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How Many Times Did the Bush Team Lie About Iraq?


Have you ever wondered how many times the Bush administration lied to the American public, and the world, during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq?

At least, 935 times and counting, according to the Center for Public Integrity, which cataloged the lies in a searchable database. It’s really a staggering amount of lies.

From THE WAR CARD: Orchestrated Deception on the Path to War:

“President George W. Bush and seven of his administration’s top officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made at least 935 false statements in the two years following September 11, 2001, about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Nearly five years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, an exhaustive examination of the record shows that 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.

It would be easy to joke about it, and say who could forget the one about those “aluminum tubes?”

  • On January 28, 2003, in his annual State of the Union address, Bush asserted: “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa. Our intelligence sources tell us that he has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production.” Two weeks earlier, an analyst with the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research sent an email to colleagues in the intelligence community laying out why he believed the uranium-purchase agreement “probably is a hoax.”But it’s all way too tragic.


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