I posted yesterday about a project undertaken by the The Center for Public Integrity that involved building a database of speeches, briefings, interviews, testimony, etc. of key Bush administration officials following 9/11 and leading up to the war in Iraq.
Today I started playing with the database and all I can say is WOW! Looking at all of this in one place really gives you a new understanding of the scope of the Bush administration’s well-organized manipulation of the facts leading up to the war in Iraq.
For example, a search for the word Evil returns 85 results from most of the major players in the administration- and all of the statements turn out to be untrue…
Dick Cheney: “This is a man of great evil, as the president said. And he is actively pursuing nuclear weapons at this time, and we think that’s cause for concern for us and for everybody in the region.”
Condoleezza Rice: “This is an evil man who, left to his own devices, will wreak havoc again on his own population, his neighbors and, if he gets weapons of mass destruction and the means to deliver them, on all of us”
Paul Wolfowitz: “Saddam Hussein has really made the case against himself and the president I think laid it out for the world. It’s just a series of evil weapons unaccounted for, huge quantities of anthrax that can kill millions of people, huge quantities of botulinum toxin that can kill millions of people, ricin that can kill millions of people. ”
Colin Powell: “Once that regime has been eliminated, and once we have an opportunity to get in there and work with the Iraqi people and help them put in place a responsive government, a government that reflects all of the people of Iraq, that wishes to help all of the people of Iraq, a government that is committed to getting rid of the weapons of mass destruction, a government that is committed to using this $20 billion a year for good purposes and not evil purposes, I think the people of Iraq will welcome all of this and understand that we have come in peace?not as conquerors, but as liberators.”
George Bush: “Some concede that Saddam is evil, power-hungry, and a menace?but that, until he crosses the threshold of actually possessing nuclear weapons, we should rule out any preemptive action. That logic seems to me to be deeply flawed.”
George Bush: “The war on terror, you can’t distinguish between Al Qaeda and Saddam when you talk about the war on terror. And so it’s a comparison that is?I can’t make because I can’t distinguish between the two, because they’re both equally as bad, and equally as evil, and equally as destructive.”