The Tragedy, The Insanity, The Criminality
One likes to think that decisions to go to war; risking so many lives and costing so much of a Nation's treasure is a reasoned one. Around a table, a very sober and serious group of men and women speak of all the implications coming to the conclusion, "Mr. President, we have come to the near unanimous decision that we have no other alternative than to go to war." It seems I am a dreamer and have watched too many movies.
Recently, a document has been published which gives a different picture of what really went on before the War on Iraq. It is a conversation among President Bush, President Aznar of Spain and Advisor Rice. It is shocking in its unreasonable tone and casualness.
Historian Dr. Juan Cole, discusses this document in no uncertain terms. http://juancole.com/
"El Pais published a transcript (reprinted at this link) of the conversation between George W. Bush, Jose Maria Aznar of Spain, and Condoleeza Rice held at Crawford before the Iraq War. Bush is typically bullheaded, impatient, conspiratorial, bullying, arrogant, ill-informed and way over-optimistic. The transcript shows the true colors of the man-- a sort of thuggish, ignorant Mafia don-- who destroyed the United States and destroyed Iraq. "
I urge everyone to read all of Dr. Cole's remarks. He is among the most informed people on the Middle East and the War in Iraq.
To my dying day, I will never understand why the American people have not taken care of President Bush by now. (Unless stopped, his next catastrophic decision will be to attack Iran).
Like a voice in the wilderness Daniel Ellsberg calls for bureaucrats and politicians to do their duty and uphold the Constitution in defense of the Nation. Ellsberg personally learned his lesson over Vietnamm when he belatedly did his duty and had the Penatagon Papers published.
'A Coup Has Occurred' - by Daniel Ellsberg
Empeachment is the least the Americans could do. Justice cries out for trials for war crimes for members of the Bush Administration. I will spare you my rant!
One feels so helpless! "Nero fiddles while Rome burns."