Thursday, February 12, 2015


For the rest our lives there is no doubt in my mind we will hear how Al Gore beat George W. Bush in Florida and should have been the 43rd President of the United States and how “Bush lied us into a war with Iraq”. Both things are not true and those who think they can prove otherwise might try to sell some everglade property in their sales pitch.

Please find below a short article that has an abbreviated rebuttal of such nonsense:

The Dangerous Lie That ‘Bush Lied’
Reposted article by Laurence H. Silberman


Some journalists still peddle this canard as if it were fact. This is defamatory and could end up hurting the country.

In recent weeks, I have heard former Associated Press reporter Ron Fournier on Fox News twice asserting, quite offhandedly, that President George W. Bush “lied us into war in Iraq.”
I found this shocking. I took a leave of absence from the bench in 2004-05 to serve as co-chairman of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction—a bipartisan body, sometimes referred to as the Robb-Silberman Commission. It was directed in 2004 to evaluate the intelligence community’s determination that Saddam Hussein possessed WMD—I am, therefore, keenly aware of both the intelligence provided to President Bush and his reliance on that intelligence as his primary casus belli. It is astonishing to see the “Bush lied” allegation evolve from antiwar slogan to journalistic fact.
The intelligence community’s 2002 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) stated, in a formal presentation to President Bush and to Congress, its view that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction—a belief in which the NIE said it held a 90% level of confidence. That is about as certain as the intelligence community gets on any subject.

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