With Iraq, We’ve Been Had Again
R. Cort Kirkwood
by R. Cort Kirkwood
John Adams said, "are stubborn things," and this week,
we heard two of them.
investigators have found no evidence of smallpox germ bombs in Iraq,
and the president admitted Iraq was not behind the mass murder of
Sept. 11, 2001. Sounds a lot like what we learned, much too late,
about North Vietnam’s attack on the US Navy at the Gulf of Tonkin,
which launched the Vietnam war. It never happened.
think this latest news would suck the wind from the war Party’s
martial sails. Yet with good reason, the party cheerily tacks on.
Once troops are committed, retreat is nearly impossible.
smallpox revelation is unsurprising.
the Associated Press, "a three-month search by ‘Team Pox,’"
a military unit looking for the fatal germ, "turned up only
signs to the contrary: disabled equipment that had been rendered
harmless by U.N. inspectors, Iraqi scientists deemed credible who
gave no indication they had worked with smallpox and a laboratory
thought to be back in use that was covered in cobwebs."
last February, when Secretary of State Colin Powell swore up and
down that Hussein "has the wherewithal to develop smallpox."
The deadly germ was a key component of Iraq's ballyhooed "weapons
of mass destruction."
hysteria over Hussein's imagined smallpox arsenal had everyone running
thither and yon for vaccinations, including the president.
seven months into a war begun because the United States was in "imminent
danger," we can't find one, not one, such weapon. And smallpox?
"We found no physical or new anecdotal evidence," an official
told AP, "to suggest Iraq was producing smallpox or had stocks
of it in its possession."
late as Sunday, Vice President Dick Cheney, again suggested that
trailers were "mobile biological facilities" making smallpox.
Totally false, but you know what they say about the big lie.
least he admits Hussein wasn’t connected to the terror raids of
Sept. 11. And now, finally, so does the President: "We’ve had
no evidence," Bush confessed on Wednesday, "that Saddam
Hussein was involved with September the 11th."
went the raisons de guerre. Now, the War Party has just one thin
reed on which to hang the war. It’s a war against terror and Sept.
11, 2001 was the first shot.
The Die Cast?
smallpox. No WMD. No connection to Sept. 11.
of course, no "imminent danger." But none of it’s a problem
for the War Party. When and if the American people wake up, it will
be too late and the party’s propaganda line will be well established.
it already is: Forget about WMD, and smallpox and whether Hussein
helped plot Sept. 11. This is a war against terror. And we’re there.
We destroyed a brutal tyrant. OK, a few troops get killed every
day. That means the terror has yet to be destroyed. We can’t just
quit. Buck up! We must win. Otherwise, all will have died in vain.
the average American, the argument rings true. And the War Party
facts belie its black propaganda, but they can neither undo the
damage nor alter the near future. The fictive Gulf of Tonkin attack
launched a costly, divisive 10-year war. By the time Americans learned
they’d been had, the die was cast. We were committed ... to 58,000
is our commitment in Iraq?
columnist R. Cort Kirkwood [send
him mail] is managing editor of the Daily News-Record
in Harrisonburg, Va.
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