Friday, August 29, 2003
Bush Bought the Lies to Push His War
What's the going rate for selling out the United States Constitution and throwing in with the fomenters of aggressive war?
This salient point should be remembered as the Regime rolls out a brand-new "product" come September: its report on the search for Saddam's elusive WMD. The CIA hired former UN weapons inspector David Kay, one of the most gung-ho drumbeaters for the war, to find, well, something in Iraq: plans, pop-guns, vats of goo--anything that might be massaged into a one-day headline for the credulous mouthbreathers in the media ("White House: We Found WMD!"), before, like those fabled "trailers of mass destruction" Bush once cited so definitively, it all dissolves in a back-page mist of hedging, qualification, retraction and debunking.
It goes without saying that Kay is not exactly a disinterested party. Until last fall, when he went to work as an "independent" consultant touting the Bush war "product," Kay was vice president of Scientific Applications International Corporation, a secretive high-tech defense company that pockets billions of Pentagon dollars--and is hip-deep in the Iraq conquest. Any conclusion by Kay that discredits the Bush war would erode SAIC's bottom line--not to mention the credibility of a certain well-paid drumbeater named David Kay. So there will be no such conclusion.