Senator Joe Biden was the chairman and Tony Blinken was chief of staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that helped propagate the weapons of mass destruction deception and rubber-stamped the invasion of Iraq. They’re no less clueless today. From Norman Solomon at commondreams.org:
Former U.S. President George W. Bush speaks before signing the joint congressional resolution authorizing the US use of force against Iraq if needed 16 October, 2002 at the White House in Washington, DC. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (R), House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-IL (2nd R), and Secretary of State Colin Powell (C) look on during speech. (Photo: Luke Frazza/AFP via Getty Images)
Vast quantities of lies from top U.S. government officials led up to the Iraq invasion. Now, marking its 20th anniversary, the same media outlets that eagerly boosted those lies are offering retrospectives. Don’t expect them to shed light on the most difficult truths, including their own complicity in pushing for war.
What propelled the United States to start the war on Iraq in March 2003 were dynamics of media and politics that are still very much with us today.
Soon after 9/11, one of the rhetorical whips brandished by President George W. Bush was an unequivocal assertion while speaking to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 20, 2001: “Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.” Thrown down, that gauntlet received adulation and scant criticism in the United States. Mainstream media and members of Congress were almost all enthralled with a Manichean worldview that has evolved and persisted.
Our current era is filled with echoes of such oratory from the current president. A few months before fist-bumping Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Mohammed bin Salman—who’s been in charge of a tyrannical regime making war on Yemen, causing several hundred thousand deaths since 2015 with U.S. government help—Joe Biden mounted a pulpit of supreme virtue during his 2022 State of the Union address.
Biden proclaimed “an unwavering resolve that freedom will always triumph over tyranny.” And he added that “in the battle between democracy and autocracies, democracies are rising to the moment.” Of course, there was no mention of his support for Saudi autocracy and war.