It should be apparent to any reasonably bright seven year old…

…that we are being lied to. That this entire buildup to war is an exercise in propaganda and consensus building that makes Hermann Goering look like a piker.

After three months of inspections by the United Nations — underwritten by the threat of military force — we now know that those warnings were grossly exaggerated. Iraq has not reconstituted the extensive nuclear-weapons program dismantled during the previous round of U.N. inspections. The facilities in the U.S. satellite photographs are still in shambles, and aren’t being used for any illegal purpose. The aluminum tubes were unusable for uranium enrichment. And the documents that show Saddam tried to buy uranium from Africa, which were cited by the President in his State of the Union address? Oh, they were forged.


Update: Yes, I know that Goebbels was the propaganda minister. The Goering reference was a nod to that quote that’s been all over lately: “Of course the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.”