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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

There are Lies, Damned Lies, and Press Releases from the White House

(Keywords: , , , , George , , , and aren't the only in the adminstration - I really don't have the time to mention them all)

I didn't write about Karl Rove's escape from indictment yesterday, because I didn't know what to make of it. I mean, obviously someone other than Scooter Libby had leaked Valerie Plame's name, because Bob Novak cited 'two unidentified senior administration officials' when he dutifully outed her. But where Libby was indicted for perjury, obstruction and lying to the FBI, Rove was telling everyone - other than the american public - the truth.

Associated Press' Pete Yost has the explanation; Rove was lying to the public and telling the truth to FBI investigators. According to Yost, "Rove's truth-telling to the FBI saved him from indictment."

Lying is second nature to these people. They get caught up in lies and exaggerations all the time. Sometimes, no one catches it. In 2002, Bush said, "I've been to war. I've raised twins. If I had a choice, I'd rather go to war." Of course, Bush never went to war - he barely served in a 'champagne unit' of the National Guard during Vietnam. Other times, they deny they ever said it. When John Kerry threw Bush's comment the he didn't think about Ossama Bin Ladin much, Bush denied ever saying it, calling Kerry's quote 'one of those exaggerations' - apparently forgetting that the claim of exaggeration was a strategy he used against Al Gore, not John Kerry. Maybe he forgot what year it was. Donald Rumsfeld recently did the same thing. When confronted with his own words about knowing where iraqi WMD where before the war, he denied he ever said it.

Someone needs to ask the White House why, if their cause is just, do they have to lie so often. They need to ask why the only good news the White House has had in a good long while is that a Senior Official won't be indicted.

But, then again, they'll lie in answer to those questions as well.