False Pretenses – Following 9/11, President Bush and seven top officials of his administration waged a carefully orchestrated campaign of misinformation about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.
“exhaustive examination of the record shows 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.”
Most if not all these revelations have come out piece meal over the last five years. That they’re gathered all in one place in a searchable data base is probably the most remarkable aspect of The Center for Public Integrity’s efforts. As much as some journalists, amateur wonks, bloggers and public interest groups that have been keeping track all along and find this new report something of an anti-climax, it is anything but that. We’re still suffering the human and financial consequences of those Bush administration lies and distortions. At five years and counting we’ll have a generation that has grown up with the Republican party and the right-wing noise machine trying disparately to sell the nation a narrative based on grossly exaggerated threats that was and remains clearly false. Yet another price we’re paying and will pay for generations is the credibility of any government official. This administration and its supporters have gievn a new new diminsion to the lessons of crying wolf. When there is an immient threat to the country about which we should all rally how many Americans will blow off the real threats because they’ve reached an unhealthy level of cynism thanks to the Right and its thrill paranoid rantings. Some of this national cynisism could be taken down a notch if Bush and Cheney had a real accountability moment and admitted that they were completely and utterly wrong. That have squandered lives and exploited patriotism for their own cynical political ends. Such a confession could set America on a new path and begin a national reconciliation. That is unlikely to happen precisely because Iraq and the so-called “war of terror” was never about what good for the country, but what would tilt more power toward the Conservative movement.
“President Bush, for example, made 232 false statements about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and another 28 false statements about Iraq’s links to Al Qaeda. Secretary of State Powell had the second-highest total in the two-year period, with 244 false statements about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 10 about Iraq’s links to Al Qaeda. Rumsfeld and Fleischer each made 109 false statements, followed by Wolfowitz (with 85), Rice (with 56), Cheney (with 48), and McClellan (with 14).
These are the people that are “serious”. How is a nation to take a load of pathological liars and their rag tag gang of unhinged supporters seriously.
One has to take seriously people that are going to defeat Senator Clinton by selling t-shirts. “Legendary” GOP Strategist Launches Hillary Namecalling Effort
Roger Stone, the groups leader who has a tattoo of Nixon on his back states in the groups IRS filing, “To educate the public about the importance of moral character and integtiry [sic] in those who hold public office.” (emphasis mine) . Stone has exhibited a life long ignorance of what those words mean. The lack of moral character and integrity are among a few other things are the reason the Conservative movement’s moment on history’s arch has passed the tried and failed mark.