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Bush misrepresents his misrepresentations

path·o·log·i·cal (also path·o·log·ic) — adj.
  1. Of or relating to pathology.
  2. Relating to or caused by disease.
  3. Of, relating to, or manifesting behavior that is habitual, maladaptive, and compulsive: a pathological liar. (See current White House)
If you tell enough lies, you begin to believe them. And then the truth itself seems to be a lie. Such is the case with this administration and, in particular, this president. The Washington Post offers a fact-checking analysis of the president's Veterans Day propagandistic speech.

President Bush and his national security adviser have answered critics of the Iraq war in recent days with a two-pronged argument: that Congress saw the same intelligence the administration did before the war, and that independent commissions have determined that the administration did not misrepresent the intelligence.

Neither assertion is wholly accurate.

The administration's overarching point is true: Intelligence agencies overwhelmingly believed that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, and very few members of Congress from either party were skeptical about this belief before the war began in 2003. Indeed, top lawmakers in both parties were emphatic and certain in their public statements.

But Bush and his aides had access to much more voluminous intelligence information than did lawmakers, who were dependent on the administration to provide the material. And the commissions cited by officials, though concluding that the administration did not pressure intelligence analysts to change their conclusions, were not authorized to determine whether the administration exaggerated or distorted those conclusions.

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The article is a must-read. We will only get to the bottom of this after Bush is out of office and the current Congressional leadership is replaced. Hopefully, at some point, history will be able to tell us what really happened. I just hope it's not too late for us to learn from it.

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