The Anthrax-Neocon Link

In case you didn’t realize the neocons are cynical and manipulative übercreeps, read this compelling article by Glen Greenwald in Salon. After the 9/11 attacks my country was led by the nose into believing that attacking Iraq would solve all of our problems. The Anthrax-Sadaam link, based on dubious information sourced from a U.S. government research laboratory, was just the smoking gun the neocons needed to rally public opinion behind them for their grandiose plans:

We now know — we knew even before news of Ivins’ suicide last night, and know especially in light of it — that the anthrax attacks didn’t come from Iraq or any foreign government at all. It came from our own Government’s scientist, from the top Army bioweapons research laboratory. More significantly, the false reports linking anthrax to Iraq also came from the U.S. Government — from people with some type of significant links to the same facility responsible for the attacks themselves.

Surely the question of who generated those false Iraq-anthrax reports is one of the most significant and explosive stories of the last decade. The motive to fabricate reports of bentonite and a link to Saddam is glaring. Those fabrications played some significant role — I’d argue a very major role — in propagandizing the American public to perceive of Saddam as a threat, and further, propagandized the public to believe that our country was sufficiently threatened by foreign elements that a whole series of radical policies that the neoconservatives both within and outside of the Bush administration wanted to pursue — including an attack an Iraq and a whole array of assaults on our basic constitutional framework — were justified and even necessary in order to survive.

I’d like to see what all those hysterical right-wing bloggers who were so gung ho about going to war, about doing “whatever it takes” despite us “liberal pussies”, have to say about this. Probably not much, as they’re coming to realize they’ve been led by the nose too.

Link to the full article in Salon.

(via Boingboing)

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