Monday, November 14, 2005

Did the Bush Administration run an Enron on Iraq?

There have been several discussions in comments recently about assertions that the Bush administration purposely lied, misled and misinformed the American people and Congress in the run up to the Iraq War. In this article by Elizabeth De La Vega posted at The Nation, she makes a case for indicting and prosecuting the WH for Enron-like fraud.

De La Vega, a former Federal prosecutor with more than 20 years experience, draws some fascinating parallels between the crimes Ken Lay and his cohorts were vilified for and the actions of the Bush administration, which have resulted in the deaths of 2000 American soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqis, not to mention a cost of $200+ billion.

I'm not so sure the country is ready for yet another round of impeachment hearings, and I have no way to gage the accuracy of the legal analysis. But De La Vega does a great job of recreating the timeline and delineating the lies and misrepresentations made by the executive branch in their thirst for war.

Let the discussion begin...