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31 March 2006 @ 01:10 am
Lies, damned lies, and the president who tells them  
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who's noticed President Bush telling this blatant lie repeatedly, "I also saw a threat in Iraq. I was hoping to solve this problem diplomatically. That's why I went to the [United Nations] Security Council; that's why it was important to pass [Resolution] 1441, which was unanimously passed. And the world said, disarm, disclose, or face serious consequences -- and therefore, we worked with the world, we worked to make sure that Saddam Hussein heard the message of the world. And when he chose to deny inspectors, when he chose not to disclose, then I had the difficult decision to make to remove him."

Just for the record, America told the inspectors to get out just so we could start bombing Iraq. In fact, the Administration had to spin mightily at the time to try to say that Saddam wasn't complying, supposedly because the inspectors were being misled or misdirected in some way. (The inspectors themselves disagreed with this assessment.)

I'm repeating this here because Bush has told this lie so often without challenge that I'd hate for it to become accepted as historical fact.
crushednchurned on March 31st, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
I was just talking with my friend Molly last night about how frustrating and harmful, and consequently how effective it can be, for a person in a position of authority to make repeated suggestions that something is true so that "experts" on the other end of the line will pick it up and spread it as fact to the general public. In this case, I guess he just spreads it to the general public himself and it's accepted; they know Americans are blindly trusting and if you repeat something enough, it seems true.