Chris Floyd notes the depravity of the consensus view that Saddam Hussein precipitated war against the United States. Isn't it interesting how the mind works? Despite the fact that the United States has repeatedly provoked and begun wars, and despite the fact that there is ample historical documentation of this fact, avaialable to anyone without the slightest effort or difficulty in searching, the idea that the United States has, would, did, or could act as the aggressor in a conflict is literally unthinkable to the majority of Americans, including our political and infotainment eligtes. I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that even as George W. Bush and his inner circle were starting a war with Iraq with full practical knowledge that they were starting a war with Iraq, it didn't occur to them in any meaningful way that they were starting a war with Iraq. That doesn't abrogate their moral responsibility or negate the basic depravity of the act, but it's something to consider when writing, speaking, or acting against policies of American aggression. It's a remarkable sort of doublethink: to be able to not believe that you are doing what you are doing while you are doing it.