Tuesday, September 27, 2005

FactCheck: Anti-war Ad Says Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld & Rice "Lied" About Iraq

I am addicted to FactCheck.

Their latest article takes aim at an attack ad showing up in American newspapers regarding the U.S. involvement with Iraq. The ad takes the form of showcasing some of the more (in)famous quotes attributed to George Bush and company, then directly accusing them of lying - "They Lied". They end the ad showing some of the names of the soldiers killed in the line of duty - "They Died". This piece reviews the full quotes made in the ad, their context, and asks you to judge for yourself.

The summary:
An anti-war coalition of mostly liberal groups ran a newspaper ad quoting six alleged lies about Iraq by President Bush and others.

But, like movie blurbs, the quotes sometimes look different when read in full context.

And while much of what the ad calls lies was indeed wrong, there's evidence that the President and his advisers believed the falsehoods at the time.
Who are those "liberal groups"? The ad was placed by "Win Without War", a coalition of groups that are listed here.

As an example, the ad points to a quote attributed to President Bush indicating that he said that Saddam Hussein had ties to Al-Qaeda:
"There's no question Saddam Hussein had al-Qaeda ties."
FactCheck's analysis goes as follows:
[T]he full quote shows Bush ... made clear that he was not claiming that Saddam had any connection to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In fact, he was knocking down a suggestion made four days earlier by Vice President Cheney, who said on NBC's Meet The Press that it is "not surprising that people make that connection" when asked why so many Americans believed Saddam was involved in the attacks.

Bush, Sept. 17, 2003: We've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the September 11th . What the Vice President said was, is that he has been involved with al Qaeda. And al Sarawak, al Qaeda operative, was in Baghdad. He's the guy that ordered the killing of a U.S. diplomat. He's a man who is still running loose, involved with the poisons network, involved with Ansar al-Islam. There's no question that Saddam Hussein had al Qaeda ties.

Since the word "ties" can cover any connection, however weak, Bush was in fact stating the truth. The bipartisan 9/11 Commission later cited reports of several "friendly contacts" between Saddam and Osama bin Laden over the years, and cited one report that in 1999 Iraqi officials offered bin Laden a "safe haven," which bin Laden refused, preferring to remain in Afghanistan.
Again, it's an interesting read, no matter what side of the George Bush fence you are on. I'm also not trying to portray the war in Iraq as justified - certainly not - but it does bring some issues into focus.

Ultimately, it's for you to decide.

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3 comments:

Robert McClelland said...

Wow. The hoops you right whingers will jump through in order to justify your foolishness is astounding.

Jim said...

I think you got these comments on auto-dial.

Clear Man said...

Bush,Cheney,Rice,Rumsfeld Wolfowitz are all liars. Now even the American people know. Its over for Bush. Its over for the Military in Iraq.
Iraq will have to go through a civil war now. Which is sad because 100,000 have already died one way or another in the last few years.