We're at an entirely new stage in this sorrowful saga. The stage of hindsight.
(What's that old saying about hindsight?)
Last year, we (The United States) told the rest of the world to butt out of our business. Acting against the votes from the majority of from the world, (The United Nations) we invaded Iraq.
We scoffed at lifelong Allies... publically mocking them because they simply didn't support our argument.
Every night on Television, President Bush, Cheney, Powell, Rumsfeld and Rice snarled at us and insisted that they were certain that Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction. Case Closed, no questions asked. We know/Everyone else is wrong.
However; on February 15, 2003 something happened for the first time in the history of the world. 15 million peaceful souls from all around the world, stood up and tried to stop an unprovoked invasion. On that day, people united in protest on nearly every nation on planet earth.
My wife, son and myself were in that sea of 15 million.
Those 15 million voices were nonchalantly brushed aside.
Now almost a year (and tens of thousands of innocent human lives) later... we are beginning to see through the fog of war. During that past 10 months, our occupying forces have found no illegal weapons. Let me repeat... we have found NOTHING.
Here's where hindsight comes in...
If this war was always honestly legitimate... don't you think that Bush and the rest of his administration would be raising all holy hell to find out what went wrong? (you know... the world is still holding it's breath.)
Instead... today he told us that he doesn't want this to be investigated. (In case you didn't know... he said the same thing about Sept. 11th)
After reading the following news story... I encourage you to write your Congressperson at this address... http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/ (All you need to do is type in your zip code and it will direct you to your representative.) (It'll take 2 minutes to tell them that you demand an independant investigation.)
If there's nothing to hide... why is he sure acting like he's trying to hide something?
Peace and Happiness,
Here you go...
Bush Declines to Back Call for Intel Probe
Fri Jan 30,12:16 PM ET Add U.S. National - AP to My Yahoo!
By TERENCE HUNT, AP White House Correspondent
WASHINGTON - President Bush said Friday "I want to know the facts" about any intelligence failures concerning Saddam Hussein's alleged cache of forbidden weapons but he declined to endorse calls for an independent investigation.
The issue of an independent commission has blossomed into an election-year problem for the president, with Democrats and Republicans alike supporting the idea. Former chief weapons inspector David Kay has concluded that Iraq did not possess weapons of mass destruction, which Bush had cited as a rationale for going to war against Iraq.
Bush said he wants to be able to compare the administration's prewar intelligence with what will be learned by inspectors who are now searching for weapons in Iraq. There is no deadline for those inspectors, the Iraq Survey Group, to complete their work.
"One thing is for certain, one thing we do know ... that Saddam Hussein was a danger, he was growing danger," the president told reporters during a brief question and answer session after a meeting with economists.
Parting company with many of his fellow Republicans, Sen. John McCain said Thursday he wants an independent commission to take a sweeping look at recent intelligence failures.
Some of the Democratic candidates for president said they support an independent commission.
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean criticized Vice President Dick Cheney, saying that he berated CIA operatives because he did not like their intelligence reports. "It seems to me that the vice president of the United States therefore influenced the very reports that the president then used to decide to go to war and to ask Congress for permission to go to war," Dean said during a campaign debate Thursday night.
North Carolina Sen. John Edwards said his support for the Iraq war was based on years of intelligence briefings and evidence of Saddam Hussein's atrocities against his own people. He supports an independent commission "that will have credibility and that the American people will trust, about why there is this discrepancy about what we were told and what's actually been found there."
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry said that whether Cheney berated CIA officials to shape the intelligence that he wanted is "a very legitimate question. ... There's an enormous question about the exaggeration by this administration."