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Blood And Lies

excerpts from a column by Robert C. Koehler. June 22, 2005

Truth about the Iraq war trickles out despite the media

The progression of the obvious truth — about the war in Iraq in particular and the Bush administration in general — has been agonizingly slow to watch, but glory be, the truth started surging last week and by now seems to have reached much of the general public. The truth is that the occupation of Iraq is floating on a river of blood and lies.

“Please hold someone accountable.”

This was the plaintive cry of Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed just over a year ago in Sadr City. Her testimony was one of the highlights of a hearing convened on Thursday, June 16, by U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) to look into the implications of the infamous memo.

The hearing had to be held in a closet-sized room in the Capitol basement because House Republicans, in an act of raw partisanship, denied Conyers, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, use of any of the larger and more appropriate rooms that were available. Guess this was meant to humiliate the speakers, including the grieving Sheehan, and shut them up. It didn’t work. The truth is finding its way out.

The memo, said Sheehan, “confirms what I already suspected. The leadership of this country rushed us into an illegal invasion of another sovereign country on prefabricated and cherry-picked intelligence.”

Even the edifice of Republican support for the war is beginning to crumble. The nation is losing its heart to fight a war that is making no one safer and, as it turns out, was badly planned except in terms of the campaign of deceit aimed at the American public. That campaign was conducted ruthlessly. Now only the media continue to buy it.

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