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Massachusetts Liberal

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

The Lies of George Bush

The mainstream media has been far too polite to say the obvious: George Bush is a pathological liar who will say and do anything to achieve his political ends.

We'll gloss right over his shame-faced insistence that a Democratic Congress is responsible for all the ills in the world today (including, according to Karl Rove, the rush to war in 2002).

No, let's go straight to the main event: Iran is an imminent nuclear threat.
President Bush got the world's attention this fall when he warned that a nuclear-armed Iran might lead to World War III. But his stark warning came at least a month or two after he had first been told about fresh indications that Iran had actually halted its nuclear weapons program.
Let's face it, this administration has a horrific record with intelligence estimates -- from ignoring "bin Laden determined to strike US" up through George Tenet's "slam dunk" about Saddam Hussein's cache of weapons of mass destruction.

But rarely if ever has the leader of the values voter movement been caught in as blatant lie as in his declaration that Iran poses a threat of World War III -- weeks after he discovered that Iran -- like Iraq before it -- had stopped its nuclear program.

First, a traditional caveat: calling Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a fruitcake is an insult to everyone's least-favorite holiday gift. His bluster and delusional, warped world view is probably only matched by George Bush himself.

But it is really hard to decide who presents a more dangerous threat: the Iranian armed with words but no nukes or the American who has both (and perhaps a command of the English language no better than I'm a Dinner Jacket.)

That's because in Bush's Bizarro World, the fact they have been caught in a lie is actually a good thing. Quoth National Insecurity Advisor Stephen Hadley:
"On balance, the estimate is good news. On the one hand, it confirms that we were right to be worried about Iran seeking to develop nuclear weapons. On the other hand, it tells us that we have made some progress in trying to ensure that that does not happen."
Sorry, but both hands tell me you've been pumping up a petty tyrant as a foil to achieve political ends -- adding yet another level of shame and disrepute to the American reputation and virtually ensuring all Muslims will despise Americans for generations into the future.

I still want to know why lying under oath about oral sex is an impeachable offense and pathological lies by a delusional recovering alcoholic aimed at bringing Armageddon is not.

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