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They Lied and Many Soldiers Died
By Jimmy Breslin
Tuesday 23 September 2003
George Bush won't mention the names below in today's 0aspeech, nor will your gullible news and television people - the Pekinese of the 0aPress.
Therefore we print promptly and thus prominently the names 0aof American soldiers killed in Iraq and reported from Sept. 9 to Sept. 19:
Spc. Ryan G. Carlock, 25, 416th Transportation Co., 260 0aQuartermaster Battalion (Petroleum Support), Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. Died in 0aattack on truck Sept. 10. Home: Macomb, Ill.
Staff Sgt. Joe Robsky, 31, 759 Ordnance Co., Fort Irwin, 0aCalif. Home is a mobile home park trailer in Elizaville, N.Y. Died in Baghdad 0awhile trying to defuse a homemade bomb on Sept. 10. He volunteered for this duty 0abecause he didn't want children killed by land mines.
Sgt. Henry Ybarra III, 32, D Troop, 6th Squadron, 6th 0aCavalry. Home: Austin, Texas. Died when truck tire exploded, Sept. 11.
Marine Sgt. Kevin N. Morehead, 33, 3rd Battalion, 5th 0aSpecial Forces Group. Home: Little Rock, Ark. Died of wounds received when 0araiding enemy forces.
Sgt. 1st Class William M. Bennett, 35, 3rd Battalion, 5th 0aSpecial Forces Group, of Seymour, Tenn. Died of wounds in same raid on Sept. 12 0ain Ramadi.
Sgt. Trevor A. Blumberg, 22, lst Battalion, 504th 0aParachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne, Fort Bragg, N.C. Home: Canton, Mich. 0aDied in attack on his vehicle in Baghdad on Sept. 14.
Staff Sgt. Kevin C. Kimmerly, 31, 4th Battalion, 27th 0aField Artillery Regiment, North Creek, N.Y. Killed when his vehicle was hit by 0arocket-propelled grenade while on patrol in Baghdad Sept. 15.
Spc. Alyssa R. Peterson, 27, 311 Military Intelligence 0aBattalion, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky. Home: Flagstaff, Ariz. 0aDied of wounds on Sept. 15 at Tel Afar.
Spc. James C. Wright, 27, Fourth Infantry Division, Fort 0aHood, Texas. Home: Delhi Township, Ohio. Died when vehicle hit by 0arocket-propelled grenade during ambush near Tikrit on Sept. 18.
George Bush told lies and they died.
First, your government lied to ensure Bush's re-election. 0aWho votes against a president in time of war? And even better, you get oil with 0athe winning election.
So Bush lied to you. Not misstatements. Lies. He and his 0apeople threw away their honor and consciences to lie to the people they had 0asworn to protect.
The lies of Washington put young men from Seymour, Tenn., 0aand Maspeth, Queens and Palos Hills, Ill., into boxes. And that, dear reader, is 0aquite a lie.
At the start, Bush claimed that Iraq had poison gas and 0awas making nuclear weapons. Soon, they will poison us all and blow us up. His 0aproof was documents forged by elementary-school pupils. Still, Bush used it in 0ahis State of the Union speech. Condoleezza Rice said it was only 23 words in a 0aspeech. What are you so concerned about?
The 23 words were only about nuclear bombs.
Look now at the lie that George Bush carries into the 0aUnited Nations today:
We went into Iraq because they were part of the World 0aTrade Center attack.
That's what they told you, and Americans, who honor their 0agovernment, believed what their government told them. And so did all those young 0apeople as they were about to put up their lives in the desert.
On Oct. 14, 2002, Bush said, "This is a man [Saddam] that 0awe know has had connections with al-Qaida. This is a man who, in my judgment, 0awould like to use al-Qaida as a forward army."
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said, on Sept. 26, 2002, "Yes, there is a linkage between al-Qaida and Iraq."
Condoleezza Rice, the national security adviser, said on 0aSept. 25, 2002, "There have been contacts between senior Iraqi officials and 0amembers of al-Qaida going back for actually quite a long time."
They knew exactly what they were saying and what it would 0ado. It was using a Big Lie in an age of screens and faxes. What did you think it 0awas, a government telling you the truth? Why should they do that?
At summer's end, suspicions rose. It was time to change 0athe lie before it became a liability. How do you do that? By using the ultimate 0acon: telling the truth.
Here in the world of professional lying is how you use the 0atruth to defuse a lie when it becomes dangerous to keep: Suddenly, Donald 0aRumsfeld on Sept. 16 announced, "I've not seen any indication that would lead me 0ato believe that I could say that Saddam Hussein was involved in the Sept. 11 0aattacks."
That same day, Condoleezza Rice jumped up and chirped, "And we have never claimed that Saddam Hussein had either ... direction or 0acontrol of 9/11. What we've said is that this was someone who supported 0aterrorists, helped train them."
And then the next day, George Bush said, "There's no 0aquestion that Saddam Hussein has al-Qaida ties. We have no evidence that Saddam 0aHussein was involved with the Sept. 11 attacks."
So the three now say that they never said that Hussein was 0ainvolved in the World Trade Center attack. Look up what we said. We never said 0ait.
Of course they did. Anybody who thinks they didn't is a 0apoor fool. Take a half-word out of a sentence, replace it with a smug smile or 0achin motion and the meaning is there. Saddam was in on the Trade Center with bin 0aLaden. Of course Bush and his people said it. Then go to the whip, go to the 0atruth.
Only the strong memory is an opponent, and there are few 0aof them. Otherwise, the only thing that can remind people and maybe even inflame 0athem are these dead bodies coming back from Iraq to Heber, Calif. They arrive 0ahere in silence. We have no idea of how many wounded are in government hospitals 0awith no arms or legs. You never hear Bush talking about them. He often acts as 0aif subjects like this have nothing to do with him.
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