The Brothers Grimm … Lied!
in the politest of circles, aesthetes of breeding follow a long-practiced decorum when it comes to the distasteful dissemination of untruths. Fortunately, our lexicon is rich with choice and the press and punditry have taken liberties to use them all: embellish, obscure, exaggerate, misuse, distort, overstate, mislead. At long last, a woefully overdue day of comeuppance for all nonbelievers on the fictional fairy tale advanced by the Brothers Grimm, George Bush and Dick Cheney in launching an unprovoked, unnecessary, and immoral war:
“A long-delayed Senate report endorsed by Democrats and some Republicans has concluded that President Bush and his aides built the public case for war against Iraq by exaggerating available intelligence and by ignoring disagreements among spy agencies about Iraq’s weapons programs and Saddam Hussein’s links to Al Qaeda.
The report was released today after years of partisan squabbling, and it marks the close of five years of investigations by the Senate Intelligence Committee into the use, abuse and faulty assessments of intelligence leading up to the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.
That some Bush administration claims about the Iraqi threat turned out to be false is hardly new. But the report, based on a detailed review of public statements by Mr. Bush and other officials, is the most comprehensive effort to date to assess whether policymakers systematically painted a more dire picture about Iraq than was justified by available intelligence.