WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.”
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(Condi thinks it’s funny; she’s poking Ari in the ribs!! )
The study was posted Tuesday on the Web site of the Center for Public Integrity, which worked with the Fund for Independence in Journalism.
White House spokesman Scott Stanzel did not comment on the merits of the study Tuesday night but reiterated the administration’s position that the world community viewed Iraq’s leader, Saddam Hussein, as a threat.
Same old song, different fiddler.
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 masons destruction or was trying to produce or obtain them or had links to al-Qaida or both.
Who were the lying liars?
Of course, Chimpy, who led the lying with a grand total of 259 false statements. Woo-hoo! We have a winner!
Vice President Dick Cheney
Then national security adviser Condoleezza Rice
Ex-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld
Ex-Secretary of State Colin Powell–the runner-up with 254 false statements! In the words of Mittsie, you got the silver, General!!
Ex-Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz
Ex-Chimpy mouthpieces, Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan
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, books, articles, speeches and interviews.
Of course, the wonderful media picked up the lies and ran with them. Such well-behaved obedient little newspeople!