“We’re an Empire now and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
-Unnamed White House Aid talking to journalist Ron Suskind in 2003.

In 2003, Colin Powel addressed the United Nations on Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction. Afterward there was a press conference in a room with a large tapestry of Picasso's Guernica. They covered the tapestry with a blue cloth in order to prevent distraction from America's rationale for war.

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