Tuesday, March 16, 2004

One-Stop Shopping on Iraq Lies

Rep. Henry Waxman of California has done the Democratic party, and indeed all honest-thinking people, a great service. He has compiled a detailed report and a searchable database of the Bush administration's lies on Iraq... never be at a loss for incriminating quotes again.

Iraq On The Record: The Bush Administration's Public Statements on Iraq

For example, a quick search on "Donald Rumsfeld" and "Urgent Threat" yielded five results.

"With each passing day, Saddam Hussein advances his arsenal of weapons of mass destruction and could pass them along to terrorists. If he is allowed to do so, the result could be the deaths not of 3,000 people, as on September 11th, but of 30,000, or 300,000 or more innocent people."

Source: Donald H. Rumsfeld Delivers Remarks to American Troops, Defense Department (3/20/2003).

Explanation: This statement was misleading because it suggested that Iraq posed an imminent threat despite the fact that the U.S. intelligence community had deep divisions and divergent points of view regarding Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. As Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet noted in February 2004, "Let me be clear: analysts differed on several important aspects of these programs and those debates were spelled out in the Estimate. They never said there was an 'imminent' threat."

Pretty cool, eh?
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