Monday, February 01, 2010

Greenwald: Remember the illegal destruction of Iraq?

Glenn Greenwald does. Fortunately or unfortunately so do I. An Abomination and blot on my country. Unlike President Barack "Go along to get along" I'll never forget and never forgive.
War crimes and crimes against humanity(same thing?) seem to affect me that way.

Happy War Partners, Inc.:


They just seem so happy for having caused the needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of souls don't they? Remember the scene in "The Shining" where blood comes POURING out of the elevators and rolling down the hallway? These guys should make their entrance on a wave like that. Of course it would be real blood of Iraqi innocents.

Remember the illegal destruction of Iraq?

British political news has been consumed for the last several weeks by a formal inquiry into the illegality and deceit behind Tony Blair's decision to join the U.S. in invading Iraq. Today, Blair himself is publicly testifying before the investigative commission and is being grilled about numerous false claims he made in the run-up to the war, not only about Iraqi weapons programs (his taxi-cab-derived "45-minutes-to-launch!!" warning) and Saddam's ties to Al Qaeda, but also about secret commitments he made to join the U.S. at a time when he and Bush were still pretending that they were undecided and awaiting the outcome of the U.N. negotiations and the inspection process...

..The British inquiry has been widely criticized for being too passive and deferential and lacking any credible threat of accountability (other than disclosure of facts). Still, one can barely even imagine George Bush and Dick Cheney being hauled before an investigative body and forced, under oath, to testify publicly about what they did as a means of determining the legality or illegality of that war. Doing that would fundamentally conflict with two leading principles in American political life: (1) our highest political leaders must never be accountable for actions they take while in power; and (2) whether something they do is "illegal" -- especially the starting of wars -- is utterly irrelevant. Instead of formally investigating whether they broke the law, we treat them like elder statesmen who deserve a life of
luxury and media reverence. Tony Blair -- who had no discernible expertise or experience in banking -- himself is showered with riches for a "part-time" job by JP Morgan and by other institutions who benefited substantially from his acts in office..


As for Blair being "showered with riches". Did anyone really think he was being "Bush's poodle" for nothing in the run up to the Bush/US Media/British attack on Iraq. Personally I thought(and said at the time) he would be working for The Carlyle Group or Halliburton after his days in office. Oops, wrong corporate benefactor..


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