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Wednesday, March 22, 2006


Bush simply won't stop lying about Iraq

Here is Josh Marshall on the recent press conference:

There's so much water under the bridge at this point. But the president just won't stop lying about the immediate exigencies of his decision to go to war. Here's how he described it this morning in an exchange with Helen Thomas ...

I also saw a threat in Iraq. I was hoping to solve this problem diplomatically. That's why I went to the Security Council; that's why it was important to pass 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. And we did, and the world is safer for it.

Of course, that's not what happened. We were there. We remember. It wasn't a century ago. We got the resolution passed. Saddam called our bluff and allowed the inspectors in. President Bush pressed ahead with the invasion.

His lies are so blatant that I must constantly check myself so as not to assume that he is simply delusional or has blocked out whole chains of events from the past.

For those who are interested, here's the complete exchange ...

the problem is he believes everything that comes out of his mouth.
I think you are right. I've heard of people who believe everything they read - but you may have identified some kind of previously un-identified form of psychosis.
Speaking of lying...

I just got an automated phone poll from DCI, the home of push polls and astroturf. Read about DCI here:

I really couldn't figure out their angle. The poll announced 5 questions but only delivered 4. Paraphrasing:

1. Should a company controlled by Arabs be allowed to purchase 6 US ports?
(hell no... why are they wasting their money to ask this? I guess this is the control question).

2. Is execution of (unintelligible) by lethal injection considered cruel and unusual punishment? (yes. Wish I had heard that word in the middle).

3. (skipped, brief pause then went straight to 4. Wonder what question I would have got if I had said No to #2?)

4. Are you concerned about rising health care costs? (another waste of money).

5. Have you changed your driving habits due to the increased price of gas? (yes)
My new favorite Bush quote, from a speech in Cleveland on Monday:

"Nobody likes beheadings..."

(At least he didn't say "Some say beheadings are acceptable...")
(At least he didn't say "Some say beheadings are acceptable...")

I never use this but... LOL

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