Monday, July 11, 2005

Half Truths and Out Right Lies

A truth that’s told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.

William Blake (1757–1827), English poet

While White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove apparently did not mention Valerie Plame’s name directly, but the intent seems obvious. Again, this is a perfect example of how the Bush gang operates.

Partial truths, half truths blatant lies, and of course no information at all. The Bush gang strategizes and plans far longer and more diligently about hoodwinking the public than it did about an overall plan for Iraq.

This group is doing more harm to the United States than any previous administration in the history of the country. We have budget deficits beyond any prudent thinking, a strained and stretched military, a voting system that allows the rest of the world to laugh at our claims of democracy, oil companies setting our environmental polices, blatant favoritism for companies that have supported Bush gang members in previous endeavors, and it just keeps on going unabated.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful quote to summarize your post. Intent clearly matters when one misleads, I would think. Were the words uttered with the intent of clouding the truth, or was that simply a byproduct of a poor choice of words? And that's hardly semantics, if you ask me.

The Misanthrope said...

This gang is getting harder and harder to stomach.

Stephen (aka Q) said...

The Bush gang strategizes and plans far longer and more diligently about hoodwinking the public than it did about an overall plan for Iraq.

A good observation.

I will never forget a statement I made to a friend of mine a few weeks before the beginning of the war in Iraq. We had discussed the claims of Bush and Blair that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, despite the failure of the inspectors to locate any such thing. I said, "Obviously we're not in a position to verify the information for ourselves. Some things we just have to take on trust, even in a democracy."

I supported the war in Iraq at the time, because I simply couldn't conceive of a leader lying to the people on such an important matter. The Canadian government stayed out of the war, and in hindsight it appears that they were right.

President Bush violated our trust. On that basis alone, the American people should never have re-elected him. (I hope you don't mind me expressing an opinion, given that I'm a Canadian.)

The Misanthrope said...

Q, I think a lot of people could not imagine our president lying to us as blatantly as a cheap dictator, but alas he did and continues to do so because people love tough talk.

You are always more than welcome to comment. You are probably better informed than many of our citizens, which is another reason why Bush was elected.

On The Mark said...

What's funny is that Hussein and his spokesperson (that everyone made fun of) kept telling everybody that Bush was lying.