Sunday, November 09, 2003
Al Hunt's lies: I've got CNN's "Capitol Gang" on right now and Wall Street Journal columnist Al Hunt is running down some of the "lies" that we've allegedly been told about Iraq.
Dick Cheney said, on the eve of war, said that Iraq has reconstituted nuclear weapons. That is untrue.
Well, kinda. Al, why don't you go and read this. Cheney misspeaks once and it's a big conspiracy.
President Bush said they're trying to get nuclear materials from Niger. That was untrue.
For this one, Al doesn't even have an excuse. This has been beaten to death, but Al still doesn't get it. These are the infamous 16 words in the State of the Union speech. Bush said that British Intelligence had evidence that Iraq was trying to get nuclear materials from Africa. Now, Niger is in Africa, but Niger and Africa are not synonymous. Second, former ambassador Joseph "mint tea" Wilson "reported" that Iraq had not purchased uranium from Africa -- not that they didn't attempt it -- but that they were unsuccessful.
Paul Wolfowitz said Iraqi oil would pay for reconstruction. That was untrue.
So, Al, that $20 billion that's going to reconstruction is the entire bill? Seriously. That will cover decades of neglect under Saddam Hussein?
What Wolfowitz actually said (from a member of Congress who is no friend):
There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.
See anywhere in there where he says that the U.S. won't pay a thing?
Donald Rumsfeld savaged Gen. Shinseki. That was untrue.
That was what? Sorry Al, you lost me there.
Oh, and you need to work on what exactly "truth" is, because you appear to be out of it.