Honesty and truth are the most valued of all personal qualities. We expect it in our personal dealings, and expect it from those we've elected. Unless something changes dramatically, all U.S. citizens and ‘seekers of truth' around the world will find out they've been tragically deceived.
I've supported the office of every U.S. President, even when I didn't agree with them. Now, President George W. Bush has got a very serious problem.
Before asking Congress for a joint resolution authorizing the use of American military forces in Iraq, he made a number of unequivocal statements about the reason the United States needed to pursue the most radical actions any nation can undertake -- acts of war against another nation.
On Sept. 12, 2002 in his address to the United Nations, President Bush said, "Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons."
Three months ago in his Address to the Nation, he declared, "Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraqi regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised."
At the time, I was convinced. Now it is clear that many of his statements appear to be false.
According to Time, the Marine general in charge explained that "[w]e've been to virtually every ammunition supply point between the Kuwaiti border and Baghdad," and remarked flatly, "They're simply not there."
Frankly, I'm hoping we find evidence of these acronymed WMD's to put closure to this issue. However, it doesn't look good for the home team.
Senator Bob Graham, former head of the Armed Services Committee says there are only three explanations for our failure to find WMD's.
1. They were shipped to other countries.
2. Our intelligence was flawed.
3. Our intelligence was good, but it was manipulated and the American people were mislead (read, "lied to").
Maybe Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz was telling us the truth when he recently stated that the reason we went after Iraq is that "[t]he country swims on a sea of oil."
So the question remains, "Who's telling the truth?" This isn't about politics. It's about trust. It's about being honest. We expect our spouse, children and friends to tell the truth. Are our leaders exempt?
Some people cynically expect politicians to lie. I don't know about you, but I hate being lied to.
Larry Brophy, Payson