Sunday, July 15, 2007

Bushfib- no. 1

Herewith the first installment of Bushfib, wherein note is made of a lie- not a distortion, exaggeration, or misrepresentation but a deliberate falsehood- by Bush 43, GWB.

from the President's speech before the Chamber of Commerce in Cleveland on July 10, 2007:
"The same people that attacked us on September 11th is the crowd that is now bombing people, killing innocent men, women, and children, many of whom are Muslims, trying to stop the advance of a system based on liberty."

from the Presidential press conference on July 12, 2007:
"The same folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq were the ones who attacked us in America on September the 11th..."

Sure, he stated this unequivocally twice, but it counts as only one lie. Nevertheless, it should not be ignored by the mainstream media because Mr. Bush and his supporters continually conflate the Iraq war with the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. But as Joe Klein of Time points out, the al Qaeda of 9/11/01 is based in Pakistan, whereas the bombings to which the President refer are being carried out by al Qaeda in Mespotamia, named by its now-deceased founder, Abu Mousab al-Zarqawi. Although the latter group admires the philosophy of the al Qaeda of bin Laden and operational director Ayman al-Zawahiri, the two groups operate apart from each other with divergent strategies. And of course, 15 of the 19 hijackers/terrorists/murderers of the September, 2001 attacks were not Iraqis, but Saudis.

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