935 Falsehoods about Iraq

No, not latest Hollywood adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew. Rather, the results of a study released by the Center for Public Integrity.

President George W. Bush and seven of his administration's top officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made at least 935 false statements in the two years following September 11, 2001, about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Nearly five years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, an exhaustive examination of the record shows 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.On at least 532 separate occasions (in speeches, briefings, interviews, testimony, and the like), Bush and these three key officials, along with Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan, stated unequivocally that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (or was trying to produce or obtain them), links to Al Qaeda, or both. This concerted effort was the underpinning of the Bush administration's case for war.

According to the AP breakdown, President Bush came out on top, with "259 false statements, 231 about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 28 about Iraq's links to al-Qaida.... That was second only to Powell's 244 false statements about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 10 about Iraq and al-Qaida." Still waiting to see how many appeared in Judith Miller's work.

Grant Gallicho joined Commonweal as an intern and was an associate editor for the magazine until 2015. 

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