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Monday, March 19, 2007

Last Week's Lies

There are literally dozens of sites dedicated to the top lies of the Bush administration, given that these guys provide us with such fodder (btw, I perused a couple of sites about "liberal lies" and, I swear to God, the best they could come up with is "there is no liberal media bias" and Monica Lewinsky. Kind of pales compared to lies about nuclear weapons and terrorist organizations, doesn't it?)

So, knowing the biggest whoppers are already in the public domain-things like "Mission Accomplished" and "We've never been about 'stay the course'"-I've compiled the top five biggest administration whoppers of just the past week.

5. "At this juncture, people have hazy memories"-press secretary Tony Snow, admitting on Friday that the White House has to back off its' claim that the Bush Stepford Wife Harriet Miers was the first to raise the issue of firing US attorneys. That's complete bullshit, Tony, and everybody knows it. There is not one person in that White House who doesn't have every idea of how these guys ended up on this hit list.

4. "I value their independence, their professionalism, what they do in the community, and these decisions were not based on political reasons...the decisions were not based in any way on retaliation."-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, AKA Torture Guy, speaking on Wednesday about the firing of the US attorneys that will likely cost him the AG position, which he wasn't qualified for in the first place. Two big lies here: first, that the administration actually respects the independence of anyone who works for them. The only thing this group has ever respected is the ability of someone to carry out their agenda, no matter what the circumstances. Secondly, it's more than clear these firings were made to retaliate for investigations into Republicans and for not pursuing cases politically advantageous to the White House aggressively enough. Nice one, Al. Two huge whoppers in one breath.

3. "[Gonzales is] right; mistakes were made, and I'm frankly not happy about them because there is a lot of confusion over what really has been a customary practice by the president"-George Bush on Wednesday, defending Gonzales but expressing displeasure over the firestorm the firings have caused. Bush isn't lying when he says he's unhappy-he's lying when he says why he's unhappy. He's unhappy because he got caught in a blatant political move, and forgot who now holds the subpeona power. Actually, this statement also has two lies in it: while it's true that US attorneys have been regularly removed by presidents, it is not customary that they are leaned on and then fired for not pursuing politically motivated cases. Way to go, George and Al! Four lies in two sentences!

2. "...all of whom share our goals of democracy, all of whom share our goals of free markets, all of whom appreciate America’s role in the region.”-Tony Snow again, in the March 14 edition of the NY Times, commenting on US relationships with the Latin American countries of Brazil, Uruguay, Guatemala, Colombia and Mexico, after monster protests accompanied the president during his trip to the region. Hmmm...over 2,000 protesters tried to storm the US embassy in Mexico City last Tuesday, and Mexican President Felipe Calderon has made it clear that he isn't happy with US efforts on drugs and immigration and expects the administration to do "much more."
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has appointed a Marxist foreign policy adviser who has written things like "If this new horizon which we search for is still called communism, it is time to reconstitute it."
Mayan descendents in Guatemala had to purify their ancient shrines because George Bush came near them. There are major areas of the country that are ruled by lawless drug lords, who most certainly appreciate America's role in their own particular brand of capitalism...the same can be said for Columbia, where there has also been a significant shift to the left at least in part as a result of US economic policy in the region.
The president of Uruguay is a Socialist who has reestablished relations with Cuba. The government has also been very outspoken in their criticism of the US war in Iraq.
Doesn't sound like a whole lot of dedication and appreciation, there, Tony. Why, instead of press secretary, don't they just change the title of your position to "Liar to the press?"

1. “When members of Congress pursue an antiwar strategy that’s been called ‘slow bleeding,’ they are not supporting the troops, they are undermining them”-Dick Cheney, last Monday at a meeting of The American Israel Public Affairs Committee. It wouldn't be a top lies list without at least one Cheney appearance. He seems confused on what it means to "undermine the troops." Undermining the troops can more completely be defined as sending them into an illegal war whose foundation is based on a house of cards, not giving them proper equipment or protection to do their jobs, and viewing soldier's lives as collateral damage in a deadly game of political one-upmanship.

That's it for this week, folks-the lies for just this week, and I didn't really have to look that far to find them!

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