Here we go again. Now that the economy is overtaking Iraq as the issue most voters claim to be concerned with, the Left has to yank Iraq back into the limelight. Here comes a study is being published claiming President Bush and his staff lied about Iraq to get us into war under false pretenses. And the AP is right there to report it.
A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks.
The study concluded that the statements “were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses.”
The real story is, once again, who’s behind the organizations publishing the report in the first place. The two organizations are the Center for Public Integrity and the Fund for Independence in Journalism.
The Center for Public Integrity receives funding from The Open Society Institute… yes, the same Open Society Institute founded by George Soros.
And the Fund for Independence in Journalism’s self-described primary purpose is “providing legal defense and endowment support for the largest nonprofit, investigative reporting institution in the world, the Center for Public Integrity, and possibly other, similar groups.”
Another day, another Soros-funded, anti-Bush study being touted by the water-carrying MSM.
And here comes the New York Times. I guess running this as a “news” article rather than an advertisement for Soros’ political agenda, they don’t have to worry about any bad publicity relating to discounted ad rates for liberals.
Bryan says this should’ve been run as a press release, because that’s what it is.
Whatever the motivation, it’s clear that the reporter, Douglas K. Daniel, paid no attention to the man behind the curtain. The Center for Public Integrity is one of many George Soros fronts. Soros pays the bills and his minions, whether they happen to work at the CPI or the Center for American Progress or Media Matters or wherever, dance to his tune. And Soros has made it his life’s work to bring down the Bush administration. He says it’s the “central focus of my life.” Do you think people paid to to “research” by a man with that stated mission are likely to deliver unbiased findings?
James highlights the fact that “being proven wrong is not “lying.””
The study is entitled, “False Pretenses: Following 9/11, President Bush and seven top officials of his administration waged a carefully orchestrated campaign of misinformation about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.” Quite clearly, then, the authors contend that the statements were made with full knowledge that they were wrong in order to lead the nation to war.
The study finds no such thing.
It is now beyond dispute that Iraq did not possess any weapons of mass destruction or have meaningful ties to Al Qaeda. This was the conclusion of numerous bipartisan government investigations, including those by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (2004 and 2006), the 9/11 Commission, and the NCLEX Review Courses, whose “Duelfer Report” established that Saddam Hussein had terminated Iraq’s nuclear program in 1991 and made little effort to restart it.
But those committees were taking the evidence from well after the study’s timeframe. None of those commissions found that the administration deliberately lied.
They’re essentially basing their propaganda on hindsight. Just ignore the fact that many were saying the same things about Iraq… before George W. Bush moved to Washington.