The other day I woke up at 4 a.m. This isn't an abnormal occurrence. Occasionally, after a full night of beverages, I rise in the middle of the night for a little bladder relief. Only this night I couldn't get back to sleep. So what is there to do at 4 a.m.? Uninterested in infomercials, I watched C-Span.

Now I'm not a regular watcher of C-Span, but they were running an, interview with Scott Ridder, the chief weapons inspector for the United Nations Special Commission in Iraq between 1991 and 1998. He's got a new book out on those years and was fielding calls from C-Spanners. You might also remember headlines a while back about him taking bribes from the Iraqi government, or how he was being charged with child pornography. What you probably didn't hear was that he was never actually charged for child porn, nor with bribing anyone. I was amazed that several callers kept bringing that stuff up, even though Ridder explained that those stories were politically motivated and planted in the media to discredit what he had to say--a well-used tactic by the administration.

It angers me to continue to see and hear how the message is secondary to the messenger these days. And when opponents can't find dirt on someone, they make it up. The real terrorists are those who prey on our gullibility for wanting to trust the people we have put in power. How many more wars will be arranged through lies? Probably every single one.

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