Sun Feb 8 16:05:14 2004

The propaganda campaign to make people believe that Saddam Hussein was behind the September 11th attacks was so successful that in mid-2003 the believers had grown to 70%. But in September 2003 George W. Bush admitted that there was no evidence linking Saddam to 9/11 (BBC: Bush rejects Saddam 9/11 link).


The U.S.-led war against Iraq did not begin in March 2003, as many Americans believe. In fact the U.S. and Britain had been waging an undeclared war against Iraq for twelve years, ever since the end of the Gulf Slaughter in 1991 (see John Pilger's The Secret War on Iraq). The aim has been the destruction of Iraqi society enabling the U.S. and Britain to gain control of Iraq's huge oil reserves. As a result of economic sanctions against Iraq, the prevention of the delivery of much-needed medical and other supplies because of U.S. vetoes in the U.N. Security Council, and the carcinogenic effects of depleted uranium left over from the 1991 Gulf Slaughter, over a million people (two-thirds of them children) have died (this figure is over and above the death rate which would have been expected without sanctions). This policy by the U.S. and Britain has truly been genocidal, and no amount of hypocritical moral posturing on the part of George W. Bush and Tony Blair can disguise this.

Within hours of the attacks of September 11th, 2001, on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, which killed over 3000 people, the Bush administration was blaming Osama bin Laden and his alleged Al-Qaeda network, and declaring a so-called war on terrorism. Immediately the Pentagon put into effect its already-prepared plans for massive bombing raids against Afghanistan (with the purpose of furthering American plans for an oil pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan).

At that time no suggestion was made that Iraq was in any way connected with the September 11th attacks. But in September 2002 a U.S. government and U.S. media disinformation campaign was launched to persuade the American people that it was really Iraq which was behind these attacks.

... about 50 per cent of the population now believes that Iraq was responsible for the attack on the World Trade Centre. This has happened since September 2002. In fact, after the September 11 attack, the figure was about 3 per cent. Government-media propaganda has managed to raise that to about 50 per cent. Now if people genuinely believe that Iraq has carried out major terrorist attacks against the United States and is planning to do so again, well, in that case people will support the war. — Noam Chomsky, Iraq is a trial run

The propaganda campaign to make people believe that Saddam Hussein was behind the September 11th attacks was so successful that in mid-2003 the believers had grown to 70%. But in September 2003 George W. Bush admitted that there was no evidence linking Saddam to 9/11 (BBC: Bush rejects Saddam 9/11 link).

In the weeks leading up to the attack on Iraq George W. Bush was to be seen almost nightly on television solemnly declaring in his brain-dead zombie-like emotionless cartoon-Western-sheriff manner that Iraq possessed "weapons of mass destruction" which it was sure either to use directly against the U.S. (a ridiculous suggestion) or to give to "terrorists" to produce more September 11ths on U.S. soil.

Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised. — Address to the Nation, March 17, 2003

Bush would lead, he declared, "a coalition of the willing" (consisting in fact merely of the U.S., Britain and — to its disgrace — Australia), which would "disarm" Iraq and thereby remove an imminent threat to the entire world.

But efforts by warmongers such as former CIA Director R. James Woolsey failed to turn up any credible evidence of links between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda or other groups of "Arab terrorists", particularly prior to September 11th, 2001. Investigatons by the CIA, the DIA, and the State Department failed to find any evidence of linkage between Saddam Hussein and the attacks of September 11th.

As for Iraq's alleged "weapons of mass destruction", the problem for Bush was that United Nations inspectors had been scouring Iraq for months and had found no evidence of the existence of any. The Americans tried to concoct such evidence (such as Colin Powell's claim of a "poison factory" in Northern Iraq, later shown to be non-existent, and documents purporting to show that Iraq had tried to purchase uranium from Niger, later shown by the IAEA to be forgeries) but only ignoble and servile lackeys such as the prime ministers of Britain, Australia and Spain pretended to believe this evidence. Nevertheless the Bush administration maintained this rationale for its invasion of Iraq, and in fact continues to do so.

But after the regime of Saddam Hussein was overthrown, and U.S. forces were able to inspect any place in Iraq they wished to, where were these "weapons of mass destruction"? None were found. That's because by November 2002 there weren't any, as former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter had already told the U.N. Security Council. The U.S. rationale was a fiction, as was eventually revealed.

Bush administration officials exaggerated the threats from Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and failed to uncover any links between President Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, a private nonpartisan research organization concluded in a report released yesterday [2004-01-08].

The study by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace states that "administration officials systematically misrepresented the threat from Iraq's WMD and ballistic missile program" by treating possibilities as fact and "misrepresenting inspectors' findings in ways that turned threats from minor to dire."

— The Boston Globe

The main reason for the U.S. invasion of Iraq was to gain control of Iraq's oil and to establish military bases in Iraq from which to dominate the Middle East and eventually the entire world.


Kerry calls Bush 'extreme' and out of touch
Sun Feb 8 14:49:34 2004

Kerry calls Bush 'extreme' and out of touch
Sun Feb 8 14:49:34 2004


Kerry calls Bush 'extreme' and out of touch

Sunday, February 8, 2004 Posted: 0728 GMT ( 3:28 PM HKT)

RICHMOND, Virginia (CNN) -- Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry said Saturday he would challenge the Bush administration as "extreme" and out of touch with mainstream America if he goes up against President Bush in November.

"I don't think they're mainstream at all," he said. "And I think Americans want change and want to move in a stronger position for our country."

Kerry picked up a sweep in Saturday's caucuses with projected wins in Michigan and Washington state.

The Massachusetts senator delivered a speech Saturday night that began with a nod to his victory.

"I want to give a very special thank you to the state of Washington and the state of Michigan for giving us great victories today. We are deeply appreciative for that," Kerry said.

"A great message is being sent across the country from Michigan and Washington state, the same message that was sent in Iowa and New Hampshire and Missouri and other states across this country. And that is the same message that I'm carrying to Virginia and to Tennessee and to the rest of this country and that message is, 'George Bush's days are numbered and change is on the way.'"

Kerry's speech centered on tough criticism of Bush and his administration.

He said the current administration has abandoned "mainstream values" to pursue policies "fundamentally at odds with our history."

Kerry told supporters, who cheered loudly, that America is going in the wrong direction and, if elected, he would "turn it around from the radical course that George Bush and his extreme friends are taking us."

The Massachusetts senator said President Bush has weakened the country both at home and abroad, by running up record budget deficits and overextending the military.

Kerry, known to be an aggressive campaigner, said he was prepared for attacks by what he called "the Republican smear machine," saying, "I am one Democrat who knows how to fight back and I've only just begun to fight."

Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie has attacked Kerry's Senate record on national security issues, while carefully acknowledging his service as a decorated Navy officer in Vietnam.

"This week George Bush and the Republican smear machine have begun to trot out the same old lines of attack, Kerry said. "They've used those lines of attack to try to blur the real issues before this country. They've used this to divide us before and I have news this time for George Bush and Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie and the rest of their friends, I am not going to back down."

Prior to the event, and his victories, Kerry spent the day painting Bush as an extremist.

"In the face of the Bush administration's failures, we know what kind of campaign the Bush attack machine will run," Kerry said. "They did it to my friend John McCain in South Carolina in 2000. They did it to my friend Max Cleland in Georgia in 2002. Well, it's not going to work in 2004, for a very simple reason: They're extreme. We're mainstream, and we're going to stand up and fight back."

Earlier this week, Kerry picked up the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers union, with its 1.3 million members. The AFT is the fifth-largest union in the AFL-CIO and the only major union headed by a woman. Its membership is 70 percent female.

He was endorsed Friday by former rival Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri, who had been a favorite of organized labor before dropping out of the race last month.

Kerry has finished first in nine of the 11 states that have held primaries or caucuses. His victories started with an unexpected win in Iowa, which boosted him to front-runner status.

In the months before the Iowa and New Hampshire contests, Kerry's campaign had become mired in conflict, leading to the dismissal of his campaign manager in November.

Kerry continued to trail Dean in polls until just a couple of weeks before Iowa's January 19 caucus.

After months of being pounded by Dean for supporting a resolution authorizing President Bush to use military force in Iraq, Kerry turned the tables in the closing weeks of the campaign, pointing out his national security experience as a senator and a Vietnam war veteran.

Kerry has kept the same message with proven success as he turned his campaign to the national stage.


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President Bush is interviewed by Tim Russert of NBC's "Meet the Press"
in the Oval Office of the White House on Saturday.
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