Lusitania. Maine. Gulf of Tonkin. WMD’s in Iraq.
And now John Bolton, a repeat draft-dodger turned chicken-hawk and one of the chief architects of the strategy to lie us into war in Iraq is just changing the last letter from “Q” to “N” — from IRAQ to IRAN — and going for an encore.
Prior to invading Iraq, the National Intelligence Estimate prepared by 17 U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA, said there were no WMD’s. The Bush Administration’s own weapons inspector Scott Ritter said there no WMD, and all the conservatives like Limbaugh and Hannity ridiculed him. Karl Rove and Dick Cheney cooked up false “intelligence” (fake news) to overrule them.
Then U.N. weapons inspectors Hans Blix and Mohammed El-Baradei said the same thing, and more trash talk from conservatives. Our long-time allies the Germans and French, who supported us after 9/11 and in the first Gulf War, were not fooled. Remember how the FRENCH were ridiculed? Remember “Freedom Fries”? Remember how the conservatives forgot how the French were our oldest and most loyal allies in every conflict dating back to the Revolutionary War, which we could not have won without them? Iraq II was the FIRST TIME the French ever called BS on us for, well, BS. Bush and Bolton lied. Ritter, Blix, El-Baradei, the French, the Germans and those who actually read the NIE were right. And now the Bolton squad is back, trying again.
John Bolton refused to his generation’s war, which might have had some basis for justification if he was a principled conscientious objector, but he wasn’t. He supports the wars, as long as someone else goes.
Bolton has learned that, for those who send other’s in their place and then invest in “defense contractor” industries, there is a lot of profit to be made if you offer up OTHER PEOPLE’s children as human sacrifices for oil and “defense contractor” profits.