Power comes from lying ... Lying big and getting the whole damn world to play along with you ... Once you got everybody agreeing with what they know in their hearts ain't true, you get them by the balls
Senator Roark, from “Sin City - That Yellow Bastard”
That "popping" sound you may have heard this morning was that of the freakshow and dittoheads' bubbles bursting (but, in fairness, they've never left facts get in the way of their inanity).
You really have to say that an argument can be made that The Commander Guy, and his band of felons, charged in and set up the Bush Grindhouse, with the above-referenced Senator Roarke speech firmly memorized, and the foundation of their operating philosophy.
Study: False statements preceded war
And here's a few gems from it;
"The study was posted Tuesday on the Web site of the Center for Public Integrity, which worked with the Fund for Independence in Journalism.Say what? ... Bush lied? ... Okay, what else is new?
The study counted 935 false statements in the two-year period. It found that in speeches, briefings, interviews and other venues, Bush and administration officials stated unequivocally on at least 532 occasions that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction or was trying to produce or obtain them or had links to al-Qaida or both.
Bush led with 259 false statements, 231 about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 28 about Iraq's links to al-Qaida, the study found. That was second only to Powell's 244 false statements about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 10 about Iraq and al-Qaida."
But wait, there's more!
Steve Benen, over on The Carpetbagger Report, notes that those sterling stenographers of the MSM got called out as well;
For another, the study also points to the media’s failings.
“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,” the study concluded.
“Some journalists — indeed, even some entire news organizations — have since acknowledged that their coverage during those prewar months was far too deferential and uncritical. These mea culpas notwithstanding, much of the wall-to-wall media coverage provided additional, ‘independent’ validation of the Bush administration’s false statements about Iraq,” it said.
The report, titled False Pretenses - 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 (written by Charles Lewis and Mark Reading-Smith), quantifies the lies and deceit, in a manner we haven't necessarily seen before (unless you happen to be a newsclipping junkie, of the highest order)
"In short, 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. Not surprisingly, the officials with the most opportunities to make speeches, grant media interviews, and otherwise frame the public debate also made the most false statements, according to this first-ever analysis of the entire body of prewar rhetoric."
And they even offer a searchable database of the players and lies!
How is Grindhouse Press Secretary Dana Perino going to dumb her way out of this one?
Robert Stein, in his "The Truth About 935 Bush Lies", on The Moderate Voice, sardonically notes "Did it take a thousand untruths to get us into Iraq? Not quite."
Attaturk, over on Firedoglake, laments that it's not enough, citing "Still, seems a tad low, but then it doesn't count the last nearly five years ... Good thing all of these people have been called to account and our policy errors corrected by more rational decision and planning ..."
Yes, good thing Nancy Pelosi took the Bush Grindhouse's crimes and misdemeanors off the table ... Heaven forbid she, and the rest of the Blank Check Congress, put the country through something like holding these criminals responsible.
Being that this report, practically, stapled itself Pelosi and Reid's foreheads, and now that it is out there, documented, and, as noted above, searchable, will the Congress take the matter up?
Don't even think of betting on it, especially after this, from Glenn Greenwald today;
Consequences for ignoring congressional subpoenas: None
Yes, time to cue up Que Sera Sera ...