Denial and deception

Denial and Deception is an editorial / op-ed in the New York Times. written by Paul Krugman.


Politics is full of ironies. On the White House Web site, George W. Bush’s speech from Oct. 7, 2002 in which he made the case for war with Iraq bears the headline “Denial and Deception.” Indeed.

There is no longer any serious doubt that Bush administration officials deceived us into war. The key question now is why so many influential people are in denial, unwilling to admit the obvious.

4 thoughts on “Denial and deception”

  1. Read the New York Times article dated December 17, 1998 regarding Bill Clinton’s assertion that Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons, poison gas, and biological weapons. In fact, Clinton phoned into the Larry King Show the other night and supported Bush…the phone conversation was then replayed on the O’Reilly Factor which really stunned Republicans. So, is everybody lying about Saddam?

  2. I don’t think anyone disagrees with the notion that Saddam had WMDs. And this weekend I heard the phone conversation with Bl Clinton and Bob Dole.

    If my memory serves me, Clinton said that he had thought Saddam still had WMD when he left office. As I understood him he supported W. Bush in his decision of going to war against Iraq.

    Still, what surprises me is the way it seems you perceive the world. It seems to me like you think that because Clinton happens to support W. Bush, that must mean that what he did was right. Is that out of the notion that he is from the “opposite” party?

  3. No. I don’t support the war…I didn’t even vote for Bush in 2000. I’m not even saying that he was right. My point is there is no evidence that Bush lied about WMD. There apparently is ample evidence that WMD exist (not only according to US intel, but European intel). Nobody called Clinton on the carpet for his statements about WMD and HE lobbed missiles into Iraq! Granted, he didn’t invade Iraq, but it just seems that the world has a very short memory. And people, particularly Europeans (in my opinion), simply don’t like Bush. And once again, just because WMD have not been found does not mean that they do not exist.

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