Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Condi Keeps Bush Lie Machine Moving

May 1, 2003

From the always-excellent Think Progress, we find Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice responding thusly when asked (about the war) if “the Bush administration fairly [can] be criticized for failing to level with the American people about how long and difficult this commitment will be?”

"The administration, I think, has said to the American people that it is a generational commitment to Iraq," said Rice.

Sadly, that's not true. We were told on many occasions that not only would Iraqi oil revenue pick up the tab for the war, but that the effort would be over in no time.

Vice President Dick Cheney, 3/16/03: "My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators. . . . I think it will go relatively quickly. . . (in) weeks rather than months."

Donald Rumsfeld, 2/7/03: "It is unknowable how long that conflict will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months."

Former Budget Director Mitch Daniels, 3/28/03: "The United States is committed to helping Iraq recover from the conflict, but Iraq will not require sustained aid…"

As my mother used to say, the problem with lying is that its so damn hard to keep track of everything you have said.