this exchange in another thread, i feel, is important enough for seperate discussion, if anyone cares to dispute, or agree... said poster insists Bush had no reason to lie to the world in his 2003 State of the Union Speech, and countless times soon after.... I disagreed, providing several motives... you can't fathom motive? ok, clearly you're either in complete denial, or the very last to know... so, you're seriously asking that? i am eternally grateful to you for serving up such a slowpitch softball in a fast pitch league... i'll now knock it out of the park for the walkoff win.... Here we go: - because of the need to thwart the efforts of Congress and the UN to delay the start of the war - because he was in a race to blow the doors down before the ongoing inspections concluded nothing about WMDs there... - because of the PNAC; with Paul Wolfowicz whispering his ideology in his and Cheney's ear... - because of this pathetic quote: "afterall, this is a man who tried to kill my daddy" (another baseless claim) - because, within hours of hijacked jets careening into the World Trade Centre and Pentagon, Donald Rumsfeld was ordering his staff to find something that could be used to pin the blame on Iraq. - because no one was buying Atta in Prague, nor the alluminum tubes - because the mobile bioweapons lab claims went swirling down the toilet, after David Kay confirmed they had no drains ... - because he knew his loyal Justice Dept. wouldn't squawk, nor the State Deparment - because at the last second, he switched and pinned it on British Intelligence reports; which were also in the process of being debunked - because, according to an NSC staff member, removing the claim would leave the British "flapping in the wind." and my two favorites: - because billions of dollars appropriated for Afghanistan were quite secretly diverted to prep for Iraq already, including air fields in Qatar - because he had an election to win a year later, and painting Iraq as an "imminent threat" would cement the public in fear... would you like me to continue for all the many reasons he had to lie? or shall we continue on to the next lie he was warned about before his speech, and before Powell's UN speech?