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Score One for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

In Bush/Cheney Administration, History, Justice, neoconservatives, shameful on January 14, 2009 by Editor Z

Sanders pointed out another effort linking the Iraq War and 9/11. Historical accuracy prevails.

WASHINGTON — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a fierce opponent of the Iraq war, is asking the Smithsonian to change some wording about the war that accompanies the newly installed portrait of President George W. Bush.

Sanders, an independent, objects to a portion of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s text that says Bush’s two terms in office were “marked by a series of catastrophic events” including “the attacks on September 11, 2001, that led to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

The senator said the notion that the terrorist attacks were linked in any way to Iraq has been widely debunked and should not be perpetuated in the museum exhibit.

“The 9/11 attacks did not lead to the war in Iraq,” Sanders said in an interview. “What President Bush was telling us (before the war) was that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and that Iraq was somehow in collusion with al-Qaida. Those were misstatements of fact, as even President Bush has since acknowledged.”

Sanders has written a letter to portrait gallery Director Martin Sullivan suggesting he change the wording of the museum text “so that in explaining our current president’s portrait we do not inadvertently rewrite history.”

Museum spokeswoman Bethany Bentley said Friday that gallery officials were in the process of composing a response to Sanders. Because of that, she said the museum had no immediate comment.

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