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BIG CON NEO-CONS:#1 The Original Whopper: "Iraq has nuclear weapons!"

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May 14, 2004, 9:28:55 AM5/14/04
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Michael Moore's "Iraq War Combo Meals":

#1 The Original Whopper: "Iraq has nuclear weapons!"

There is no greater way to scare a population than to say there is a
madman on the loose and he has (or is building) nuclear weapons. Nuclear
weapons he intends to use on you.

George W. Bush laid the groundwork for scaring us silly early on. In his
speech to the United Nations in September 2002, Bush said with a straight
face that "Saddam Hussein has defied all these efforts and continues to
develop weapons of mass destruction. The first time we may be completely
certain he has a nuclear weapons [sic] is when, God forbid, he uses one."

Soon after, on October 7, Bush told a crowd in Cincinnati, "If the Iraqi
regime is able to produce, buy or steal an amount of highly enriched
uranium a litle larger that a single softball, it could have a nuclear
weapon in less than a year. ... Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot
wait for the final proof - the smoking gun - that could come in the form
of a mushroom cloud."

How to sway the American public from its initial reluctance to go to
war with Iraq? Just say "mushroom cloud" and - BOOM! - watch those poll
numbers turn around!

In addition to uranium from Africa, Bush said the Iraqis had "attempted
to purchase high-strength aluminium tubes and other equipment needed for
gas centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons."

Frightening stuff. Imagine how much more frightening if it was actually
true. Joseph Wilson, a senior American diplomat with more than 20 years
of experience, including positions in Africa and Iraq, was sent to Niger
in 2002 on a CIA-directed mission to investigate the British claims that
Iraq had tried to buy "yellow-cake uranium" from Niger. He concluded
that the allegations were false.

"Based on my experience with the administration in the months leading
up to the war, I have little choice but to conclude that some of the
intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons programme was twisted to
exaggerate the threat. ... [The CIA] asked if I would travel to Niger to
check out the story. ... In early March, I arrived [back] in Washington
and submitted a detailed briefing to the CIA. ... There should be at
least four documents in the United States government archives confirming
my mission."


from Michael Moore's 'Dude, Where's My Country?'

"Iraq War Combo Meals":

#1 The Original Whopper: "Iraq has nuclear weapons!"
#2 Whopper with Cheese: "Iraq has chemical and biological weapons!"
#3 Whopper with Bacon: "Iraq has ties to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda!"
#4 Whopper, heavy with the Pickles and Onions: "Saddam Hussein is the
world's most evil man!"
#5 Whopper with Freedom Fries (and American Cheese): "The French are not
on our side and they may be our enemy!"
#6 Whopper Combo, Extra Lettuce: "This is not just the United States going
to Iraq. It is a Coalition of the Willing!"
#7 Junior Whopper Kids Meal: "We are doing everything possible so that no
civilian lives are lost."
#8 Whopper, Hold the Mayo: "We are there to protect the oil fields
of Iraq!"
#9 Double Whopper with Cheese and a Coke: "The American media has brought
you the truth about Iraq!"
#10 Triple Whopper, Biggie Size: "We didn't lie. And we're not lying now
to cover up the lies we told you before."

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