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Independent Study Finds Bush "Unequivocally" Lied U.S. into War with Iraq

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A nonprofit collaboration of two independent, non-governmental organizations has concluded that President Bush used at least 532 misleading and deceptively false statements to justify military action against Iraq. In all, the Bush administration as a whole used a mind-numbing 935 false statements to goad America into war with Iraq. Calling their findings "an orchestrated deception on the path to war," the partnership report may very well be the first fully comprehensive investigation that incontrovertibly proves the Bush administration lied this nation into an unfounded war.

The Center for Public Integrity and the Fund for Independence in Journalism determined, through a collective study and breakdown of Bush administration speeches, press briefings and interviews, that Bush and other top officials "led the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information."

According to the report, Bush alone lied more than 259 times, including 232 false statements "about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq" and "28 about Iraq's links to al-Qaida." Quoting Charles Lewis and Mark Reading-Smith of the Fund for Independence in Journalism, "It is now beyond dispute that Iraq did not possess any weapons of mass destruction or have meaningful ties to al-Qaida." Furthermore, the shared study noted, "the statements were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses."

Among the seven top officials cited, Colin Powell was the most egregious in the dispersal of dissembling and mendacious language regarding the requisite call for war against Iraq. Powell is attributed to having made 244 false statements about weapons of mass destruction in a two-year period beginning on September 11, 2001 and through the commencement of military action in Iraq on March 18, 2003.

As a microcosm example of at least 935 lies cataloged by the exhaustive study, Vice President Dick Cheney declared on August 26, 2002 that "Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction." Bush's patently false proclamation, made on May 29, 2003, "We have found the weapons of mass destruction," has now been completed discredited. Of course, no weapons of mass destruction were ever found and George Bush, on NBC's Meet the Press in 2004 conceded, "No weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq."

In a never-ending stream of fuzzy rationales to justify war, beginning as early as November of 2001, the Bush administration began making disingenuous statements attempting to tie Saddam to the attackers of 9/11. Quoting Bush, "They're both risks, they're both dangerous. The difference, of course, is that Al Qaeda likes to hijack governments. Saddam Hussein is a dictator of a government. Al Qaeda hides, Saddam doesn't, but the danger is, is that they work in concert." However, in stark contrast, the 9/11 Commission Report was unable to establish any "evidence indicating that Iraq cooperated with Al Qaeda in developing or carrying out any attacks against the United States."


The comprehensive study also touches on and illuminates the vast failures of the mainstream media; mainly their failure to offer critical scrutiny, while chiefly operating as Bush's surrogate and disseminator in the misleading rhetoric of the dire need to take the country to war. During that critical, seminal juncture in the run up to the war, the media "creating an almost impenetrable din" that forced out nearly all dissenting views, the report revealed.

In what may be the first true, categorical "War Report Card" that separates fact from fiction, fine tunes mass distortion into utter clarity, the Center for Public Integrity makes a compelling case that "Following 9/11, President Bush and seven top officials of his administration waged a carefully orchestrated campaign of misinformation about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq."

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To learn more and read the full report, visit on the web:

Center For Public Integrity: http://www.publicintegrity.org/default.aspx

 

Frank J. Ranelli is an independent scholar, skeptic and critic, author and essayist. His erudite and iconoclastic style of provocative writing has been extensively published in a variety of news outlets and across (more...)
 
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As of 10:43 AM Wednesday 01-23-07 I can not get on... by Johnny T. on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 9:44:49 AM
I was able to access it and the report is extremel... by Peter Wedlund on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 10:34:10 AM
Colin Powell was, and is, a man of integrity. ... by Shirley Bianchi on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 11:29:33 AM
If he'd resigned in protest rather than go tel... by Harold Smith on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 12:07:44 PM
Powell WAS a man of integrity... maybe, at one poi... by Rob Kall on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 12:17:55 PM
Rob,    I honestly believe you are ... by Peter Wedlund on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 3:29:08 PM
I knew, when he gave the UN talk that he was full ... by Rob Kall on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 3:47:31 PM
Rob,You are not being honest with your statement -... by Peter Wedlund on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 5:19:51 PM
Either no one here knows Powell's history or y... by Mr M on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 12:29:37 PM
-Powell's acclaim is more phony massmind media... by meremark on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 2:54:29 PM
In no way am I trying to sound obtuse or ... by Munich on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 11:46:52 AM
that should be used to start off impeachment heari... by Rob Kall on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 12:19:49 PM
America used to have a set of balls....now we live... by Michael Morris on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 9:46:21 PM
There is absolutely nothing honorable about knowin... by Frank J. Ranelli on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 12:29:10 PM
Colin Powell is a false media made hero. As you ha... by Mr M on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 12:34:32 PM
Rob is absolutely correct. Powell was chosen as Bu... by Frank J. Ranelli on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 12:46:23 PM
Thank you for your article.Bush, Powell and Cheney... by tom storey on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 12:47:12 PM
Powell did resign after the first Bush term. ... by Peter Wedlund on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 1:00:24 PM
Powell was in a position where, not only coul... by Harold Smith on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 2:00:10 PM
And had Mr. Powell delivered that staggering ... by Munich on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 3:46:54 PM
A "revenge" killing? What would that do ... by Harold Smith on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 4:06:49 PM
is http://www.publicintegrity.org/WarCard/Followin... by Richmond Gardner on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 1:23:18 PM
Peter,Since, in your view, Powell merely unintenti... by Frank J. Ranelli on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 1:31:56 PM
Frank,     I never said what P... by Peter Wedlund on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 2:43:09 PM
What with the "Niger uranium forgeries" ... by Harold Smith on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 4:02:03 PM
Harold:   The New York Times piece by Jo... by Peter Wedlund on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 4:57:24 PM
The New York Times piece by Joe Wilson was publish... by Harold Smith on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 5:42:56 PM
the Reagan defense, here, Peter?C'MON, GET REA... by C.Bid on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 6:51:37 PM
Harold:I have no realtionship to Colin Powell.&nbs... by Peter Wedlund on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 7:38:59 PM
Anybody with a computer and access to the internet... by Harold Smith on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 10:06:17 PM
Denial and delusion are key point of every America... by Michael Morris on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 9:49:29 PM
Harold,Beautifully done! Poignantly written and br... by Frank J. Ranelli on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 2:12:47 PM
I believe the author of those words that coul... by Harold Smith on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 3:22:56 PM
Wtih all the overwhelming evidence against Bush an... by Patrick Roberts on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 3:23:32 PM
Please, impeachment of Bush and Cheney ... while i... by richard on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 6:03:16 PM
to add to the ranks of such notables as Ollie ... by C.Bid on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 6:46:19 PM
C. Bid:   I would hardly consider Ollie ... by Peter Wedlund on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 7:52:58 PM
Let me just say that for the sake of brevity and t... by C.Bid on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 10:46:11 PM
I think Peter Wedlund makes some good points. Whil... by Sam Adams on Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 5:34:40 AM
This "study" was bankrolled by a George Soros fron... by Scott on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 9:56:42 PM
Which parts of the study are you disputing? &... by C.Bid on Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 10:59:26 PM
...when I heard the news was, "hmm...and this... by Pappy on Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 2:13:06 AM
All one really has to do is witness what other Sta... by ladybroadoak on Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 2:50:45 AM
Imagine for a second that   Saddam Husse... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 8:31:16 AM
I would be among the first in line to denegrade Po... by Peter Wedlund on Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 8:42:32 AM
is in my previous comment. Tell it to the dead.and... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 9:02:35 AM
Mark:You have just proven my point, not refuted it... by Peter Wedlund on Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 11:28:39 AM
'Provide me proof and not inuendo'The stat... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 12:51:58 PM

 

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