Secretary of State Condi Rice is off to Europe to neither confirm nor to deny that the U.S. government in an operation known as rendition kidnaps people, often the wrong ones, and flies them to foreign countries to be tortured.
"Trust me" is her line. According to Reuters, "Irish Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern said Rice told him in Washington she expected allies to trust that America does not allow rights abuses."
Who will trust this woman who, as President Bush's national security adviser, said that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction capable of producing a "mushroom cloud" over an American city?
Who will trust this woman who, as national security adviser, said Saddam Hussein sheltered al-Qaeda terrorists in Baghdad and helped train some in chemical weapons development (CNN report, Sept. 26, 2002, 1:28 PM EDT)?
Who will trust this woman who won't answer a question but says "trust me"?
On Nov. 14, 2005, Middle East expert Juan Cole reported that the 9/11 Commission Report revealed that captured al-Qaeda members Khalid Sheik Mohammed and Abu Zubayda informed the U.S. government that Osama bin Laden prohibited al-Qaeda operatives from cooperating with the secular Arab nationalist Saddam Hussein. In the run-up to the Iraqi invasion, this critical information was withheld from Congress and the American people. Instead, the Bush administration worked to create the belief that Saddam Hussein was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks.
The Bush administration has made it abundantly clear that it believes, with no apologies, that the ends justify the means. Lying is simply a means to an end. What Condi Rice is telling Europeans is "pay no attention to our lies; just accept that we are liars for a good and proper cause."
Here's another resource for you: "Claim vs. Fact: Rice's Q&A Testimony Before the 9/11 Commission". What can I say? We have no shame as a nation. No decency either. And the whole world knows it.