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Just a regular Joe who is angry that the USA, the country he loves, is being corrupted and damaged from within and trying to tell his fellow Americans the other half of the story that they don’t get on the TV News.

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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Rumsfeld Caught Lying to America


At the start of the Iraq War on March 30, 2003 Sec. of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld was being interviewed on ABC’s THIS Week with George Stephanopoulos

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Finally, weapons of mass destruction. Key goal of the military campaign is finding those weapons of mass destruction. None have been found yet. There was a raid on the Answar Al-Islam Camp up in the north last night. A lot of people expected to find ricin there. None was found. How big of a problem is that? And is it curious to you that given how much control U.S. and coalition forces now have in the country, they haven't found any weapons of mass destruction?

SEC. RUMSFELD: Not at all. If you think -- let me take that, both pieces -- the area in the south and the west and the north that coalition forces control is substantial. It happens not to be the area where weapons of mass destruction were dispersed. We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.

ABC’s THIS Week transcript from March 30, 2003

Today, Ray McGovern, who was in the CIA for twenty seven years, asked Rumsfeld why he lied about the run-up to the Iraq war. Rumsfeld then proceeded to lie to McGovern to cover up his earlier statements about WMD's being in Iraq. He also tries to use the troops in his defense, a terrible strategy, but not uncommon unfortunately. Notice, at the end of the clip, Ray gets vilified for asking Rumsfeld some pointed questions.

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Here's what it says:

Rumsfeld: appears that there were not weapons of mass destruction there.

McGovern: You said you knew where they were.

Rumsfeld: I did not. I said I knew where suspect sites were and...

McGovern: You said you knew where they were. Tikrit, Baghdad, northeast, south, west of there. Those are your words.

Rumsfeld: My words-my words were that-no-no, wait a minute--wait a minute. [At this point Rumsfeld’s people start dragging McGovern out and Rumsfeld says] Let him stay one second. Just for a second..

Rumsfeld continues to deny what he said about WMD and then says, “Why do you think the US troops put on protective gear to keep out chemical weapons? Don’t you think they thought there was WMD?”

Of course the troops thought Saddam had WMD, that’s what Rumsfeld and Bush told them. The fact that the troops were as misled as the American people doesn’t get Rumsfeld and Bush off the hook.

Rumsfeld said at the beginning of the war that they knew where the WMD were. “We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.” We have him on tape saying that. The US State Department’s own US Embassy site has a transcript of him saying that. The Department of Defense also has a transcript of him saying it! That’s the department that Rumsfeld himself leads! But today he denies he ever said it.

That’s lying! Plain and simple! He not only lied in 2003, but today he is lying about the fact that he said what he said in 2003.

It turns out now that Inteligence agencies were telling Rumsfeld, Bush and Cheney that there wasn’t evidence of WMD in Iraq all along and now we know that intelligence was correct. So why did Rumsfeld say that not only did Saddam have WMD, but that the Bush Administration knew exactly where they were? And why does he lie today about ever having said that?

Because he knows that the Lapdog US Corporate Media will not expose his lies. And he is right. Rumsfeld has had this quote thrown in his face other times by patriotic Americans and always just denies it, knowing that the press will not hold him or anyone else in the administration accountable for their statments to the American people.

But we bloggers will!

Tired of lies? Vote Democratic.

Update: Fox News Channel edited out the part where Ray McGovern called Rumsfeld on his lie echoing Rumsfeld’s own words from 2003 back at him and Rumsfeld again denied his own statements. Fox also reported that McGovern “said he worked at the CIA for 27 years” as if that was a lie. It’s not, and records prove he’s a 27 year veteran of the CIA. Is there any wonder why studies keep showing that Fox News Channel viewers are the least well informed Americans? They don’t have a clue that they’re being lied to on a regular basis. And I believe that Fox News Channel is broadcast to our troops overseas to keep them in the dark, too. Isn’t that nice.

CNN also edited out the part where McGovern repeated Rumsfeld’s own words and Rumsfeld denied them, but at least CNN didn’t deliberately mislead their viewers into thinking that McGovern hadn’t worked for the CIA. CNN did neglect to mention that he’s a 27 year veteran of the CIA, though. In studies of Americans and their knowledge of the issues, viewers of CNN did slightly better than viewers of Fox News Channel who scored dead last.

Stop the lies to American civilians and our brave troops fighting overseas: Vote Democratic! Vote for change.


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