I understand that some segments of society have obsessions to the point where no amount of logic nor facts will change their minds. I believe this is what is called the lunatic fringe. The rest of society sees these people for what they are and ignore them. Some of these people, however, hold positions as professional communicators and are allowed to preach their ideas to the world with no requirement to back what they say. Even that would be tolerable if they were doing so from a street corner, but I have problems when they do this from the pulpit of a licensed broadcasting company.
Example is Chis Matthews who, backed by MSNBC, has again expressed his OPINION as though it were a fact. He states that the Bush administration lied about weapons of mass destruction and that this information came from Rumfeld’s book, presumably “Known and Unknown”. What book was Matthews reading? It certainly can’t be Rumsfeld’s. If it was, he needed to give page numbers. Since he didn’t, I will. Look on page 433 where the NIE report (October 2002) on Iraq is given. One of the many statements in that report is: “We judge that Iraq has continued its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs in defiance of UN resolutions and restrictions. Baghdad has chemical and biological weapons as well as missiles with ranges in excess of UN restrictions; if left unchecked, it probably will have a nuclear weapon during this decade.” Other countries, such as Britain, Australia, Spain, Italy, and Poland, also believed this to be true. French President Jacques Chirac also said so (USA Today, June 15, 2003). Even Saddam himself admitted that he wanted the world to believe that he had nuclear capability. Can anyone find anywhere in the book that says Rumsfeld KNEW before we went to war that Iraq DID NOT have WMD? How about you, Chris Matthews?
And by the way, Mr. Chris “Panama-Canal-is-in-Egypt” Matthews, an investigation has already been conducted and a report given in 2005 . The unanimous conclusion from that report basically stated that the intelligence information was faulty. A subsequent report came out (Phase II) in 2006 and another in 2008 .
So finally, to all of you who say that Bush lied us into a war: Prove it!