You’ve seen the bumper sticker: “Bush lied, people died.” The slogan expresses in a nutshell the nefarious narrative embraced by many critics of the Iraq War. It’s very simple, and it goes like this. The President lied about Iraq’s having WMD’s and about Iraq’s connections to terrorism. Those lies were the basis for the American public’s support of the invasion. The invasion has turned out to be an unmitigated disaster, costing the United States dearly in blood and treasure and resulting in the deaths of over a 100,000 Iraqis. Thus, Bush lied, people died.
The only problem with the narrative is that it is not true. It’s repeated over and over in the mainstream media as if it were true, but it’s not. Fred Hiatt tells the story in today’s Washington Post in an Op-Ed titled “‘Bush Lied’? If Only It Were That Simple.” Hiatt shows that the President’s pre-war statements “were generally substantiated by intelligence community estimates.” In other words, one might argue that the President was misled by faulty intelligence estimates. But one would be hard-pressed to demonstrate that he knowingly told falsehoods in the run-up to the war.
Read the rest here: “‘Bush Lied’? If Only It Were That Simple” – by Fred Hiatt (Washington Post)