Well, Cowboy George swooped into Australia and streaked down the flight steps to quite readily inform Australian Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile – when asked about Iraq – that we’re “kicking ass” in Iraq. That should be THE snapshot of the entire Bush Administration since September 11, 2001. We just plain damn like to “kick ass” because that’s what we do best “where I come from.”
We’ve also learned this week [courtesy of Sydney Blumenthal on Salon.com] that Bush was informed in the Oval Office on September 18, 2002 by then-acting CIA Director, George Tenet, that Iraq had NO WMD’s. “Tenet told me he briefed the president personally,” one of the former CIA officers informed Blumenthal, referring to the Oval Office briefing session on Sept. 18, 2002.
The Blumenthal article goes on to recount how Tyler Drumheller, CIA’s chief of clandestine operations for Europe, disclosed the fact that the Foreign Minister of Iraq, Naji Nasri, had presented evidence to his agency showing that Saddam had NO WMD’s. But as two senior CIA officials informed Blumenthal for the article, not only was Naji dead-on correct but that Deputy CIA Director John McLaughlin decided to go instead with another Iraqi source, dubbed “Curve Ball” – who said Saddam did in fact possess WMD’s. Never mind that Curve Ball was finally revealed to be nothing more than a former Iraqi taxi cab driver posing as a chemical engineer.
What is even more heinous in this trail of events is that none of the U.S. Senators or U.S. Representatives who voted for the Authorization for the Use of Force Resolution in October 2002 knew any of this secret intelligence. George Tenet never revealed his Oval Office revelation to George Bush to anyone else in the CIA or Congress but instead kept this information under “lock & key”, never to refer to it again. Ditto for the disclosure by Tyler Drumheller.
As a CIA officer bluntly stated “”Bush didn’t give a fuck about the intelligence. He had his mind made up.” As the officers continued to give credence to the Iraqi foreign minister’s assertion of no Iraqi WMD’s, a Tenet deputy told them “You haven’t figured this out yet. This isn’t about intelligence. It’s about regime change.”
So when Bush says “Mission Accomplished” or we’re “kicking ass” it’s really to say, “I’m George of the Jungle and what I say is what is”. I say what is real and what is not. What is to be believed and what is not to be believed. After all this is what I REALLY mean when I say “I am the decider.”
The Decider of Reality. Welcome to Amerika. Welcome to Stalag 13, Camp Terror!