I’m sure many of you have seen the headline “False Statements Preceded War” (although I couldn’t find it on CNN and I’m sure it is disappearing from the headlines) but how many of you have actually read what the The Center for Public Integrity wrote?
On at least 532 separate occasions (in speeches, briefings, interviews, testimony, and the like), Bush and these three key officials, along with Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan, stated unequivocally that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (or was trying to produce or obtain them), links to Al Qaeda, or both. This concerted effort was the underpinning of the Bush administration’s case for war.
It is now beyond dispute that Iraq did not possess any weapons of mass destruction or have meaningful ties to Al Qaeda. This was the conclusion of numerous bipartisan government investigations, including those by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (2004 and 2006), the 9/11 Commission, and the multinational Iraq Survey Group, whose “Duelfer Report” established that Saddam Hussein had terminated Iraq’s nuclear program in 1991 and made little effort to restart it.
I encourage everyone to actually read the article instead of the “fluff” AP piece. I believe that the media wants to ignore this story as much as possible because it makes them look at themselves and feel guilty. They are also responsible in pushing this propoganda on the American People. It would be interesting if someone did a similar study on the media during this time. Why did they refuse to call Bush and his cronies on lies such as this:
Just days earlier, the Defense Intelligence Agency had concluded that the trailers “could not be used as a transportable biological production system as the system is presently configured.” It was ultimately acknowledged that the trailers had nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction and were probably used to manufacture hydrogen employed in weather balloons.
It would also be nice if someone did a similar study on what most Democrats were saying during this time. Most of them turned their backs on the anti-Iraq war movement that was going on at the time. I always thought it was interesting that even though millions of people across the globe refused to believe the propoganda…we still attacked Iraq and really without hesitation.
I had been thinking about a blog entry on the impact the media has on the presidential elections and when I saw this story yesterday it just reminded me of the power they have. Watch for a new blog post on how the media influences the elections…soon.