George Bush's tower of lies over Iraq is threatening to come crashing down around his ears.
A senior White House official — Lewis “Scooter” Libby — was indicted on five counts on Friday of last week by a US special investigator.
Libby was a key architect of the war in Iraq and, as the New York Times wrote last week, “had the exalted position of being a full member of president Bush’s inner circle, holding three pivotal jobs at once — assistant to the president, chief of staff to the vice president and Dick Cheney’s national security adviser”.
He now faces charges of perjury, obstruction and making false statements — which could land him in jail for 30 years.
The fall of Libby was the heaviest of a series of blows that rocked the White House. On Tuesday of last week, two and a half years after the invasion of Iraq began, it was announced that the total number of US troops killed in Iraq had reached the 2,000 mark. The 2,000th GI fell in Vietnam in 1965, six years after the first two Americans were killed in a guerrilla attack.
Libby’s indictment stems from the lies spread by the Bush administration — with Tony Blair’s connivance — in the run up to the invasion of Iraq. He used forged documents to claim Saddam Hussein was attempting to buy nuclear material from Niger, and then conspired to destroy those who revealed his lies.
The US media is speculating over whether the scandal will spread to implicate Karl Rove, Bush’s right hand man, and even the president himself.
And polls now show that 54 percent of Americans believe Bush was wrong to invade Iraq — up from 24 percent in March 2003.
Meanwhile the White House is desperately trying to rescue Bush’s reputation.
That’s what is behind his cronies’ attempts to distract attention by recycling discredited allegations against George Galloway.
But with Bush in trouble, campaigners are stepping up the pressure to get the troops out of Iraq.
sign up for INTERNATIONAL PEACE CONFERENCE
Saturday 10 December, 10am
With delegates from Iraq & US
Royal Horticultural Hall
80 Vincent Square,
for more info go to www.stopwar.org.uk
For more on anti-war campaigning go to ‘Let’s keep fighting to get our boys home’