In the Sunday Times, the American general who commanded allied air forces (Lieutenant-General Michael Moseley) during the Iraq war appears to have admitted in a briefing to American and British officers that coalition aircraft waged a secret air war against Iraq from the middle of 2002 (nine months before the invasion began). Why does this matter? I suppose it doesn't if Bush is King and we are his loyal subjects. The Honorable King has the right to unilaterally make war on whomever he so chooses--in a monarchy. Or in a fascist system.
Fortunately, more Americans are waking up from their patriotic slumber. Robert Steinback wrote an excellent piece recently about this that everyone should read. The article begins:
Do you want to know?
That's the only popular division that matters in the United States today: Those who want to determine once and for all if President Bush knowingly "fixed the facts'' regarding Iraq, thereby misleading Congress and the American people into supporting an unnecessary war, and those who will cover their ears and hum loudly in order to maintain their belief that Bush and his advisors remain above reproach.
You're in one camp or the other. Either you want to know if you've been lied to, or you don't.
In other words, there are still a few people around who are hopelessly mired in the past, still attached to the outmoded notion that the U.S. is a democracy in which the little people have access to key information about what the government is doing and why. Then there are those who look forward to a brighter, simpler future in which situations are presented in rustic sepia hues and King Bush and his corporate minions make decisions for the people, not disturbing them with awkward facts.