By Dr. Aslam Abdullah, TMO Editor-in-chief
In the immediate aftermath of the 2001 anthrax attacks, White House officials repeatedly pressed FBI Director Robert Mueller to prove it was a second-wave assault by Al Qaeda, but the premier investigating agency refused to toe the White House line.
After the October 2001 anthrax death of Sun photo editor Robert Stevens, Mueller was chastised during President Bush’s morning intelligence briefings for not producing proof the killer spores were the handiwork of terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden.
“They really wanted to blame somebody in the Middle East,” the retired senior FBI official told the New York based The News. On October 15, 2001, President Bush said, “There may be some possible link” to Bin Laden, adding, “I wouldn’t put it past him.” Vice President Cheney also said Bin Laden’s henchmen were trained “how to deploy and use these kinds of substances, so you start to piece it all together.”
But by then the FBI already knew anthrax spilling out of letters addressed to media outlets and to a U.S. senator was a military strain of the bioweapon. “Very quickly [Fort Detrick, Md., experts] told us this was not something some guy in a cave could come up with,” the ex-FBI official said. “They couldn’t go from box cutters one week to weapons-grade anthrax the next.”
What is now clear is that the highest political office of the nation has been occupied for the last 8 years by a bunch of liars and thugs who did everything possible to damage America’s reputation and interests abroad in the name of national security.
The Congress did nothing to reign in these people and the Republican Party toed the line of the White House in spreading lies after lies. During the last eight years, President Bush and his cronies have spread numerous lies about almost everything. Under the leadership of Islamophobic evangelical and Zionist leaders, the Bush Administration took every possible opportunity to link Al-Qaeda with Islam so that a case against Muslims in the west can be framed. They and their cronies coined terms such as Islamofascist, or Islamic fascism to create a parallel between Hitler and Islam. They created an enviornment of suspicion against Islam and Muslims in America and Europe. Rather than relying on Muslims in the fight against terrorism, they tried to isolate Muslims in the name of national security.
But the lies are now emerging one by one. But look at the price of these lies. Our economy is in the doldrums. We have become instrumental in causing the deaths of perhaps a million civilian Iraqis in addition to 4,000 our own soldiers. Our families are increasingly suffering under the mortgage crisis, impending further credit problems, and rising food costs. Gas prices have reached a level unaffordable for most low income Americans. Bush and his party during the last eight years have acted as nothing but a bunch of barbarians concerned for increasing their personal profits.
Perhaps what congressman Kucinich has initiated is the right thing at this time. Impeach this president so that the future leader of this nation does not take the nation for a ride.
Real patriotism means to impeach this president for all abuses and misdirection of the past eight years, and especially for this crowning achievement among many similar achievements–the attempt to attribute a crime to innocent people.