The folks over at the Center for American Progress have a nicely damning little article up on President Bush’s recent appearance on “Meet The Press” where he tried to again defend his decision to invade Iraq. In this article they contrast the claims Bush makes during his interview now with the facts as they actually are on issues ranging from his Pre-War Assertions to his Personal Military Records.
CLAIM: “I believe it is essential that when we see a threat, we deal with those threats before they become imminent. It’s too late if they become imminent.”
FACT ADMINISTRATION REPEATEDLY CLAIMED IRAQ WAS AN “IMMINENT THREAT”: The Bush Administration repeatedly claimed that Iraq was an imminent threat before the war ֖ not that it would “become imminent.” Specifically, White House communications director Dan Bartlett was asked on CNN: “Is [Saddam Hussein] an imminent threat to US interests, either in that part of the world or to Americans right here at home?” Bartlett replied, “Well, of course he is.” Similarly, when White House spokesman Ari Fleischer was asked whether America went to war in Iraq because of an imminent threat, he replied, “Absolutely.” And White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the reason NATO allies including the U.S. – should support the defense of one of its members from Iraq was because “this is about an imminent threat.” Additionally, the Administration used “immediate,” “urgent” and “mortal” to describe the Iraq threat to the United States. [Source: American Progress list, 1/29/04]
And it just gets better from there. Required reading. Get to it.