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    Ferai Tinc: Bush using Barzani to change the subject

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    28.10.2005 - 14:53 | Son Güncelleme: 28.10.2005 - 14:53

    Are you wondering what exactly Barzani was doing with US President Bush? As our Foreign Ministry official wondered aloud, "Will US President Bush welcome Iraqi regional leaders one by one into the White House?" Maybe what I explain below will satisfy some of your curiosity on this matter:

    President Bush and his close advisors are working hard to change the daily agenda at the White House, hoping to to remove the effectiveness of the serious scandal brewing around them. And Mesud Barzani, the regional leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, is a part of this plan. Barzani's words to the American people, said during a week when the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq rose to 2,000, underlined this point: "You have saved a people from a dictator. If you pull back at this point, and if you are not decisive, you can be sure that the terrorists will come to your doorsteps."
     
    Another interesting feature of Barzani's speech at the White House was the claim that most people in Iraq support the presence of the US in Iraq, with special focus on the support of the Kurds.
     
    The White House knows that public support for the war in Iraq among the American public has slipped to around 30%. And so Barzani's message is aimed at backing up this line of thought: "The Iraq War has been carried out to save the Iraqi people from the bloody hands of Saddam. American soldiers are fighting a war of independence thousands of kilometers from home, and they are successful. In Iraq, the new constitution has been accepted, and preparations are being made for elections in December. Meanwhile, Saddam is being tried."
     
    Can there be anything more successful than these results?
     
    But why is the Bush administration pushing this message about the reasons for war in place of the previously reason, which was that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction?
     
    Well, due to an investigation which has been going on for awhile, an investigation which is about to show that the American people were lied to in order to start a war. I am of course referring to the investigation into the Valerie Plame affair, the results of which are due any minute now in Washington. What remains to be seen is what new items will pop onto the agenda, constructed in order to make everyone forget everything which has happened in the lead up to this current situation.
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