Comments: CIA Agent Allegedly Involved In Forged Iraq Letter Ran Previous Operation To Create Pretext For War

It apears that the Bushies regularly entertain schemes to trick the American people into supporting war. Of course, we'll only ever hear about the plans they decided not to use (or plans they did use but have sufficient levels of plausable deniability - i.e. "bad intelligence" or whatnot).

But, if you to dare to wonder if the 9/11 attacks might have had a similar origin, then you're just batshit crazy...

Posted by Daldude at August 5, 2008 07:00 PM

This adminstration is rotten through and through and has lied again and again and is capable of doing ANYTHING. What a sorry mess our country is in and worse still, for individuals and nations that have been targeted, it is the worst nightmare ever.

Posted by Rupa Shah at August 5, 2008 07:41 PM

Frankensteinian Foreign Policy. (only no villagers out to stop the monster)

Posted by Mike Meyer at August 5, 2008 08:44 PM

"But, if you to dare to wonder if the 9/11 attacks might have had a similar origin, then you're just batshit crazy..."

Personally, my problem with The Truthers (apart from the batshit crazy stuff) is simply the overthinking. This is the Bush administration we're talking about here. If you want me to go down this path the least you can do is throw intricately executed conspiracy out the window. Occam's Razor: Wouldn't it be easier to just... let it happen? Its not like the bones weren't there to pick up. "You've covered your ass now" - August 2001, at his fucking RANCH. But no, yall had to go make Machiavellis out of these motherfuckers.

Posted by BenP at August 6, 2008 12:48 AM

Amusingly, Anabasis was almost a xerox of Saddam Hussein's scheme for his invasion of Kuwait

And why is it supposed to be surprising?

Posted by abb1 at August 6, 2008 06:09 AM

I agree this administration is capable if absolutely anything. It seems to me that all thinking people now agree the war in Iraq was based on lies, the 9/11 connection, the anthrax, the WMDs. What I don't get is why there was no serious attempt to impeach.

Posted by Mikeb302000 at August 6, 2008 07:26 AM

Mike Meyer: FFP and and no one to stop the monster.

This administration has made monsters out of our 18-20 year old KIDS.

http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/2008/08/squashed_by_tan/index.php

Posted by Rupa Shah at August 6, 2008 09:07 AM

"Remember The Maine."

Remember the Gult of Tonkin?

Remember the anthrax letters?

Like rings in our snouts. Led off to wars.

I kind of agree with BenP, though I'm more of a universalist on this. The details are important for history, but no one reads or remembers history. They are just exposes for a disinterested audience.

My literary equivalent is Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard To Find." We get led off, one by one, but we still want to believe what we want to believe.

Posted by Bob In Pacifica at August 6, 2008 09:12 AM

"This is the Bush administration we're talking about here....yall had to go make Machiavellis out of these motherfuckers."

After stealing two elections, launching two wars of agression, and running a Constitution-shredding and international law-shredding tyranny, and getting away with it, what would you call them?

Posted by Bruce at August 6, 2008 02:21 PM

As all these Bush administration conspriracies are exposed now and in coming years, I hope everyone will keep in mind that there are no conspiracies and only tinfoil hat wearing wackjobs subscribe to them. So please nevermind the conspiracies. They only seem like conspiracies. They aren't really conspiracies because, obviously, if there were, then, well, all of this would be pretty pointless, wouldn't it? We'd just be living in the Matrix, wouldn't we?

Posted by Mr. Conspiracy at August 6, 2008 03:22 PM

After stealing two elections, launching two wars of agression, and running a Constitution-shredding and international law-shredding tyranny, and getting away with it, what would you call them?

But I think this is BenP's point - the Bush team doesn't do subtle very well at all. They get caught. And they get caught in ways that make the elaborate conspiracy theories that get woven around them seem laughable at best.

If they'd planned the 9/11 attacks and done them on purpose we'd know by now. These guys couldn't keep their hamfisted attempts to gin up a war with Iraq a secret - how the hell could they have kept a plot to blow up the towers and kill thousands of US civilians a secret for this long? If they'd done it by this point we'd have proof - probably documents written on White House letterhead with George Bush's signature attached given how these clowns seem to operate.

That's not to say that they haven't been pulling crap, but the supernatural powers attributed to them by some Truthers are just unreal. It's enough to make you believe that the Truthers have been infiltrated by folks who want to make their arguments as ridiculous as possible in order to obscure the actual conspiracies surrounding this administration. I try to live by the rule "never attribute to conspiracy what can be more easily explained by people being morons", but the Bush administration and their moronic attempts at conspiracy make that rule very hard to apply these days.

Posted by NonyNony at August 6, 2008 04:06 PM

Go McCain!

Posted by Labiche at August 6, 2008 05:09 PM

"if they'd done it by this point we'd have proof"

separate the wheat from the chaff, and you do. It was certainly more than just "letting it happen."

give it time...

Posted by Bruce at August 6, 2008 07:30 PM
I try to live by the rule "never attribute to conspiracy what can be more easily explained by people being morons", but the Bush administration and their moronic attempts at conspiracy make that rule very hard to apply these days.

How do you feel about Milosevic and Arafat?

Natural causes?

Posted by Labiche at August 6, 2008 07:50 PM

@abb1: Jon said "amusingly", not "amazingly".

Of course, now you're going to ask, "And why is it supposed to be funny?"

Posted by Nell at August 7, 2008 05:03 AM

Labiche - Arafat definitely. He was poisoned. So was Sharon. Both were poisoned by the same faction, in my opinion.

I don't know about Milosevic.

Posted by Mr. Conspiracy at August 7, 2008 09:34 AM

Paul Wellstone? the anthrax guy?

Posted by geoff at August 7, 2008 05:34 PM