The Pinocchio Presidency

The following column was the featured commentary on UPI’s Religion and Spirituality Forum on January 28, 2008. Thanks to my Mom, Karen Moreland for giving me the idea for this piece. 

Last Tuesday my local paper, The San Jose Mercury News, published on page 15 a story with the following headline: “Study: False statements preceded war.” The short article told about a study by the Center for Public Integrity that chronicled 935 false statements made by President Bush and seven top administration officials during the lead up to the invasion of Iraq. 532 of the false statements exaggerated the threat posed by the Saddam Hussein regime by claiming the existence of weapons of mass destruction or by affirming a link between Iraq and Al Qaida, even after such ideas had been discredited.

The report provides numerical support for what long has been known: George Bush, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Paul Wolfowitz, Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan would all have long noses if they were magic marionettes. Continue reading