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Way back in February of last year, I wrote about a “slideshow” released by the Bush Administration that purported to show hard evidence of Iranian weapons that had been snuck into Iraq to aid the insurgency. A brief review of those weapons/munitions quickly raised questions as to just where those weapons were actually coming from. The likelihood that those weapons were of “Iranian make” was nowhere close to being as certain as the Bushites would of had us believe. Almost as quickly as the claims arose, they were dropped from the GOP’s talking points.

Then last week, a few “small” interrelated stories hit the news:

1. Last Friday (5/9), the LA Times noted that “There was something interesting missing from Maj. Gen. Kevin Bergner’s introductory remarks to journalists at his regular news briefing in Baghdad on Wednesday: the word “Iran,” or any form of it.

MG Bergner showed off a large cache of some “20,000” weapons & munitions to reporters that were recovered in recent weeks by U.S. and Iraqi security forces. At no time did he point the finger at Iran as being the source of these weapons.

Seized weapons in Baghdad

If you look even casually at the above photo, the weapons certainly appear not to have been recently constructed nor well preserved. If I were to guess, since no one is questioning the source of these weapons, they likely know where they are from: U.S.-made munitions dug out of old Iraqi weapons dumps.

2. Last week, Iraqi rebellion leader, Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr denounced revered Iraqi cleric Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani (living in the town of Najaf) for failing to condemn the recent outbreak of violence that has killed hundreds in Baghdad:

For 50 days Sadr City is being bombed … Children, women and old people are being killed by all kinds of US weapons, and Najaf remains silent.”

Consider for a moment what this suggests. Sistani’s followers certainly aren’t killing fellow Shi’ites living in “Sadr City”. And, why would you be upset that a fellow cleric wasn’t denouncing the violence if you thought they were behind it? They’re not bombing themselves, and if it were the Sunni-based al-Qaeda, Sadr would not of hesitated to blame them. No, the source of the violence are the actions of U.S. & Iraqi security forces attempting to wall-in Sadr City:

3. The Pentagon announced Tuesday that it was finally ready to put five alleged 9/11 co-conspirators on trial in a military court assembled at “Gitmo”, the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Among them, “9/11 Mastermind” Kalid Sheik Mohammad (“KSM” for short).

According to the report, “Prosecution of a sixth suspect, so-called 20th hijacker Mohammed Qahtani, was dropped.” You might remember “Zacarias Moussaoui” from a few years back. He was the man the Bush Administration repeatedly alleged was the missing “20th hijacker” over-and-over again from 2001 until his conviction in 2006 (view the court indictment here). I guess he was only the 19-1/2 hijacker. The Pentagon has not explained why they dropped the charges against Qahtani, but an ACLU lawyer has suggested that it was because any confession he might of made was the result of torture, and therefor not admissible in a court of law. He was released “without prejudice” so that he could be re-arrested and re-tried at a later date should they finally find the evidence they need to convict him of something he actually did.

Among the remaining five suspects going on trial, one (Hawsawi) is not even being charged with the actual hijackings.

So here we are: a huge seizure of weapons in Baghdad that come from who-knows-where, the military building a wall around an entire community in a thinly veiled attempt to suppress violence just long enough for Bush to leave office (and maybe get John McCain elected), and multiple 9/11 co-conspirators being accused of the same crime, NOT being charged, and then having to be released because they were tortured. What do all these failures have in common?

The King of Failure himself, George W. Bush.

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