My desktop dictionary is never more than a click away.
Available whenever I need a word or synonym. How odd that the people of the U.S., and the U.K., seem to place little or no value on the necessary credibility of their leaders. Nor that those leaders be held accountable for their actions.
Nearly three weeks ago, on May 1, the Sunday Times of London published a secret U.K. government memorandum discussing a July 23, 2002, meeting between Blair and his top security advisers. The memo said that military action against Iraq "was seen as inevitable" and that Bush wanted to remove Saddam "through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD," weapons of mass destruction.
The memo said that "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."
The report was not disavowed by the British government. And even in light of this revelation Tony Blair was elected to serve his third term as Prime Minister. The news and press in the U.S. treated the revelation of this memo and its contents with little less concern than the daily weather forecast.
Now it should also be noted that at the time of the memo, Bush officials were insisting in chorus that they had NO plans to attack Iraq. And yet it is known that Iraq was on Bush's radar screen when he took office in 2001, perhaps even before. Books by former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and Richard Clarke, former head of counterterrorism at the White House's National Security Council, both attest to early signs -- even before 9/11 -- that war against Iraq was high on Bush's agenda.
In the run-up to the war, Vice President Dick Cheney and then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice used appearances on Sunday television shows and in speeches to friendly audiences to start the drumbeat that Iraq had unconventional weapons and direct ties to Osama bin Laden.
As the memo, which is no longer quite so secret, pointed out, "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy." Can any political leader, especially the one currently residing in the White House, and who continues to lie with impunity, be considered credible?