The American people have shown an astonishing lack of interest in finding the truth about what lead the United States into a trillion-plus dollar war based on faulty intelligence. It seems that there’s little demand for any investigation and no organized initiative to hold people responsible. The New York Times reports in an editorial titled The Truth About the Iraq War:
It took just a few months after the United States’ invasion of Iraq for the world to find out that Saddam Hussein had long abandoned his nuclear, biological and chemical weapons programs. He was not training terrorists or colluding with Al Qaeda. The only real threat he posed was to his own countrymen.
It has taken five years to finally come to a reckoning over how much the Bush administration knowingly twisted and hyped intelligence to justify that invasion. On Thursday — after years of Republican stonewalling — a report by the Senate Intelligence Committee gave us as good a set of answers as we’re likely to get.
The report shows clearly that President Bush should have known that important claims he made about Iraq did not conform with intelligence reports. In other cases, he could have learned the truth if he had asked better questions or encouraged more honest answers.
This goes far beyond simple incompetence (of which Bush is also clearly guilty). It raises the question, of course, who hired this guy? The answer is sad.
This whole fiasco has helped me understand how otherwise sane and reasonably intelligent people can be misled so easily. Americans were led like sheep, and even now, an astonishingly similar candidate from the Republican Party has a chance of becoming President. Keep in mind that, just a few years ago, we impeached a President for lying about his private life.
Of course, the United States will continue down this path unless people wake up and start acknowledging the grievous errors we have made. I’m not holding my breath for that, and it certainly looks like Bush and his management team will get out of all of this free of any charges.