Bill Moyers tell us how. Watch the video.
The aftermath of 9/11 created an environment of extreme patriotism and submission to the Bush administration's Iraq war plan. Skepticism was a rarity among journalists inside the Beltway. While almost all the claims would eventually prove to be false, the drumbeat of misinformation about WMDs went virtually unchallenged by the media - a perfect storm of media compliance with government propaganda. Since then, the Bush administration has attempted to cover up pre war intelligence reports.
In his book "At the Center of the Storm," to be released Monday, former CIA director George Tenet said the administration of President George W. Bush never undertook a "serious discussion" about the option of containing Iraq without resorting to an attack. He states:
Watch Tenet's interview: 60 Minutes on CBS - this Sunday, April 29
"There was never a serious debate that I know of within the administration about the imminence of the Iraqi threat."
- G. Tenet
Tenet lashes out against the Bush administration in an interview, accusing it of distorting his pre-Iraq War claim that the existence of weapons of mass destruction was a "slam dunk." Tenet called the administration's distortion "disingenuous and dishonorable."Tenet was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush. His pre 9/11 warnings to the Bush administration about a pending al Qaeda attack on the US went unheeded. Tenet has been invited to testify before the the House Committee on Oversight and Government reform on May 10.
Now, the media gets it right:
Now that we know Bush was warned repeated and explicitly about an impending al Qaeda attack in the months prior to 9/11 . . .
Only in this America of the early 21st Century could it be true, that the man who was president during the worst attack on our nation, and the man who was the mayor of the city in which that attack principally unfolded, would not only be absolved of any and all blame for the unreadiness of their own governments, but, more over, would thereafter be branded heroes of those attacks.-MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, 4/25/07
------------------------------------------------------------------------------Bush's Approval rating: 28%
A new NBC News/"Wall Street Journal" poll shows only 22 percent of Americans think the country is going in the right direction. Sixty-six percent say we're not. And the overriding issue in those poll numbers it the war in Iraq.
Isolated and almost alone in his determination to continue the insanity that is the war in Iraq, Mr. Bush clings to a 4-year-old failed policy that has cost this country its reputation, more than 3,000 of its finest young people and a half a trillion dollars of your tax money. Thousands of our soldiers have been crippled for life.
And, of course, finally, it's not working -- not on any level. There is no effective Iraqi government. There's no democracy. There's no political solution. Nothing. Just bloody day after bloody week after bloody month of violence, death, destruction.
-Jack Cafferty, CNN 4/25/07
lowest of his presidency in the Harris/WSJ Poll