Tuesday, January 22, 2008


It’s the number of false statements the bush Administration made with regards to the security threat represented by Iraq in the wake of 9/11. The findings, by two independent non-profit journalism organizations conclude that the Bush Administration stated unequivocally on at least 532 separate occasions that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction or that they were trying to obtain them, or had links to Al Qaeda.

Charles Lewis and Mark Reading-Smith, staff members of the Fund for Independence in Journalism are quoted by the Huffington Post as saying:

"In short, the Bush administration led the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propagated and that culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003."

1 comment:

Todd Dugdale said...

The Bush Administration defence is, of course, that they were the victims of bad intelligence. That "bad intelligence", however, was due to their control over it. Anything that did not point to WMDs and AQ in Iraq was rejected, and any unreliable 'informant' was paid big bucks to supply false information that backed the White House agenda. They went in convinced they already knew the facts, so they felt completely justified in re-arranging the "facts" to suit their view. And then they blame the people who did what the White House wanted.