Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Study: Bush Lied About Iraq

259 times, to be precise

In the not-news-but-it-is-always-fun-to be- reminded department today, we look up from checking the status of our retirement accounts to learn that Bush lied us into war with Iraq, according to a pair of non-profit foundations on journalism & media.

"Bush led with 259 false statements, 231 about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 28 about Iraq's links to al-Qaida, 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-Qaida.

"The center said the study was based on a database created with public statements over the two years beginning on Sept. 11, 2001, and information from more than 25 government reports,

"'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,' the study concluded.

"'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,' it said. "

Now go back to worrying about your investments, if you have any, or the lack of any social safety net if you don't. (See really lengthy diatribe below.) Bush took away the latter when you weren't paying attention ~ maybe you were hopefully wishing against hope that you'd never need it.

With the news of the heroic interest rates cuts today on top of an already weak dollar, your DP is worrying about inflation, food prices, etc., the things normal patriotic Americans think about. I advise y'all to stock up on canned tuna.



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