Just in case you needed a real kick in the teeth to start the day out right:
A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks.
The study concluded 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.”
Read more: enews.earthlink.net
Not exactly pulling their punches, are they?
And, of course, why should they?
Read it. Remember what it was like back then, what you heard on TV, what you read in the papers. They all stayed on the company line. They all lied. They lied to all of us. They lied to the entire world.
And thousands of people are dead because of those lies.
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.
Read more: www.publicintegrity.org/WarCard
The article below, and the survey it references, are a few years old now, but it brings the point home.
Three out of four self-described supporters of President George W. Bush still believe that pre-war Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or active programs to produce them and that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein provided “substantial support” to al Qaeda, according to a new survey released here Thursday.
Moreover, as many or more Bush supporters hold those beliefs today than they did several months ago, before the publication of a series of well-publicized official government reports that debunked both notions.
Read more: www.commondreams.org/headlines04/1022-01.ht
And now, President Bush is playing the same games in regards to Iran.
In public, President Bush has been careful to reassure Israel and other allies that he still sees Iran as a threat, while not disavowing his administration’s recent National Intelligence Estimate. That NIE, made public Dec. 3, embarrassed the administration by concluding that Tehran had halted its weapons program in 2003, which seemed to undermine years of bellicose rhetoric from Bush and other senior officials about Iran’s nuclear ambitions. But in private conversations with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert last week, the president all but disowned the document, said a senior administration official who accompanied Bush on his six-nation trip to the Mideast. “He told the Israelis that he can’t control what the intelligence community says, but that [the NIE’s] conclusions don’t reflect his own views” about Iran’s nuclear-weapons program, said the official, who would discuss intelligence matters only on the condition of anonymity.
Read more: www.newsweek.com
President Bush is continuing to take positions that are demonstrably false. And he and his kind respond by simply repeating the same mistruths again louder. All this and more from the fine folks that brought us the reality based community.
Hey, it worked so far, right? Can we blame the bastard? It’s like a kid that figures out how to game the system. And I bet dollars to donuts this joker figured out how to game the system when he was a young man, kept doing it with no real repercussions (weaseled into the Texas Air National Guard “champaign unit” and then fucked off– basically a no show couple of years, transferred to Alabama and fucked off on Winton Blount’s campaign dollars, bailed out of bad business deals, cut taxes and then got out of Texas before his budget hit a brick wall, etc, etc, etc…) and will continue doing it until the day he dies.
God bless the windshield cowboy.by