Bush Lies? Naw...By Iquo B. Essien, The AFRican Blogger

Bush Lies? Naw...
By Iquo B. Essien, The AFRican Blogger

Published on Wed, Jan 23 2008 by Iquo Essien
A study published by the Center For Public Integrity and Fund For Independence in Journalism found that President Bush and top administration officials -- or Bushies, as I like to call them -- issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The study determined that Bushies made 935 false statements, on at least 532 occasions, that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, was trying to produce or obtain them, and/or had links to al-Qaida.

"It is now beyond dispute that Iraq did not possess any weapons of mass destruction or have meaningful ties to al-Qaida," said Charles Lewis and Mark Reading-Smith in an overview of the study. "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."

Leading the way for being lying azzes were Bush himself and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, though Condie, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Cheney were in the mix too. The study also blamed the media's wall-to-wall coverage of these lies for amplifying the public war sentiment.

All of this to say, times like these I love this country. To actually conduct an independent study transforming our indigestion-provoking suspicions that Bushies lie into scientific fact is brilliant. What it does for us now that the economy's buckling under the cost of an unjust war, halfway into a recession, is up for discussion. We can't re-elect him after all. And by the time Condie tries her run at office, and believe me she will, most of us will have forgotten that she lies anyways.


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