Simon says: Bush administration lied
CBS correspondent concludes president deceived American public about WMDs
Published: Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Updated: Sunday, February 14, 2010 23:02
The Bush administration lied to the American people, according to CBS correspondent Bob Simon. With the conclusion of the war in Iraq, the U.S. discovered no weapons of mass destruction and no real connection to Saddam Hussein as a collaborator in the 9/11 attacks, Simon said during his lecture last night to an over-capacity audience in Benton Hall. "There's nothing else to look for because there's nothing to find. This was all nonsense," Simon said. Simon has won many awards for his journalism, including several Emmys, recognition by the Overseas Press Club and the Edward Weintal Prize from Georgetown University. He has covered the activities of major international figures such as Pope John Paul II and Nelson Mandela. Simon has also reported from the front lines in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, Sarajevo and Tiananmen Square. In his speech, Simon relayed his disappointment that most people accept the arguments thrust at them by the Bush administration. "We news people have not been doing our job," he said. He explained that he didn't necessarily oppose the removal of Hussein, but that the reasons presented to the United States were false. "I feel insulted as an American. The arguments we were all given were lies," Simon said. He thought the White House was responding to what the American public needed. After 9/11, Americans wanted a war, but launching a war on terror was not the answer. "When you're hit, you want to strike back. Al Qaeda really failed as an enemy. They hid," Simon said. "And instead of leading in another direction ... Iraq seemed as good a target as any." Simon proposed that instead, the United States could have dealt with one of the historic issues that causes such blatant hate toward Americans and essentially a motive for terrorism: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "Put the resources we put into Iraq, put 10 percent of those resources into solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ... then we're getting somewhere," he said. He also stressed more intelligence and police work to capture terrorists still at large. Simon closed his lecture with his own personal reflection, questioning the students' reactions to the arguments set forth by the Bush administration. "In the '60s, we didn't go to gyms to stay fit - we marched. If we knew our administration had lied to us ... we would be marching," Simon said. "And I am trying to understand why I don't see anyone marching. It's all been exposed. But I don't get the sense that anyone cares."