Treatment of President George W. Bush

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George Bush, Jr.

George Bush is seen in a more negative light then a positive one. This is due to the constant stream of lies that the media catches him in. Bush's lies about Iraq are only "16 words" -- the administration lied, deceived or committed outright fraud about every single point they used to justify invading Iraq (except to say that Saddam was an evil man). The "16 words" reveal just how shameless their lies are. Short lies don't matter? Well, Clinton got impeached for just 8 words -- "I did not have sex with that woman." Even by that ridiculous standard, Bush is twice as big a liar as Bill Clinton.

The uranium allegation (the "16 words") is famous because the fraud is so obvious. That charge, which Bush stated directly in his State of the Union speech, was based on blatantly forged documents. The Bush Administration knew they were forged.

They had been told several times that the charges were false, including by our own CIA and State Department. Bush and his top aides fought to put the words back in his speech, using weasel phrasing -- Defense Secretary Rumsfeld has actually argued that the statement wasn't a lie because Bush didn't SAY Iraq did try to buy uranium, he just said "British intelligence HAS LEARNED that they tried to buy uranium." Once again, Bush imitates Clinton, arguing about what the meaning of "is" is. It is statements like these that do not help him.

Before considering each of the dozens of individual deceptions, lies and misleading statements that Bush and his aides used to push the U.S. into war in Iraq, let's not lose track of the big picture. The Bush administration justified war, immediate war, because of the alleged weapons of mass destruction in...