Friday, March 03, 2006

The Ignorance Defense

Condoleezza Rice said that no one could have imagined the September 11 attacks, while admitting that Bush had the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing on his desk entitled “Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States”.  Bush said “I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees”, and we now know he had received a full briefing about just that danger, before he went off to play guitar and present John McCain with a cake.  Bush had detailed briefings from his own officials prior to the attack on Iraq that the substance of the arguments made by his own Administration in order to lead to war was false, yet the Bush Administration continued to lie until they secured the war they wanted, and now claim that they didn’t know that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction.  The neocons swear up and down that they are shocked by the violent uprising in Iraq, and yet Oded Yinon, strategizing for Israel, spelled it out years ago:

“Iraq, rich in oil on the one hand and internally torn on the other, is guaranteed as a candidate for Israel's targets. Its dissolution is even more important for us than that of Syria.  . . .   Every kind of inter-Arab confrontation will assist us in the short run and will shorten the way to the more important aim of breaking up Iraq into denominations as in Syria and in Lebanon. In Iraq, a division into provinces along ethnic/religious lines as in Syria during Ottoman times is possible. So, three (or more) states will exist around the three major cities: Basra, Baghdad and Mosul, and Shi'ite areas in the south will separate from the Sunni and Kurdish north.”

The Ignorance Defense is one of the main weapons of conspirators.  “We didn’t know.”  “No one could have known.”  The Ignorance Defense is similar to the Stupidity Defense and the Incompetence Defense.  I don’t know about stupidity and incompetence, but I think the Bush Administration has completely worn out the Ignorance Defense.