Wednesday, April 16, 2008

That tears it…

I’ve been keeping my mouth shut about the blathering and lying that former Undersecretary of Defense and Iraq war architect Doug Feith has been doing the last few weeks to help pimp pump up sales of his new book… but after reading this post on ThinkProgress, I can’t do it anymore.

In the last couple of weeks he’s blamed others for the war, either by blaming former Secretary of State Colin Powell for not speaking out against the war enough…

Yesterday though was the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back.

Appearing on the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC yesterday, Feith dismissed Lehrer’s insistence that the American public was told the war “would be a cakewalk” saying; “You weren’t told that by the administration. Absolutely not.”

I call bullshit…

Almost every significant person in the White House said, at one time or another, that the war would be quick, easy, and painless.

Case in point with a HT to ThinkProgress:

Press Secretary Ari Fleisher, October 11, 2002: “My point is, the likelihood is much more like Afghanistan, where the people who live right now under a brutal dictator will view America as liberators, not conquerors.”

Vice President Dick Cheney, March 16, 2003: “I’m confident that our troops will be successful, and I think it’ll go relatively quickly…Weeks rather than months.”

Then National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, August 7, 2003: “I do not mean that we will need to maintain a military presence in Iraq as was the case in Europe.”

Chairman of the Defense Policy Board Richard Perle, March 22, 2003: “And a year from now, I’ll be very surprised if there is not some grand square in Baghdad that is named after President Bush. There is no doubt that, with the exception of a very small number of people close to a vicious regime, the people of Iraq have been liberated and they understand that they’ve been liberated. And it is getting easier every day for Iraqis to express that sense of liberation.”

Anyone with a brain can ascertain from these quotes that the administration was under the impression that this war was going to be a ‘cakewalk’ and that the US would be viewed as liberators and celebrated and that the war would be short.


Now, I understand that hardly anyone on the right pays any attention to Feith and his book tour is probably more beneficial to Liberals as we can point to Feith as an ideal example of the level of stupidity of Bush’s cronies.

What IS troubling though is this continuous re-writing of history that this administration partakes in, apparently hoping that the American people weren’t and aren’t paying attention and will accept this new version of the situation.

January 20, 2009 can NOT come soon enough…

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