From the “What’d-we-tell-you” department…


Some of us (not many) were paying attention at the time, but now CNN reports:

Study: Bush, aides made 935 false statements in run-up to war – CNN.com
WASHINGTON CNN — President Bush and his top aides publicly made 935 false statements about the security risk posed by Iraq in the two years following September 11, 2001, according to a study released Tuesday by two nonprofit journalism groups.
President Bush addresses the nation as the Iraq war begins in March 2003.

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, reads an overview of the examination, conducted by the Center for Public Integrity and its affiliated group, the Fund for Independence in Journalism.

According to the study, Bush and seven top officials — including Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice — made 935 false statements about Iraq during those two years.

The study was based on a searchable database compiled of primary sources, such as official government transcripts and speeches, and secondary sources — mainly quotes from major media organizations.

The study says Bush made 232 false statements about Iraq and former leader Saddam Hussein’s possessing weapons of mass destruction, and 28 false statements about Iraq’s links to al Qaeda.

Some of the details of this study surprised even me. The second-most-frequent prevaricator, after Bush, turns out to be Colin Powell. And believe it or not, this study finds only 48 false statements from Dick Cheney, who was beaten only by Scott McClellan (with 14) for lack of untruthiness. Of course, what Cheney lacked in quantity of statements he made up for in bald-faced confidence, as in this August 26, 2002, statement by Cheney to the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

“Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction,” Cheney said. “There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us.”

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