Even Mom Is Re-Thinking
911 Conspiracy Theories

By Brian Peterson
Westender - Vancouver
I've shown astounding self-control in not writing about the renewed shooting war in Iraq, Richard Clarke or Condoleezza Rice's 9/11 testimony in the past few weeks, wouldn't you say?
Even my mother called up after watching some of Rice's testimony to say, "That woman strikes me as a bigger liar than George Bush. I'm finding it real disturbing that all the crazy things you've been saying since 9/11 are turning out to be true."
Well, if she can get her shots in I feel justified in catching up on a few capsule comments on the administration's unravelling claim to pre-9/11 cluelessness.
How much more proof do we need than the President's Daily Brief of Aug. 6, 2001 entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." that alluded to 70 active investigations into Al Qaeda cells operating in the country and preparations for hijackings?
And yet Bush still has the nerve to claim he would've "moved mountains" to prevent the attacks had he known they were coming. He certainly moved mountains of bogus evidence indicating Iraq was somehow involved in the 9/11 attacks to the front while moving mountains of legitimate proof that Iraq had no useable stocks of WMDs to the side while he was dragging his nation into a war that was hailed 'round the world as a disaster before the first shot was fired.
I wonder if the big dope still thinks the situation in Iraq is as funny as he did back on March 25 when he made light of the failure to find weapons of mass destruction at a black-tie event for radio and television journalists in Washington.
The mountain-mover himself was narrating a high-larious slide show sending up his administration's penchant for alienating allies and spinning lies. He really brought the house down when a series of slides showing the Prez looking under his office furniture were projected.
"Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be here somewhere," he told the audience. "Nope, no weapons over there," he said, laughing. "Maybe under here," he chortled, as a third slide was shown.
Stop! Oh golly, you slay me, Mr. President. You're almost as funny as the inability of any legislators to summon the moral indignation to mount a decent impeachment proceeding against you for lying to the world and getting a hell of lot of people blown to tatters.
Apparently, the President's jocularity is rubbing off on his military commanders when they describe Operation (Fall on Your) Resolute Sword as "going well." How nice to be so optimistic about destroying neighbourhoods and body-bagging 70 marines this month while putting down the bloody and popular joint Shiite and Sunni insurgency against the American occupation.
I'm sure that when they suspend shelling to distribute food and water and allow civilians to bury their dead, the U.S. soldiers are greeted as liberators and garlanded with flowers too, huh?
Of course, the thigh-slapping irony of it all is that extinguishment of the democratic fantasy in Iraq was precipitated by the American closing of Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr's newspaper Al Hawza. Because nothing screams democracy like shutting down the news and views of those who disagree with you, right?
Well, thanks for letting me get that off my chest. Here's a wee bone for those of you craving some local commentary: start conserving water now. After an Easter weekend like that one, the writing on the wall seems pretty plain.
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