Rove Tells The Truth About Iraq (Almost)

Karl Rove has come up with a new strategy to deceive the American people–tell them the truth, but leave out just enough so that they don’t really understand. Rove is coming under criticism for some of his comments report by the Akron Beacon Journal and is being accused of lying, but there is far more truth in this statement than is obvious at first glance:

In a question-and-answer period after his speech, Rove was asked whose idea it was to start a pre-emptive war in Iraq.

“I think it was Osama bin Laden’s,” Rove replied.

That’s totally true. One of bin Laden’s goals has been to overthrow secular dictatorships in the middle east so that they could be replaced by Islamic fundamentalist dictatorships. Rove, and Bush, fell into bin Laden’s trap and did exactly what bin Laden wanted. As Karl Rove said, it was bin Laden’s idea to have the United States invade Iraq. The sensible response after 9/11 would have been to concentrate on eliminating al Qaeda instead of doing what bin Laden wanted.

Of course Rove wasn’t entirely dishonest as he warned, “If we lose, they will follow.” Rove’s statement on Iraq also makes it more difficult to figure out exactly what the Bush administration’s view is on the relationship between the Iraq war and 9/11.

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