11/12/2005: More From the Lying Liars and the Lies they Tell...
The Twin Lies being peddled by the bAdmin and their Conservative Supporters:
"President Bush and his national security adviser have answered critics of the Iraq war in recent days with a two-pronged argument: that Congress saw the same intelligence the administration did before the war, and that independent commissions have determined that the administration did not misrepresent the intelligence.
Neither assertion is wholly accurate.
The administration's overarching point is true: Intelligence agencies overwhelmingly believed that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, and very few members of Congress from either party were skeptical about this belief before the war began in 2003. Indeed, top lawmakers in both parties were emphatic and certain in their public statements.
But Bush and his aides had access to much more voluminous intelligence information than did lawmakers, who were dependent on the administration to provide the material. And the commissions cited by officials, though concluding that the administration did not pressure intelligence analysts to change their conclusions, were not authorized to determine whether the administration exaggerated or distorted those conclusions.
National security adviser Stephen J. Hadley, briefing reporters Thursday, countered "the notion that somehow this administration manipulated the intelligence." He said that "those people who have looked at that issue, some committees on the Hill in Congress, and also the Silberman-Robb Commission, have concluded it did not happen."
But the only committee investigating the matter in Congress, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has not yet done its inquiry into whether officials mischaracterized intelligence by omitting caveats and dissenting opinions. And Judge Laurence H. Silberman, chairman of Bush's commission on weapons of mass destruction, said in releasing his report on March 31, 2005: "Our executive order did not direct us to deal with the use of intelligence by policymakers, and all of us were agreed that that was not part of our inquiry."...
Dana Milbank and Walter Pincus(WaPo).
And these administration folks and their minions want to keep LYING.
Prevaricating. Dissembling. Obfuscating. Twisting the Facts. Telling Untruths. Concealing Information. Presenting Falsehoods. Pinocchio-izing Politics.
They clearly dont GET-IT as to WHY their overall poll numbers keep tanking. Or WHY they have free-falling numbers in the categories of Honesty, Ethical behavior, Being Straight with the American People.
Yet they Press on with the same old LIES.
Like telling this WHOPPER:
"...In the same speech, Bush asserted that "more than 100 Democrats in the House and the Senate, who had access to the same intelligence, voted to support removing Saddam Hussein from power." Giving a preview of Bush's speech, Hadley had said that "we all looked at the same intelligence."
But Bush does not share his most sensitive intelligence, such as the President's Daily Brief, with lawmakers..."
It's time for some Truth Telling and then let the American People and the Historians write that "History of How we went to War in Iraq."
Because we damn-sure aren't going to let the Lying Liars (the "we create our own reality" folks) write their own version of Twisted History.
Karen on 11.12.05 @ 06:50 AM CST