Published on ‘after downing street.org‘, by Robert Parry, January 28, 2008.
2 excerpts: … In line with Bush’s version of history, 60 Minutes correspondent Pelley asked FBI interrogator George Piro why Hussein kept pretending that he had WMD even as U.S. troops massed on Iraq’s borders, when a simple announcement that the WMD was gone would have prevented the war.
For a man who drew America into two wars and countless military engagements, we never knew what Saddam Hussein was thinking, Pelley said in introducing the segment on the interrogation of Hussein about his WMD stockpiles. Why did he choose war with the United States?
The segment never mentions the fact that Hussein’s government did disclose that it had eliminated its WMD. Instead Pelley presses Piro on the question of why Hussein was hiding that fact.
Piro said Hussein explained to him that most of the WMD had been destroyed by the U.N. inspectors in the 90s, and those that hadn’t been destroyed by the inspectors were unilaterally destroyed by Iraq.
So, Pelley asked, why keep the secret? Why put your nation at risk, why put your own life at risk to maintain this charade?
After Piro mentioned Hussein’s lingering fear of neighboring Iran, Pelley felt he was close to an answer to the mystery: He believed that he couldn’t survive without the perception that he had weapons of mass destruction?
Wanting an Invasion? …
… This strategy of repeating a big lie often enough to make it sound true was famously described in the writings of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels during World War II. However, given the relatively free U.S. press, many Americans feel they are protected from big lie techniques, counting on journalists to call lying politicians to account.
But that clearly is no longer the case – and hasn’t been for some time. Facing career pressure from well-organized right-wing attack groups, American journalists act more like triangulating politicians, fearful of accusations of liberal bias or unpatriotic behavior or softness on terrorism.
To have challenged George W. Bush in July 2003 – when he was near the height of his popularity – or even now with his approval ratings at historic lows would carry career dangers that few American reporters want to risk.
So, discretion – or in this case the acceptance of a lie as truth – is the better part of valor.
Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, was written with two of his sons, Sam and Nat, and can be ordered at neckdeepbook.com. His two previous books, Secrecy & Privilege: The Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq and Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & ‘Project Truth’ are also available there. Or go to Amazon.com. … (full long text).
Link: Leaked classified U.S intelligence report into Fallujah Assault, by David Swanson, 2007-12-25.