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Four Color Politics

Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Quotes of the Morning: And Politics

"Some Democrats and anti-war critics are now claiming we manipulated the intelligence and misled the American people about why we went to war. These critics are fully aware that a bipartisan Senate investigation found no evidence of political pressure to change the intelligence community's judgments related to Iraq's weapons programs.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, November 11, 2005

"Half a truth is often a great lie."
-Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

“An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, taken this month, found that majorities of Americans now say the war was not worth it (52 percent said it wasn't, 42 percent said it was); that Bush had misled the country about prewar intelligence (57 percent vs. 35 percent); and that the president has not given good reasons to keep US troops there (58 percent to 38 percent).”
-Boston Globe, November 15, 2005

“Apparently those ‘some Democrats and anti-war critics’ are now 57% of the population. The rest is a little rough too..”

“National security adviser Stephen J. Hadley, briefing reporters Thursday, countered ‘the notion that somehow this administration manipulated the intelligence.’ He said that ‘those people who have looked at that issue, some committees on the Hill in Congress, and also the Silberman-Robb Commission, have concluded it did not happen.’
But the only committee investigating the matter in Congress, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has not yet done its inquiry into whether officials mischaracterized intelligence by omitting caveats and dissenting opinions. And Judge Laurence H. Silberman, chairman of Bush's commission on weapons of mass destruction, said in releasing his report on March 31, 2005: ‘Our executive order did not direct us to deal with the use of intelligence by policymakers, and all of us were agreed that that was not part of our inquiry.’”
-Washington Post, November 12, 2005

"It is not a lie, it's a terminological inexactitude."
-Alexander Haig

“Bush, in his speech Friday, said that ‘it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began.’ But in trying to set the record straight, he asserted: ‘When I made the decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power, Congress approved it with strong bipartisan support.’
The October 2002 joint resolution authorized the use of force in Iraq, but it did not directly mention the removal of Hussein from power.”
-Washington Post, November 12, 2005


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