bush mendacity watch
Well, there it is...Bush's prevarication justifying his invasion of Iraq, all laid out in a Page 1 story in yesterday's Washington Post: Depiction of Threat Outgrew Supporting Evidence.
One of the main points of this article is that Bush's lie about African uranium in the State of the Union was followed by a lie about aluminum tubes. Bush's defenders have repeatedly claimed that, while most experts scoffed at the idea of the tubes being used for nuclear purposes, there was some sort of genuine dispute as to their purpose. Well, no.
(And yes, Bush's lies are indeed notable in that they get real people killed.)
Yet, as Busy, Busy, Busy points out, the WaPo editorial board persists in not seeming to read its own paper's reportage...
I'm simply too disgusted to comment further. Fortunately, CalPundit has some excellent commentary here ("[W]hy trust an administration that so obviously doesn't care about the facts on the ground?"). Joshua Marshall has his own observations, noting that Cheney looms large in this sleazy picture. The Left Coaster joins in observing that "with Bush, ideology replaces facts."
And as Matthew Yglesias pointed out, it isn't about any one of Bush's lies. It's about the -- yes! -- pattern of deception that Bush used to sell his war to the American people. He expands on the point here.
CalPundit and Yglesias are exactly right -- Bush's defenders should be careful about accepting Bush's lies simply because they sold a policy they happened to agree with. Given that the Administraiton clearly has no compunctions against lying to achieve its aims, the next time the lies may sell a policy they don't like so much.
I'll go further. Bush's apologists should be ashamed of themselves for defending the President lying in order to support any policy, whether they agree with it or not. Shame on them. Shame on them indeed!
I'd also suggest that if a policy needs lying in order to generate support for it, it isn't that hot a policy to begin with. But we know that, don't we?
I applaud principled Republicans like Senator Dick Lugar who are beginning to criticize the poor planning of the vital postwar period. I hope that principle extends to rejecting the pernicious prevarication that put us there in the first place.