Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Only 935 Lies

Apparently the Bush administration lied only 935 times in the run-up to the Iraq war.


  1. Yeah, if they pushed it over 1000 I would have been impressed, but otherwise... WHATEVER!

  2. Scott9:41 AM

    Completely unrelated, but on there is a video of someone who lost their toes during a 64-mile race. I didn't watch it because I don't have the stomach for it, but I just thought I'd give you a heads up.

  3. I am no fan of the B administration. No fan at all. Read: diametrically opposed.

    BUT this kind of number is probably inflated in fact. One reads it with the idea that the counterfactual is zero, whereas in fact, I would be interested to know how much leaders from my own preferred party lie (however exactly that's measured) when trying to push through a policy. I imagine it's not close to zero.

    That said, it's not an excuse for the disaster that this administration has been and the degree of deceipt. Just an academic point...

  4. True, we don't know the counter-factual, and "I never had sexual relations with that woman" certainly wasn't true either, but I feel safe saying "935 is a lot." But mostly I think it's useful to have all this handy with the admin repeatedly saying "I never said there were direct 9/11-Saddam links"-esque stuff.