Mike Shuster tracks the events leading up to the U.S.-led invasion. These include Bush administration claims -- since discredited -- of ongoing Iraqi nuclear weapons development and links with al Qaeda.The "since discredited" line is a bit misleading, as the report makes clear the claims, down through Colin Powell's famous UN speech, could have been discredited at the time they were made. Nothing the Bush Administration said about Iraq prior to the invasion, per this report, was justifiable, and there were plenty of reasons to conclude Iraq was not lying, was not a danger to world peace, and that invasion was not justified.
But the Bush Administration wanted war. And the American media ignored any evidence to the contrary. And that, says Mike Shuster's report, is how we got here. It's nothing that hasn't been said on left blogistan ad nauseum. But now it's being broadcast around the country. As Bush continues to make the same tired excuses for war, and offer the same vague and glittering generalities and pathetic homilies, the ravens come home to feast on the carcass.
And even American media can't ignore the truth anymore.
"No one lights a lamp and covers it with a pot or puts it under a bed; rather, one puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in can see the light. After all, there is nothing hidden that won't be brought to light, nor secreted away that won't be made known and exposed. So pay attention to how you're listening; in fact, to those who have more will be given, and from those who don't have, even what they seem to have will be taken away." Luke 8:16-18 (SV)