Saturday, January 26, 2008

Counting Up the Lies

The next time you have a knock-down drag-out fight with a lying cur, don't you wish you had these people on your opponent's ass?

The Center for Public Integrity just put out a report on the Bush Administration's 935 lies about the threat of Iraq. 935 lies! Think about that! 20 lies would be a lot. But 935? At least the American people can feel slightly less stupid for believing that crap -- we were inundated! But really, come on. Am I the only one who remembers how Bush tried to tie 9/11 to Iraq when there was absolutely NO evidence to show any relationship whatsoever?

Anyway, this is fascinating not only from a civic viewpoint, but from a rhetorical viewpoint. People are counting up lies! Lies made in the name of persuasion and justification of foreign and domestic (let's not forget the Patriot Act, a related issue, though one not included in the report) policy. Fascinating. I hope some rhetorical scholars who work on presidential public speaking are working on this. I wonder what the effect will be. Let's make sure people hear of it. Pass it on.

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