The Age of Innocence
August 12, 2005
By Nancy Greggs
We were only a matter of days into the debacle that has become
the war in Iraq when our esteemed leader, George W. Bush, had a
meeting with Kofi Annan at the White House. A few reporters were
herded in to ask their questions (no more than three and, for God's
sake, keep 'em simple), and one reporter asked Bush why it was necessary
to invade Iraq at this point.
The answer, delivered with Bush's usual if-I-only-had-a-brain
non-charm, was astounding: "Because Saddam wouldn't let the inspectors
I saw this historic event on CNN (back in the day when they were
still a news network) and unfortunately the camera moved from a
wide-shot to a close-up of Bush's face, thus forever dashing my
hopes of seeing Mr. Annan's jaw hit the floor right there on national
We had just witnessed weeks of political wrangling over the issue
of the inspectors. Can they get an extension and stay? Must they
leave now? Is their work finished? What will we learn if the inspections
are allowed to continue?
We'd all seen this played out on the airwaves and in the press,
ad nauseam - but, as usual, Bush seemed to be the only person
on the planet who wasn't aware of the fact.
You might think the point of this missive is yet another example
of Bush's ineptitude but honestly, folks, if an article about
GWB's stupidity was published every time he mis-spoke, lied, or
displayed his Herculean ignorance, even the vast capacity of the
Internet would have been overloaded years ago.
No, my point is not what Bush said about the inspectors; it is
the statement that followed still fresh in my mind, because it
was the first, last, and only time this idiot said something that
I actually agreed with.
After making the statement about Saddam's refusal to allow inspectors
into Iraq, Bush went on to say that as far as he was concerned,
that fact was proof positive that Saddam Hussein was hiding WMDs.
"Ya see, an innocent man has nothing to hide. An innocent man says,
'Come on in, look at whatever you want to look at.' An innocent
man has nothing to hide."
Well, let's put that theory to the test.
To this day, Dick Cheney has steadfastly refused to produce any
minutes or notes of his Energy Task Force meetings you know, the
ones that included such illustrious Americans as the ever-indictable
'Kenny Boy' Lay, late of Enron fame. One can only wonder what business
the vice president was doing on behalf of the American people that
the American people are not allowed to know about.
An innocent man has nothing to hide.
After Bush and his cronies finally lost the PR battle to ensure
that no such investigation was ever undertaken, the 9/11 Commission
got underway. The Commission found it as easy to wrangle relevant
documents out of the White House about events leading up to the
September 2001 attacks as it was for others to get their hands on
Bush's military records, or the SEC documentation on his insider
trade deals before bailing from Harken Energy.
An innocent man says, "Look at whatever you want to look
Leading up to the recent confirmation processes involving John
Bolton and his ambassadorship to the U.N., and now John Roberts'
appointment to the Supreme Court, this administration has consistently
refused to turn over documents pertaining to the past professional
records of these two men.
An innocent man has nothing to hide.
Over the last four plus years, George W. Bush and his administration
have attempted to hide, divert attention from and/or bury facts,
documents, testimony, etc., with sleight-of-hand tactics that Houdini
himself would applaud. And the above-mentioned are really just the
tip of the iceberg when it comes to the information that has been
danced around, shouted about, and ultimately denied to the American
But again, let me quote the man himself: "That's the past. It's
time to look forward, time to move on."
So let's do just that. Let's fast-forward to today, the eve of
what may prove to be the day we witness the arrest of Cindy Sheehan,
an American citizen whose only crime has been to ask for an answer
to the one question no mother should ever have to ask: "Why
did my son have to die?"
While our fearless leader hides in his spider-hole (aka Crawford
Ranch), this peaceful, articulate, grieving woman is, we are told,
presenting a threat to our National Security. She is peaceable,
she is unarmed, and she has made no threats. Her only request is
a simple one: give me a few minutes of your time, sir.
As of this writing, Bush has refused to go out and speak to Ms.
Sheehan, or to invite her into his home to attempt to dispel her
heart-rending belief that her own child, along with the children
of others, died as the result of lies, half-truths, distortions
of fact and manipulated intelligence.
An innocent man says, "Come on in