8:15 a.m. KTSA Morning Edge Commentary 10/7/2002
President Bush has asked you to contact your politicians in Washington to bend their ears about Iraq.
This evening he'll give another Iraq speech. Something new, same ol' stuff, don't know yet. Over the weekend we were fed info that U.S. intelligence is expecting that when Uncle Sam is just about ready to attack, Iraq's high-level military will rise up. The logic? The Iraqi brass would rather overthrow Saddam themselves and live, than stick with him and either die, or be left out of power when a U.S.-approved government takes over.
Yes, that would be most convenient. But in all of U.S. history, has anything like that ever happened? Simple answer is no.
Where are we really going? Toward a new world order of US-approved governments in countries on a presidential list? North Korea, Afghanistan, Indonesia? Libya, Syria, Cuba? Will Bush move forward with his idea of worldwide assassination squads?
At this point do you truly believe you can distinguish between truth and propaganda?
This is not to accuse the president of lying, or even contemplating lying. But the whole truth and the truth can be two very different stories. Mr. Bush's job is to lead. As "sales manager" for ridding Iraq of Saddam Hussein, he is not bound by ethics or tradition to tell the whole truth. He is obligated only to make the best sales pitch. This evening we are all invited to decide whether we're buying it.
I'm Brad Messer with commentary at 8:15 on KTSA's Morning Edge.