Saturday, November 12, 2005

He's lying again isn't he?

I remember a Doonesbury cartoon in which Joanie, her youngest daughter, and her husband are watching a rerun of soemthing featuring the former president Nixon. This was in the late 80s to mid 90s IIRC.

The little girl suddenly looks up and says. "He's lying again isn't he?"

And Joannie or hubby says "Ah, young eyes!" and the other adult replies "A whole new generation is repulsed" (All this is paraphrased due the length of time since viewing the toon.)

Well, Bush told another lie today while he was trying to scam his way out of the other lies he's told.

In a forceful defense of his Iraq war policy, Bush said antiwar critics claimed the administration had manipulated the intelligence on Iraq, but they were aware that a Senate investigation found no evidence of political pressure to change the intelligence community's judgments related to Iraq's weapons programs.
China View

Wait a minute. Last week's closed Senate session was held because the Republicans in the Senate were delaying finishing the investigation on whether the prewar intelligence was cooked by the White House.

Wednesday, November 2, 2005; Page A01

Democrats forced the Senate into a rare closed-door session yesterday, infuriating Republicans but extracting from them a promise to speed up an inquiry into the Bush administration's handling of intelligence about Iraq's weapons in the run-up to the war.
GOP Angered by Closed Senate Session

Apparently, lying is getting to be the only thing the president does very well anymore.

Brad's Blog has a good point about the speech

But not only did the president lie but certain members of the media did not call him on the lie. How did yours do?

Following President Bush's Veterans Day speech at Pennsylvania's Tobyhanna Army Depot, the Associated Press as well as Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer uncritically repeated Bush's misleading claim that the Senate Intelligence Committee disproved Democratic allegations that the Bush administration manipulated intelligence leading up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Neither the AP nor Hemmer noted that the Senate Intelligence Committee has yet to report on its investigation into the Bush administration's use of prewar intelligence and, therefore, has not addressed the Democrats' allegations. Indeed, "phase two" of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report would be the first such investigation into the alleged misuse of intelligence by proponents of the war.

Fox and AP repeated misleading Bush rhetoric on Iraq intelligence manipulation

Millbank and Pincus are pretty much on the ball though.
President Bush and his national security adviser have answered critics of the Iraq war in recent days with a two-pronged argument: that Congress saw the same intelligence the administration did before the war, and that independent commissions have determined that the administration did not misrepresent the intelligence.

Neither assertion is wholly accurate.
and
Bush and his aides had access to much more voluminous intelligence information than did lawmakers, who were dependent on the administration to provide the material. And the commissions cited by officials, though concluding that the administration did not pressure intelligence analysts to change their conclusions, were not authorized to determine whether the administration exaggerated or distorted those conclusions.
Asterisks Dot White House's Iraq Argument

Also there:
Even within the Bush administration, not everybody consistently viewed Iraq as what Hadley called "an enormous threat." In a news conference in February 2001 in Egypt, then-Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said of the economic sanctions against Hussein's Iraq: "Frankly, they have worked. He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction."

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