Jun 16, 2004
A Mutiny is Born
...As recently as this week, Vice President Cheney said Hussein had “long-established ties” with al Qaeda.
“Why the vice president continues to make that claim beats me. I have no idea,” said Phyllis Oakley, a signatory of the anti-Bush statement and a former director of the State Department’s intelligence office.
Oakley and the other 26 signatories described Bush administration “manipulation of uncertain intelligence about weapons of mass destruction” and “a cynical campaign to persuade the public that Saddam Hussein was linked to al Qaeda and the attacks of Sept. 11.”
The new group, which calls itself Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change, believes Bush must be replaced for the United States to regain credibility and strengthen valuable foreign alliances.
[...]Noting the arrests without trial of Muslims since Sept. 11 and the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia Chas Freeman criticized a “post 9/11 atmosphere of hysteria.”
“I think we will in time come to be very ashamed of this period in history,” Freeman said, “and of the role some people in the administration played in setting the tone and setting the rules.”
From the Statement that everybody should read:Instead of building upon America’s great economic and moral strength to lead other nations in a coordinated campaign to address the causes of terrorism and to stifle its resources, the Administration, motivated more by ideology than by reasoned analysis, struck out on its own. It led the United States into an ill-planned and costly war from which exit is uncertain. It justified the invasion of Iraq by manipulation of uncertain intelligence about weapons of mass destruction, and by a cynical campaign to persuade the public that Saddam Hussein was linked to Al Qaeda and the attacks of September 11. The evidence did not support this argument.
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