Firing a Government Employee

By Brian Wojtalewicz.
Originally published in The Appleton Press on October 19, 2004.

In the lead up to the Iraq War, we had some clear statements from President Bush and his appointees. On August 26, 2002, V.P. Dick Cheney told Americans:

Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.
– Dick Cheney

On September 12, 2002, Mr. Bush told us Americans:

Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons.
– George W. Bush

His press agent, Ari Fleischer, told us Americans on January 9, 2003:

We know for a fact that there are weapons there.
– Ari Fleischer

On January 28, 2003, Mr. Bush told us:

Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent.
– George W. Bush

Colin Powell, his Secretary of State, told us on February 5, 2003:

We know that Saddam Hussein is determined to keep his weapons of mass destruction, is determined to make more.
– Colin Powell

Mr. Bush told us on February 8, 2003:

We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons — the very weapons the dictator tells us he does not have.
– George W. Bush

On March 18, 2003, Mr. Bush told us:

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. Bush

His press secretary told us a few days later, on March 21:

Well, there is no question that we have evidence and information that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical particularly. . . all of this will be made clear in the course of the operation, for whatever duration it takes.
– Ari Fleischer

Then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told us on March 30, 2003:

We know where they are. They are in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad.
– Donal Rumsfeld

His boss, Mr. Bush, told us on May 3, 2003:

We will find them. It’ll be a matter of time to do so.
– George W. Bush

And on May 28, 2003, Paul Wolfowitz, the Assistant Secretary of Defense, let his tongue get ahead of him when talking to the press:

For bureaucratic reasons, we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction (as justification for invading Iraq) because it was the one reason everyone could agree on.
– Paul Wolfowitz

Of course, we now know that there was no solid evidence, only guessing, that Iraq still had weapons of mass destruction. Instead of being straight with us, the citizens of a democracy, they gave possibility as a certainty. Any propagandist or communications expert knows that fear is the biggest way to motivate a society to do something, in particular to unleash the hell of war.

When a president deceives a democracy into going to war, he should be fired by the people. Is there any deception that would better justify impeaching him, or firing him at the election polls?

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