Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Lies, Deception, and Defending The Inexplicable, announced yesterday that he had no reason to believe that Saddam had a hand in the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. Really. Also yesterday, Condoleezza Rice said that one of the reasons Bush went to war was because Saddam posed a threat “in a region” from which the 9/11 threat emerged. They were in the neighborhood? By this logic we should have responded to the Kaiser’s sinking of the Lusitania by bombing France.
More disturbing is the abandon with which these guys change their story. They needed to link Saddam to 9/11 to justify the war they wanted to fight. Now that 70% of Americans think it’s true, they feel safe to back away from the lie so they don’t get caught in it. First WMDs, now 9/11. It is increasingly clear that this administration will lie to justify its agenda.
This is the first time in my personal history I’ve actually been afraid of the U.S. leadership. I’ve disagreed with policies and philosophies of previous administrations. I’ve been angry, content, happy, and apathetic. But I am afraid of these guys. They are dangerous. They are capable of leading us into dark and scary places with false bluster and bravado. And they will not be the ones to take the fall if things get ugly. They are not leaders. They are manipulators.