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The United States seems to interpret the news these days through a prism
of catch phrases borrowed from history.
A former US ambassador says Cheney and others knew the alleged Iraq uranium purchase was baseless long before Bush used it in his State of the Union speech
The Pentagon was selling a patriotic tale. It found many eager buyers.
It is notoriously difficult to prove a negative. At what point can you
be sure that something does not in fact exist?
They pushed the CIA to say
That nukes could quickly come our way--
Saddam might, with a finger snap,
Remove Chicago from the map.
"Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt
that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most
lethal weapons ever devised," George W.
At long last, the military appears to be gearing up to try some of the
Guantánamo Bay prisoners.
If Americans have done their best to forget the war, so have the