Who Hijacked Our Country

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

This Just In: George W. Bush is a Lying M#$%&$F#!$%&

If you have at least two brain cells to rub together, you’ve already known this since 2002 if not before.

For me that moment of clarity (or “DUUHH” moment, whatever you want to call it) occurred during the summer of 2002. The Enron and Harken (Bush’s former company) scandals were all over the headlines. Bush made a big show of signing an Enron-inspired reform bill. As soon as the ceremony was over, he quietly deleted a small part of the legislation (i.e. the teeth). And it was right then that the headlines unanimously switched from corporate sleaze to “Iraq Has Weapons of Mass Destruction” and “Saddam Hussein is Hitler.”

By then it was crystal clear to me that things weren’t as they seemed. But now it’s official. The Mainstream “Media” is now telling us what we've already known (here and here).

Well, it’s a start. Maybe this story will become even more mainstream and you'll see it in your favorite newspaper, right next to the usual headlines. “Britney Vomits On Lindsay, Grabs Kids, Crashes Car” — “George W. Bush Murdered Four Thousand American Soldiers.”

Two nonprofit journalism organizations have found that Bush and his puppetmasters issued hundreds of public false statements about Iraq between 2001 and 2003. All of these 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."

One of these organizations, the Center for Public Integrity, has this report posted at their website. The other group is the Fund for Independence in Journalism.

Two staff members of the Fund for Independence in Journalism said: "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."

The Bush Administration made a total of 935 false statements — in speeches, briefings, interviews — during this 2-year period. There were 532 statements claiming that Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction and/or was closely tied with al Qaeda.

The people named in the study were: Bush, Cheney, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Paul Wolfowitz, and White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan.

Bush scored the highest with 259 lies. Colin Powell came in second with 244.

The study concluded with: "The cumulative effect of these false statements — amplified by thousands of news stories and broadcasts — was massive, with the media coverage creating an almost impenetrable din for several critical months in the run-up to war. Some journalists — indeed, even some entire news organizations — have since acknowledged that their coverage during those prewar months was far too deferential and uncritical. These mea culpas notwithstanding, much of the wall-to-wall media coverage provided additional, 'independent' validation of the Bush administration's false statements about Iraq.”

Any questions?

cross-posted at Bring It On!

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16 Comments:

Blogger Larry said...

And what will the Democratic controlled Congress led by Pelosi/Reid do to bring justice to the American citizen over this?

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

January 23, 2008 at 6:26 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Larry: Hell no, those spineless blobs won't do anything. They're part of the problem.

January 23, 2008 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

I'm so glad this has been documented. But sadly you're right, no one will do anything about it.

January 23, 2008 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mauigirl: Yes, we finally have our worst suspicions confirmed by a detailed study. We'll see if anything happens as a result; I doubt it.

January 23, 2008 at 7:53 PM  
Blogger Lizzy said...

Yep, what Larry said.

I'm gonna call Pelosi's office AGAIN tomorrow. It's never too late to put impeachment back on the table.

I'm also going to tell her staffer that while I'm not from CA, I am going to do everything I can to make sure Cindy Sheehan defeats Pelosi when the time comes.

January 23, 2008 at 8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The media just fueled his lies. And the sad thing, this is not going to be a big deal because Obama is a muslim and must be stopped or that McCain is too old to run for office. My bro is about to do his fourth term of duty in Iraq, why people are not demanding a withdrawal immediately is beyond me. Welcome to democracy and enjoy the American dream.

Thanks Tom for the posts....at least someone's being honest.

Jo

January 23, 2008 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Lizzy: Yes, we definitely need impeachment on the table. Pelosi is pretty useless. After all, she viewed some of those CIA torture tapes several years ago and pretended she didn't know about it. Who needs Republicans when we have Democrats like that.

Jo: Sorry about your brother. Four tours in Iraq, that sure sucks. I don't know why the public is so apathetic about the ongoing quagmire in Iraq. I guess for people who don't have family members over there, it's just something in the news along with sports and the weather.

I wish your brother a safe return when his last tour in Iraq is done.

January 23, 2008 at 11:55 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

The military/industrial/entertainment complex is doing their damnedest to keep the populace numb, so all they show are nebulous, overarching storylines and only the people actually hit by the war hear about the details on a local level in local news.

Either that or America is just fucking dumb.

January 24, 2008 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Randal: The "military/industrial/entertainment complex" -- good description. And I hate to diss my fellow citizens, but I'm afraid "numb" and "dumb" both apply to millions of Americans.

January 24, 2008 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

Can you even imagine what we'll find out once these assholes are out of office?

January 24, 2008 at 5:29 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

J: That depends. If another Republican gets elected he might pull a Dumbya and seal all relevant records for the next 90 years.

January 24, 2008 at 6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Randal, you hit this one on the head with "military/industrial/entertainment complex."

Thanks Tom. The fact is that millions of Americans are numb and dumb. I remember watching this Australian show on youtube called The Chasers and they had a piece about Americans...I was embarrassed by the ignorance portrayed.

Jo

January 24, 2008 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

I wonder about the same things J. Marquis is thinking of. I am thinking that whoever is running the country, there will be some very good "tell-all" books about the Bush administration. My main hope in that area is that some of these undoubtedly fascinating books will be out prior to November. The more of those books that hit the market sooner, the more frantic the GOP field will be to distance itself from BUsh and even from their own party.

January 24, 2008 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jo: That Australian show sounds interesting. I've often wondered how Americans are stereotyped around the world. I did a lot of traveling for a 2-year period in the mid 1970s, throughout Europe and Asia. Most people were very friendly towards Americans no matter what they thought of our government. I'm not sure if it's still like that.

Snave: I just read about some nonprofit group whose sole purpose is to run ads dissing the Bush Administration from now until November. Apparently Reagan's poll ratings were pretty low during the waning months of his administration, but then they skyrocketed during his last few months, and that helped Bush 41. This group wants to make sure GW Bush goes out with the lowest possible ratings so that any Republican candidate will have to squirm and backtrack and do whatever they have to do do keep their distance from Bush. I should have bookmarked the story; this group is performing a valuable service.

January 24, 2008 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

Yet we STILL see W '04 bumper stickers, right alongside those yellow "Support our Troops" ribbon magnets.

I was listening to a news item yesterday about how jobs are so badly needed, especially in rural areas (you know, those same areas that voted for W.) Eh. Jobs, schmobs. The main thing is, W kept us safe from gay marriage. Oh, and terra.

January 25, 2008 at 7:21 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Candace: Damn right, jobs schmobs. Abortion and the Homosexual Agenda are the biggest threats to the American Family, and that's what we need to worry about. If God wants a man to have a job, He will create one for him. The woman of course is supposed to stay home and have a nice hot dinner prepared and ready when the husband walks through the door and says "Honey I'm home." It says so in the Bible.

January 25, 2008 at 11:09 AM  

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