a Comparison in Quotations of the Policies and Politics
of the Founding Fathers and George W. Bush

    VII. Lies, Honesty & Disinformation

    For the Bush administration, the line between honesty and public manipulation is a blur. All the people are intended to know is what will influence them to support whatever the administration is doing for whatever reasons. The larger and more divisive an issue is, the more dissembling, secrecy and disinformation need to be employed. In this Orwellian world, word meanings shift according to the needs of the administration and words become meaningless. “Clear Skies Initiative” means lowering standards on pollutants. “Middle class tax cuts” mean more money to the wealthy to be paid for by the middle class and their children. “Operation Iraqi Freedom” means “We bomb Iraq until it submits to our purported interests.”

    The founders were not above posturing and backbiting, but they did believe that there should be a recognizable relationship between what they said and what they did. And beyond that, they believed that democracy depended on an informed public.

    Drums of War

    DICK CHENEY: “[Saddam Hussein is aggressively seeking nuclear and biological weapons and ] the United States may well become the target.”

    ---Nashville, Tennessee, August 27, 2002

    GEORGE W. BUSH: "We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons---the very weapons the dictator tells us he does not have."

    ---September 5, 2002,

    CONDOLEEZZA RICE: “We do know that he is actively pursuing a nuclear weapon. We do know that there have been shipments going into Iran, for instance—into Iraq, for instance, of aluminum tubes that really are only suited to—high-quality aluminum tools that are only really suited for nuclear weapons programs, centrifuge programs. We know that he has the infrastructure, nuclear scientists to make a nuclear weapon. And we know that when the inspectors assessed this after the Gulf War, he was far, far closer to a crude nuclear device than anybody thought, maybe six months from a crude nuclear device.”

    ---CNN, September 8, 2002

    CONDOLEEZZA RICE: "The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly he can acquire nuclear weapons. But we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud."

    ---CNN, September 8, 2002

    DONALD RUMSFELD: ‘‘Imagine, a September 11 with weapons of mass destruction. It’s not 3,000; it’s tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children.’’

    ---On CBS’s ‘‘Face the Nation,’’ September 9, 2002

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “[Should] Iraq acquire fissile material, it would be able to build a nuclear weapon within a year.”

    ---At UN, September 12, 2002

    DONALD RUMSFELD: "No terrorist state poses a greater or more immediate threat to the security of our people and the stability of the world than the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq."

    ---September 19, 2002

    GEORGE W. BUSH: "This man poses a much graver threat than anybody could have possibly imagined."

    ---September 26, 2002

    GEORGE W. BUSH: "The Iraqi regime is a threat of unique urgency. . . . It has developed weapons of mass death."

    ---White house, October 2, 2002

    GEORGE W. BUSH: "There are many dangers in the world; the threat from Iraq stands alone because it gathers the mostserious dangers of our age in one place.”

    ---Speech October 7, 2002

    GEORGE W, BUSH: "Saddam Hussein is a homicidal dictator who is addicted to weapons of mass destruction."

    ---Speech, October 7, 2002

    CONDOLEEZZA RICE: "America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof, the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud."

    ---October 7, 2002

    Slam Dunk

    GEORGE TENET (on the existence of Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction: "It's a slam-dunk case."

    ---Oval Office Metting, December 12, 2002, reported by Bob Woodward in Plan of Attack, 2004

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “The United Nations concluded in 1999 that Saddam Hussein had biological weapons materials sufficient to produce over 25,000 liters of anthrax; enough doses to kill several million people. He hasn't accounted for that material. He has given no evidence that he has destroyed it.”

    ---State of the Union Speech, January 29, 2003

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed in the 1990s that Saddam Hussein had an advanced nuclear weapons development program, had a design for a nuclear weapon and was working on five different methods of enriching uranium for a bomb.”

    ---State of the Union Speech, January 29, 2003

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”

    ---State of the Union Speech, January 29, 2003 [famous 16 words]

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “Our intelligence sources tell us that he has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production.”

    ---State of the Union Speech, January 29, 2003

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “It is up to Iraq to show exactly where it is hiding its banned weapons.”

    ---State of the Union Speech, January 29, 2003

    COLIN POWELL: “He is so determined that he has made repeated covert attempts to acquire high-specification aluminum tubes from 11 different countries, even after inspections resumed. These tubes are controlled by the Nuclear Suppliers Group precisely because they can be used as centrifuges for enriching uranium. By now, just about everyone has heard of these tubes, and we all know that there are differences of opinion. There is controversy about what these tubes are for.”

    ---UN Speech, February 5, 2003

    Darn Good Intelligence

    GEORGE W. BUSH: "I think the intelligence I get is darn good intelligence."

    CBS News, July 15, 2003

    “There are no indications that there remains in Iraq any physical capability for the production of weapon-usable nuclear material of any practical significance”

    ---UN weapons inspector Mohamed El Baradei, in report to U.N., October 1998

    “We do not have any direct evidence that Iraq has used the period since [the first Gulf War] to reconstitute its Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs.”

    ---CIA warning to the White House, February 2001

    `“There is no reliable information on whether Iraq is producing and stockpiling chemical weapons, or whether Iraq has – or will – establish its chemical warfare agent production facilities.”

    ---Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency, September 2002

    “The activities we have detected do not . . . add up to a compelling case that Iraq is currently pursuing . . . an integrated and comprehensive approach to acquiring nuclear weapons.” [emphasis added]

    ---State Department’s Intelligence and Research Department, October 2002

    “On May 29, 2003, 50 days after the fall of Baghdad, President Bush proclaimed a fresh victory for his administration in Iraq: Two small trailers captured by U.S. and Kurdish troops had turned out to be long-sought mobile ‘biological laboratories.’ He declared, ‘We have found the weapons of mass destruction.’

    “The claim, repeated by top administration officials for months afterward, was hailed at the time as a vindication of the decision to go to war. But even as Bush spoke, U.S. intelligence officials possessed powerful evidence that it was not true.

    [. . .]

    “A secret fact-finding mission to Iraq---not made public until now---had already concluded that the trailers had nothing to do with biological weapons. Leaders of the Pentagon-sponsored mission transmitted their unanimous findings to Washington in a field report on May 27, 2003, two days before the president's statement.

    “The three-page field report and a 122-page final report three weeks later were stamped ‘secret’ and shelved. Meanwhile, for nearly a year, administration and intelligence officials continued to publicly assert that the trailers were weapons factories.

    “The authors of the reports were nine U.S. and British civilian experts---scientists and engineers with extensive experience in all the technical fields involved in making bioweapons---who were dispatched to Baghdad by the Defense Intelligence Agency for an analysis of the trailers. . . .

    "’There was no connection to anything biological,’ said one expert who studied the trailers. Another recalled an epithet that came to be associated with the trailers: ‘the biggest sand toilets in the world.’"

    ---Joby Warrick, Washington Post Staff Writer, Wednesday, April 12, 2006

    Osama In Some Cave

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “Who knows if he's hiding in some cave or not; we haven't heard from him in a long time. And the idea of focusing on one person is — really indicates to me people don't understand the scope of the mission. Terror is bigger than one person. . . . So I don't know where he is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you. . . .”

    Q: But don't you believe that the threat that bin Laden posed won't truly be eliminated until he is found either dead or alive?

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “Well, as I say, we haven't heard much from him. Again, I don't know where he is. I — I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him.”

    ---News Conference, March 13, 2002

    Drumming Drumming

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “From three Iraqi defectors we know that Iraq, in the late 1990s, had several mobile biological weapons labs. These are designed to produce germ warfare agents and can be moved from place to a place to evade inspectors. Saddam Hussein has not disclosed these facilities. He has given no evidence that he has destroyed them.”

    ---State of the Union Speech, January 29, 2003

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “The United Nations concluded that Saddam Hussein had materials sufficient to produce more than 38,000 liters of botulism toxin; enough to subject millions of people to death by respiratory failure. He hasn't accounted for that material. He's given no evidence that he has destroyed it.”

    ---State of the Union Speech, January 29, 2003

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent. In such quantities, these chemical agents could also kill untold thousands. He's not accounted for these materials. He has given no evidence that he has destroyed them.”

    ---State of the Union Speech, January 29, 2003

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “U.S. intelligence indicates that Saddam Hussein had upwards of 30,000 munitions capable of delivering chemical agents. Inspectors recently turned up 16 of them, despite Iraq's recent declaration denying their existence. Saddam Hussein has not accounted for the remaining 29,984 of these prohibited munitions. He has given no evidence that he has destroyed them.”

    ---State of the Union Speech, January 29, 2003

    COLIN POWELL: “We know that Saddam Hussein is determined to keep his weapons of mass destruction; he's determined to make more.“

    ---Speech at UN, February 5, 2003


    KENNETH ADELMAN (Rumsfeld appointment to Defense Policy Board): “I believe demolishing Hussein's military power and liberating Iraq would be a cakewalk.”

    ---Washington Post, February 13, 2002

    DONALD RUMSFELD: “I can't say if the use of force would last five days or five weeks or five months, but it certainly isn't going to last any longer than that.”

    ----Speaking on National Public Radio, November 2002

    DONALD RUMSFELD: “Five days or five weeks . . . it won't be a World War III."

    ---Infinity Radio call-in program, Nov. 15, 2002, reported by CBS/AP

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “We're not going to have any casualties.”

    ---According to Pat Robertson, said by Bush to him in Nashville, Tennessee before the March 2003 invasion of Iraq

    DICK CHENEY: “We will be greeted as liberators. . . . [The fight in Iraq] will last weeks instead of months.”

    ---On “Meet the Press,” March 16, 2003

    We Found ‘Em!

    DICK CHENEY: “We believe [Hussein] has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons."

    ---NBC's Meet the Press, March 16, 2003

    CONDOLEEZZA RICE: “We have found, in Iraq, biological weapons laboratories that look precisely like what Secretary Powell described in his February 5 report to the United Nations.”

    ---White House, May 28, 2003

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories. You remember when Colin Powell stood up in front of the world, and he said, Iraq has got laboratories, mobile labs to build biological weapons. They're illegal. They're against the United Nations resolutions, and we've so far discovered two. And we'll find more weapons as time goes on. But for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong, we found them.”

    ---On Polish TV, May 29, 2003

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “We found a biological laboratory in Iraq which the UN prohibited.”

    ---June 1, 2003,

    COLIN POWELL: “We have already discovered mobile biological factories of the kind that I described to the Security Council on the 5th of February. We have now found them. There is no question in our mind that that’s what their purpose was. Nobody has come up with an alternate purpose that makes sense.”

    ---June 2, 2003

    PAUL WOLFOWITZ (Dep. Secretary of Defense): “We---as the whole world knows---have in fact found some significant evidence to confirm exactly what Secretary Powell said when he spoke to the United Nations about the development of mobile biological weapons production facilities that would seem to confirm fairly precisely the information we received from several defectors, one in particular who described the program in some detail.”

    ---June 3, 2003

    CONDOLEEZZA RICE: “But let’s remember what we’ve already found. Secretary Powell on February 5th talked about a mobile, biological weapons capability. That has now been found and this is a weapons laboratory trailers capable of making a lot of agent that–dry agent, dry biological agent that can kill a lot of people. So we are finding these pieces that were described. … This was a program that was built for deceit and concealment.”

    ---CNBC, June 3, 2003

    JOHN BOLTON (Under-Secretary of Defense): “And I think the presentation that Secretary Powell made to the Security Council some months ago, which he worked on day and night for four or five days before going up to New York, is actually standing up very well to the test of reality as we learn more about what was going on inside Iraq. He explained to the Security Council and, indeed, showed diagrams of mobile biological weapons production facilities. We have already found two such laboratories.

    ---To House International Relations Committee, June 4, 2003

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “We recently found two mobile biological weapons facilities which were capable of producing biological agents.”

    --- June 5, 2003

    COLIN POWELL: “And I would put before you exhibit A, the mobile biological labs that we have found. Now, people are saying, well, are they truly mobile biological labs? Yes, they are.”

    ---Fox News Sunday, June 6, 2003

    DICK CHENEY: “We had intelligence reporting before the war that there were at least seven of these mobile labs that he had gone out and acquired. We’ve, since the war, found two of them.”

    ---”Meet the Press,” September 15, 2003

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “There's a grave threat in Iraq.There just is."

    ---October 2, 2003

    CONDOLEEZZA RICE: “But let’s remember what we’ve already found. Secretary Powell on February 5 talked about a mobile, biological weapons capability. That has now been found and this is a weapons laboratory trailers capable of making a lot of agent that—dry agent, dry biological agent that can kill a lot of people. . . . We know that we have from multiple sources who told us that then and sources who have confirmed it now.”

    ---US House Committee on Government Reform, March 16, 2004

    More Darn Good Intelligence

    In January 2004, after ten months of investigation, Bush administration’s Chief Weapons Inspector, David Kay said: “I don’t think [WMDs] existed.”

    In January 2004, ”Bounding the Global War on Terror,” a report by the Army War College concluded: “The war against Iraq was a detour from, not an integral component of, the war on terrorism.”

    What I Didn't Find in Africa

    “Did the Bush administration manipulate intelligence about Saddam Hussein's weapons programs to justify an invasion of Iraq? Based on my experience with the administration in the months leading up to the war, I have little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat. . . .

    “In February 2002, I was informed by officials at the Central Intelligence Agency that Vice President Dick Cheney's office had questions about a particular intelligence report. While I never saw the report, I was told that it referred to a memorandum of agreement that documented the sale of uranium yellowcake — a form of lightly processed ore — by Niger to Iraq in the late 1990's. The agency officials asked if I would travel to Niger to check out the story so they could provide a response to the vice president's office. . . .

    “[Niger] Ambassador Owens-Kirkpatrick . . . told me that she knew about the allegations of uranium sales to Iraq — and that she felt she had already debunked them in her reports to Washington. . . . It did not take long to conclude that it was highly doubtful that any such transaction had ever taken place.

    “Before I left Niger, I briefed the ambassador on my findings, which were consistent with her own. . . . In early March, I arrived in Washington and promptly provided a detailed briefing to the C.I.A. I later shared my conclusions with the State Department African Affairs Bureau. . . .

    “In September 2002, however, Niger re-emerged. The British government published a ’white paper’ asserting that Saddam Hussein and his unconventional arms posed an immediate danger. As evidence, the report cited Iraq's attempts to purchase uranium from an African country. Then, in January, President Bush, citing the British dossier, repeated the charges about Iraqi efforts to buy uranium from Africa.

    “The next day, I reminded a friend at the State Department of my trip and suggested that if the president had been referring to Niger, then his conclusion was not borne out by the facts as I understood them.

    “The vice president's office asked a serious question. I was asked to help formulate the answer. . . . The question now is how that answer was or was not used by our political leadership. . . . If. . . the information was ignored because it did not fit certain preconceptions about Iraq, then a legitimate argument can be made that we went to war under false pretenses.”

    ---New York Times, July 6, 2003 (Joseph Wilson, husband of outed CIA operative Valerie Plame, was a career foreign service officer and ambassador from 1976 to 1998.)

    DONALD RUMSFELD: “We know where they [Iraq's WMD] are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south, and north somewhat.”

    ---Interview on ABC This Week, March 30, 2003

    CONDOLEEZZA RICE: “The president quoted a British paper. We did not know at the time—no one knew at the time, in our circles—maybe someone knew down in the bowels of the agency, but no one in our circles knew that there were doubts and suspicions that this might be a forgery.”

    ---Washington Post, June 13, 2003

    DONALD RUMSFELD: “We said they had a nuclear program.That was never any debate.”

    ---This Week with George Stephanopoulos, ABC, July 13, 2003

    “CIA Director Tenet personally called Rice’s deputy Stephen Hadley to discourage the President from using the uranium claim in his October speech and the CIA sent multiple memos to the White House (and Ms. Rice) warning about the unreliability of the Niger uranium claim.”

    ---Rep. Henry Waxman,, August 19, 2003

    In his August 25, 2003 address to the American Enterprise Institute, Vice President Cheney attempted to rebut claims that the administration misled the American public by citing an intelligence report that Iraq, if left unchecked, “probably will have a nuclear weapon during this decade.”

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “Evidence indicates that Iraq is reconstituting its nuclear weapons program.Saddam Hussein has held numerous meetings with Iraqi nuclear scientists, a group of his ‘nuclear mujahedeen,’ his nuclear holy warriors.”

    ---October 2003 Address

    Connecting Saddam to 9/11

    "Those contacts [between Saddam Hussein’s government and al-Qaeda] did not add up to an established formal relationship. . . . Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been present in Baghdad, and an al-Qaeda affiliate organization that identified itself as the ‘sworn enemy’ of Saddam Hussein had operated in northeastern Iraq in an area under Kurdish control. There was no evidence proving Iraqi complicity or assistance in an al-Qaeda attack.”

    ---CIA document Iraqi Support for Terrorism, September, 2002

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “[Saddam Hussein] is a threat because he is dealing with al-Qaeda. . . . A true threat facing our country is that an al-Qaeda-type network trained and armed by Saddam could attack America and not leave one fingerprint.”

    ---November 7, 2002

    COLIN POWELL: “What I want to bring to your attention today is the potentially much more sinister nexus between Iraq and the al-Qaeda terrorist network, a nexus that combines classic terrorist organizations with modern methods of mass murder. Iraq today harbors a deadly terrorist network headed by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi an associate and collaborator of Osama bin laden and his al-Qaeda lieutenants.”

    ---Address to the United Nations, February 5, 2003

    CONDOLEEZZA RICE: “There is no question in my mind about the al-Qaeda connection. It is a connection that has unfolded, that we’re learning more about as we are able to take the testimony of detainees, people who were high up in the al-Qaeda organization. And what emerges is a picture of a Saddam Hussein who became impressed with what al-Qaeda did after it bombed our embassies in 1998 in Kenya and Tanzania, began to give them assistance in chemical and biological weapons.”

    ---CNN, February 5, 2003

    CONDOLEEZZA RICE: “Well, we are, of course, continually learning more about these links between Iraq and al-Qaeda, and there is evidence that Secretary Powell did not have the time to talk about.”

    ---Fox News Sunday, February 16, 2003

    GEORGE W. BUSH: "Iraq has aided, trained and harbored terrorists, including operatives of al-Qaeda."

    ---Presidential Address to the Nation, March 17, 2003, a few days before attacking Iraq

    DICK CHENEY: “If we’re successful in Iraq . . . so it’s not pursuing weapons of mass destruction, so that it’s not a safe haven for terrorists . . . we will have struck a major blow right at the heart of the base . . . the geographic base of the terrorists who have had us under assault now for many years, but most especially on 9/11.”

    ---Meet The Press with Tim Russert, September 14, 2003

    On July 22, 2004, the 9/11 Commission Report found “no credible evidence of a collaborative relationship between Iraq and al-Qaeda.”The Commission stressed that “it had access to the same information [that Vice President Cheney] has seen regarding contacts between al-Qaeda and Iraq prior to the 9/11 attacks.”

    Charles Duelfer Report to CIA Director George Tenet

    “The former Regime had no formal written strategy or plan for the revival of WMD after sanctions. . . .

    “The UN controlled Saddam’s main source of revenue (oil exports) and determined what Iraq could import. . . . UN sanctions curbed Saddam’s ability to import weapons, technology, and expertise into Iraq. Sanctions also limited his ability to finance his military, intelligence, and security forces to deal with his perceived and real external threats. . . .

    Nuclear Weapons --- “Saddam Hussein ended the nuclear program in 1991 following the Gulf war. ISG [Iraq Survey Group] found no evidence to suggest concerted efforts to restart the program.

    Chemical Weapons --- “While a small number of old, abandoned chemical munitions have been discovered, ISG [Iraq Survey Group] judges that Iraq unilaterally destroyed its undeclared chemical weapons stockpile in 1991. There are no credible indications that Baghdad resumed production of chemical munitions thereafter. . . .

    ISG did not discover chemical process or production units configured to produce key precursors or CW agents.

    Biological Weapons --- “A former nerve agent expert indicated that Iraq retained the capability to produce nerve agent in significant quantities within two years, given the import of required phosphorous precursors. However, we have no credible indications that Iraq acquired or attempted to acquire large quantities of these chemicals through its existing procurement networks for sanctioned items.

    “With the economy at rock bottom in late 1995, ISG judges that Baghdad abandoned its existing BW [Biological Weapons] program in the belief that it constituted a potential embarrassment, whose discovery would undercut Baghdad’s ability to reach its overarching goal of obtaining relief from UN sanctions. . . .

    ISG found no direct evidence that Iraq, after 1996, had plans for a new BW program or was conducting BW-specific work for military purposes. . . . .

    “In spite of exhaustive investigation, ISG found no evidence that Iraq possessed, or was developing BW agent production systems mounted on road vehicles or railway wagons. . . .

    “ISG thoroughly examined two trailers captured in 2003, suspected of being mobile BW agent production units, and investigated the associated evidence. ISG judges that its Iraqi makers almost certainly designed and built the equipment exclusively for the generation of hydrogen. It is impractical to use the equipment for the production and weaponization of BW agent. ISG judges that it cannot therefore be part of any BW program.”

    ---Comprehensive Report of the Special Advisor [Charles Duelfer] to the DCI [Director of Central Intelligence] on Iraq’s WMD, September 30, 2004

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “We have no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the September 11.”

    ---CBS News, September 18, 2003

    DICK CHENEY: “I have not suggested there's a connection between Iraq and 9/11.”

    ---Vice Presidential Debate, August 5, 2004

    DICK CHENEY: “The senator has got his facts wrong. I have not suggested there's a connection between Iraq and 9/11.”

    ---At the Vice Presidential Debates, October 5, 2004

    Keeping the 9/11 Connection Alive

    GEORGE W. BUSH: "The troops here and across the world are fighting a global war on terror. The war reached our shores on September the 11th, 2001.”

    ---Speech at Ft. Bragg, June 28, 2005

    GEORGE W. BUSH: "We are fighting men with blind hatred & they are trying to shake our will in Iraq, just as they tried to shake our will on September 11, 2001."

    ---CNN, June 29, 2005

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “Our mission in Iraq is critical in the victory in the global war on terror. After our country was attacked on September the 11th and nearly 3,000 lives were lost, I vowed to do everything within my power to bring justice to those who were responsible.”

    ---Press Conference, December 19, 2005

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “A sudden withdrawal of our forces from Iraq would abandon our Iraqi allies to death and prison, would put men like bin Laden and Zarqawi in charge of a strategic country.”

    ---State of the Union Speech, January 2006

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “Terrorists like bin Laden are serious about mass murder -- and all of us must take their declared intentions seriously. They seek to impose a heartless system of totalitarian control throughout the Middle East, and arm themselves with weapons of mass murder. . . . Their aim is to seize power in Iraq, and use it as a safe haven to launch attacks against America and the world.”

    ---State of the Union Speech, January 2006

    No WMDs---Who Cares?

    DONALD RUMSFELD: "I don't believe anyone that I know in the administration ever said that Iraq had nuclear weapons."

    ---May 14, 2003

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “So what's the difference?”

    --- To Diane Sawyer, December 16, 2003 (as she presses about the administration's verbiage about Iraqi WMD vs. the fact none were used or found)

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be somewhere.”

    ---Joking, and looking under a chair, at the Radio and Television News Correspondents Association, March 25, 2004

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “I wasn't happy when we found out there wasn't weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.”

    ---2nd Presidential Debate, October 8, 2004

    It All Depends On What The Meaning Of “Imminent” Is

    SCOTT McCLELLAN (White House spokesman): “This is about an imminent threat.”

    ---February 10 2003

    SCOTT MCCLELLAN : “I think we've said all along that it was a grave and gathering threat. And that in a post-September 11th world, you must confront gathering threats before it's too late. . . . I think some in the media have chosen to use the word ‘imminent.’ Those were not words ---”

    Q. “The President himself never used that word?”

    SCOTT McCLELLAN: “Those were not words we used. We used ‘grave and gathering threat.’ We made it very clear that it was a gathering threat, that it's important to confront gathering threats in this post-September 11th world, because of the new dangers and new threats that we face.”

    ---News Conference. January 27, 2004

    DONALD RUMSFELD: "No terrorist state poses a greater or more immediate threat to the security of our people and the stability of the world than the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq."

    ---September 19, 2002

    DONALD RUMSFELD: “You and a few other critics are the only people I’ve hard use the phrase ‘immediate threat’. I didn’t . . . It’s become folklore that that’s what happened.”

    ---On “Face the Nation,” 2004

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “Democracies don't war; democracies are peaceful countries.”

    ---Press Conference, December 19, 2005

    Those Obsolete Geneva Conventions

    Article VI of the U.S. Constitution states that ". . . all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land . . ." and that ". . . all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution. . . .” Article III states that the judicial power of the US Supreme Court extends to "all . . . Treaties made."

    This makes a violation of international law also a violation of the U.S. Constitution, and withholds immunity from government officials, including the president.

    ALBERTO GONZALES (Attorney General) on the Geneva Convention: “This new paradigm renders obsolete Geneva's strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners and renders quaint some of its provisions."

    ---January 25, 2002 Memorandum to the President

    ALBERTO GONZALES: "On balance, I believe that the arguments for reconsideration and reversal (of the prisoners' status) are unpersuasive. The Taliban and its forces were, in fact, not a government, but a militant, terrorist- like group."

    ---The Sunday Herald, January 27, 2002

    ARI FLEISCHER: "President Bush today has decided that the Geneva Convention will apply to the Taliban detainees but not to the al-Qaeda international terrorists."

    ---February 8, 2002

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “The United States is committed to the worldwide elimination of torture and we are leading this fight by example.“

    ---June 26, 2003

    ALBERTO GONZALES: "The nature of the new war places a high premium on other factors, such as the ability to quickly obtain information from captured terrorists and their sponsors in order to avoid further atrocities against American civilians.”

    ---Newsweek, May 16, 2004

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “No President has ever done more for human rights than I have. “

    ---Ken Auletta "Fortress Bush", The New Yorker, Jan 19, 2004

    Torture of Prisoners

    “Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld approved in December 2002 a number of severe measures, including the stripping of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and using dogs to frighten them. He later rescinded those tactics and signed off on a shorter list of ‘exceptional techniques,’ including 20-hour interrogations, face slapping, stripping detainees to create ‘a feeling of helplessness and dependence,’ and using dogs to increase anxiety.

    “The State Department report also harshly attacked the treatment of prisoners in such countries as Syria and Egypt, where the United States has shipped terrorism suspects under a practice known as ‘rendition.’ An Australian citizen has alleged that under Egyptian detention he was hung by his arms from hooks, repeatedly shocked, nearly drowned and brutally beaten. Most of his fingernails were missing when he later arrived at Guantanamo Bay.

    “Michael Kozak, acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, said President Bush ‘has been very clear on the issue of torture, which is we are against it. . . .’ "

    ---Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, March 1, 2005

    “The State Department'sannual report onhuman rights practices worldwide hascondemned countries such as Burma and North Korea for the disappearance and indefinite detention of political prisoners without trial; while also condemning Libya, Syria and other countries for engaging in acts of torture that include hooding, stripping detainees naked, sleep deprivation, subjecting detainees to extremes of heat, cold, noise and light, threatening them with dogs, submerging them in water to simulate drowning — which is known as water-boarding — and other acts of physical abuse all of which have occurred at U.S. detention facilities.”

    ---Washington Post, March 10, 2005

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “We are finding terrorists and bringing them to justice. . . . Anything we do . . . to that end in this effort, any activity we conduct, is within the law. We do not torture."

    ---November 7, 2005

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “Just remember it's the birds that's supposed to suffer, not the hunter.”

    ---Advising quail hunter and New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici, Roswell, N.M., Jan. 22, 2004

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “There are no longer torture chambers or rape rooms or mass graves in Iraq.”

    ----2004 April 30, White House press release

    DICK CHENEY: “Principle is OK up to a certain point, but principle doesn't do any good if you lose.”

    ---During the 1976 US Presidential campaign

    GEORGE W. BUSH: "I've said to people we don't torture. And we don't.”

    ---To Katie Couric on CBS, September 7, 2006

    Katrina Message Interruption

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees.”

    ---September 1, 2005

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “It's as if the entire Gulf Coast were obliterated by a -- the worst kind of weapon you can imagine.”

    ---September 2, 2005

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “We've got a lot of rebuilding to do. First, we're going to save lives and stabilize the situation. And then we're going to help these communities rebuild. The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now - - that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch.”

    ---September 2, 2005

    HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY MICHAEL CHERTOFF: “It really caught everybody by surprise and was a major reason for the delay in the government's emergency response.”

    ---September 4, 2005

    MICHAEL CHERTOFF: “That 'perfect storm' of a combination of catastrophes exceeded the foresight of the planners, and maybe anybody's foresight.”

    ---September 5, 2005

    “The White House situation room received a report at 1:47 a.m. the day Katrina hit, predicting that Katrina would likely lead to severe flooding and/or levee breaching. Two days before Katrina hit FEMA predicted that Hurricane Katrina could be worse than Hurricane Pam.”

    ---MSNBC, January 24, 2006

    “On Meet the Press, Tim Russert pointed out that the Times-Picayune published a five-part seriesin June 2002, in which it warned that if a large hurricane hit New Orleans, the city's levees would likely be topped or broken resulting in catastrophic flooding and thousands of deaths. Russert added that ‘last summer FEMA, who reports to you and the LSU Hurricane Center, and local and state officials did a simulated Hurricane Pam in which the levees broke.’"

    ---Media Matters for America September 8, 2005

    A Heck of a Job

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job. The FEMA Director [Michael Brown] is working 24 -- they're working 24 hours a day.”

    ---September 2, 2005

    MICHAEL CHERTOFF: “What I said was not that we didn't anticipate that there's a possibility the levees will break. What I said was, in this storm, what happened is, the storm passed and passed without the levees breaking on Monday. Tuesday morning, I opened newspapers and saw headlines that said 'New Orleans Dodged the Bullet,' which surprised people. What surprised them was that the levee broke overnight and the next day and, in fact, collapsed. That was a surprise."

    ---September 4, 2005

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “What I was referring to is this: When that storm came by, a lot of people said we dodged a bullet. When that storm came through at first, people said, ‘Whew.’ There was a sense of relaxation. And that's what I was referring to. And I myself thought we had dodged a bullet. You know why? Because I was listening to people probably over the airwaves say, ‘The bullet has been dodged.’ And that was what I was referring to. Of course, there were plans in case the levee had been breached. There was a sense of relaxation at a critical moment. And thank you for giving me a chance to clarify that.” ---September 12, 2005

    On the first anniversary of the Katrina disaster, much of the widespread devastation remains nearly untouched, over a third of New Orleans’ population still in diaspora, levees and wetlands still dangerously unprepared for a similar storm, seven out of ten hospitals still closed, casinos and Trent Lott’s home recovering nicely.

    Back To Regular Programming

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “I want to be the peace president .”

    ---July 21, 2004

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “Today the Iraqi and Afghan people are on the path to democracy and freedom. The governments that are rising will pose no threat to others. Instead of harboring terrorists, they're fighting terrorist groups. And this progress is good for the long-term security of all of us.”

    ---Speech at the United Nations, September 21, 2004

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “There was no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the attack of 9/11, I’ve never said that and never made that case prior to going into Iraq.”

    ---Reuters, December 2005

    GEORGE W. BUSH: "First, just if I might correct a misperception, I don't think we ever said---at least I know I didn't say---that there was a direct connection between September the 11th and Saddam Hussein."

    ---March, 2006

    GEORGE W. BUSH: "After Sept. 11, America decided that we would fight the war on terror on the offense, and that we would confront threats before they fully materialized. . . . Saddam Hussein was a threat to the United States of America.”

    ---April 11, 2006

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “Nothing. Except it’s part of---and nobody has suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack. Iraq was a--- Iraq---the lesson of September 11th is -- take threats before they fully materialize, Ken. Nobody’s ever suggested that the attacks of September the 11th were ordered by Iraq.”

    ---New Conference, August 21, 2006

    Stay the Course

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “We will stay the course until the job is done, Steve. And the temptation is to try to get the President or somebody to put a timetable on the definition of getting the job done. We’re just going to stay the course.”

    ---Press Conference, Executive Office Building, December 15, 2003

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “And my message today to those in Iraq is: We’ll stay the course.”

    ---White House Press Conference, April 13, 2004

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “And that’s why we’re going to stay the course in Iraq. And that’s why when we say something in Iraq, we’re going to do it.”

    ---With UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in Rose Garden, April 16, 2004

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq.”

    ---With President Uribe of Columbia at Crawford Ranch, August 4, 2005

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “We will stay the course.”

    ---To Utah Air National Guard, August 30, 2006

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “We’ve never been ‘stay the course,’ George!”

    INTERVIEWER GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: “James Baker says that he’s looking for something between ‘cut and run’ and ‘stay the course.’”

    GEORGE W. BUSH: “Well, hey, listen, we’ve never been ‘stay the course.’ We have been — ‘we will complete the mission, we will do our job, and help achieve the goal,’ but we’re constantly adjusting to tactics. Constantly.”

    ---On ABC’s This Week, October 22, 2006

    “President Bush and his aides are annoyed that people keep misinterpreting his Iraq policy as ‘stay the course.’ A complete distortion, they say. ‘That is not a stay-the-course policy,’ White House press secretary Tony Snow declared yesterday.”

    ---Peter Baker, Washington Post, October 24, 2006

    BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: “Half the Truth is often a great Lie.”

    ---Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1757

    JOHN ADAMS: “Fear is the foundation of most governments; but it is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men in whose breasts it predominates so stupid and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve of any political institution which is founded on it.”

    ---”Thoughts on Politics,” 1795

    THOMAS JEFFERSON: “Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.”

    ---Notes on the State of Virginia, Q. VI, 1782

    THOMAS JEFFERSON: One sentence of [M. de Buffon's] book must do him immortal honor: 'I love a man who frees me from an error as much as one who apprehends me of a truth, for in effect an error corrected is a truth.'”

    ---Notes on the State of Virginia Q. VI, 1782

    THOMAS JEFFERSON: “He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world's believing him. This falsehood of tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.”

    ----Letter to Peter Carr, August 19, 1785

    THOMAS JEFFERSON: “Nothing can be believed but what one sees, or has from an eye witness."

    ---Letter to John Jay (from Paris, witnessing assault on the Bastille), January, 1789

    THOMAS JEFFERSON: “This I hope will be the age of experiments in government, and that their basis will be founded on principles of honesty, not of mere force.”

    --- Letter to John Adams, February 28, 1796

    THOMAS JEFFERSON: “By oft repeating an untruth, men come to believe it themselves.”

    ---Letter to John Melish, January 13, 1813

    THOMAS JEFFERSON: “We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.

    ---Letter to William Roscoe, December 27, 1820

    JAMES MADISON: “Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad."

    ---Letter to Thomas Jefferson, May 13, 1798

    ALEXANDER HAMILTON: “There are men of parts and virtue whose notions are entirely contrary to his. To imagine there are not wise and good men on both sides must be the effect of a weak head or a corrupt heart.”

    ---“The Farmer Refuted,” February 5, 1775

    ALEXANDER HAMILTON: “The experience of past ages may inform us, that when the circumstances of a people render them distressed, their rulers generally recur to severe, cruel, and oppressive measures. Instead of endeavoring to establish their authority in the affection of their subjects, they think they have no security but in their fear.”

    ---”The Farmer Refuted,” February 5, 1775

    ALEXANDER HAMILTON: “No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable.”

    ---Federalist No. 62, 1788

    THOMAS PAINE: “It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.”

    ---The Age of Reason, 1795


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