Friday, July 11, 2003

The Ministry of Truth

An anonymous but alert reader points out that Tenet's statement itself contains a lie. Let's compare what Bush actually said to what Tenet says that Bush said:

Bush in the SOTU:

The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.

Tenet in his statement:
the text in the speech was factually correct – i.e. that the British government report said that Iraq sought uranium from Africa."

So, first, Tenet's own statement is a lie. Bush did not say the British "said"; Bush said the British "learned." The difference? Consider:

I say to you: "He said 1 + 1 = 3." No problem; I'm not implying 1 + 1 = 3.

But then I say to you: "He learned 1 + 1 = 3." A problem; I am implying 1 + 1 = 3 (which you know, of course, is wrong).

So, the use of "learn" -- which Tenet conceals through his own lie -- shows the intent to deceive. By saying the British "learned" of the Niger uranium, Bush implied that this was true. It was not true, and whoever crafted those 16 weasel words knew it was not true.

So, who signed off on the speech? Whose responsibility was it? What did he know and when did he know it?

They even lie about their own lies!