The Bush administration has been feeding us lies


Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at 10:40 p.m.
Before this war, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told Congress our Iraq engagement would take "a few days maybe, I doubt six months."
Now, two years on and in dire straits, he flies to Iraq to lend encouragement to the troops, but has to acknowledge he has no clue when the violence will abate in Iraq.
This adjustment in Rumsfeld's story line demonstrates the limitation on spin. An inconvenient tension mounts between the carefully constructed opinions artfully delivered for us to cherish and how things actually turn out.
Unfortunately, some of this administration's historical falsifications have taken hold and flourished. Two examples: 1. "Our world changed on 9-11."
The world did not change on 9-11. At that moment, the general U.S. public, news media and apparently the president gained a gut-wrenching comprehension that the world is treacherous and that borderless networks of people have had plans to hurt us for some time. Real hostilities long in the making finally assaulted our consciousness on 9-11.
2. "They started this war on terror when they flew those airplanes into those buildings!"
For Bush and his followers, time must begin on 9-11, Bush's "defining hour." That is because public acknowledgement of how Bush squandered his intelligence assets (the multiple threat assessments regularly delivered to him by the intelligence community prior to 9-11) would be harmful to confidence in his leadership and his legacy.
An anemic Democratic Party leaves the electorate marginalized, misinformed and entirely vulnerable to the Bush message machine. Message control and cleverly marketed fear is imperative in an administration where loyalty is more important than truth, and lies become gospel.
Perry Keidel, Veterans for Peace, Archer

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