Pity about Chalabi. I like the word. I could type it for hours. It would have made a great breakfast item at Taco Bell. But that’s over. Democrats can uncock their pointing fingers and untwist their fists. George Bush was not responsible for taking the U.S. to war under false pretenses. He was conned. Misled. Lied to. Just as we all were.
It’s slowly dawning on the entire world that we’ve been duped in the biggest con job ever pulled off, a story so utterly implausible that even Tom Clancy couldn’t have pitched it.
One man tells a lie that causes a U.S. president to invade a sovereign state against the will of the world; then, as the president’s reelection campaign begins, we learn the truth.
Stranger still, the revelation of the lie has done little to change public opinion. Those for and against have merely dug in and fortified, ignoring the fact that the facts are fiction. See if you can follow this.
Three men and a basketball. The first man chucks the ball to the second man who passes to the third who shoots and scores. The crowd’s on its feet: half are screaming the ball’s a fake while the other half are screaming a basket’s a basket. Months pass but still the crowd argues until a fourth Mann writes a book… and one by one the crowd hushes, pondering the same question.
What happened to the first man, the one who first appeared with the so-called “ball?”
The man with the “ball,” the big lie that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction poised and ready to kill us all right now, was created in whole by Ahmed Chalabi who passed it to Vice President Dick Cheney who passed it to President Bush who invaded Iraq on the basis of Cheney’s conviction that Chalabi was absolutely correct in his every assertion.
Where’s Chalabi right now? Hanging out around Baghdad awaiting a crowning, possibly this summer.
Now that the many smart people have put two and two together and come up with one, you’d think Chalabi’d be scrambling for cover, maybe diving into Saddam’s own pit on the theory that lightning never strikes twice, disproved a short time ago on the set of The Passion. But he’s not in hiding. That’s for depressed guys like Cheney, with whom Chalabi has no more use.
Chalabi’s not a nice man, so he’s fit to be king. He’s a convicted criminal on the run from Jordan for embezzling millions from his own bank. Sentenced to prison for 20 years, he pulled a Dubya and didn’t show up, then went on to become chums with powerful Americans who don’t read newspapers.
The lie created by Cheney and Chalabi outdoes anything Sagretti and Rove ever cooked up under Nixon. These two men have done more damage to America than the combined efforts of the American Communist Party and Joe McCarthy. Their landfill of lies makes Nicaragua and Grenada look like the PR stunts they actually were.
In an interview soon to be aired on 60 Minutes, Chalabi asked incredulously, “You’re telling me that (the) United States government took our word without checking out the people?” He added in defiance: “I want to be asked to testify in the United States Senate in the Intelligence Committee. I want to do this in an open session.” Sure he does. But will he show?
Chalabi’s about to get that new country he’s had his eye on. Cheney and Bush might lose theirs, but they’ll be adding billions to their offshore accounts very soon.
The fans in the stands? Eh, they lost a few sons and daughters but they’ll get over it. Somebody has to pay, and it’s the American people, but not in an election year. There’s plenty of room for truth after November. Right now we’re smack dab in the middle of lying season.
What the Bush administration needs now is a perfect patsy — and here he comes. Here, Wolfie. Here he is. Good boy.
Put your money on Wolfowitz. He’s second tier, he’s passionate about the lies he helped tell, he’s disliked worldwide for his arrogant memo informing France and Germany they won’t be having any U.S. cake or ice cream. Plus — and I don’t say this lightly in this combustible age — Wolfowitz is Jewish. Anti-Semitism is sparking again and here comes a big wind. Stamp it, friends, because history goes round like a clock.
Today, so freshly duped, we are all neocons.