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Past Time for an Accounting of This Massive Fraud

The termination of the search for WMDs in Iraq, after the expenditure of several hundred million dollars and not a single sign of anything, should have the hounds after Bush and his neo-con advisers, but don't bet on it. These guys don't apologize, they just keep messing things up worse.

The great thing about being George W. Bush is never having to say you're sorry.

Several hundred billion dollars down the tubes in Iraq in a war that was started on the trumped up claim that Saddam Hussein had been building and stockpiling "weapons of mass destruction," and several hundred millions of secret dollars spent belatedly trying to find a hint of such weapons, all for naught.

Not only are there no such weapons, the few efforts that did exist to try to make something nasty having been dismantled by 1991, but the Iraqi scientists arrested by invading American troops, and held incommunicado for as long as two years now have been found to have been innocent of any wrongdoing.

In fact, some of the leaders of the so-called Iraq Survey Group charged with finding WMDs in Iraq have been calling on the Pentagon to release those scientists, who include Gen. Amir Saadi, who had been a liaison between the Hussein government and U.N. arms inspectors, Rihab Taha, the biologist American reporters breathlessly referred to as "Dr. Germ" for his alleged work years ago with germ weapon research, and Huda Amash, who was similarly, if somewhat sexistly, awarded the moniker "Mrs. Anthrax." ISG officials say they have cleared all three of involvement in any illegal WMD work for Hussein over the past decade or more, and add that they have been cooperating with investigators.

They shouldn't hold their breaths waiting for release, however. The Pentagon appears bent on keeping them in captivity indefinitely, as it is doing with most of the detainees at Guantanamo and other secret holding pens.

We shouldn't hold our breaths either for an honest accounting of what the ISG did and what it learned about the imaginary WMDs that were the causus belli of this ugly, bloody conflict in Iraq. The Bush administration and the Pentagon, clearly massively embarrassed by the failure to turn up even a shred of evidence of WMDs after two years of searching, are sealing the ISG's records, and are not giving any account of the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars wasted in what was clearly a frantic political effort to find expost facto justification for an illegal war.

We're supposedly "building democracy" in Iraq, but meanwhile we're deconstructing it here at home, where the areas that the public has a right to know about are being shrunk by the day.

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Indeed. 12.Jan.2005 17:46

Tony Blair's dog

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Regarding the life of the Spectator 12.Jan.2005 18:04

some debord for you

"The empty debate on the spectacle -- that is, on the activities of the world's owners -- is thus organized by the spectacle itself: everything is said about the extensive means at its disposal, to ensure that nothing is said about their extensive deployment. Rather than talk of the spectacle, people often prefer to use the term 'media.' And by this they mean to describe a mere instrument, a kind of public service which with impartial 'professionalism' would facilitate the new wealth of mass communication through mass media -- a form of communication which has at last attained a unilateral purity, whereby decisions already taken are presented for passive admiration. For what is communicated are orders; and with perfect harmony, those who give them are also those who tell us what they think of them."

"Never before has censorship been so perfect. Never before have those who are still led to believe, in a few countries, that they remain free citizens, been less entitled to make their opinions heard, wherever it is a matter of choices affecting their real lives. Never before has it been possible to lie to them so brazenly. The spectator is simply supposed to know nothing, and deserve nothing. Those who are always watching to see what happens next will never act: such must be the spectator's condition. "

"Such a perfect democracy constructs its own inconceivable foe, terrorism. Its wish is to be judged by its enemies rather than by its results. The story of terrorism is written by the state and it is therefore highly instructive. The spectators must certainly never know everything about terrorism, but they must always know enough to convince them that, compared with terrorism, everything else must be acceptable, or in any case more rational and democratic.[...]"

From Guy Debord's Comments on theSociety of the Spectacle