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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Jeff Martinek Letter 10/05/04

Dear Editor:

George Bush tried to justify his disastrous decision to take his focus off hunting Al Qaeda and engage in an unnecessary invasion of Iraq by claiming that he and everyone else (including Senator Kerry) had been fooled by faulty intelligence.

But a long and scrupulously documented report in the 10/03 New York Times shows that the Bush administration not only ignored, but went out of its way to suppress, evidence that contradicted its dubious claims. The administration deliberately misled the Congress, our allies, and the American people.

The centerpiece of Bush’s case was the 60,000 aluminum tubes that Iraq tried to buy in 2001. The theory that these tubes were intended to be used to make nuclear bomb fuel was, as The Times says, “the creation of a low-level CIA analyst who got his facts, even the size of the tubes, wrong. Furthermore, The Times reports: “It was refuted within 24 hours by the Energy Department, which issued three papers debunking the idea over a four-month period in 2001, and by the International Atomic Energy Agency.”

It was the responsibility of national security advisor, Condoleezza Rice, to advise the President that the story was bunk. Instead of doing her job, Rice only helped to amplify the phony case by talking of a potential “mushroom cloud” attack emanating from Iraq. She claims that she had no idea that the “nuke tubes” theory had been shot down immediately. Her spokesman claimed this week that it was not her job to “referee disputes in the intelligence community.” But that’s EXACTLY what the national security advisor is supposed to do.

How many times does the Bush administration have to be caught lying and evading responsibility for its incompetence before the American public wises up and demands a regime change of its own?

Jeff Martinek


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