Tuesday, June 10, 2008

WPost's Enduring Bush Cover-up

By Robert Parry
June 10, 2008

In a kind of Watergate in reverse, the Washington Post has rallied once again to defend George W. Bush’s honesty, with the paper’s editorial-page editor swatting away the latest swarm of evidence showing how the President took the nation to war in Iraq via a series of lies.

Much as the rival Washington Star in the 1970s let itself be used by Richard Nixon to muddy the Watergate waters – obscuring the mounting evidence of his guilt – now Washington Post editor Fred Hiatt and the newspaper’s hierarchy have lent themselves to the task of covering up Bush’s deceptions about the Iraq War.

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1 comment:

Robert Cook said...

"In fact, the overwhelming evidence is that Bush is a willful (if not pathological) liar, in that he repeatedly misrepresented evidence that he personally knew to be true."

Don't you mean to say he personally knew the evidence to be false?

"While it may be impossible to say exactly what Bush believed about Iraq’s non-existent WMD before the war...."

I've always believed that, while Bush is obviously a credulous and dishonest fool, ready to believe whatever nonsense is fed to him, and equally ready to tell lies as it suits his purpose, neither he nor those in his administration (particularly not those in his administrations) were stupid enough to assert Hussein had WMD if they knew they would find NOTHING in a post-invasion search. I also don't believe they thought he had stores of WMD or current WMD programs. I do believe they were sure they would find sufficient remnants of old weapons stores that they could then point to them and say, "See, we found the WMD! We stopped an imminent catastrophe in the homeland by taking out Hussein!" And, of course, they have managed to float the supposition through their channels of right-wing blogs and apologists that the WMD were somehow smuggled out of Iraq and into Syria, though why they would not have used their terrible weapons against invading forces rather than get rid of them has never been sufficiently explained.