La Guerra de la Palabra
Truth is strongest weapon
Newsday, Inc. )
June 15, 2003
I was around when Watergate was being called a
third-rate burglary. Brilliant minds in Washington said congressional
hearings would be ludicrous, cheap and unpatriotic. Then, Sen. Sam Ervin
of North Carolina arrived with a lance to start cross-examining White
House people, and we were off into history. I don't think he went three
days when the first murmurs of impeachment were heard.
Therefore, on Friday I looked through my notebooks and files about the
deaths in Iraq of two Marines, Cpl. Marcus Rodriguez and Sgt. Riayan
Rodriguez's funeral was at Blessed Sacrament Church in Cypress Hills. His
mother passed out on the sidewalk after the Mass.
Tejeda was buried out of St. Elizabeth's in Washington Heights. After the
service, the mother, bent in pain, had to be helped through a crush of
grief on the sidewalk.
Today, the two dead Marines are the symbol for everybody who died in a war
that was started because of a series of coordinated lies in Washington
that said that Iraq had nuclear bombs. "Weapons of Mass Destruction." The
Bush administration used the term so much that it turned into initials,
I use here a 100-page report from "Defense and the National Interest," a
publication respected in war colleges and put out by Charles Spinney, a
retired Air Force officer who actually put his reports out while working
in the Pentagon since 1975. It is now on the Internet -- with whistle-blowers
enthusiastically sending him reports.
Here is just one significant part of his 100-page release:
The State Department said on Sept. 12, 2002, "A new report released on
September 9th from the International Institute for Strategic Studies -- an
independent research organization -- concludes that Saddam Hussein could
build a nuclear bomb within months if he were able to obtain fissile
In October 2002, the CIA said, "If Baghdad acquires sufficient weapons
grade fissile material from abroad, it could make a nuclear weapon within
a year. Without such material from abroad, Iraq probably would not be able
to make a weapon until the last half of the decade."
It will either rain or it will not rain tomorrow.
The Defense and the National Interest Report states that more than 90
percent of the entire Manhattan Project budget went to fissile materials,
less than 4 percent went to the weapons laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M.
A bomb with fissile material or no bomb at all.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said that there were no claims of
Iraq actually attempting to import fissile material since 1991, and the
known fissile material inside Iraq prior to that date has been fully
accounted for by the atomic energy agency. In 1981, Iraq tried to import
uranium or "yellowcake" from Niger. Twenty-two years later, Niger today
cannot export yellowcake without the consent of its three partners, France,
Japan and Spain. It has not happened.
The British then excitedly came out with a document with the forged names
of half the government of the country Niger, stating that Iraq was buying
uranium. One of the signatures was of a dead man. The forgery was sold to
an Italian intelligence agent. There was no uranium moved anywhere.
Intelligence agencies all over the place are saying that they knew about
And then on Jan. 20, George W. Bush announced in his State of the Union
address something that had been known to be fraudulent for months and yet
he told his country:
"The International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed in the 1990s that
Saddam Hussein had an advanced nuclear weapons development program, had a
design for a nuclear weapon, and was working on five different methods of
enriching uranium for a bomb. The British government has learned that
Saddam Hussein recently bought significant quantities of uranium from
Africa. Our intelligence sources tell us that he has attempted to purchase
high-strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production.
Saddam Hussein has not credibly explained these activities. He clearly has
much to hide."
That's what Bush said. Why he said it is the question. And why Cheney and
Rumsfeld kept trying to justify the war with cries of "WMD" must be
questioned by today's Sam Ervin. Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Rumsfeld and
Powell loved aluminum tubes. If Saddam has them, he's ready to fire. The
tubes turn out to be suitable for short-distance missiles and useless for
One reason for your government operating this way could be that the small
closed group in the White House sees what they want to see and proceeds
from there, even if it is plainly delusional to anybody looking in from
The only one who takes on George W. Bush over the weapons is Sen. Bob
Graham of Florida. Graham compared Bush to Richard Nixon. He says the
Republican closed-door hearings are shameful and a dangerous display of
Aside from delusion, the other reason for scaring the country about
nuclear bombs is lying. There is the lie being told that is false but
which the teller has taken to be true. They give the president a speech
that is a lie and he gives it. Then there is the lie that tells the
opposite of what the teller knows to be true.
It leaps out that the reason given to Americans for going into Iraq -- to
stop them from blowing us up with nuclear weapons -- was an outright lie.
It was told to America by President George W. Bush. And people died
because of it. What kind of a lie and why it was told is something that
only a full investigation by Congress, full and on television, can tell
the public and tell us who lied and why.
And tell the families of these two Marines we lost in Iraq and who stand
for all the others who died for a lie.
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