXTY-ONE BILLION U.S. DOLLARS ($61,000,000,000). OUT OF THAT
COST,THIRTY-SIX BILLION DOLLARS ($36,000,000,000) WERE SUPPLIED BY HIS
PARTNERS IN THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA AND OTHER PERSIAN GULF
MONARCHIES, AND SIXTEEN BILLION DOLLARS ($16,000,000,000) BY GERMAN AND
JAPANESE PARTNERS. BUT MY FATHER'S FORMER IRAQI BUSINESS PARTNER
REMAINED IN CONTROL OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRAQ AND ITS PETROLEUM RESERVES.

MY FAMILY IS CALLING FOR YOUR URGENT ASSISTANCE IN FUNDING THE REMOVAL
OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRAQ AND ACQUIRING THE PETROLEUM
ASSETS OF HIS COUNTRY, AS COMPENSATION FOR THE COSTS OF REMOVING HIM
FROM POWER. UNFORTUNATELY, OUR PARTNERS FROM 1991 ARE NOT WILLING TO
SHOULDER THE BURDEN OF THIS NEW VENTURE, WHICH IN ITS UPCOMING PHASE MAY
COST THE SUM OF 100 BILLION TO 200 BILLION DOLLARS ($100,000,000,000
-$200,000,000,000), BOTH IN THE INITIAL ACQUISITION AND IN LONG-TERM
MANAGEMENT. WITHOUT THE FUNDS FROM OUR 1991 PARTNERS, WE WOULD NOT BE
ABLE TO ACQUIRE THE OIL REVENUE TRAPPED WITHIN IRAQ. THAT IS WHY MY
FAMILY AND OUR COLLEAGUES ARE URGENTLY SEEKING YOUR GRACIOUS
ASSISTANCE. OUR DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUES IN THIS BUSINESS TRANSACTION
INCLUDE THE SITTING VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
RICHARD CHENEY,WHO IS AN ORIGINAL PARTNER IN THE IRAQ VENTURE AND FORMER
HEAD OF THE HALLIBURTON OIL COMPANY, AND CONDOLEEZA RICE, WHOSE
PROFESSIONAL DEDICATION TO THE VENTURE WAS DEMONSTRATED IN THE NAMING OF
A CHEVRON OIL TANKER AFTER HER. I WOULD BESEECH YOU TO TRANSFER A SUM
EQUALING TEN TO TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT (10-25 %) OF YOUR YEARLY INCOME TO
OUR ACCOUNT TO AID IN THIS IMPORTANT VENTURE. THE INTERNAL REVENUE
SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WILL FUNCTION AS OUR TRUSTED
INTERMEDIARY. I PROPOSE THAT YOU MAKE THIS TRANSFER BEFORE THE FIFTEENTH
(15TH) OF THE MONTH OF APRIL. I KNOW THAT A TRANSACTION OF THIS
MAGNITUDE WOULD MAKE ANYONE APPREHENSIVE AND WORRIED. BUT I AM ASSURING
YOU THAT ALL WILL BE WELL AT THE END OF THE DAY. A BOLD STEP TAKEN SHALL
NOT BE REGRETTED, I ASSURE YOU. PLEASE DO BE INFORMED THAT THIS BUSINESS
TRANSACTION IS 100% LEGAL. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO CO-OPERATE IN THIS
TRANSACTION,PLEASE CONTACT OUR INTERMEDIARY REPRESENTATIVES TO FURTHER
DISCUSS THE MATTER. I PRAY THAT YOU UNDERSTAND OUR PLIGHT. MY FAMILY
AND OUR COLLEAGUES WILL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL.

PLEASE REPLY IN STRICT CONFIDENCE TO THE CONTACT NUMBERS
BELOW.

SINCERELY WITH WARM REGARDS, GEORGE WALKER BUSH

Switchboard: 202.456.1414 Comments: 202.456.1111 Fax: 202.456.2461
Email: president@whitehouse.gov

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:40 AM

8. Brilliant, love it ...

I remember those who talked about free oil for the U S and then..talked about, well, maybe
the IRAQI oil would pay back the debt we racked up, well then, this invasion would bring
peace to the Middle East, no...then quit talking or announced that they don't remember if
they voted in 2000.


Tikki

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Response to Tikki (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:06 PM

9. And how.

My niece was in elementary school at the time in a well-to-do Chicago suburb...Oak Park...Park Ridge...Oak Ridge...one of those.

She came home, amazed at what she was hearing from her friends while riding her bus to school. The kids said their parents were voting for Bush over Gore because Bush would "better represent us," meaning their financial interests, in Washington.

The unelected moron certainly did that, if one goes by transference of wealth from the middle class to the rich. It's his life's work, like that of his Poppy, grandfather, and all the rest who use their office to help their cronies gouge at the public trough and score unanswered touchdown after touchdown on a tilted economic playing field.

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Response to Octafish (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:17 AM

4. I got the same looks from the people I was working with at the time and for the same reasons.....

....I found another place to work very quickly. I wonder what those people are thinking today?

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:12 PM

12. ''United States of Amnesia''

What Gore Vidal told Amy Goodman, regarding our national gnatish attention span:

"Well, isn’t it pretty clear that the dictatorship is in place? We’re not supposed to know certain things, and we’re not going to know them. They’re doing everything to remove our history, to—they’ve damaged the Freedom of Information Act. Bush managed to have a number of presidential papers, including those of his father, put out of reach of historians, or anybody, for a great length of time, during which they will probably be shredded, so they will never be available. And what I’ve always called jokingly the 'United States of Amnesia' will be worse than an amnesiac; it will be—have suffered a lobotomy. There will be no functioning historical memory of our history."

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Response to Octafish (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:34 PM

14. Knowing that W knew what was about to happen....

....does it make you want to closely reexamine the statement that he made at least twice in public settings at the White House that he saw the FIRST plane hit the WTC?


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Response to Octafish (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:08 PM

10. BUTBUTBUT he was a VACATION!

HE FAILED. poorly. + he never got called on it + more was lost than ever under carter, who the rite STILL makes FUN OF. if it had been gore. WE know what would have happened.

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Response to CanSocDem (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:11 PM

11. Umm, don't know about that

The media falling over itself to paint him as our wonderful war leader and their uncritical praise and hiding so many inconvenient facts are what made the majority of americans "support" shrubbie. They also completely downplayed the anti-war marches and hid all the information they could that was really truthful, playing up all his and Cheney's lies. If the media had been honest brokers, the percentage of pro-war Americans would have plummetted, IMO.

Some of us - 40% according to the article - never bought the lies and knew the administration was either behind the attack or let it happen on purpose so they could get their war on and take control of Iraq's oil. Stupid jerks, they lost on every single account, hurting our country tremendously in the process. Cheney, Poppie, and a few others made a lot of wealth for themselves with this, and that was a big part of their strategy from the beginning. MAakes me sick and makes me sick that Obama will not let charges be brought against the traitors.

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Response to Octafish (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:20 AM

5. Come Hell

Or high water Bush, wanted in there. I don't know if there was any stopping him?

I wonder what goes on in that gargantuan embassy building, we spent millions building, while the cities and neighborhoods deteriorated?

Poor Faluja. Those poor newborns.

What a travesty.

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Response to libodem (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:38 PM

15. The Architecture of Empires

Our tax dollars at work...



The U.S. embassy in Iraq stands unfinished in Baghdad. The story from the good folks at In These Times:



Empires Architecture

Should it ever be finished, the U.S. embassy in Iraq will stand as a colossal monument to the Bush administration’s failures

By Allen McDuffee

Panic shot through the State Department and White House earlier this summer when the American architecture firm Berger Devine Yaeger posted computer-generated images and layout of the forthcoming U.S. embassy in Baghdad on its website. Ostensibly concerned with security, government officials urgently acted to remove graphics to avoid aiding potential insurgents in their plots to disrupt the embassy’s progress.

The real fear, however, may have been that the disclosure would draw public and congressional attention to everything that’s gone wrong with the embassy. Indeed, it’s difficult to imagine how insurgents could be any more disruptive to the embassy’s existence than those who are building it. Allegations of mismanaged funds, shoddy workmanship, kickback schemes, exploitative labor practices, ill-gotten contracts, blocked investigations, trafficked humans and covered-up deaths have plagued the construction of the world’s largest embassy.

The planned 104-acre, 21-building compound on the Tigris River will include two office buildings, six apartment buildings, a pool, a gym, a movie theater and a food court. The embassy will be supported by its own power and water treatment plants—probably wise in a country that has, on average, one hour to four hours of electricity daily, and where 70 percent of the population lacks clean drinking water.

The White House originally requested $1.3 billion to build the compound, but Congress allocated $592 million for the project in 2005. It was a hefty sum given that the United States didn’t pay a cent to Iraq for the four-square-mile stretch of land in Baghdad’s Green Zone, roughly the size of Vatican City. By comparison, the United States paid $22 million for land that was less than one-tenth that size for a planned new embassy in Beirut, which will now no longer be built because of security concerns over its proximity to a Hezbollah stronghold.

Nevertheless, the nearly $600 million wasn’t enough for the embassy in Iraq. According to documentation provided to Congress by the State Department, an additional $144 million is needed for completion and the embassy may cost as much as $1 billion each year to operate.

CONTINUED...

http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/3458/empires_archit... /



That oil must be worth an awful lot to Halliburton and Chevron for these warmongering traitors to pay for it with the blood of a million Iraqis and 4,000-plus Americans.

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Response to Octafish (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:30 AM

7. They are still the same people, still with the same "looks"...

...They bought the carnage as a mob, and loved it. They've bought the lies, the hate, the codified "patriotism", they still love it and yearn for more...more war, more hate, more misery...ad nauseum. Eeeeewwesssay! Eeeeewwesssay! 5th stage of an Empire, and all that rot.

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Response to Dryvinwhileblind (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 05:01 PM

16. The anger towards the Other is palpable.

The Predator Class has been hip to its benefits for millenia. One multigenerational line of warmonger-profiteers have long eyed the oilpatch:

Know your BFEE: War and Oil are just two longtime Main Lines of Business

It was just an amazing coincidence, how the terrorists just happened to come by when they did. People are still talking about Saddam, without once thinking about who got him to where he was.

PS: A hearty welcome to DU, Dryvinwhileblind

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Response to Octafish (Reply #16)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 05:45 PM

18. The collusion is now infestation, the hive mentality sold to the mob, easily manipulated...

...No coincidence, it's part & parcel of the old anti new deal banking/political/capitalist outsourcing cabal, force fed "freedom" the world over, tribal leaders armed by the righteous Eeeeewwesssay, coming back to haunt, while the seeds of division are marketed here. Supposed domestic "free" markets manipulated to suck the life out of our own. It's never went away, and never will at this rate, until they're imprisoned, and I don't have much breath left. Thanks, Octafish, all the best.

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Response to Octafish (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:17 PM

13. And no one in Congress or the White House is willing to address our bloated defense budget.

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Response to Initech (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 05:14 PM

17. No one remembers the Peace Dividend on Capitol Hill.

Wonder why it seems there's never any money to make life better for the 99-percent?



It must be going somewhere, all that tax money and all that borrowed money.

Oh, here's something...it's a question of discretionary spending and who's exempt from what.



Why Is the Most Wasteful Government Agency Not Part of the Deficit Discussion?

EXCERPT...

Indeed, the Republican government battering ram appears to have stopped at the Pentagon door. This was evident early on. As soon as they took over the House of Representatives, Republicans changed the rules so that military spending does not have to be offset by reduced spending somewhere else, unlike any other kind of government spending. It is the only activity of government they believe does not have to be paid for. Which brings to mind a bit of wisdom from one of their heroes, Adam Smith. “Were the expense of war to be defrayed always by revenue raised within the year … wars would in general be more speedily concluded, and less wantonly undertaken.”

SOURCE: http://www.alternet.org/economy/151617/why_is_the_most_wasteful_government_agency_not_part_of_the_deficit_discussion/



From my perspective, We the People used to be the government -- you know, "Government of the people, by the people for the people."

Nowadays, the government is somebody -- no, some thing -- else and it's not a democracy. Rather than getting the policies and programs to serve the nation, We the People are expected to shut up and serve those who, figuratively and literally, call the shots.

How this thing is accomplished: Our Betters allowed our elected representatives to cut themselves in on the Action:

Know your BFEE: WikiLeaks Stratfor Dump Exposes Continued Secret Government Warmongering



That's the truth they don't want us to handle.

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Response to Octafish (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 10:14 PM

19. Is there no one from the Barack Obama Group to put in their two cents? nm

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #19)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:22 PM

20. Is this normal?

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Response to Octafish (Reply #20)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:28 PM

21. Normal? What the hell is normal? nm

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Response to Octafish (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 12:00 AM

22. Plame and Wilson are true patriots; the Bushcrime network are all traitors

 

as all the evidence proves. Too bad evidence, law, democracy and justice are all just empty words in the U.S. now.

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