Here We Go Again

by James Glaser
April 24, 2007

All through George Bush's time in office he has had a hard time with the truth. The man not only stretches it, the man also out and out lies. I could go on and on about all the lies that got us into George's war in Iraq, and I could talk about how George scammed the Congress into believing that his prescription drug policy would cost us almost nothing, and how we now know it will cost us trillions. We could talk about George's Social Security plan that went nowhere, because his numbers never added up to what he was claiming.

What has happened, is that now every time George Bush talks to us, we have to wonder if what he is saying is true or not.

Yesterday, he did it again. The President was talking about his renewed support for his attorney general, Alberto Gonzales. George said, "The attorney general went up and gave a very candid assessment, and answered every question he could possibly answer, honestly answer, in a way that increased my confidence in his ability to do the job." George was talking about the attorney general's testimony before the Senate about the eight federal prosecutors he had fired.

The truth is that 64 of the questions asked of the attorney general, were answered with "I don't know" or "I can't remember." Gonzales couldn't remember if he was at a meeting or not, heck he couldn't even remember who made up the list of prosecutors who were to be dismissed. On top of that, we now know that President Bush didn't even watch that session of Congress, and only got updates from his staff about how it was going. I can just imagine his staff saying, "Hey, Alberto is doing one heck of a job up there Mr. President."

Another thing the President said on Monday is that things are looking up in Iraq, and you know how he knows that? His staff told him. Things are not looking up in Iraq. So far this month 76 American troops have been killed, and those 76 troops dying already make April deadlier than 32 previous whole months in this war. No matter how you spin it, more American troops getting killed is the wrong direction.

Frankly, I don't believe the President knows what is going on in Iraq or with what his Cabinet is doing. George Bush has and will say whatever he thinks will make his time in office sound better.

Post Script: Just as I was finishing up this column, I heard that 9 American troops were killed and 20 were wounded by a suicide bomber north of Baghdad, and that Monday's total of Americans killed was 10.

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