Former President George Bush is at it again: making up non-existent threats. This time the target is Julian Assange and once again, Bush’s intelligence is completely wrong. According to the Denver Post:
‘Six months ago, President Bush accepted an invitation to speak to the YPO Global Leadership Summit in Denver on Feb. 26, 2011. This week, upon learning that Julian Assange had recently been invited to address the same summit, President Bush decided to cancel his appearance,’ said Bush spokesman David Sherzer in a statement. ‘The former president has no desire to share a forum with a man who has willfully and repeatedly done great harm to the interests of the United Sates.’
Bush was less likely to find the Wikileaks editor-in-chief in Denver than he was to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. As Assange’s lawyers pointed out when informed of the Bush decision, their client cannot leave Britain. He remains out on bail, on condition he not leave the United Kingdom, while it is determined whether he will be extradited to Sweden to face sexual assault charges, whose veracity is on a par with the late Saddam Hussein’s WMDs.
With the important role Wikileaks has played in stirring up Middle East dictatorships along with Twitter, Facebook and Google, some think Assange is a hero. Wikileaks has revealed a considerable amount about how the Iraq invasion was phony.
Bush, Cheney, Judith Miller, and the others sold the U.S., Britain and others on the idea that Iraq had WMDs and therefore Hussein’s regime must be brought down. Now it appears that if the U.S. and Britain had only waited, given what is going on in the Middle East, the Iraqis would have removed Saddam themselves. And the so-called successful invasion isn’t working out as well as Gen. Petraeus and President Obama have said. There have been numerous protests, some of them violent. This weekend the country’s biggest oil refinery was blown up.