Rational (Lie) of the Day

It’s getting totally ridiculous. And by ridiculous, I mean very very sad. :(

I’m in Asia right now, and being out of the States makes the dishonor and shame that my government has brought upon America all the more obvious and painful.

According to the Associated Press today, Bush and his conspirators now contend that the “invasion was justified because Saddam was abusing a U.N. oil-for-food program.” The AP correctly points out that “This week marks the first time that the Bush administration has listed abuses in the oil-for-fuel program as an Iraq war rationale”

Kerry has an appropriate response: “You don’t make up or find reasons to go to war after the fact.”

John Marshall has a good take on it:

The whole thing makes me feel not only sorry for my country but also sorry for the Kerry campaign’s strategists and opposition researchers because what sort of supple and outside-box mind can possibly predict what arguments the president and his advisors will come up with next?

  • In post-9/11 world, we can’t stand idly by while third-world politicians take bribes and kickbacks!
  • War was justified because not enough schools and hospitals were open before the invasion.
  • War was justified by back taxes owed to Kuwait by Iraqi occupation soldiers stationed in Kuwait during the second half of 1990.
  • War was justified by Iraqi mendacity in fooling Americans into thinking that they had WMD.
  • War was justified because the UN had to be freed up to work on East Timor and Sudan.
  • War was justified because Kuwait is still called Iraq’s “18th province” in the Encyclopedia Iraqiana.
  • War was justified because Saddam was discriminating against faith-based organizations in handing out government contracts …

Even granted that politics may be a less-than-fully-honorable occupation, there need to be some limit to the outright and continual lying.