May 28, 2008
As time goes by the reality of world changing events becomes clearer and definitely more honest. That is the nature of documentation when it comes to history.
Most people with hindsight and the sensible few at the time realised that the war in Iraq was unnecessary. Quite a few even realised that the majority of the reason mustered as justification were basically false. So it is hardly surprising that one of George Bush’s aides now basically admits as much.
The revelations are just that, but only because they come from one George W’s circle. Scott McClennan’s statements, coming out in a soon to be published book, lay out what we have all known for a long time.
Bush relied on propaganda “in a way that almost guaranteed that the use of force would become the only feasible option”.
The administration was not “open and forthright on Iraq”.
On the outing of Valerie Plame as a CIA operative and the subsequent coverup, “I allowed myself to be deceived into unknowingly passing along a falsehood”.
The press were too deferential to the White House on Iraq
Steve Hadley, the deputy national security adviser, offered to resign over the erroneous claim that Saddam Hussein was seeking uranium.
“The Iraq war was not necessary”
March 17, 2008
My favourite film maker without a doubt. I have just watched Punch Drunk Love and that sealed my vote even if it wasn’t before. With films like that, Magnolia and There Will Be Blood, well, enough said.
The Iraq War has celebrated it’s 5th birthday. When the war started I was in London, I had disappeared and left my long term girlfirend and Dad for a week spent boozing and being generally off my face with two American women. I was a messed up naive 21 year old and my life was in tatters. I remember I supported the fucked up war. I was naive as I said, and younger than I ever thought my years could be. But I thought I knew everything as does every man that age.
Times change, I am still a fucked up guy, but I have more sense than I did then. What I read I can interpret with more pretentious life experience. I could spout all the statistics I have read about the war, what it costs in lives and money, history, health, oil, contracts and morality. But I don’t need to do that. The justification is there if that’s the way you see things. Or not if you don’t. There are solutions to problems, whichever ones we see fit as a world are the ones that will dictate our level of morality and evolution. Window dressing our responses does nothing other than show that they needed dressing.
New images for the palette.