Truth & Lies Re: Iraq, 9/11
The Center for Public Integrity just published an article outlining the Bush administrations lies regarding the Iraq war.
One paragraph says:
President Bush, for example, made 232 false statements about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and another 28 false statements about Iraq’s links to Al Qaeda. Secretary of State Powell had the second-highest total in the two-year period, with 244 false statements about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 10 about Iraq’s links to Al Qaeda. Rumsfeld and Fleischer each made 109 false statements, followed by Wolfowitz (with 85), Rice (with 56), Cheney (with 48), and McClellan (with 14).
That adds up to 935 lies told to us by the Bush administration in those 2 years.
A few weeks ago the New York Times published an Op-Ed from the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the 9/11 Commission which said, among other things, “.. the recent revelations that the C.I.A. destroyed videotaped interrogations of Qaeda operatives leads us to conclude that the agency failed to respond to our lawful requests for information about the 9/11 plot. Those who knew about those videotapes — and did not tell us about them — obstructed our investigation.”
That article concluded “What we do know is that government officials decided not to inform a lawfully constituted body, created by Congress and the president, to investigate one the greatest tragedies to confront this country. We call that obstruction.”
When we are taught about our political system, and our Constitution, back in 4th Grade, and again in High School, one of the required vocab terms is Checks & Balances. But how can we check an administration that lies? Exempts itself from laws? And even if we say that lying to a government agency steps over the line into obstruction & perjury, doesn’t the whole system rest on the public?
How does a democracy work when the government is lying? Why are the rest of the politicians letting this slide?
The right to freedom of speech and freedom of the press are fundamentally important because the public discussion and knowledge of government actions are so fundamental to democracy. It seems the American values of the past, the free world we represented is falling ever further behind our current administrations.