George Bush lied to the public when just before the election he said that he was going to keep Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense.  We have since been told that the President discussed the change with both Rumsfeld and with his proposed replacement, former CIA Director Robert Gate,  before the election.  Our President now says it was going to happen regardless of how the election went.  He says he had to deceive because it would otherwise seem like a political ploy.  Some Republican members of Congress who lost their bids for reelection expressed dismay that the President waited until after the election to make the announcement.  They seemed genuinely shocked to learn that the President lied.  

How can they be shocked?  Didn’t they know for at least several years  that Bush is a liar?

I don’t believe that Bush knowingly lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, although it is clear that he could have had that information if he had been interested in pursuing it.  But he knew that the photographs then UN Ambassador Colin Powell presented to the UN were not what Powell was told they were.  

He lied when he changed the reason for the invasion of Iraq to terrorism.  Iraq had no part in 9-11.  The countries that spawned the terrorists or that sheltered or funded them, in addition to Afghanistan, were Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan.  That al Qaida has since been active in Iraq is a result of our invasion of Iraq, not a cause of it.

He lied when he said that they hate us for our freedom.  They hate us because they can’t tolerate "infidels" in Saudi Arabia, where their holy cities of Mecca and Medina are located.  They hate us for our support of undemocratic and un-Islamic rulers in Egypt and Saudi Arabia.  And they hate us for our support for the creation and continued existence of Israel.   He is also accused of lying about fulfilling his Air Force Reserve obligation.  In fact, it is hard to go through his 2000 and 2004 campaign material and find anything that is not a lie, or at least a distortion.  

Bush is hardly the first President to lie.  FDR dissembled about maintaining neutrality in the years prior to Pearl Harbor and, if not publicly denying that he could not walk on his own, at least hid his lameness from the public.  Nixon lied about having a secret plan to get us out of Vietnam and about Watergate.  Clinton lied about personal issues.  

But with Bush, lying seems to be a major part of how he governs, or at least how he communicates. Perhaps he even lies to himself.  After all, he apparently convinced himself that he knows what God wants and is doing God’s work.

He is proof of Abraham Lincoln’s adage, "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time."  I don’t think this President will be able to fool most people any more.

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