Bush’s Lies on Iraq Exaggerated by Foes
A new study quoted by CNN on Wednesday confirms what some conservative supporters of President Bush have maintained all along; that the administration did not lie a thousand times in the run-up to the Iraq war.
The investigation carried out by the Center for Public Integrity and its affiliated group the Fund for Independence in Journalism says the president and his top cabinet officials only lied 935 times in the two years after 9/11.
While the study did not say how many times the administration spoke honestly with the nation, estimates are that they may have told at least part of the truth on more than a dozen occasions. The left-wingers in the anti-war movement had failed to admit that the president peppered in a few fairly honest statements along with the pack of lies.
“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,” said the study that was somehow seen as good news for Republicans who expected worse.
The study surprisingly named Vice President Dick Cheney as one of the officials with the lowest tally of lies: 48, bettered only by press secretary Scott McLellan with 15.
Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz lied on 85 occasions, ahead of Condoleezza Rice with 56. Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and White House Press Secretary Ari Fleicher tied for third in the lying contest with 109 according to CNN.
The satellite TV station said Colin Powell “had the second-highest number of false statements with 244 about weapons and 10 about Iraq and al Qaeda,” for a total of 254.
Powell finished only six behind the winner, George W. Bush, who had 260 lies, “232 about Iraq and former leader Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, and 28 false statements about Iraq’s links to al Qaeda.”