Wednesday, February 4, 2009

That Crumbling Coalition of the Willing

Cute name, 'Coalition of the Willing.' A Bush speech writer, no doubt.  Who doesn't recall that patriotic fervor  that swept across America just before George Bush's preemptive invasion of Iraq?  Just like his dad, the son line up an impressive array of other nations willing to step up to the plate and help the United States conquer Iraq and stop the mushroom cloud from enveloping Manhattan.

Mongolia, for example, flew in 50 horses and their excellent equestrian Mongol riders.  How about those fighting men from  the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Tonga and the Solomon Islands? Well, they meant to send soldiers but they don't have an army.  Still they were 'willing' nonetheless.  Who can forget the valuable assistance in securing our freedom from the forces of 
Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda and Angola? Moldova supplied 12. Forty-nine nations from around the globe were gathered together in a mighty force to pry those WMD's from the dastardly grip of Saddam Hussein.

Then there is this story in the Daily Illini,
Scott Althaus, professor of political science and communication, and Kalev Leetaru, coordinator of research in the Cline Center for Democracy, recently found that the U.S. White House Web site has modified, and in some cases, deleted key documents in the public record. 

When the U.S. invaded Iraq, the U.S. government released a statement on the White House Web site listing the nations involved in the "Coalition of the Willing." However, over a period of several years, different versions of the three releases all appear to be originals. In the case of two releases from the U.S. government Web site, the original document is completely missing from the site.

Curious indeed.  A Nixonian cover-up, perhaps? Revisionist history?  I tried to click on three White House links which refer to the Coalition and found each one dead.  Seems that 'Coalition' wasn't exactly what the Bush propagandists claimed it was.  The Kool Aid.  

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