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  • A case for war.

    Have you ever notice how we Americans separate ourselves from the machinations of the Federal Government? We say that the Federal Government is out of control and that it is too big, too intrusive. We view our nation’s government as something that is distant, unresponsive, and detached from our lives. We complain that “they” are not listening to us.

    We forget that we, the people, are the government! Hence, we are responsible for what our leaders in Washington DC do in our name. We are culpable. Each of us should have sign on our desk that says, “The buck stops here.”

    If you agree that we live in a republic whose power is derived from its people, then it stands to reason that we, you and I, are responsible for the invasion of Iraq. Here’s a recap of events that lead us to the incursion of a sovereign nation:

    September 10, 2001: While there had been acts of terrorism around the globe, the American people were not anxious to go to war. (For many, the distaste of the Viet Nam War still lingered in our memories.) President Bush went to Florida to push Congress to do more about U.S. Education. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced that the Pentagon was missing 2.3 trillion dollars!

    September 11, 2001: The entire world was shocked. Four jet airliners were hi-jacked and used as weapons of mass destruction. Osama bin Laden, leader of the terrorist group al Qaeda, was blamed for the attack known as 9/11. He was believed to be in Afghanistan under the protection of the Taliban government. The Pentagon’s missing money problems became a non-issue.

    October 7, 2001: Operation Enduring Freedom was launched to bring Osama bin Laden to justice and to destroy al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

    December 12-17, 2001: The battle of Tora Bora. Osama bin Laden escapes capture and flees into Pakistan. A CIA agent in charge of capturing bin Laden claimed that he requested more troops but was denied by Washington superiors.

    July 23, 2002: A secret meeting of senior British government leaders was held at 10 Downing Street. The document known as the Downing Street Memo suggested that the Bush Administration was intent on removing Saddam Hussein in Iraq by military force. The search for WMD’s (Weapons of Mass Destruction) in Iraq was just a pretext to justify going to war.

    January 28, 2003: President George W. Bush said the following 16 words in his State of the Union Address before Congress, “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.” It was determined later that that statement was factually incorrect. It was based on misleading intelligence reports derived from questionable sources and forged documents.

    March 20, 2003: United States Bombs Baghdad, Iraq.

    July 6, 2003: In a New York Times op-ed piece, Ambassador Joe Wilson refutes President Bush’s assertions that Iraq was trying to buy uranium from Niger, a country in Africa. Later his wife Valerie Plame was outed as a CIA operative. The leak was attributed to Vice President’s Dick Cheney’s office.

    May 1, 2005: The Sunday Times of London publishes the Downing Street memo. Slowly, American news media began to ask questions and political pressure began to mount on the Bush Administration to respond to the allegations that the search for WMD’s in Iraq was bogus.

    July 7, 2005: The 7/7 attacks on London. Suicide bombers targeted civilians on London’s transportation system in a coordinated attack. Fifty-two innocent civilians were killed and over 700 hundred hurt. Public outrage of the Downing Street Memo faded away.

    For more information follow these links:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tora_Bora
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_Iraq_War
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_Dossier
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downing_Street_Memo
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,158228,00.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7_July_2005_London_bombings

    Photo: Prime Minister's Office - Image of the front door of Number 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:2010_Official_Downing_Street_pic.jpg)
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