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The 935 Lies They Told Us About Iraq

Posted on Jan 23, 2008
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The Center for Public Integrity has launched a new Web site that documents some of the 935 “false statements” that George W. Bush and his seven hawks made while pushing war with Iraq. The site endeavors to show that this wasn’t a case of just getting it wrong, but “a carefully orchestrated campaign of misinformation.”

The War Card:

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. Not surprisingly, the officials with the most opportunities to make speeches, grant media interviews, and otherwise frame the public debate also made the most false statements, according to this first-ever analysis of the entire body of prewar rhetoric.

President Bush, for example, made 232 false statements about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and another 28 false statements about Iraq’s links to Al Qaeda. Secretary of State Powell had the second-highest total in the two-year period, with 244 false statements about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 10 about Iraq’s links to Al Qaeda. Rumsfeld and Fleischer each made 109 false statements, followed by Wolfowitz (with 85), Rice (with 56), Cheney (with 48), and McClellan (with 14).

The massive database at the heart of this project juxtaposes what President Bush and these seven top officials were saying for public consumption against what was known, or should have been known, on a day-to-day basis. This fully searchable database includes the public statements, drawn from both primary sources (such as official transcripts) and secondary sources (chiefly major news organizations) over the two years beginning on September 11, 2001. It also interlaces relevant information from more than 25 government reports, books, articles, speeches, and interviews.

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By purplewolf, January 27, 2008 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment

I can sympathize with your feelings about the whole US, but know that there are a great number of us who are totally mortified at the way this administration has disgraced America and the people, not only those who live here, but all over the world as well. This type of bully style of government is not representative of all the people, only a small percentage. Not all of us voted for this atrocity called the Bush Administration, the election was stolen both times. Do not allow a few very rotten people to cloud your feelings toward all of us. Many of the people here wished the last seven years had never happened.

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By purplewolf, January 27, 2008 at 1:14 pm Link to this comment

It is now time to start to tally up all the LIES this administration has fabricated about what really happened at the World Trade Center in September 2001. Bet it’s more than 935.

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By Blob, January 26, 2008 at 4:21 pm Link to this comment
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For years I looked at the US as a lighthouse. I was convinced about the goodness of the people living there.

Regretfully, the Bush administration has managed to change the feelings about the whole US. Guilty or not, many people around the world perceives the formerly good ones as tainted by later events.


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By purplewolf, January 26, 2008 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment


That’s just for Iraq, they probably could find several hundred more lies just for Iraq if they looked a little-not much-harder. Now them can start adding up all the other lies on everything else since before the 2000 stolen presidency and it would be infinite.

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By DennisD, January 24, 2008 at 7:02 pm Link to this comment
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Is that all - did they stop counting three years ago?

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By cyrena, January 24, 2008 at 5:02 pm Link to this comment

It was more than enough to impeach the lot of them. And as the efforts continue, someone keeps getting in the way, and shooting it down.

Nancy Pelosi made it clear intitially, that impeachment was ‘off the table’ LONG AFTER Waxman revealed a lot of this stuff. Even John Conyers brought it up. (He’s since wimped out.)

Then Dennis Kucinich put it on the table ANYWAY, and RON PAUL knocked it off. (claiming bullshit that was simply that..bullshit)

Now Wexler has yet another effort going, and Nadler is the latest to block it, and Conyers at least ‘appears’ to be willing to let the time run out on it…We don’t have a Congress willing to do their jobs, and it’s obvious that they don’t want anybody else, (the few who would) do the job either.

Jerrold Nadler Is Blocking Impeachment
Submitted by davidswanson on Thu, 2008-01-24 01:33. Impeachment

By David Swanson

A private off-the-record meeting was held on Capitol Hill on Wednesday that included House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Subcommittee on the Constitution Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Judiciary Committee Member and advocate for opening Cheney impeachment hearings Robert Wexler, and several other committee members, activists, staffers, and former staffers from the Watergate days. I wasn’t there, so I’m free to talk about what happened.
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By cyrena, January 24, 2008 at 12:37 pm Link to this comment

But Douglas…these aren’t really NEW lies are they?

I mean, the part about pre-emptive attack lies have become standard protocal for these guys…But, I didn’t read the link story yet.

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By Blackspeare, January 24, 2008 at 10:41 am Link to this comment

My God, politicians lying——what is this world coming to???

I think a bigger headline would be: “Politician tells the truth”——-Any chance of that?

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By S, January 24, 2008 at 9:34 am Link to this comment
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Didn’t Congressman Waxman publish much of this information years ago?  I’ve never understood why this wasn’t enough for impeachment of the lot.

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By d.alon, January 24, 2008 at 8:55 am Link to this comment
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Very well said.  The problem it would seem lies at the very core of our culture itself.  Our entire culture is rooted in materialism, individualism, and corporate capitalism.  The strengthening and perpetuation of one or all of these maxims (as has been the goal of the Regan-through-Bush II presidencies) requires a fomentation of qualities in the populace antithetical to truth and goodness.  They lie to us because they can, knowing that people at large are either working too hard to pay attention, or know too little to discern lie from truth, half-truth from partial lie, etc. 

We’ve been focus grouped like lab rats, encouraged to fall in line with the trends that sell, taught that ethics and morality are subjective, fed insipid, banal, stories and artwork accentuating the average or simply the worst in man in order to level the playing field - all in the name of the corporate dollar. Part and parcel of this is the glorification of violence, the deification of the celebrity, fragmentation of the family and community units and compartmentalization of education and knowledge in general. 

I think it can be said now with a great deal of certainty that those at the top of the corporate food chain-particularly in the media- are in collusion with our government officials, and they believe that what is good for American hegemony is what is best for the top capitalists, and vice versa.  While this is true to the qua of capitalism and intrinsic to its nature, it has produced what we have today, which is only a byproduct of a uni-polar world based upon corporate capitalism.

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By QuyTran, January 24, 2008 at 8:53 am Link to this comment

Only one female chimpanzee for three males ? Big discrimination !

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By Jim Yell, January 24, 2008 at 8:23 am Link to this comment
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And, yet we are told over and over by Democratic enablers and cynical Republican supporters that there is no way the country can prove Bush/Cheney did anything impeachable and say in any case the country can not stand another impeachment action.

Why not? Do you think setting precident by allowing a free pass to breaking the laws they swore to up hold will not have a negative effect in the future. The next narcisstic, greedy politician that wants to stack the deck, will have no fear of punishment or other consequence. Bush/Cheney must be impeached and if convicted removed from office and just maybe sued to recover the amount of money they and their supporters borrowed from China to destroy our democracy.

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By truthdweller, January 24, 2008 at 6:44 am Link to this comment


You’ve summed it up so well here…saying far better than I could, what I’ve been noticing now, for so very long. (like at least 6 years). That is this…

“... With the Bush cutthroat years ushering in a free ride for the rich, the American ethic seems to be changing. Few people, left-leaning or not, seem to feel any enthusiasm for paying more towards some general good. Neither party dares talk about tax increases to reduce the Bush deficit or bring more help for the vulnerable.

Unfortunately the general good is a vital ingredient for a healthy democracy.

Will we let the compassionless Bush culture stand?”

We really CANNOT let it stand, but how to change it of course, is the issue. I say that because it means brining this very awareness to the rest of the population, while they remain in the midst of their ever increasing LACK of compassion, as their competition (with their fellow humans) increases. Needless to say, that does nothing toward the common good.

Still, that’s what it pretty much boils down to. While humans indulge in what is human behavior, as common resources become more and more scarce, they fail to understand or comprehend that it is only the ‘common good’ that will ultimately rescue any of us.

Generally, I feel ill equipped at finding a way to get this point across on a mass level. You articulate it much better, but there remains the legitimate concern of somehow conveying it to those who need to understand it. Clearly, this ME culture didn’t develop overnight. It’s taken some decades, and the quarter century have really sealed it.

So, maybe we just have to keep trying to get it across, in whatever way we can, that the time has run out, even for those who continue to believe that they are surviving in the ME culture, while everything around them falls apart.

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By sheila, January 24, 2008 at 2:50 am Link to this comment
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Clinton was canonized by the right wing media years ago.  She is a war monger.  What is the difference in voting for her or Milt Romney?

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By Andrew M., January 24, 2008 at 1:16 am Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter) is already for sale on ebay…why didnt i think of that…i’m a web designer (and bush-hater) and i could design a great interactive site on this story/issue.

oh well!

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By GW=MCHammered, January 23, 2008 at 10:47 pm Link to this comment
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Probably came up the Columbia River a few months ago just prior to Portland, OR’s HS drill. According to local crab fisherman the ocean scene was so unusual one described it as boats filled with confronting young Rambos armed with machine guns.

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By Louise, January 23, 2008 at 10:17 pm Link to this comment

Oh! I know!

Pick me, pick me!

You and Me!
We pay!

‘Cause money is God and politicians are religious and they can afford to buy the White House and we’ll stand in line to shake their hand and pretend they don’t lie ‘cause they have the money and money is God?

Yeh, that’s it!:)

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By Louise, January 23, 2008 at 10:07 pm Link to this comment

Meanwhile, where IS that missing nuke?

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By socalcde, January 23, 2008 at 8:51 pm Link to this comment


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By ocjim, January 23, 2008 at 8:35 pm Link to this comment

It’s not just the lying. It is a complete absence of ethical behavior in the whole of the Bush administration.

It seems that our country’s ethic has evolved. Many years ago it was “want not, waste not.” After WWII it was want everything but work for it. Today it seems to be accumulate at the expense of others. And for some, manipulation and cheating is in that equation.
  Meanwhile Americans and the corporate culture spend assets —consumers, home equity, and businesses, human equity—for short-term gain, consumer goods for the former, and extreme wealth for the latter.
  But we have a superb example at the top. Before he became president, George W. Bush used family connections, deception, and tricks to enhance his wealth. Now he is squandering our money while telling us to shop.
  Like a magician he has turned a $400 billion Clinton budget surplus into a $400 billion deficit, effectively leaving our children to pay the bill.
  What investment do we have to show for this deficit: death and misery for those who make the sacrifices, a quagmire in Iraq, and bigger and better yachts for the wealthy.
  Studies have been done, one a few years back in the British Medical Bulletin, which found that inequality actually closes down our concern for others. As the middle classes feel the pain of comparison with the super-rich, we lose all enthusiasm for the common good.
  With the Bush cutthroat years ushering in a free ride for the rich, the American ethic seems to be changing. Few people, left-leaning or not, seem to feel any enthusiasm for paying more towards some general good. Neither party dares talk about tax increases to reduce the Bush deficit or bring more help for the vulnerable.
  Unfortunately the general good is a vital ingredient for a healthy democracy.
  Will we let the compassionless Bush culture stand?

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By Douglas Chalmers, January 23, 2008 at 8:19 pm Link to this comment

And This Surprises Who? - By CruzP., January 23: ”, here we are, five years later, thousands dead, billions spent, less safe, and for what…”

The thing that is most concerning is the NEW crop of lies being spouted as we get side-tracked on what happened 5 years ago, uhh!

Truthdig isn’t even awake to to this week’s main issue, yet:-

Pre-emptive nuclear strike a key option, Nato told - Brussels, Tuesday January 22: “The west must be ready to resort to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to try to halt the “imminent” spread of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, according to a radical manifesto for a new Nato by five of the west’s most senior military officers and strategists.

Calling for root-and-branch reform of Nato and a new pact drawing the US, Nato and the European Union together in a “grand strategy” to tackle the challenges of an increasingly brutal world, the former armed forces chiefs from the US, Britain, Germany, France and the Netherlands insist that a “first strike” nuclear option remains an “indispensable instrument” since there is “simply no realistic prospect of a nuclear-free world”....,,2244782,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=networkfront

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By Paolo, January 23, 2008 at 6:22 pm Link to this comment

The Real Problem is that most of these lies were unmasked well before the 2004 election, yet most Americans still voted for the moral pygmies of the Bush Administration.

The Real Problem is that Americans unfailingly “Rally ‘Round the Flag” when a President of either party calls for war. War is the quickest way to up your approval ratings and intimidate the media.

Study History. It works every time. Lincoln, McKinley, Wilson, FDR, Truman, LBJ, Nixon, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush Jr: all have used war as an excuse to intimidate, to silence opposition, to lie and get away with it.

Face it: Americans are suckers. We used to be proud, independent thinkers. Now we’re a flock of sheep in search of a Fuehrer.

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By Louise, January 23, 2008 at 6:19 pm Link to this comment

“The site endeavors to show that this wasn’t a case of just getting it wrong, but “a carefully orchestrated campaign of misinformation.”

Now lets be fair. It is possible for someone to “get it wrong” 935 times!

Hillary did.

I mean that many lies defies ones ability to remember, right? How many of us are that smart?

Well actually most of us are that smart. Most of us had it right before they got to number two. But [sigh] we’re not politicians.

So how come all of a sudden we got dumb? No-one who bought [and sold] the lies should be president!


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By Keith, January 23, 2008 at 6:02 pm Link to this comment
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Most Americans, by now, already BushCo lied about crap that led to the illegal war. The PNAC Plan was written in the 90s and given to Clinton. Thank God Clinton said no.

Attn Repukes: BushCo gave your dumb asses a hint during his 2000 campaign that he was going into Iraq with “I’m gonna finish the job”. I won’t get into 9/11 but this administration has been pushing your “boo buttons” since 9/11 and you have yet to figure this out. This administration has lied to you since day one on just about everything and for the life of me Bush still has a small base of supporters. You idiots are like victims of domestic abuse. You get your asses whipped daily and when help comes you curse the helpers standing at your door.

Repukes, look back at the last seven years you helped to create. Was it worth it just to be spiteful towards the democrats? I think not. This nation will be in debt for generations thanks to your gullibility. This administration has talked about its supporters like a dog and you dumbasses missed it every time. BushCo pandered to the Christian conservatives and behind closed doors he and Rove called you freaks. Rove said conservatives are the most gullible folks on the planet. FACT to Rove saying that and the statement in itself.

Back on topic. That truth has been officially told. Repukes, do you believe us now?

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By Politico, January 23, 2008 at 5:49 pm Link to this comment

The reason these articles put me to sleep is that everyone knows what happened and who was involved and yet, no one including the Democrats, had the nerve to do anything about it. Now it’s about 7 years too late and we’re the laughing stocks of the entire planet. Move on (excuse the pun).

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By CruzP., January 23, 2008 at 5:24 pm Link to this comment
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And so, here we are, five years later, thousands dead, billions spent, less safe, and for what?  Who knows?  The lies and bs just keep rolling and will continue to do so. 

All those lies and who pays?

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