27 January 2008

A Lying President (Bush) and his Lying Minions

Well, that Bush and his lackeys lied their way (and ours) into war in Iraq is a commonplace, something that, as the saying goes "Your Grandmother knows." But just how much and how repeatedly they lied has been unclear. As a just released study - The War Card: Orchestrated Deception on the Path to War - conducted by the Center for Public Integrity makes clear, the magnitude of their duplicity - individually and collectively - is astounding. Here is a portion of the report:
President George W. Bush and seven of his administration's top officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made at least 935 false statements in the two years following September 11, 2001, about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Nearly five years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, an exhaustive examination of the record shows that the statements were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses.

On at least 532 separate occasions (in speeches, briefings, interviews, testimony, and the like), Bush and these three key officials, along with Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan, stated unequivocally that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (or was trying to produce or obtain them), links to Al Qaeda, or both. This concerted effort was the underpinning of the Bush administration's case for war.

It is now beyond dispute that Iraq did not possess any weapons of mass destruction or have meaningful ties to Al Qaeda. This was the conclusion of numerous bipartisan government investigations, including those by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (2004 and 2006), the 9/11 Commission, and the multinational Iraq Survey Group, whose "Duelfer Report" established that Saddam Hussein had terminated Iraq's nuclear program in 1991 and made little effort to restart it.

In short, the Bush administration led the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propagated and that culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Stan B. said...

And they're finally gonna be held accountable, cause this is a country governed by the rule of law. Right? Right?

27 January, 2008 12:29  
Anonymous Dawei from Beijing said...

I was watching some panel with Noam Chomsky where an audience member asked him why, despite the public having all the facts at their disposal, time and time again, history repeats itself. I think Iraq is a perfect example of this guy's point. Here we are: the U.S. is entangled in a war of choice which was sold to the public on false premises, and waged without an intelligent plan -- we've been here before! What's more amazing, though, is how incredibly quickly we forget that we've been here before. Historically it would take at least a generation to get over the fatigue of the last war. In the case of Iraq, however, it seems that we, as a nation, have already forgot about it while it's still going on! How else can you explain the fact that people are seriously talking about a coming invasion of Iran? Soldiers are still dying in Iraq and this war is already a footnote in history.

28 January, 2008 03:38  

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