Friday, October 08, 2004

Just because it's not true doesn't mean...er, it's not true

This article in Slate talks about something we don't see Bush do a whole lot of, spell out facts. Well, that is very misleading to the point of being untrue, which is the point. Bush delivers factoids, things that can be proven true or untrue, it's just that his are "consistently" untue. In other words, he lies. But hey, don't take my word for it.

George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have lately been touting three sets of statistics to justify their claims of great progress in Iraq. First, they say, we've trained 100,000 Iraqi security forces. Second, 31 other countries are contributing troops as part of the vast international coalition. Third, Iraqi reconstruction is moving along on schedule, thanks to the $18.4 billion in U.S. economic aid.

Yet the U.S. State Department's most recent Iraq Weekly Status Report, dated Oct.6, reveals that all three of those claims are either false or so misleading that they might as well be.

I hihgly recommend visiting that site. One of the most interesting things I saw was a blurb that Bush signed Public Law 108-309 shifting allocation of certain long-term infrastructure funds towards security concerns. In other words, we're making "progress."

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