Friday, January 25, 2008

Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

Not exactly breaking news, but the AP is running an interesting story, the gist of which is that the administration, starting with the emperor himself, told some real whoppers before the Iraq war.

The article is based on a study published by the Center for Public Integrity. The study found the following:

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...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.

You may recall that these fellas were going to restore honor and integrity to the oval office.


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