Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Only 935 Lies

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

4 comments:

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

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  2. Scott9:41 AM

    Completely unrelated, but on MSNBC.com 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.

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  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...

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  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.

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