June 16, 2003

Of Lying and Truth-Telling Josh

Of Lying and Truth-Telling

Josh Marshall sees America thus at this juncture as the WMD hunt winds on in Iraq:

"Seldom, I think, has a country undergone such a subtle, textured, distinction-granting debate about lying and truth-telling."

He then, in a positively Krugmanian turn of phrase, writes: "But there is still, at the end of the day, an odd unwillingness to state the simple fact that in many cases the White House lied to the American public, repeatedly and unashamedly, to pave the way for war."

Any evidence to buttress this charge beyond a disgruntled military intelligence officer's grumblings in a Nick Kristof column?

O.K., so guys like Doug Feith may have been a little aggressive on some of the intelligence analysis. And likely, Chalabi and Co. fed a few gullible mouths some yarns here and there. And for the record, I say let the raw intelligence gathering be handled by the spooks at Langley with little to no interference from State or Defense except for pursuant to inter-agency reviews and discussion as the intelligence is processed up the chain to the POTUS.

But all this aside, let me provide Josh with a few examples of real, grave country-wide explorations about lying and truth-telling that well surmount whether some intelligence may have been politicized by an overly eager Pentagon. Just to put things in perspective.

Here's one. And another. And a couple more here and here.

Posted by Gregory at June 16, 2003 09:56 PM
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