Garden of Deceit: Peeping Bushes and Planting WMDs
Counterpunch published my “Peeping Tom in the Bush” (which you can read in its original bloggamy form here with all your insightful comments) today with the subtitle “Nonconsensual Voyeurism and the NSA.”
While you’re Counterpunching time, check out Tufts University History and Comparative Religion Prof. Gary Leupp’s piece on how the Neo-Cons at the Office of Special Plans didn’t just cherrypick “intelligence” for Bush and the press, but actually tried to PLANT WMD’s in Iraq when U.S. troops didn’t find any real ones to justify our “pre-emptive” Rape of Iraq.
Back in September of 2002, when Bush was building up to the big Cockfight at the Baghdad Corral by telling tall tales about Saddam’s tremendous, read-to-fire, mushroom-cloud-creating WMDs (these were the days before he amended that to Weapons “Programs”), I figured the wily dictator had a few old atomic scuds hidden away but probably, if he ever actually showed the UN weapons inspectors his whole secret stash, they would not be impressed. Saddam struck me as being the kind of guy who brags he’s got 10 inches, then won’t let you unzip his pants for fear you’ll laugh at his actual four and a half.
Then after the “Shock and Awe” of our Bukkake Bombing Crusade cleared the way for our troops to look for those WMDs anywhere they wanted, and it became clear that Bush lied, and that Saddam didn’t have anything really, no uranium from Niger, no weapons program, not even a Winnebago with enough poison to kill one chickenhawk, people like Jacques Chirac talked about how the Bushites might try to plant something. I was kind of amazed that nobody found anything. Could that mean that the Bushites were actually being honest for once by not stepping over that line and planting evidence?
Well, Professor Leupp says, not really. The Neo-Cons were perfectly willing to plant a garden of WMDs in the land of the old Garden of Eden. They had the “chutzpah,” he writes, but not the know-how. The problem was how to make the fake WMD appear genuinely Iraqi, at leat enough to fool the experts who would inevitably test them for authenticity.
Leupp goes on to wonder about what might happen with Iran, where the players and popular moods are quite different, but the Neo-Con finger -pointing about WMDs and WMD programs is disturbingly similar