|Entry For February 8th, 2008
Fool Me Once, Shame On You ~
Fool Me Twice, Shame On ME...
I'm having a serious case of deja vu.
On January 23, 2008, the Associated Press broke with an article that stated, "President
Bush and his top aides publicly made 935 false statements about the security risk posed by
Iraq in the two years following September 11, 2001. In short, the Bush administration led
the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propagated
and that culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003."
Regardless of your party affiliation, your religion or your temperature on the liberal - to -
conservative scale, I think we can all agree that this is NOT the way to run a country. And
believe it or not, this isn't the first time this enormous scope of deceit has been used by a
president against the American people in regards to going to war in Iraq.
In 1990, as I watched the first Gulf War unfold on television, I was plagued by the
sensation that the public's reaction to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait was being manipulated,
orchestrated by folks with a hidden agenda who really knew their stuff. I felt like a puppet
dangling from strings.
Later, this news emerged: (quoted from Wikipedia): "Shortly after Iraq's invasion of
Kuwait, the organization Citizens For A Free Kuwait emerged in the U.S. It hired the
public relations firm Hill & Knowlton for about $11 million, paid by the Kuwaiti government.
This firm went on to manufacture a campaign in which a nurse working in the Kuwait City
hospital described Iraqi soldiers pulling babies out of incubators and letting them die on
the floor. The story was an influence in tipping both the public and Congress towards a
war with Iraq; six Congressmen said the testimony was enough for them to support military
action against Iraq and seven Senators referenced the testimony in debate.
The Senate supported the military actions in a 52-47 vote. One year later, however, this
allegation was labeled a fabricated hoax. The woman who had testified was found to be a
member of the Kuwaiti Royal Family living in Paris during the war, and therefore could not
have been present during the alleged crime."
Pop Quiz: Can you spot the CIA's cunning fingers at work in that tidbit of U.S. history?
In 1991, I embarked on a personal mission to discover why the Bush administration cared so
much about Kuwait, Iraq, and Saddam Hussein, why they would risk everything, including
American lives. I intended to turn that knowledge into a fiction novel, both o reach as many
people as possible, and to hopefully avoid some deadly, bizarre "accident" that seems to
befall people that ask these kind of questions. So I researched and interviewed, repeating
the Key Intelligence Question over and over to myself, "Qui Bono?" Who Benefits?
What I discovered absolutely blew me away. (And you can learn what I found, in highly
palatable thriller form, by reading The Thief Of Sacred)
People have different theories about the government's obsession with the Persian Gulf. Is
it all about oil, or a subconscious continuation of the Christian vs. Muslim crusades? Do we
have climate envy? Or are they secretly hunting for the lost Ark Of The Covenant,
rumored to be stashed in the mountain caves of Afghanistan?
Personally, I'm rather tired of watching the wonderful people of my country being yanked
around like marionettes. And unfortunately, the manipulation the Bush family has been
participating in is actually a small part of a much bigger, much more ambitious and deeply
Does our government really fear Al-Qaeda and terrorist attacks? Is that why our personal
and public liberties were dramatically curtailed after 9-11-01? Or is the true cause a fear of
"What will it take for humanity to come together? For a Hindu to embrace a Muslim? For a
Muslim to embrace a Christian? For a Christian to embrace a Muslim, or a Buddhist? Then
that is what will occur."
But there is hope. This time, a lot more people are sitting up and paying attention when
those marionette strings are being pulled. OUCH.