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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Hypocrite in Chief

AWol gave a press conference today. The transcript isn't up yet on the White House web site, but I was struck by these two paragraphs from the NY Times article about it:
Bush said he could say "with certainty" that the weapons were provided by an elite part of Iran's Revolutionary Guards that is part of the government.

But, the president added, he does not know whether the weapons were "ordered from the top echelons of government. But, my point is, what's worse, them ordering it and it happening, or them not ordering it and it happening?"
First off, that's a question, not a point. More importantly, since when is this joker interested in the criminals in charge being held responsible for the crimes of their underlings?
The American people were horrified by the abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. These acts were wrong. They were inconsistent with our policies and our values as a Nation. I have directed a full accounting for the abuse of the Abu Ghraib detainees, and investigations are underway to review detention operations in Iraq and elsewhere.
-- Presidential Statement, June 26, 2004

Under Saddam Hussein, prisons like Abu Ghraib were symbols of death and torture. That same prison became a symbol of disgraceful conduct by a few American troops who dishonored our country and disregarded our values.
-- Fact Sheet: The Transition to Iraqi Self-Government, May 24, 2004

And, oh yeah, this one other note on W's credibility when he speaks "with certainty:"
Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised.
Presidential speech, March 17, 2003

He will say anything, do anything, to keep us in perpetual war. The truth and what he says are in no way related (although direct opposites usually comes close).

BTW, you've got to love the graphic the White House used at the top of the web page containing the March 17, 2003 speech:

And finally, you can probably read lots of W's denial and deception on the White House web site in a few hours when they post the transcript, although a more entertaining way to peruse the lowlights is to visit WIIIAI, who usually tears these things apart brilliantly.