To the editor:
"Plausible deniability" occurs when politicians maintain the appearance of distance from and ignorance of statements or actions that others have made. Implausible stupidity occurs when politicians make clear and well-publicized statements that they then deny having made.
The recent statement by George Bush that "I didn't say that there was a direct connection between September the 11th and Saddam Hussein" demands rebuttal.
In a letter to Congress (March 21, 2003), Bush wrote, "The use of armed forces against Iraq is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations or person who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001."
During his famous aircraft-carrier declaration of victory, Bush claimed, "The liberation of Iraq is a crucial advance in the campaign against terror. We've removed an ally of al-Qaida and cut off a source of terrorist funding."
It is entirely because of lies from the Bush administration ("You can't distinguish between al-Qaida and Saddam when you talk about the war on terror") that millions of Americans thought Iraq was involved in the 9-11 attack.
In addition to lying time and again and then lying about the lies, George Bush has also caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilian (women and children) Iraqis. Is this really what being a born-again pro-life Christian represents?
This president is either very stupid, or he thinks Americans are very stupid.
ALAN JOURNET, Cape Girardeau