Wednesday, December 07, 2005

How Many Ways Can You Tell a Lie?

I missed yesterday’s press briefing with Press Secretary Scott “The Lyin’ King” McClellan so I just looked through the transcript and found this interesting exchange on the White House’s ever-changing rationale for why we invaded Iraq.
Q: Just to be clear about something, we didn't go to Iraq to spread democracy, did we? I mean, we didn't go to Iraq to help the Iraqi people. It was initially a security issue -- just to be clear on that.

McClellan: Well, we spelled out the reasons we went to Iraq, and I would encourage you to go back and look at that. We have liberated 25 million people in Iraq, and 25 million people in Afghanistan. And spreading --

Q: But it wasn't the reason we went --

McClellan: -- spreading freedom and democracy -- well, we're not going to re-litigate the reasons why we went into Iraq. We've made very clear what the reasons were. And, no, I don't think you define them accurately by being so selective in the question.

No, it's accurate, not selective. We had Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell and Rice going before the cameras every chance they had in late 2002 and early 2003 to scare the hell out of Americans by telling them Saddam Hussein was a threat to our national security and was going to kill us all. Those things have been shown to be untrue many times over and they now use every opportunity to convince people that we went to war to “spread democracy.”

What an unbelievable, ongoing line of garbage.

Many wounds heal with time, but not this one. We invaded Iraq at tremendous financial and human cost based on lies about threats to our national security, not to liberate anyone – period.