No, I’m not talking about the actions of the Taliban and Osama bin Laden, but about our own government.

Of course there are more than enough lies and deceit, and self-serving actions to go around the earth a hundred times, (think Rumsfeld, Rice, Powell, Bush, Cheney) but one particular instance makes my blood boil.

In 2002, Diplomat Joseph Wilson was sent by the C.I.A. to investigate whether Iraq was buying yellow cake uranium to make nuclear weapons from Niger, a claimed made by the Bush and Cheney White House.

After eight days in Niger, where he had once been posted and knew all the players, he concluded there was no evidence that Iraq had ever tired to obtain uranium.

Yet in his January 2003 State of the Union address, President George W. Bush claimed other wise. And the U.S. invaded Iraq two months later

That July, in an op-ed piece in the New York Times, Wilson accused the Bush administration of manipulating intelligence.

Embarrassed by the accusation, the Bush White House, specifically Dick “paranoid” Cheney, retaliated by leaking to the press that Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, was an undercover CIA agent, placing her life in immediate danger.

The “Plame Affair ” dogged the Bush administration and helped to unravel the case against Iraq.

Citing the growing number of deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, Wilson said, “We have a duty to ensure that their sacrifices are for the right reasons.”

Wilson beloved that speaking out was his patriotic duty.

Bush and Cheney, in leaking Valerie’s name, committed a federal offense.  And while that evil, vindictive, bastard, Dick Cheney orchestrated the event, his chief of staff, Scooter Libby took the fall.  His sentence was later commuted by Bush.

Cheney later got a heart transplant which did absolutely no good in making him humble and contrite person, sorry for his actions.

And George W. Bush took up painting as a way to forget about the 6,000 soldiers he sent their deaths.  I do hope that in his sleep the names and faces of those dedicated, young man and women haunt him.

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