Saturday, March 06, 2004

They Lie, They Lie, They Lie

George Ochenski has a great piece in the Missoula Independent:

Ask anyone if politicians lie and they will likely answer in the affirmative. Why? Well, because they do. Sure, it’s often a matter of scale, but spinning the truth is so common in political circles that sometimes the difference between tiny white lies and wholesale distortions is lost. The problem with lying, of course, is that once you’re caught in a lie, no one can ever know again when or if you’re telling the truth.
The classic lie of the ’90s was President Bill Clinton’s blatant denial that he “had sex with that woman.” Unfortunately for Clinton, Monica Lewinsky’s semen-stained dress carried his DNA and blew his phony claim to smithereens, destroying the reputation of a president who had otherwise done a great deal of good for his nation.

The classic lie of the new century, at least so far, is the Bush administration’s insistence that Iraq possessed dangerous weapons of mass destruction that were not only armed and ready to go, but supposedly pointed at the United States.

The rap on the street says: “When Clinton lied, no one died.” And that’s the truth. The same thing, however, cannot be said of the Bush administration, which lied from the very top down to the very bottom on Iraq’s WMDs. Based on those lies, which by the way happened to be diametrically opposed to the evidence gathered by U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix, our nation launched an unprecedented preemptive invasion and occupation of another sovereign nation. So far, that action has taken the lives of more than 500 American soldiers and countless thousands of Iraqis, and cost billions of dollars—and the losses and deaths continue to mount.

Closer to home, our own former Gov. Marc Racicot was recently caught in a bold-faced lie on National Public Radio. During a Feb. 23 interview with NPR’s Juan Williams, Racicot stated: “He (i.e. the president) signed up for dangerous duty. He volunteered to go to Vietnam. He wasn’t selected to go, but nonetheless served his country very well.”

It's a good piece, and happy proof that not everyone in Montana is a gun toting militia lunatic.


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