Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Greeted as liberators, with flowers...
RAMADI, Iraq - The US military has lost control over volatile al-Anbar province, Iraqi police and residents say. The area to the west of Baghdad includes Fallujah, Ramadi and other towns that have seen the worst of military occupation, and the strongest resistance. Despite massive military operations that destroyed most of Fallujah and much of cities such as Haditha, al-Qa'im and Ramadi, real control of the city now seems to be in the hands of local resistance fighters. In losing control of this province, the United States will have lost control over much of Iraq.
In case you can't find your way back here they are:
1. National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice is depicted in the movie telling a reporter, “Oh, indeed there is a tie between Iraq and what happened on 9/11.”
Condoleeza Rices' entire qoute is:
“Oh, indeed there is a tie between Iraq and what happened on 9/11. It’s not that Saddam Hussein was somehow himself and his regime involved in 9/11. But if you think about what caused 9/11, it is the rise of ideologies of hatred that led people to drive airplanes into buildings in New York.”
2. In the film, Moore leads viewers to believe that members of bin Laden’s family were allowed to exit the country after the attacks without questioning by authorities.
Actual story: The September 11th commission, on the other hand, reported that 22 of the 26 people on the flight that took most of the bin Laden family out of the country were interviewed and found to be innocent of suspicion. (egads!) The commission reported that “each of the flights we have studied was investigated by the FBI and dealt with in a professional manner prior to its departure.”
3. Moore claims that James Bath, a friend of President Bush from his time with the Texas Air National Guard, might have funneled bin Laden money to an unsuccessful Bush oil-drilling firm called Arbusto Energy.
Bill Allison, managing editor for the Center for Public Integrity (an independent watchdog group in Washington, D.C.), on the other hand, said, “We looked into bin Laden money going to Arbusto, and we never found anything to back that up,” (well, who would want to rely on an independant group)
4. The movie claims that the Bush administration “supported closing veterans hospitals.”
The facts: “The Department of Veterans Affairs did propose closing seven hospitals in areas with declining populations where the hospitals were underutilized, and whose veterans could be served by other hospitals” (Dave Kopel, Independence Institute, “Fifty-nine Deceits In Fahrenheit 9/11,” http://i2i.org/ Accessed, 07/11/04)
AND- Moore’s film fails to mention that the Department also proposed building new hospitals in areas where needs were growing, and also proposed building blind rehabilitation centers and spinal cord injury centers. (why cover the truth when you can state a fact out of context to become a lie)
5. Moore claims that the Taliban visited Texas while President Bush was governor to discuss a potential project with Unocal.
Nasty factoid here - While Moore implies that then-Governor Bush met with the Taliban, no such meeting occurred. The Taliban delegation did, however, meet with the Clinton Administration on this visit. (dagnabit, had to mention Clinton)
6. Bush has close family ties to the bin Laden family – principally through [President] Bush’s father’s relationship with the Carlyle Group, a private investment firm.
Let's see who else is a "player" but omitted from the film - the Carlyle Group, has a bipartisan roster of partners, including Bill Clinton’s former SEC chairman Arthur Levitt.
And there is another famous investor in Carlyle whom Moore does not reveal: George Soros. (well, let's just MoveOn)
7. Moore asserts that Saddam “never threatened to attack the United States.”
Okay, if by “attack the United States” you interpret this claim to mean that Saddam never threatened to send troops to the United States yo should stop reading now and be smug in your ignorance.
But Saddam Hussein clearly sought to attack the United States within his own sphere of influence, even though he didn’t have the resources to attack U.S. soil from his side of the world:
On November 15, 1997, the newspaper Babel (which was run by Saddam Hussein’s son Uday), ordered that ‘American and British interests, embassies, and naval ships in the Arab region should be the targets of military operations and commando attacks by Arab political forces.’” In addition, “Iraqi forces fired, every day, for 10 years, on the aircraft that patrolled the no-fly zones and staved off further genocide in the north and south of the country,” (even the NYTimes made note of this little fact)
Saddam Hussein also provided safe haven to terrorists who killed Americans, like Abu Nidal; funded suicide bombers in Israel who certainly killed Americans; and ran the Iraqi police, which plotted to assassinate former President George Bush.
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