December 20, 2011 § Leave a comment
You are being lied to. Sometimes it is that simple. Leon ‘the Liar’ Panetta wants you to believe: “There is no question that the United States was divided going into that war,” he said. “But I think the United States is united coming out of that war. We all recognize the tremendous price that has been paid in lives, in blood. And yet I think we also recognize that those lives were not lost in vain. . . .
“As difficult as [the Iraq war] was,” and the cost in both American and Iraqi lives, “I think the price has been worth it, to establish a stable government in a very important region of the world,” he added.
The only apparent truth in this statement is that the “United States was divided going into the war.” But let’s look at that ‘truth’ more closely. At the time, more than half of those polled in the United States were opposed. The less than half that favored the war believed things that weren’t true [the Iraqi government was involved in 9/11; and, the Iraqi government has weapons of mass destruction]. So, what can be concluded? We were all being lied to at the time and those that believed the lies supported the war [perhaps understandably since they believed in punishment for 9/11 and self-defense against WMD] but, if you factor in the United States government’s lies then even the support of the war wasn’t based upon truth so the support for the war was deceit-based. So even what Leon ‘the Liar’ claims is true is a ‘truth’ based upon falsehoods which cannot comfortably called ‘true’.
At one time in the distant past, I had some form of respect for Panetta, he ‘seemed’ a decent guy. Now he’s just an indecent liar ginning up support for the empire.
Finally, this lie. The people in the United States are not ‘united coming out of the war’ except in a sense not intended by him, sense that they are united in thinking ‘it was a despicable thing taken in their name that has permanently [in the sense that in our lifetimes] damaged the political economy of the country.’
We are united in that assessment. But not ‘united’ in the way Leon ‘the Liar’ wants you to think. In your heart you want to believe that he knows he’s lying and this is only his day job because if he actually believes the truth of his words then he’s delusional. . . . and that is a bad thing. It was in Rumsfeld and it is in Panetta.