246. Administration lying about war motives

President Bust wants to go to war against Iraq. A majority of Americans, however, is convinced that Bush didn’t make the case. The media like to mention that there is a solid 68% of Americans who support military action and gloss over the fact that this number drops to 26% in the case of unilateral action.

The Administration likes to repeat that war is its last option. Simply put, the American people do not believe that. According to a recent Pew poll, “a solid majority of Americans (62%) think the administration has already decided to go to war with Iraq.”

The Administration continues to confuse the American people by using expressions like “the coalition of the willing.” It seems that it’s no longer possible to form a coalition and “the willing” are only two: Bush and Blair. Another expression is “time is running out,” as if Saddam’s ballistic missiles (that he doesn’t have) are pointed toward the U.S. ready to be launched.

Economic interests are often the reason given for France’s independent position. This may be true. It is also true that American oil companies, like Halliburton (Cheney’s former company) and Schlumberger, are in contact with the Administration. They are seen, according to the Wall Street Journal, “as favorites for what could be as much as $1.5 billion in contracts.”

This morally bankrupt Republican Administration is lying to us to satisfy its greed. The name of the game is blood for oil, not the illusory threat that Iraq poses.

January 27, 2003