A veteran of the Iraq war, David Bellavia is the receipient of a Silver Star, Bronze Star and has been nominated by his leadership for the Medal of Honor.
David joined us tonight to tell us about a new organization he has co-founded called The Warrior Legacy Foundation. Their mission is to protect and promote the reputation and dignity of every American veteran. Their Tenets are:
I. Defend the Defenders
(through advocacy and policy influence, we will enhance our warriors ability to fight and win)
II. Care for the Wounded
(we will never stop fighting for dignified and complete care of our wounded troops)
III. Honor the Sacrifices
(we will never forget the Fallen and we will honor the sacrifices made by military families)
During my service in the US Army in the 60s, I was required to follow orders. If I refused a direct order, I would probably be court-marshalled and the members of the court marshall board would not want to hear my opinions about the legality of the war. The troops in Iraq are in the same spot. Bush and Cheney took us to war by lying to us, by telling us about WMDs that did not exist, by lying about a phony connection between Saddam Hussain and Osama bin Laden, a connection that Cheney tried to prove by torturing captured terrorists, who finally, under torture admitted to a connection that wasn't there.
Two generations have passed since I put civilian clothes back on, but we could serve our troops by getting them the hell out of Iraq and charging Bush and Cheney with treason and any other crimes that we could make stick. Thousands of Americans have died because of Bush and Cheney's lies, Bush and Cheney have sent thousands of Ameican troops to their deaths in Iraq and are still lying about Iraq..
If we really love and respect the Constitution, let's send Bush and Cheney to jail for their criminal acts against the Constitution. If we let Bush and Cheney get away with what everybody knows is a pack of lies, any future president will be able to lie to send American troops to any rinky-dink illegal war anywhere in the world for any trumped up reason and not be charged, and there goes out Constitution right out the window.
Secret U.S. Mission Hauls Uranium From Iraq On July 5, 2008, the Associated Press (AP) released a story titled: Secret U.S. mission hauls uranium from Iraq. The opening paragraph is as follows:
The last major remnant of Saddam Hussein's nuclear program - a huge stockpile of concentrated natural uranium - reached a Canadian port Saturday to complete a secret U.S. operation that included a two week airlift from Baghdad and a ship voyage crossing two oceans.
See anything wrong with this picture? We have been hearing from the far-left for more than five years how, 'Bush lied.' Somehow, that slogan loses its credibility now that 550 metric tons of Saddam's yellowcake, used for nuclear weapon enrichment, has been discovered and shipped to Canada for its new use as nuclear energy.
It appears that American troops found the 550 metric tons of uranium in 2003 after invading Iraq. They had to sit on this information and the uranium itself, for fear of terrorists attempting to steal it. It was guarded and kept safe by our military in a23,000-acre site with large sand beams surrounding the site.
This is vindication for the Bush administration, having been attacked mercilessly by the liberal media and the far-left pundits on the blogosphere. Now that it is proven that President Bush did not lie about Saddam's nuclear ambitions, one would think the mainstream media would report the story? Once the AP released the story, the mainstream media should have picked it up and broadcast it worldwide.
This never happened, due in large part I believe, to the fact that the mainstream media would have to admit they were wrong about Bush's war motives all along. Thankfully, the AP got it right when it said, "The removal of 550 metric tons of 'yellowcake' — the seed material for higher-grade nuclear enrichment — was a significant step toward closing the books on Saddam's nuclear legacy."
Closing the book on Saddam's nuclear legacy? Did Saddam have a nuclear legacy after all? I thought Bush lied? As it turns out, the people who lied were Joe Wilson and his wife.
Valerie Plame engaged in a clear case of nepotism and convinced the CIA to send her husband on a fact finding mission in February 2002, seeking to determine if Saddam Hussein attempted to buy yellowcake from Niger. The CIA and British intelligence believed Saddam contacted Niger for that purpose but needed proof.
During his trip to Niger, Wilson actually interviewed the former prime minister of Niger, Ibrahim Assane Mayaki. Mayaki told Wilson that in June of 1999, an Iraqi delegation expressed interest in 'expanding commercial relations' for the purposes of purchasing yellowcake.
Wilson chose to overlook Mayaki's remarks and reported to the CIA that there was no evidence of Hussein wanting to purchase yellowcake from Niger. However, with British intelligence insisting the claim was true, President Bush used that same claim in his State of the Union address in January of 2003. Outraged by Bush's insistence that the claim was true, Wilson wrote an op-ed in the New York Times in the summer of 2003 slamming Bush.
Wilson did this in spite of the fact that Mayaki said Saddam did try to buy the yellowcake from Niger. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence disagreed with Wilson and supported Mayaki's claim. This meant nothing to Wilson who was opposed to the Iraq war and thus had ulterior motives in covering up the prime minister's statements.
It was a simple tactic really. If the far-left and their friends in the media could prove Bush lied about Hussein wanting to purchase yellowcake from Niger, it would undermine President Bush's credibility and give them more cause for asking what other 'lies' he may have told.
Yet, the real lie came from Wilson, who interpreted his own meaning from the prime minister's statements and concluded all by himself that the claim of Saddam attempting to purchase yellowcake was 'unequivocally wrong.' Curiously, the CIA sat on this information and did not inform the CIA Director, who sided with Bush on the yellowcake claim. This was made public in a bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report in July 2004.
Valerie Plame also engaged in her own lie campaign by spreading the notion that the Bush administration 'outed' her as a CIA agent. Never mind that it was Richard Armitage — no friend of the Bush administration — who leaked Plame's identity to the press. Never mind that Plame had not been in the field as a CIA agent in some six years.
The truth is, due to their opposition to the war, Joe Wilson, Valerie Plame, the mainstream media and their left-wing friends on the blogosphere engaged in a propaganda campaign to undermine the Bush administration. Now that Saddam's uranium has been made public and is no longer a threat to the world, do you think these aforementioned parties will apologize and admit they were wrong? Don't count on it. The rest of the Ame! rican people should hear the truth about Saddam's uranium. It is up to you and me to inform them every chance we get.
As far as the anti-war crowd is concerned, the next time they say that, 'Bush lied,' we should tell them to, 'Have the yellowcake and eat it too.'
that was the lie, here's how it got started: Origins: In 2001, the government of Italy came into possession of documents that purportedly demonstrated Iraqi officials were attempting to buy uranium yellowcake from Niger (yellowcake can be enriched in centrifuges to produce weapons-grade uranium), and the Italian government shared these documents with intelligence officials in the U.S. and U.K. The CIA
dispatched former ambassador Joseph Wilson to Niger to investigate; he undertook an eight-day trip to that country, and upon his return he reported to the CIA that he found the claims Iraq had attempted to purchase yellowcake from Niger to be "bogus and unrealistic." Nonetheless, the Bush administration cited the yellowcake evidence as proof of a possible Iraqi nuclear threat, and this claim was a key element in persuading members of Congress to pass a resolution authorizing use of force against Iraq and in "selling the war" to the American public.
On 6 July 2003, Joseph Wilson's editorial ("What I Didn't Find in Africa") charging that "some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat" was published in the New York Times. Shortly afterwards, syndicated columnist Robert Novak revealed that Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, was a CIA operative, information he said had been obtained from two senior administration officials. Critics charged that the exposure of Valerie Plame's identity was a deliberate tit-for-tat retaliation orchestrated by the Bush administration that endangered lives (including Plame's) in order to punish Wilson for taking his disagreement with the White House public. Both sides (and their supporters) accused the other of lying and double-dealing, and more than five years after the beginning of U.S. military involvement in Iraq, the "Plame affair" remains one of the more contentious political issues associated with that war.
Flash forward five years: In July 2008, the U.S. government announced that it had completed the secret removal of 550 metric tons of yellowcake from the Tuwaitha Nuclear Research Center in Iraq, material which was sold and shipped to Cameco, a Canadian uranium producer. The U.S. was anxious to transfer the yellowcake out of Iraq for a variety of safety concerns:Although the material cannot be used in its current form for a nuclear weapon or even aso-called dirty bomb, officials decided that in Iraq’s unstable environment, it was important to make sure it did not fall into the wrong hands.
There are also health dangers associated with concentrated forms of natural uranium, and since little is secure in Iraq, officials wanted to remove it.
After the American invasion in 2003, Tuwaitha was looted. Barrels used to store the yellowcake were stolen and sold to local people, who used them to store water and food and to wash clothes, according to a report by the atomic energy agency.
The item reproduced in the example block above cites the July 2008 removal of yellowcake from Iraq as proof that Iraq had in fact been buying yellowcake in an attempt to restart its nuclear program (and ultimately produce nuclear weapons) before the U.S. invasion ofMarch 2003, and that therefore the Bush administration was right and Joseph Wilson was wrong. However, that claim is erroneous.
The yellowcake removed from Iraq in 2008 was material that had long since been identified, documented, and stored in sealed containers under the supervision of U.N. inspectors. It was not a "secret" cache that was recently "discovered" by the U.S, and the yellowcake had not been purchased by Iraq in the years immediately preceding the 2003 invasion. The uranium was the remnants of decades-old nuclear reactor projects that had put out of commission many years earlier: One reactor at Al Tuwaitha was bombed by Israel in 1981, and another was bombed and disabled during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Moreover, the fact that the yellowcake had been in Iraq since before the 1991 Gulf War was plainly stated in the Associated Press article cited in the example above:Tuwaitha and an adjacent research facility were well known for decades as the centerpiece of Saddam's nuclear efforts.
Israeli warplanes bombed a reactor project at the site in 1981. Later, U.N. inspectors documented and safeguarded the yellowcake, which had been stored in aging drums and containers since before the 1991 Gulf War. There was no evidence of any yellowcake dating from after 1991, the official said.
Or, as the New York Times stated more plainly:The yellowcake removed from Iraq was not the same yellowcake that President Bush claimed, in a now discredited section of his 2003 State of the Union address, thatMr. Hussein was trying to purchase in Africa.
The U.S. did manage to ameliorate a substantial security concern by secretly shipping stored yellowcake out of Iraq in mid-2008, but that act was not, as claimed above, proof that Iraq had been purchasing uranium and attempting to restart its nuclear program prior to theU.S. invasion.
You don't trust Snopes.com, you don't trust Wikipedia, you don't trust the New York Times, you don't trust the "Mainstream Media," who do you trust? If you tell me Fox News, Limbaugh, or Hannity, we'll have to agree to disagree.
In the example I gave you from Snopes.com, they laid out the facts and they showed that what Bush and Cheney were saying could not be right and Snopes.com came to the conclusion that the argument bush and cheney were making about yellowcake uranium found in 2008 was a false argument and put together only to justify (1) invading Iraq, (2) illegally revealing the identity of a CIA agent to punish her husband Joseph Wilson, and (3) to justify the lie that Bin Laden and Hussain were in cahoots. Snopes used that evidence to show that Bush and Cheney lied, got us into a war illegally, and are probably guilty of a crime.
Snopes did not make any of that stuff up. They went to the historical record. On the other hand Bush and cheney constantly made up lies about weapons of mass destruction and they misrepresented the old-pre 1991 yellowcake uranium as part of a non-existant nuclear weapons program.
If you have any evidence that will stand up to close examination, I'd like to see it.
Just in case you're wondering, I come from a military family. We are good Americans all the men in my family have been willing to put our lives down for an honorable cause. Bush and Cheney with their lies have taken the honor all the men in my family have offered, and trampled it under their greedy little feet.
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