- Still think you are not being flimflammed by the Bush
administration? Take heed of this: Newsweek has reported that Hussein Kamel,
the highest-ranking Iraqi official ever to defect and Saddam Hussein's
son-in-law, told the United Nations, the CIA and Britain's MI-6 in 1995
that Iraq destroyed all of its chemical and biological stocks, as well
as the missiles to deliver them, in 1991.
- Yet the U.N. arms inspectors, the CIA and MI-6 chose
to keep that secret. If it's true ÷ and there's no reason to believe
it isn't ÷ then it's pretty hard evidence that the Bush administration
is lying through its teeth when it keeps insisting that Iraq has weapons
of mass destruction. It also bolsters the credibility of former chief arms
inspector Scott Ritter, who has likewise insisted that Iraq's weapons were
destroyed. For that matter, it bolsters the credibility of the Iraqi government,
which insists it no longer has any weapons of mass destruction.
- You might recall that Kamel defected to Jordan and about
six months later made the mistake of returning to Iraq, where he was killed.
This coming war with Iraq gets murkier and murkier. Let's see if we can
sort it out.
- First, we have a chief executive so naive about the world
outside of Texas, he probably couldn't find a lot of countries on a map.
Second, he has surrounded himself with American Likudniks ÷ supporters
of Israel's right-wing government. Even The Washington Post reported recently
what I've been saying for months: that Bush's policy is identical to that
of Ariel Sharon's, the Israeli prime minister. I've said that Bush has
been acting like Sharon's puppet; The Washington Post story quoted a U.S.
official as saying Sharon has "played Bush like a violin."
- The Israelis have long feared Iraq, Iran and North Korea
(because they fear it will sell missiles to Iran). What a coincidence that
those three countries are Bush's "axis of evil."
- Before Bush's election, Dick Cheney (now vice president),
John Bolton (now undersecretary of state for arms control), Douglas Feith
(now third-highest-ranking official in the Defense Department), Richard
Perle (now chairman of the Defense Policy Board) and James Woolsey (former
CIA director) all had one thing in common: They served as advisers to the
pro-Israeli Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. This is according
to an article that appeared in the magazine The Nation. Bush recently appointed
as director of Middle Eastern affairs for the National Security Council
Elliott Abrams, a protg of Perle and a man convicted of lying to Congress
during the Iran-Contra affair.
- In 1996, according to an article in the Israeli newspaper
Haaretz, Perle, Feith and David Wurmser, now an assistant to Bolton, wrote
a policy proposal for Benjamin Netanyahu, then Israel's prime minister.
Included in their advice were tips on how to manipulate the American government
(OK, even the Haaretz reporter says the report comes "dangerously
close" to dual loyalty) and advice to drop the peace plan, drop the
idea of land for peace and concentrate on toppling Saddam Hussein and eventually
replacing other Middle Eastern governments in order to create a safe environment
- There's your explanation for the war. When sons and daughters
come home in body bags or maimed, those are the people you can blame. Others
in this group ÷ who formed an outfit called the Project for the
New American Century in 1997 that also called for toppling Saddam ÷
include, in addition to most of those named above, Donald Rumsfeld; William
Kristol, editor of the neoconservative Weekly Standard; Paul Wolfowitz,
Rumsfeld's No. 2 guy; William Bennett, the best the neocons can do for
an intellectual; Richard Armitage, now Colin Powell's deputy; Zalmay Khalilzad,
now ambassador to Afghanistan; and others.
- If you watch the silly cable-news shows, you will recognize
many of these names as part of the parade of "experts" in favor
of war with Iraq. The American people are being played for suckers. Their
sons and daughters will be cannon fodder in a war that might benefit a
foreign country but will greatly damage the interests of our own.
- © 2003 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.