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Tuesday, January 29, 2008


The amazing lies that will not die

Just a few weeks ago I wrote about the amazing lie that will not die - the "We gave him [Saddam Hussein] a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn't let them in" lie that has been repeated on numerous occasions by George Bush. The corollary of the lie is the claim that Saddam Hussein/Iraq claimed that they had WMD, when of course the completely incontrovertible fact is that Iraq was proclaiming loudly and publicly that they did not have WMD (in 2003; no one claimed they had never had them).

None of that appears to have been good enough for CBS, however, as Robert Parry documents in this article. Both lies, it appears, were well in evidence out of the mouth of CBS reporter Scott Pelley during a "60 Minutes" segment two nights ago.

That old saw from Mark Twain that "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on"? Evidently it was a gross understatement. These lies have been to the moon and back again while the truth is still searching for its boots, I'm afraid.

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