Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Smithsonian agrees to stop lying about Iraq

The conflict about the Bush portrait that boiled up over the weekend has been resolved.

You may recall that last week Bernie Sanders sent a letter to the National Portrait Gallery, objecting to the text that was to accompany Bush's official portrait.

As originally written, the text was to refer to “the attacks on September 11, 2001, that led to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq." Since, as we know, the invasion of Iraq had nothing to do with the 2001 terrorist attacks, to post such a claim on a portrait that would be viewed by thousands of visitors to the capital every year would help Bush and his supporters in their false claims, claims that have been proven to be effective in deceiving millions of Americans.

Bernie Sanders wasted no time in responding, pointing out in a letter that although Bush and Cheney had misled the country into war, their claim that Iraq had anything to do with the terrorist attacks had been completely debunked.

The Smithsonian has caved, agreeing to change the label to remove any suggestion of a link between Iraq and the 2001 terrorist attacks. “Our label was not intended to imply that there was a casual connection between the attacks that occurred on 9/11 and the subsequent U.S. invasion of Iraq,” Director Martin Sullivan wrote to Sanders.

Given that Bush and his people are already trying to clean up his image for history, it's important that this kind of thing never go unchallenged.

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