Chalabi, asked whether his Iraqi National Congress manipulated the Bushies into invading a country that did not attack us and did not threaten us, has this to say:
“‘Our objective has been achieved. That tyrant Saddam is gone, and the Americans are in Baghdad. What was said before is not important.’ “
Yep. Just like their friends the Republicans, you gotta learn to watch what they’re DOING not what they SAYING if you want to know what they’re up to. As I wrote before, “They’re in Baghdad now.”
All the Iraqi and American dead and wounded don’t figure into this at all. And, of course, the casting away of international law, the hundreds of billions spent, the militarization of our culture, the possible coming Iraqi civil war, the credibility and reputation of the United States… None of that figured into the calculations at all. After all, they’re in Baghdad now. They got what they want, fuck you very much.
Update – Thinking about this, I think this is huge. Just huge. This story needs to get OUT THERE. Chalabi as well as admits that the INC pursued a scheme to manipulate American intelligence. Fine, but the Bush people wanted war and fell for it. The cost is tremendous. The potential for disaster is vast.