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tallying up the lies

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  • Thomas Healy
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 24, 2008
      > A fully-searchable database of false statements made by the Bush
      > administration in justification of the invasion of Iraq - created by
      > the Center for Public Integrity
      > Search the database:
      > http://www.publicintegrity.org/WarCard/Search/Default.aspx
      > More about the database:
      > http://www.publicintegrity.org/WarCard/
      > &
      > President George W. Bush and seven of his administration's top
      > officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security
      > Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made
      > at least 935 false statements in the two years following September 11,
      > 2001, about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein's
      > Iraq. Nearly five years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, an 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.
      > On at least 532 separate occasions (in speeches, briefings,
      > interviews, testimony, and the like), Bush and these three key
      > officials, along with Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Defense
      > Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and White House press secretaries Ari
      > Fleischer and Scott McClellan, stated unequivocally that Iraq had
      > weapons of mass destruction (or was trying to produce or obtain them),
      > links to Al Qaeda, or both. This concerted effort was the underpinning
      > of the Bush administration's case for war.
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