Saturday, February 11, 2006
Through former FEMA head Michael Brown's testimony last week in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearings we've learned of yet another case of Bushevik amnesia. Brown told committee chair Susan Collins (R-ME) that he sent urgent reports to White House officials on Monday August 29, the day the hurricane hit, that New Orleans' levees were failing and that there was potentially disastrous flooding already underway. The next day, Aug. 30, President Bush incredulously went before the press to declare that New Orleans had "dodged a bullet."
This prompted yet another chapter in the Ignorance is Bliss defense by the Bushies whenever they find themselves under attack. On the September 1 broadcast of ABC's Good Morning America, Bush said "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees." But we now know he in fact knew beforehand. And as for his lack of knowledge until Tuesday that New Orleans was facing severe conditions, Brown called that "just baloney" and "a little disingenuous."
We also learned this week that VP Dick Cheney, who's on record as saying that leaking classified information hurts national security, had authorized indicted former chief of staff Scooter Libby to leak classified information on Iraq's WMD to the press.
We also now know that despite Bush's repeated denials about knowing embattled former GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff, they actually met a dozen times, according to Abramoff, and he was invited in 2003 to spend a weekend at the Crawford ranch. Hannukah party, shmannukah party.
These are just a few new examples of the well-oiled Bush deception machine in action. The pattern of lies has been clearly evident since the terrorist attack on 9-11. On May 16, 2002 Condi Rice said "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile." But that assertion was later proven false when news broke at the 9-11 Congressional hearings of the August 8, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S," and which includes the following explicit warning: "Nevertheless, FBI information since that time indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other type of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York."
Or how about all the rhetoric about "mushroom clouds" and Iraq's massive WMD build-up? All of which proved unfounded. And now we learned just this past week that, according to former senior CIA official Paul Pillar, the Busheviks were intent on invading Iraq, ignored the lack of evidence of WMD, and then misleadingly used intelligence to justify the war.
Or what about the now infamous "16 words" in President Bush's Jan. 28, 2003 State of the Union address concerning the alleged Iraq/Niger uranium connection which Bush knew a year earlier to be untrue as investigated and written about by former Ambassador Joe Wilson.
Or what about Bush's assertion that "we don't torture" just as horrific photos of torture at Abu Ghraib flooded the media.
They lie, they deceive and they play dumb and say "we didn't know." But we know. And we're not gonna stop hammering away at this corrupt president and his posse until heads roll down Pennsylvania Avenue.