Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Bush Misleads Once Again On Iraq

In a speech today at the North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego, President Bush once again misled the American people on the origins of the Iraq war and the future of the Iraqi government. Speaking to a military audience commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, the president again implied a direct connection between Iraq and the events of September 11.

“As we mark this anniversary, we are again a nation at war. Once again, war came to our shores with a surprise attack that killed thousands in cold blood,” said Bush. “Once again, we face determined enemies who follow a ruthless ideology that despises everything America stands for. Once again, America and our allies are waging a global campaign with forces deployed on virtually every continent. And once again, we will not rest until victory is America's and our freedom is secure.”

Bush also lauded the draft of an Iraqi constitution as a document “...that guarantees freedom for all Iraqi citizens.”

“The document they have produced protects fundamental human freedoms, including freedom for women, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom of conscience, and freedom of expression,” said Bush. “This constitution is the result of democratic debate and compromise, and the Iraqi citizens can be proud of what they have accomplished.”

I guess Bush is ready to crow “mission accomplished” over $200 billion spent and almost 1,900 American military dead – all to establish yet another Islamic republic in the Middle East.

Sorry, Mr. President, no matter how you sell it, that ain't democracy.

Tehran certainly is happy, right along with Team Bush. Said Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, the head of the Iranian Guardian Council, ''After years of struggle, an Islamic state has come to power [in Iraq]."

What a ringing endorsement.

Bush conveniently leaves out that the constitutional draft makes Islam the country's official religion, affirms that Islamic law will indeed be ''a basic source of legislation," and that no law can be passed that violates ''the undisputed rules" of the Islamic faith. Not exactly a civil rights bonanza.

So with another opportunity to tell the truth, Bush again lies about what's going on right now in Iraq and what brought us there in the first place.

Evidently, the president thinks if he just keeps using the phrases “September 11” and “Iraq” in the same sentence, the American people will ignore the existence of the 9/11 Commission and just go with the flow.

But, no matter how many times he says it, it's still just one big lie.