Another Day, Another Lie

The Washington Post is running and article today with the sub-headline, "Administration Pushed Notion of Banned Iraqi Weapons Despite Evidence to Contrary."

On May 29, 2003, 50 days after the fall of Baghdad, President Bush proclaimed a fresh victory for his administration in Iraq: Two small trailers captured by U.S. and Kurdish troops had turned out to be long-sought mobile "biological laboratories." He declared, "We have found the weapons of mass destruction."

The claim, repeated by top administration officials for months afterward, was hailed at the time as a vindication of the decision to go to war. But even as Bush spoke, U.S. intelligence officials possessed powerful evidence that it was not true.

A secret fact-finding mission to Iraq -- not made public until now -- had already concluded that the trailers had nothing to do with biological weapons. Leaders of the Pentagon-sponsored mission transmitted their unanimous findings to Washington in a field report on May 27, 2003, two days before the president's statement.
Ok, so we now have definitive proof that Bush knew the Yellow Cake in Niger story was wrong, but he ran with it anyway. We know he knew the aluminum tubes weren't being used to as centrifuges. We now know that he knew the WMD wasn't there but got on TV and told us it was anyway.

If I had the time or the energy, I'm sure I could go back and find more examples of Bush, his Administration, or his Allies retelling as fact what they know to be lies. (Did you know Saddam Hussein planned 9/11?) The point here is that at some point, we either have to DO something about the lies or there will never be a need for our leaders to tell us the truth.

Can somebody in the media please stand up and call this guy out as a liar?

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