Sunday, May 07, 2006

WAPO Defends Rummy

Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies (with apologies to Stevie Nicks).

The Washington Post has (surprise, surprise) come to the defense of Don Rumsfeld, who was challened in a forum the other day by former CIA analyst, Ray McGovern. McGovern was simply doing what WAPO and NY Times journalists haven't been doing--asking questions.

McGovern also used the "L" word when speaking to Rummy. "Why did you lie to get us into a war that caused these kind of casualties and was not necessary?" asked McGovern, a 27-year analyst. (For a transript, click here.)

Blogging over at the Post website, William Arkin defends the administration and Rumsfeld in particuluar against the charge of lying.

Below are quotes from administration officials leading up to the Iraq war. I'll let you judge the truthfulness of the administration.

"Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction."

Dick Cheney
Speech to VFW National Convention
August 26, 2002

"Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons."

George W. Bush
Speech to UN General Assembly
September 12, 2002

"If he declares he has none, then we will know that Saddam Hussein is once again misleading the world."

Ari Fleischer
Press Briefing
December 2, 2002

"We know for a fact that there are weapons there."

Ari Fleischer
Press Briefing
January 9, 2003

"Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent."

George W. Bush
State of the Union Address
January 28, 2003

"We know that Saddam Hussein is determined to keep his weapons of mass destruction, is determined to make more."

Colin Powell
Remarks to UN Security Council
February 5, 2003

"We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons -- the very weapons the dictator tells us he does not have."

George W. Bush
Radio Address
February 8, 2003

"If Iraq had disarmed itself, gotten rid of its weapons of mass destruction over the past 12 years, or over the last several months since (UN Resolution) 1441 was enacted, we would not be facing the crisis that we now have before us . . . But the suggestion that we are doing this because we want to go to every country in the Middle East and rearrange all of its pieces is not correct."

Colin Powell
Interview with Radio France International
February 28, 2003

"So has the strategic decision been made to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction by the leadership in Baghdad? . . . I think our judgment has to be clearly not."

Colin Powell
Remarks to UN Security Council
March 7, 2003

"Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised."

George W. Bush
Address to the Nation
March 17, 2003

"Well, there is no question that we have evidence and information that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical particularly . . . all this will be made clear in the course of the operation, for whatever duration it takes."

Ari Fleisher
Press Briefing
March 21, 2003

"There is no doubt that the regime of Saddam Hussein possesses weapons of mass destruction. And . . . as this operation continues, those weapons will be identified, found, along with the people who have produced them and who guard them."

Gen. Tommy Franks
Press Conference
March 22, 2003

"I have no doubt we're going to find big stores of weapons of mass destruction."

Defense Policy Board member Kenneth Adelman
Washington Post, p. A27
March 23, 2003


"One of our top objectives is to find and destroy the WMD. There are a number of sites."

Pentagon Spokeswoman Victoria Clark
Press Briefing
March 22, 2003


"We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat."

Donald Rumsfeld
ABC Interview
March 30, 2003

"But make no mistake -- as I said earlier -- we have high confidence that they have weapons of mass destruction. That is what this war was about and it is about. And we have high confidence it will be found."

Ari Fleischer
Press Briefing
April 10, 2003

"We are learning more as we interrogate or have discussions with Iraqi scientists and people within the Iraqi structure, that perhaps he destroyed some, perhaps he dispersed some. And so we will find them."

George W. Bush
NBC Interview
April 24, 2003

"There are people who in large measure have information that we need . . . so that we can track down the weapons of mass destruction in that country."

Donald Rumsfeld
Press Briefing
April 25, 2003


"We'll find them. It'll be a matter of time to do so."

George W. Bush
Remarks to Reporters
May 3, 2003


"I'm absolutely sure that there are weapons of mass destruction there and the evidence will be forthcoming. We're just getting it just now."

Colin Powell
Remarks to Reporters
May 4, 2003


"We never believed that we'd just tumble over weapons of mass destruction in that country."

Donald Rumsfeld
Fox News Interview
May 4, 2003


"I'm not surprised if we begin to uncover the weapons program of Saddam Hussein -- because he had a weapons program."

George W. Bush
Remarks to Reporters
May 6, 2003

"U.S. officials never expected that "we were going to open garages and find" weapons of mass destruction."

Condoleeza Rice
Reuters Interview
May 12, 2003


"Given time, given the number of prisoners now that we're interrogating, I'm confident that we're going to find weapons of mass destruction."

Gen. Richard Myers, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff
NBC Today Show interview
May 26, 2003

"They may have had time to destroy them, and I don't know the answer."

Donald Rumsfeld
Remarks to the Council on Foreign Relations
May 27, 2003

"For bureaucratic reasons, we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction (as justification for invading Iraq) because it was the one reason everyone could agree on."

Paul Wolfowitz
Vanity Fair interview
May 28, 2003

3 Comments:

Anonymous Mark said...

This is disgraceful and it ought to be enough to cause every American to reconsider the veracity of this administration.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Lawrence said...

Bush should be held responsible for his actions, but lest we forget, we are still involved in the Balkans as a result of no worse lies from a previous President and his self-proclaimed "co-President", who also wear the blood of innocents on their hands. It hardly seems fitting to leave any of them out of their due rewards.

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The administration would claim such statements were made based on what we now (too late for the thousands who have been killed) know to be bad intelligence, and hence are not technically lies.

[Bush should be held responsible for his actions,...]

The electorate had a chance to do that in 2004.

Given the current confluence of executive branch incompetence, congressional complicity, big media cheerleading propaganda, and a seemingly stupid and lazy electorate, it is hard not to feel there is far worse ahead.

7:40 AM  

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