Sunday, May 07, 2006

Criminal negligence

President George W. Bush is guilty of criminal negligence in the deaths of thousands of Americans and Iraqis in the chaos that followed the toppling of Saddam Hussein. I do not merely refer to Bush's failure to provide adequate troops to cope with the chaos that many (though not his Secretary of Defence) knew would come after Saddam's fall. I refer also to the following story (heard first on Michael Savage's radio show and now seen at ABC News' website): link here

A former top CIA spy says the United States deliberately turned down several opportunities to kill terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in the lead-up to the Iraq war.

Mike Scheuer headed the CIA's bin Laden unit for six years before resigning in 2004.

He has told the ABC's Four Corners program the Bush administration had Zarqawi in its sights almost every day for a year.

He says a plan to destroy Zarqawi's training camp in Kurdistan was abandoned for diplomatic reasons.

"The reasons the intelligence service got for not shooting Zarqawi was simply that the President and the National Security Council decided it was more important not to give the Europeans the impression we were gunslingers," he said.

"Mr Bush had Mr Zarqawi in his sights for almost every day for a year before the invasion of Iraq and he didn't shoot because they were wining and dining the French in an effort to get them to assist us in the invasion of Iraq."

This story was actually reported before, in the Wall Street Journal in 2002, but few Americans then knew who Zarqawi was and the media let the story drop. This should be a major scandal. Zarqawi is responsible for the deaths of hundreds, if not thousands, of innocent people in Iraq since 2003. By not eliminating him when he had the chance, Bush is guilty of criminal negligence in these people's deaths.

Way to go, Mr. President. But at least you got the cheese-eaters to help with the war, right? Oh, they didn't, did they? Woops.