The Emperor Has No Clothes and is Crazy.Bush lied or is insane or is so ignorant and incompetent that it isn't funny at all. Bush thinks Saddam didn't let the inspectors in and that is why we attacked him! He has said it at least 3 times now and the media keeps letting him get away with it! Nearly all the media said NOTHING, this latest time I didn't see anything. One of the last times he said it, yes he has said it at least three times, the little bit said was so meek it was unreal. They meekly wrote that Bush "appeared to contradict the events." see Bush is still nuts and the media has really ignored it February 01, 2004
For God sakes, the man started a war and he doesn't know the basics about why? The Emperor Has No Clothes and is Crazy. Can no one else see this?
"and therefore, we worked with the world, we worked to make sure that Saddam Hussein heard the message of the world. And when he chose to deny inspectors" - Bush 3/21/06 THAT ISN'T TRUE!!! Oh God, does anyone else not see the seriousness of this? This man sent thousands of Americans off to die in a war and he doesn't know the basic facts?
"He chose defiance. It was his choice to make, and he did not let us in. " - Bush 1/27/04
"And we gave him a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn't let them in." - Bush 7/14/03
As I wrote back in Feb 2004, "Bush is still nuts and the media has really ignored it. TWO TIMES now Bush insanely insisted that Saddam didn't even allow the inspectors in so that is why we attacked him. The media is really hiding crazy stuff from Bush."
A letter to the editor about the most recent time Bush lied:
"I can find not a single media outlet, broadcast, print or otherwise, that noticed the outrageous lie told by George Bush in answer to White House correspondent Helen Thomas' question in a recent news conference. While everyone took the red-meat bait of Thomas' direct question about Bush's real reason for the Iraq war, no one listened to what he said.
Bush said "We worked with the world, we worked to make sure that Saddam Hussein heard the message of the world. And when he chose to deny inspectors, when he chose not to disclose, then I had the difficult decision to make to remove him."
Everyone knows we didn't attack Iraq because the [weapons] inspectors were denied entry. It is a glaringly obvious lie told by a president who simply strings together the propaganda phrases — and no one noticed.
Have we become so numb to lies that we no longer hear them? Have we become so programmed to follow the conflict of the day that we have become blind to the obvious?
It is time to take stock of how deluded we have become. The media must wake up to their failings and address the big picture. We must quit being led around on a leash by the presidential propaganda machine. It is about the finding and reporting of truth." — Marc Sterling, OlympiaIt really is amazing that Bush doesn't know that Saddam let the inspectors in or that he thinks he can lie about it. But apparently he can get away with it because the media is letting him get away with it. Think what an insult it is to the soldiers and the American public that Bush has told this falsehood three times and that the media is letting him without criticism. A very rare exception here.
Parts of the transcripts from Bush 3/21/06, Bush 1/27/04 and Bush 7/14/03 below:
Bush on March 21, 2006:
HELEN THOMAS: I'd like to ask you, Mr. President, your decision to invade Iraq has caused the deaths of thousands of Americans and Iraqis, wounds of Americans and Iraqis for a lifetime. Every reason given, publicly at least, has turned out not to be true. My question is, why did you really want to go to war? From the moment you stepped into the White House, from your Cabinet -- your Cabinet officers, intelligence people, and so forth -- what was your real reason? You have said it wasn't oil -- quest for oil, it hasn't been Israel, or anything else. What was it?
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: I think your premise, in all due respect to your question and to you as a lifelong journalist, is that, you know, I didn't want war. To assume I wanted war is just flat wrong, Helen, in all due respect --
HELEN THOMAS: Everything --
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Hold on for a second, please.
HELEN THOMAS: -- everything I've heard --
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Excuse me, excuse me. No president wants war. Everything you may have heard is that, but it's just simply not true. My attitude about the defense of this country changed on September the 11th. We -- when we got attacked, I vowed then and there to use every asset at my disposal to protect the American people. Our foreign policy changed on that day, Helen. You know, we used to think we were secure because of oceans and previous diplomacy, but we realized on September the 11th, 2001, that killers could destroy innocent life. And I'm never going to forget it. And I'm never going to forget the vow I made to the American people that we will do everything in our power to protect our people.
Part of that meant to make sure that we didn't allow people to provide safe haven to an enemy. And that's why I went into Iraq -- hold on for a second --
HELEN THOMAS: They didn't do anything to you or to our country.
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Look -- excuse me for a second, please. Excuse me for a second. They did. The Taliban provided safe haven for al-Qaeda. That's where al-Qaeda trained --
HELEN THOMAS: I'm talking about Iraq --
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Helen, excuse me. That's where -- Afghanistan provided safe haven for al-Qaeda. That's where they trained. That's where they plotted. That's where they planned the attacks that killed thousands of innocent Americans.
I also saw a threat in Iraq. I was hoping to solve this problem diplomatically. That's why I went to the Security Council; that's why it was important to pass 1441, which was unanimously passed. And the world said, ‘Disarm, disclose, or face serious consequences’ --
HELEN THOMAS: -- go to war --
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: -- and therefore, we worked with the world, we worked to make sure that Saddam Hussein heard the message of the world. And when he chose to deny inspectors, when he chose not to disclose, then I had the difficult decision to make to remove him. And we did, and the world is safer for it.
[and Saddam did disclose, the Bush team said Saddam was "lying"]
Bush on January 27, 2004:
PRESIDENT BUSH: Yes, Dave.
Q: Mr. President, but how do you describe and account for the difference between what you claimed prior to the war about what he possessed and what he was capable of, and what the intelligence said he possessed and was capable of in terms of a nuclear weapon within the decade, and the fact that David Kay says the intelligence was inaccurate and wrong, and nothing has been found? Don't you owe the American people an explanation?
PRESIDENT BUSH: Well, I think the Iraq Survey Group must do its work. Again, I appreciate David Kay's contribution. I said in the run-up to the war against Iraq that -- first of all, I hoped the international community would take care of him. I was hoping the United Nations would enforce its resolutions, one of many. And then we went to the United Nations, of course, and got an overwhelming resolution -- 1441 -- unanimous resolution, that said to Saddam, you must disclose and destroy your weapons programs, which obviously meant the world felt he had such programs. He chose defiance. It was his choice to make, and he did not let us in.
I said in the run-up that Saddam was a grave and gathering danger, that's what I said. And I believed it then, and I know it was true now. And as Mr. Kay said, that Iraq was a dangerous place. And given the circumstances of September the 11th, given the fact that we're vulnerable to attack, this nation had to act for our security.
Q: -- visas for Polish tourists coming to the United States?
Q: Visa. Visas -- do you offer anything on the visa policy for the Polish people?
Bush on July 14, 2003:
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, Dana, one last question.
Q: Mr. President, back on the question of Iraq, and that specific line that has been in question --
THE PRESIDENT: Can you cite the line? (Laughter.)
Q: I could, if you gave me some time.
THE PRESIDENT: When I gave the speech, the line was relevant.
Q: So even though there has been some question about the intelligence -- the intelligence community knowing beforehand that perhaps it wasn't, you still believe that when you gave it --
THE PRESIDENT: Well, the speech that I gave was cleared by the CIA. And, look, the thing that's important to realize is that we're constantly gathering data. Subsequent to the speech, the CIA had some doubts. But when I gave the -- when they talked about the speech and when they looked at the speech, it was cleared. Otherwise, I wouldn't have put it in the speech. I'm not interested in talking about intelligence unless it's cleared by the CIA. And as Director Tenet said, it was cleared by the CIA.
The larger point is, and the fundamental question is, did Saddam Hussein have a weapons program? And the answer is, absolutely. And we gave him a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn't let them in. And, therefore, after a reasonable request, we decided to remove him from power, along with other nations, so as to make sure he was not a threat to the United States and our friends and allies in the region. I firmly believe the decisions we made will make America more secure and the world more peaceful.