Saturday, August 09, 2003

Lying about the Iraqi nuclear threat

Following up on Friday's piece, the Washington Post leads with a long, front page article in Sunday's edition which asserts that the Bush administration lied about Iraq's nuclear program in order to muster support for war.

In their investigation, Barton Gellman and Walter Pincus found

a pattern in which President Bush, Vice President Cheney and their subordinates -- in public and behind the scenes -- made allegations depicting Iraq's nuclear weapons program as more active, more certain and more imminent in its threat than the data they had would support. On occasion administration advocates withheld evidence that did not conform to their views. The White House seldom corrected misstatements or acknowledged loss of confidence in information upon which it had previously relied...
Ok. So what happens when you turn to the editorial page of the Post in the very same edition? There you find the editors chiding Democrats (Al Gore, specifically) for...umm...pointing out the fact that the Bush administration lied.

Ah, the wonders of American media.

(PS - Hey, turns out Colin Powell is up to his neck in lies, too)