Patterns of Deception

During the run up to the Iraq invasion, the Bush Administration didn’t like what it was hearing from the professionals in the intelligence community so they found people that would tell them that there was a connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda and that Iraq had a stockpile of weapons of mass destruction. These guys got their very own “Strategic Support Branch” within the Pentagon.

The State Department was reluctant to sign on to all of the Bush Administration’s wacky ideas about things, so the Bushies created a State Department within the Pentagon that, as the New York times put it:

“… Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle, set up their own State Department within the Defense Department, designing a more grandiose and aggressive foreign policy that can be summarized: “We’re No. 1. We like it that way. And we’re going to keep it that way.”

This pattern continued when they didn’t like what they heard about constitutional and international law and torture, so they found people such as John Yoo and Jay Bybee who would crank out legal briefs that said what they wanted to hear.

At any time in any place, there are always enough people to be found to pull off whatever dirty work that needs to be done.

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