Lying About Lies About Lying

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John
Gibson is one of the more vocal Bush supporters on Fox-TV News.
This past Tuesday his My Word segment was entitled "Everybody
Thought There Were WMDs in Iraq
."

Here are some
excerpts from it:

The Democrats
are making huge gains in public opinion on the line "Bush
lied."

They have
said it so often, many many people have come to believe it.

There is
a certain flaw in the logic. The Dems never want to talk about
the flaw, but here goes.

If Bush lied
about the presence of WMD in Iraq, then he knew there were no
weapons of mass destruction in Iraq before the U.S. invasion.

If he knew
there were no WMDs in Iraq, why would he send U.S. troops in to
look for WMD and discover – for the world to see – that
there weren’t any WMD, and he lied?

Not even
his opponents really think Bush is that stupid.

The truth
is, no jokes, everybody thought there were WMDs – even the
French.

Clinton thought
so, Teddy Kennedy thought so, John Kerry thought so.

The question
is what should have been done about it. . . .

What’s going
on now is revisionist history. Bush lied, no WMDs. All leading
to the inevitable conclusion that all would be perfect in the
world if nothing had happened and we were still watching Saddam
Hussein run Iraq, steal Oil-for-Food billions, kill his political
opponents and plot against his neighbors and us.

Remember,
if Bush were going to lie about something, why would he send 150,000
U.S. troops to discover the lie and put it on display before the
world and the American voter?

It’s nonsense.
. . .

Unfortunately,
there’s a certain flaw in Mr. Gibson’s logic.

In fact, George
Bush lied over and over. He may have believed his lies would somehow
turn out to be true. But, nonetheless, he stated as fact assertions
that he had no evidence for. He said Hussein had WMD; he didn’t
say Hussein might have WMD, or that it was his opinion
that Hussein had WMD. He said he knew that Hussein had WMD. That
was a lie.

As to the dumb
Democrats and other world leaders having "believed" that
Hussein had WMD, why wouldn’t they believe it? After all,
they all relied on what the Bush administration said. And with the
Bush administration saying it had evidence that Hussein could attack
the east coast of the U.S. with unmanned aircraft, why wouldn’t
they vote to invade Iraq?

As I said,
Bush may have been hoping his assertions would turn out to be true
– or at least enough of them to justify his brutality.

But, instead,
none of them have turned out to be true – not even his argument
that the world is a better place because of his invasion.

2,000 Americans
are dead. Tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis are dead. Is this
bringing peace and democracy to the Middle East? My God! Not one
administration official has ever uttered one word of remorse for
the Iraqis who have died in George Bush’s futile effort to prove
himself.

When George
Bush says "the defense of freedom is always worth it,"
to whom is it worth it? Those poor Iraqis who were slaughtered or
lost their homes in Fallujah? The innocent women and children who
happened to be in the way of the cluster bombs dropped by the U.S.
Air Force? Don’t those people count as human beings? Or is it only
the posturing politicians whose fate is important?

The fact remains
that George Bush lied about having evidence of WMDs, mobile laboratories,
aluminum tubes, unmanned aircraft that could carry WMDs to America’s
east coast, ballistic missiles that could threaten the whole Middle
East, uranium purchases in Africa, Al-Qaeda training camps in Iraq,
and a few other things.

If you’d like
to see the whole litany of lies by George Bush and his cohorts,
go to:

Lying
for a Living
and George
Bush, Lying, & the Dogs of War
.

It is time
for thoughtful commentators to stop playing lapdog for the Republican
Party. Abandoning George Bush doesn’t mean climbing in the lap of
Al Gore or John Kerry. It simply means starting to think for yourself
and not echoing any party line.

Is that such
a sacrifice?

November
18, 2005

Harry Browne [send
him mail
], the author of Why
Government Doesn’t Work

and many other books, was the Libertarian presidential candidate
in 1996 and 2000. See his website.

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