CBS` Forgeries—And George Bush`s
The story is: How did the US
Congress, the opposition party, the news media, and the
US public let the Bush administration start a war based
on phony documents?
questionable documents, the Bush administration has
swallowed a large number. What about the obviously
forged “yellowcake” documents that were the
basis for the “mistaken” claim that Saddam
Hussein had a nuclear weapons program?
The Bush administration did not
check out the “stovepiped“
phony “intelligence” fed them by Iraqi exiles with an
agenda and by
neoconservatives determined to turn the
“war on terror” into a war against Iraq,
Iran, and Syria.
The Bush administration ignored all
warnings from real experts and CIA and State Department
analysts. Bush invaded a country that not only posed no
threat to the United States, but also had no weapons of
mass destruction and no connections to Osama bin Laden.
The Bush administration`s forged
war has cost more than 1,000 American families their
sons, husbands, fathers, brothers and a few their
sisters, daughters and mothers.
Another 7,000-8,000 American
soldiers have been wounded, more than half too
grievously to be returned to combat. Many have lost
arms, legs, eyes.
What have we achieved with these
We have committed war crimes by
bombing residential neighborhoods and killing thousands
of women and children.
We have made ourselves
infamous as prison torturers.
We have created an insurgency that
we cannot put down.
We have given bin Laden an enormous
boost in credibility and terrorist recruitment.
We have lost the world`s sympathy.
We have aroused massive anger from
Muslims the world over and started a process of Muslim
We have wasted $200 billion that
had high opportunity costs in terms of real needs that
We made these egregious mistakes
because the Bush administration and the President of the
United States used questionable documents that Dan
Rather and CBS would have rejected.
You have to ask yourself, why is
the front page story CBS?
If CBS had forged the documents in
order to intentionally mislead to the public the way the
Bush`s government used phony documents to start a war,
yes there would be a story.
If someone fooled CBS with forged
documents, the only story is: what was that person`s
agenda? Why did he do it? Did the forger intend it as an
offset dirty trick to the
“Swift Boats” dirty trick against Kerry, or was it a
blow aimed at CBS?
The CBS report is about something
we already know—the missing gap in Bush`s National Guard
service. If the CBS report fails to illume that gap,
then the story remains to be told. News organizations
should get off CBS and on the story.
Whether documents are forged or
authentic, the CBS investigation of Bush`s National
Guard service is far less important than Bush`s war
based on intentional deception.
Will the American public focus long
enough to demand the real story?
Paul Craig Roberts is the author with Lawrence M.
The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name