Friday, September 1, 2017

the last book I ever read (Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken, excerpt five)

from Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken:

Lies and the Lying Liars was already on bookshelves by the time it became clear that the Bush administration’s biggest lie wasn’t about tax cuts.

“There is no doubt,” Dick Cheney had declared in the lead-up to the invasion, “that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us.”

He was lying. And it’s still crazy to think that he, and the president, and so many others (including, for God’s sake, Colin Powell) just flat-out lied us into a war. Heck, I was in the process of finishing a scholarly masterwork about how they lied all the time, and even I didn’t think they would lie us into a war.

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