O'Neill's story backed up

An Unidentified Official has backed up O'Neill's claims:
President Bush ordered the Pentagon to explore the possibility of a ground invasion of Iraq well before the United States was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, an official told ABCNEWS, confirming the account former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill gives in his new book.

The official, who asked not to be identified, was present in the same National Security Council meetings as O'Neill immediately after Bush's inauguration in January and February of 2001.

"The president told his Pentagon officials to explore the military options, including use of ground forces," the official told ABCNEWS. "That went beyond the Clinton administration's halfhearted attempts to overthrow Hussein without force."
Pro-war people now attempting to cover their asses by saying that "WMD was never an issue for me" are missing the point. The question that must be answered now is, do you think it was right for the US public to be lied to and deceived - and for the tragedy of 9/11 to be cynically and ruthlessly exploited - to prosecute this war?

We're seperating those people who really believe in democracy from those who believe in having a strong, paternal autocratic government that tells them what to do and and doesn't expect backtalk.

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