Every morning I sit down to read my “New York Times” and it used to be a nice quiet time to find out what’s new in the world, what’s up with the arts and find wonderfully written human interest stories that touch my heart. But over the course of the last year that quiet, calm morning ritual has turned into a stomach churner and a blood pressure riser. What possibly damage to our country could the Bush administration do today?
Well yesterday was one for the history books. There in the black New Times Roman font in the paper that gives us “all the news fit to print” was an article “US Web Archive is said to reveal a Nuclear Guide.” Was I really reading the times or was I reading a copy of the satirist paper “The Onion”. Nope it was the Times- this is a real story.
In their zeal to desperately rationalize the reason for the invasion of Iraq, Congressional Republicans who were unhappy with the findings of the nation’s spy agencies pressured for the documents found in Iraq after the invasion to be posted to the website so there would be a larger audience that could sift through these documents and find that smoking gun showing that Sadaam had reinvigorated his WMD programs.
The pressure was placed on the Director of National Intelligence, John Negraponte by the Chairs of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees (both Republicans). Mr. Negraponte was very wary and unwilling to create this website, but the two Republicans dead set on proving the critics wrong went to their buddy – President Bush. After all President Bush had everything to gain from someone finding this smoking gun- so Mr. Bush said “Do it John”.
Well a plethora of documents were posted on the web site “Operation Iraqi Freedom Document Portal” including a document that many scientists and nuclear experts said was a guide to building a nuclear bomb! But Mr. Bush and his buddies were still not vindicated. The documents that compromised nuclear secrets were all created before the Persian Gulf War in 1991.
We all knew that Sadaam had such programs before the first war with Iraq – that wasn’t the smoking gun but it was a big old invitation to rogue nation states and terrorists to find a “Nuclear Bomb Marking for Dummies”.
In the zeal to retain political power and vindicate the reason we were originally sold for the invasion of Iraq these Neo-Con nincompoops compromised our security. Just a quick history lesson in case your forgot it was WMD’s not a desire to free the Iraqi people and create democracy which was the reason we were told after WMD’s weren’t found.
The terrorists haven’t had a better ally that George W. Bush. He has infuriated the Islamic world more by a needless war allowing for easier recruitment among the ranks of terrorists, he has created a staging area for terrorists by an Iraq that is in chaos, and now he and his buddies have carelessly released nuclear technology in their singular purpose to salvage their political destinies.
The next time the Republicans talk about how Democrats will compromise our national security I want to ask them what anyone could do short of treason that hasn’t already been done by Bush and friends.