Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Lying for war


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."

...The study counted 935 false statements in the two-year period. It found that in speeches, briefings, interviews and other venues, Bush and administration officials stated unequivocally on at least 532 occasions that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction or was trying to produce or obtain them or had links to al-Qaida or both.
Yeah, old hat. Still, a useful reminder since these details tend to get lost in the rearview mirror much too easily.

How the lies break down by month:

It's going to be so much fun explaining to subsequent generations why we didn't impeach the fuckers.