Hold The Neocons Accountable
neoconservatives be held responsible for
orchestrating a war in order to pursue their
Middle Eastern agenda? Will they get away with
inflicting death and injury on thousands of Iraqis and
Powerful people have good reasons
to hold the neocons accountable. Secretary of State
Colin Powell is one. Deceived into lying to the United
Nations when he presented the case for a preemptive US
attack on Iraq, Secretary Powell was ruthlessly used by
neocon administration officials.
Colin Powell put his
reputation on the line when he gave the UN
assurances that “every statement I make today is
backed up by sources, solid sources. These are not
assertions. What we`re giving you are facts and
conclusions based on solid intelligence.”
There was not a word of truth or
intelligence in what Powell told the UN. Iraq most
certainly was NOT developing chemical, biological and
nuclear weapons of mass destruction. Iraq was NOT
involved with al Qaida and the September 11 attacks on
the US. Saddam Hussein had NO weapons of mass
destruction to give to terrorists.
President Bush also has good reason
to hold the neocons responsible. Deceived and trapped in
a war of attrition that can have no successful outcome,
Bush`s credibility is burdened with speeches even more
egregious than Powell`s UN speech.
Fed disinformation, Bush dutifully
regurgitated neocon fabrications that Iraq possessed 500
tons of chemical weapons, 25,000 liters of anthrax,
38,000 liters of botulinum toxin, 30,000 prohibited
warheads, and uranium from Niger. America had to attack
Iraq, Bush said, before these fearsome weapons could be
used against us.
Vice President Cheney`s fear
mongering was more extreme than Bush`s. Cheney claimed
that Iraq had “reconstituted nuclear weapons.”
References to “mushroom clouds” over American
cities made ears deaf to voices of reason.
Congress has an incentive to hold
the neocons accountable. Fear created by neocon lies
caused Congress to emasculate itself, to give up its war
powers and to agree to massive sums of money being
wasted on a
The US media has good cause to hold
the neocons accountable. Neocons manipulated the media
and turned reporters, news networks and publications
into war propagandists. Uncritical acceptance of neocon
propaganda has made laughingstocks out of “conservative”
media, such as Fox News, the
National Review and the
Wall Street Journal editorial page.
For example, the current issue
(Nov. 24) of the Weekly Standard confidently
reports that a “top secret U.S. government
memorandum” leaked to the magazine proves beyond any
doubt that “Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein had an
operational relationship from the early 1990s to 2003
that involved training in explosives and weapons of mass
destruction, logistical support for terrorist attacks,
al Qaeda training camps and safe haven in Iraq, and
Iraqi financial support for al Qaeda–perhaps even for
Mohammed Atta.” [Case
Closed, November 24, 2003, by Stephen F. Hayes]
These improbable revelations raised
no suspicions at the Weekly Standard or Fox
News, which fed the story to the public without
checking it out.
The US Department of Defense
repudiated the story in a November 15, 2003
press release: “News reports that the Defense
Department recently confirmed new information with
respect to contacts between al Qaida and Iraq in a
letter [from Undersecretary Douglas Feith] to the
Senate Intelligence Committee are inaccurate.”
All the Weekly Standard has
is a “classified annex” containing “raw reports” or
unsupported claims such as those made by self-serving
Iraqi exiles. The Defense Department news release says
that “the classified annex was not an analysis of the
substantive issue of the relationship between Iraq and
al Qaida, and it drew no conclusions.”
But the propagandists at the
Weekly Standard were not deterred by facts.
Neoconservatives have made as big a
fool of the American public as they have of President
The US has been tricked into waging
a war that already has cost us $200 billion and the
sympathy of the world, a war that disrupts the lives of
tens of thousands of reserve and national guard
families, kills and maims our troops and Iraqi
civilians, destroys our alliances and foreign policy,
and recruits terrorists for bin Laden.
We went to war for false reasons.
The costs are enormous.
Will the perpetrators be held
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
of Justice. Click
here for Peter Brimelow`s
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the
recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.