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January 22, 2008
The Center for Public integrity, through the research of two members of the Fund for Independence in Journalism has found that President Bush and his "Weapons of Mass Distraction" had misled, told mistruths - okay - lied about... well just about everything, in the lead up to the war in Iraq.
Welcome to the party fellas! What took you so long?
According to the study, the Bushies told lie after lie after lie in their zeal for a war to take over the second richest oil producing nation in the world while occupying their first two years in the White House.
"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."
-Charles Lewis and Mark Reading-Smith of the Fund for Independence in Journalism
Well, obviously, that was their plan, guys.
One has to believe that this wasn't just off-the-cuff and that the Bushies came into office knowing that they were going to use and abuse our nation's resources in taking over Iraq. Unlike the aftermath of their invasion, where there was absolutely no plan at all, their plan to inundate the American people, the willing main-stream media and as many allies as they could bring along worked amazingly well. NeoCon groups such as PNAC (the Project for a New American Century - whose members included none other than former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, Presidential brother and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney) led the way and were begging for a "New Pearl Harbor" to bring back their version of "The Good Ol' Days". And this began years before Bush's run for the Oval Office.
The White House's non-reaction to the news of the report was typical:
"The actions taken in 2003 were based on the collective judgment of intelligence agencies around the world,"
-White House spokesman Scott Stanzel
Make that 936 lies.
But the truth is that the lies were pre-designed to get the result which we have today: A never-ending war against an enemy which didn't exist in the nation which we now occupy. And that occupation is endless. Republican presidential front-runner John McCain put it best. In response to a question from someone in a New Hampshire town hall meeting, who asked, "President Bush said we may be in Iraq for 50 years," McCain had this as his response:
"Maybe 100... and that would be fine with me,"
In the 1984 presidential debate between Ronald Reagan and challenger Walter Mondale, when Mondale admitted that he may have to raise taxes inn order to help straighten out the nation, Reagan responded that if a politician says he's going to raise taxes, you can be sure he's going to raise them. Likewise, when a presidential candidate promises to stay in Iraq for 100 years, you can be sure that he's going to keep our troops there until, at least, the end of his term.
It isn't "fine" with us, Senator McCain. But at least he isn't lying.
The two main culprits were none other than Bush himself and then-Secretary of State Colin Powell.
"Bush led with 259 false statements, 231 about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 28 about Iraq's links to al-Qaeda, the study found. That was second only to Powell's 244 false statements about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 10 about Iraq and al-Qaeda."
-From Douglass K. Daniel's AP article
"The cumulative effect of these false statements — amplified by thousands of news stories and broadcasts — was massive, with the media coverage creating an almost impenetrable din for several critical months in the run-up to war.
"Some journalists — indeed, even some entire news organizations — have since acknowledged that their coverage during those prewar months was far too deferential and uncritical. These mea culpas notwithstanding, much of the wall-to-wall media coverage provided additional, 'independent' validation of the Bush administration's false statements about Iraq,"
And those who are running to become Bush's successor on the GOP side of the debate have no plans to make it all stop.
In response to, "So Take your Joe Lieberman Award and leave, Mr. Mayor. Your time is up," Pat Thompson writes:
From your lips to God's ears. Please let it be so. He is a craven awful man. He was particularly ridiculous a few weeks ago on Tim Russert's show. He laughed like a hyena every time a question was asked. His questionable accounts in his consulting business and law firm would so dwarf Whitewater. There is a fairly new book out about the Clintons by Mary Bedell Smith, and so many ordinary and insignificant things are mentioned, such as her making some money in the commodities market, or sitting on Wal-Mart's Board, way back when in the 70's when Sam Wal-Mart was starting out and was a fraction of what it has become. Rudy has some really huge and questionable dealings to explain -- and instead he hee-hawed like a donkey, well, actually like a jackass, after each question was posed.
And in response to "The End of Rudy?: Eddie Konczal writes:
Rudy Giuliani is still running for President? You would never know it from the results in New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada, South Carolina, etc.
Does he think nominations are still decided in smoke-filled back rooms at conventions? You can't skip every primary, finish 5th and 6th behind protest candidates, and expect to be taken seriously.
In response to Martin L. King, III's endorsement of John Edwards, Pat Thompson writes:
What a wonderful letter, and John Edwards so deserves the accolades. Thom Hartmann read the entire letter on Air America today. Thom Hartmann is the most amazing man on radio -- if only more people could hear him.
In response to, "And as to the rise in 'cost of imported oil', just what has your administration done to curb that problem, President Bush?" Robert Scardapane writes:
Well let me think about that ... I did see him doing a sword dance with one of the Saudi royals. Won't that help? Or has the sword already fallen?
In response to, "PMS goes nuclear? In a respected daily newspaper about a sitting Senator and major candidate for president?" Pat Thompson writes:
She's post-menopausal. That's when we women are equal to men, in fact, far superior, living on average an extra seven years. No more PMS (which may plague some women earlier in life). Many women feel that during the "PMS portion of the month, they are actually more in touch with reality -- less likely to put up with the stuff that during other phases of the month they let slide. Things men would never stand for. So give us a woman with PMS to set things straight. And even better, a woman with post-menopausal zest.
In response to, "Misogyny: the hatred of women based solely on their gender," Pat Thompson writes:
Or, just plain desire to keep them down. Islamic men get away with it -- their women cannot drive, go out of the house alone, have their genitals mutilated so they never experience sexual pleasure, must be covered with a burka so no other man can look at them and some Islamic societies won't allow girls to go to school, or learn to read. We've come a long way, but a lot of men are not ready to relinquish the reins of power to a woman. Get used to saying President McCain.
In response to, "Does no one remember the video of President Bush giving German Chancellor Angela Merkel a clearly unwanted shoulder massage at a G8 conference last year? Would Bush have done that to one of the male heads of state?" Pat Thompson writes:
Yes he kissed and hugs, and holds hands with Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia and the other Saudi princes and rulers. That's one area where he hasn't been as bad as every other -- appointing Condi Secretary of State and trying to appoint a female Supreme Court Justice, Harriet Miers. He apparently does not hate women as much as a lot of men. Condi taught him everything he knows about foreign policy.
In response to, "A week before President Bush was wiping away tears in Israel, Clinton’s eyes filled with tears–but none were shed–on the campaign trail," Pat Thompson writes:
And former President Bush, the father, broke down and sobbed like a baby the day his son Jeb was leaving office in Florida. He always felt Jeb was the one to follow him into the Presidency, and now due to Dubya's horrible performance as President, the family is done.
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