Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Five years

Five years, and 43 per cent of Americans remain unshaken in their belief that Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11. Little wonder, when their president still insists, “the safety of America depends on the outcome of the battle in the streets of Baghdad.” Or, when the release of the bipartisan Senate report that conclusively proves otherwise is buried on a Friday afternoon. Or, when their vice-president admits without apology or shame that any reason to go to war against Iraq would have sufficed.

Lying sons of bitches.

Tonight, I watched Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC, a minor American cable news channel with negligible ratings. Olbermann, a former sportscaster, has lately taken to delivering political commentary in the style of his mentor, Edward R. Murrow. Tonight, just moments before he introduced the presidential address, he looked directly into the camera and said:

How dare you, Mr. President, after taking cynical advantage of [the country’s] unanimity and love, and transmuting it into fraudulent war and needless death, after monstrously transforming it into fear and suspicion and turning that fear into the campaign slogan of three elections? How dare you -- or those around you -- ever "spin" 9/11?

Just as the terrorists have succeeded -- are still succeeding -- as long as there is no memorial and no construction here at Ground Zero, so too, have they succeeded, and are still succeeding as long as this government uses 9/11 as a wedge to pit Americans against Americans.

The polite phrase for how so many of us were duped into supporting a war, on the false premise that it had 'something to do' with 9/11 is "lying by implication."

The impolite phrase is "impeachable offense."

We have not forgotten, Mr. President.

You have.

May this country forgive you.

You can read the full transcript of his remarks here. Do.

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