Friday, May 09, 2003

v.good Seymour Hersh interview
'[Former Nebraska Senator Bob] said that it's very possible that they thought if they made a public argument on the basis of Saddam Hussein's being a bad guy the public really wouldn't care enough to endorse a war. But what they could do to mobilize public opinion was suggest that Saddam was involved in generating weapons of mass destruction, whose mere existence could potentially be a threat to us, and allow people to believe that he was involved in 9/11.'

This is probably the best explanation for the decision of the Administration to base the pretext of the war on WMDs and terrorism as a threat to America, despite the lack of evidence which over time became a major diplomatic and political stumbling block ('catastrophic lie'). Once the war has started the focus could then shift to 'building democracy and freedom'.

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