Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Friday, September 08, 2006

I know we're only supposed to talk about the ABC 9/11 movie . . .

And I wasn't going to post today anyway, because I haven't eaten in more than 24 hours and when my blood sugar is down, you don't want anything to do with me, but ...

I decided somebody ought to pay attention to other stuff that's going on. The Dems finally pried loose part of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the "intelligence" leading up to the Iraq war and, well, it says what I knew the second the bullshit came out of Colin Powell's mouth in Feb., 2003. But now it's official. As the AP summarizes:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's no evidence Saddam Hussein had a relationship with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his al Qaeda associates, according to a Senate report on prewar intelligence on Iraq. Democrats said the report undercuts President Bush's justification for going to war.

The declassified document being released Friday by the Senate Intelligence Committee also explores the role that inaccurate information supplied by the anti-Saddam exile group the Iraqi National Congress had in the march to war.

The report comes at a time that Bush is emphasizing the need to prevail in Iraq to win the war on terrorism while Democrats are seeking to make that policy an issue in the midterm elections.

It discloses for the first time an October 2005 CIA assessment that prior to the war Saddam's government "did not have a relationship, harbor, or turn a blind eye toward Zarqawi and his associates," according to excerpts of the 400-page report provided by Democrats.

Bush and other administration officials have said that the presence of Zarqawi in Iraq before the war was evidence of a connection between Saddam's government and al Qaeda. Zarqawi was killed by a U.S. airstrike in June this year.

White House press secretary Tony Snow played down the report as "nothing new."

Yeah, "nothing new." Then why was it widely reported in the European press before the invasion that Zarqawi had nothing to do with the Iraqi regime? (In fact, he operated in Iraqi Kurdistan, completely outside of Saddam's control.) Why was this publicly available information not reported in the United States? Why did President Cheney go around the country lying about precisely this issue for two years after the invasion of Iraq? Why do 60% of Americans still believe the lies? And why did Pfc. Vincent M. Frassetto, 21, of Toms River, N.J., 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, die Sept. 7 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq?

Well, I'm off now to get my interior inspected. But I'll tell you what I already know -- there's a cancerous growth on the country.

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