Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Where there's fire, there's a burning Sybil Adelman

Having just watched the documentary, Bush's War, on Frontline, it took little for me to believe the allegation in Pulitzer-prize winning author Ron Suskind's book, "The Way of the World" that team Bush had forged a letter trying to demonstrate a link between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein to justify the war.

The film starts by showing the internal struggle among the Bushies with those who had misgivings about invading overruled, followed by four hours of the damage, destruction and deaths that followed. When producer Michael Kirk was asked if it was conceivable that there was a legitimate case for going into Iraq, he answered, "If it was there, you can bet someone in the media would love to report on it."

Suskind's book claims the White House concocted a fake letter in the fall of 2003, backdated to July 2001 meant to come from Tahir Jalil Habbush al-Tikriti, director of Iraqi intelligence under Saddam, to support having sent troops to Iraq earlier that year, calculated because their earlier justification, i.e. Saddam having weapons of mass, destruction, had been shown to be erroneous.

According to the book, a letter was provided to a British journalist by an Iraqi government official that said 9/11 ringleader Mohammed Atta had trained for his mission in Iraq, establishing a link between Saddam and al-Qaida, which Cheney's office had been pressing CIA to prove since 9/11. Suskind contends there is no link.

Everyone who's ever been given a nickname by Dubya and some who don't want them are in denial mode, stepping forward to refute the allegations.

Will justice be done? Some say forgiveness isn't ours to give, that it's a religious issue, but I'd like to see an aggressive investigation so those of us who are pained can learn the truth. If heinous acts have been committed, there should finally be accountability. We've been down this road before, but maybe this time?

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