President Bush, joined by senior members of his administration, at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
President Bush and top administration officials publicly made 935 false statements about the risk posed by Iraq in the two years following 9/11 according to a study done by two nonprofit journalism groups.
The study found President Bush led the pack with 260 lies, but he wasn't alone. Other officials listed include: Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, among others.
The study points to at least 532 times where officials said that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction or was trying to get them or had links to al Qaeda.
They say 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."
The White House called the study "flawed", and repeated the administration's position that the world community saw Saddam Hussein as a threat. President Bush said that at the time he and other officials made the statements, the U.S. intelligence community and other nations thought Iraq had WMD.
But it didn't. And yet we're still there and almost 4,000 of our troops are dead because of it.
Here’s my question to you: What do you make of a study that shows President Bush and his top aides made 935 false statements about the threat from Iraq in the two years after 9/11?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
I don't think anyone would be surprised that they lied, and this often. But, what's going to happen? Nothing. They'll get away with this like they have with everything else for the past seven years. What is wrong with this country when we have allowed this to happen? By tomorrow we'll never hear about this story again.
Dave from Brooklyn writes:
If I had any say in the matter at all, I’d make a very strong case for impeachment out of it. But my question is: where were these "journalists" six years ago?
Nelson from New Jersey writes:
Quick, someone make a copy of this database so we'll have a proper backup in the event it disappears like the administration's e-mails. This will come in handy when they are prosecuted for war crimes.
Hey Jack, You failed to mention that the “study” was done by the Center for Public Integrity which has ties to George Soros and which he funds through his Open Society Institute.
Michael from Stamford, Connecticut writes:
Dear Jack, Now that the truth has come out about what we already knew about Iraq, this Congress has a duty to bring impeachment against Bush & Cheney as this is very serious and they must be held accountable. Billions and billions of dollars spent on top of thousands of innocent people dead because of this Iraq war based on lies. Congress must act!
Ben from Louisville, Kentucky writes:
What is worse: the 935 lies or the watchdog press not doing anything about it for seven years?
When I read your blog, my stomach turned: 4,000 kids who will never see the light of day again and their families. All for a pack of lies. Some legacy, this Bush and Company.