July 19, 2003
What webs they do weave...
The Bush administration appears to be in meltdown over the now-famous 16 words about uranium in Niger. The finger-pointing at CIA, the Blair speech aimed at bolstering the president and, of course, the inability to uncover those weapons of mass destruction have exacerbated Bush's problem.
The syndicated comic strip "Boondocks" hit the nail on the head in Saturday's Capital Times. "The White House announced today that it recently discovered that every statement made by the president during his last state of the union address was, according officials, "Unfortunately and unknowingly erroneous."
Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz were so anxious to go to war they were willing to say almost anything, and our compliant media nodded and took it all down. During a March 16 interview on "Meet the Press," Cheney said, "We know he's been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons, and we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons." Where is the Veep these days? One assumes he is back in the bunker.
The New York Times reported on Saturday that the latest line is that White House speechwriters put the line in the address. Powell, Rice, Tenant must have all been on sabbatical. But here is the line of the week from the Times: "The official who gave the briefing today said Mr. Bush was unaware of the State Department skepticism." Here it comes, buckle your seat belt, "The president is not a fact checker," the official said. No kidding.
As Paul Krugman suggested, the lie about the Niger uranium issue is no worse than his lies about the economy. Think about it. The White House told us the economy was doing alright in order to justify the tax cut for the top 1 percent. Now they tell us the deficit will be $455 billion plus $60 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan, for a whopping projection of $515 billion of red ink without spending one dollar on "nation building" in Iraq.
And the forces of Jim Sensenbrenner, Tom Delay and their pals impeached Bill Clinton for not telling the truth? Whoa Nelly! This gang is out of control.
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