America, can we put down our Coors Light and X-Boxes for a moment? Thanks. Now let’s dig back into our collective Cowboys and Indians past and pretend that every injustice in American history didn’t occur. That’s right, every atrocity from the Vietnam War to the destruction of the Native American population never happened; no Tuskegee experiment; no slavery; women’s suffrage; industrial age child labor, etc.
Let’s wallow in our newly formed self-righteous goodness as a nation and take a look at the chant we were all required to recite in school, specifically the last part of our Pledge of Allegiance”
“…one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Now that our nation has a self-righteous past with a Godly pledge, let’s take a look at the way our government reacted to the mother of all terrorist attacks.
So Much For “Indivisible”
Patrick Fitzgerald—the man who took down the 1993 WTC bombers, the 1998 bombers of the US embassy in Africa and John Gotti of the Gambino mafia family—is quite possibly going to hand out indictments to a chunk of the current administration for crimes of treason, including cover up perjury and obstruction of justice.
This is not an isolated case of misdoings; these charges have everything to do with the war in Iraq, and are even more telling of our government’s character. For those of you that have been enjoying all the freedoms that this country provides, but with blind faith regarding the moves of our government, take a moment to review the following time line of our divisive leadership:
- 2001: An Italian intelligence report had Iraq purchasing uranium yellow cake from Niger, in defiance of United Nations sanctions. Dick Cheney contacted the CIA to look into its validity (since then, it’s become public knowledge that the report was forged)
- February 2002: Unbeknownst to Dick Cheney, former-US ambassador Joe Wilson is dispatched by the operations unit of the CIA to Niger in order to verify the report provided by the Vice-President
- March 2002: Wilson briefs the CIA and the State Department African Affairs Bureau to his findings, which turned out to be a complete contradiction of the forged Italian report; no such uranium sale had been made
- September 2002: The British government publishes a “white paper” asserting that Saddam Hussein and his unconventional arms posed an immediate danger, citing Iraq’s attempts to purchase uranium from an African country
- December 2002: The State Department publishes a fact sheet that mentions the Niger case
- January 2003: Bush follows up his lies to Congress by addressing the American people and the world, stating that there was explicit evidence that Saddam had purchased yellow cake uranium in Niger
- March 2003: The United States of America invades Iraq via Shock and Awe
- June 2003: Discovered in October 2005, Scooter Libby’s notes show that Dick Cheney asked George Tenet (the post-9/11 decorated former CIA Chief) about Joe Wilson
- July 6 2003: Joe Wilson writes an op-ed piece in The New York Times entitled What I Didn’t Find In Africa, which contradicts the administrations entire version of the Iraq, yellow cake and Niger story
- July 14 2003: Directly following the printing of Wilson’s op-ed, Robert Novak identifies Joe Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, as a CIA operative in column titled, Mission To Niger. He attributes “senior administration officials” as his sources.
- September 14 2003: On Meet The Press, Dick Cheney denies receiving any brief about Joe Wilson’s findings, adding “I don’t know Joe Wilson. I’ve never met Joe Wilson.”
- October 1 2003: Joe Wilson tells Ted Koppel on Nightline that Washington reporters told him that senior White House adviser Karl Rove said his wife was “fair game.” Wilson “plans to give the names of the reporters to the FBI,” which is conducting a full-blown investigation of the possible leak.
Outing the identity of an unofficial covert CIA agent is not only a threat to the lives of the agent and his/her colleagues, but it is an explicit act of treason, as it potentially threatens our National Security. Here we have an administration espousing American values left and right, yet busy with the tactics of crafting false evidence to justify war with a sovereign nation. The same administration then attacks an active CIA agent—and our nation—because one of their own made it crystal clear that the administration disregarded his official briefing in order to present false evidence in order to rally support for the war.
Bully tactics, plain and simple.
Back to the anthem; where exactly does the term “indivisible” fit into the equation here? How about that “one nation” concept? There’s a lot riding on Patrick Fitzgerald’s investigation. Holding individuals accountable for treason, perjury and obstruction of justice will only begin to show American citizens and the world community that the promise of the American Republic is still alive; that when we face adversity—a country with the ability to destroy societies with the push of a button—we don’t revert to lawlessness to make ends meet.
The perception alone of our nation’s improprieties is disconcerting, regardless of the reality, as such perceptions power terrorism at home and abroad. I stopped crossing my heart and blindly chanting the American jingle a long time ago for these exact reasons. Haven’t you?