The Center for Public Integrity reports that in the two years following the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration, and seven of his top officials (Cheney, Condi, Rummie, etc.), made at least 935 false statements about the security threats posed by Saddam Hussein and Iraq. That’s right, 935 lies. According to the report, President Bush made at least 232 false statements about weapons of mass destruction about Iraq and at least 28 false statements about Iraq’s links to Al Qaida.
Sounds a lot like mass propaganda* to me. The kind that was used in communist Soviet Union, fascist Germany and now, in the capitalist, democratic United States. These lies were repeated by the mass media, penetrating the public consciousness and brainwashing the masses into believing that Saddam Hussein was somehow responsible for 9/11. Leading up to the war, the media coverage of anything related to Bin Ladin was minimal at best.
So Bush and his cronies made at least 935 false statements, creating a state of fear, to justify the need to invade a sovereign nation to hunt Al Qaida and spread democracy. And to make it sound even better, they called this “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” I guess “Operation Iraqi Oil” didn’t have the same ring to it.
And you’d think, that in country that’s so concerned about lies, 935 lies would at least warrant some type of congressional hearing? These 935 lies have led to the loss of thousands of lives and Bush is yet to show accountability. But steroid use in sports? Now that’s important! That warrants congressional hearing and investigation.
Where’s Monica when you need her. If only some intern would have sexual relations with George Bush…
*Propaganda: information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.