Float in Rosenmontag parade 2004.
Bush and his gang of seven (Colin Powell, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Ari Fleisher, Scott McClellan), "waged a carefully orchestrated campaign of misinformation about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq". False Pretenses, a report by the Center for Public Integrity and the Fund for Independence in Journalism, was made available 22 January. It tallied 935 lies made by "the Bush administration led the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propagated and that culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003". Its verdict was: "The cumulative effect of these false statements amplified by thousands of news stories and broadcasts was massive, with the media coverage creating an almost impenetrable din for several critical months in the run-up to war.". Now, days have passed, how much has been seen or heard in the papers and on broadcasts about this?
When one robs a gas station, it may take a minute. Local television will repeat the video and the story. If it is particularly interesting it will make it nationally. Locally the apprehension and trial and sentencing may be followed. Here a vast network of co-ordination took place and was made on the world stage. So far the aftermath, a false and unjust war and its fallout continues, but virtually nothing on this clear and invincible verdict.
The magnitude of the lies was astronomical. One early, bald and boldface lie was Cheney's, on August 26, 2002, to the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention, "Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction."
The count began on Sept. 11, 2001. The lies never stopped. It was not prudent or comfortable for any resident of this country to not mouth the lies. The New York Times and the Washington Post, papers that the Republicans complain continuously about, supported and lied for bushjr.
Bush lied on the State of the Union address in 2003. Nothing was going to prevent the attack and invasion. Monday, he will give his last State of the Union address. Additional lies will follow.
Other complicit in his lies are his speechwriters, whoever they may be at any moment, for he cannot speak an unscripted sentence coherently. David J. Frum, Michael Gerson (now employed by the Washington Post), Matthew Scully, William McGurn and others who will be welcomed on the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal are minions of the father of all lies.
Pinocchio was a pleasant character for children. The lies of this creation are of a different magnitude.
Come you masters of war______________________
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build all the bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks.
You that never done nothin'
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it's your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly.
Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
― from Masters Of War by Bob Dylan
*noto bene: People have complained of the lies of Bill Clinton, the last elected president. Clinton lied in order to hide his shame. Those who do this complaining, say nothing of bushjr. I put this question to you ― how is an ounce of fluff heavier than a ton of dross and dreck?
** postscriptum: Monday, Congressman Dennis Kucinich will try to begin the proper and necessary process to call for impeachment of Bush, he tried twice to introduce impeachment proceedings for Cheney.