Friday :: Oct 15, 2004

Slate Shines a Light on Bush's Big Lie

by Mary

William Saletan has been tracking Bush's statements about how John Kerry wants a global test and has decided that what Bush is really saying is that as President, he has no responsibility for telling anyone --- including the American public -- the truth about why he decides to take the country to war. [Emphasis added]

I don't have to argue the point anymore [that Bush refuses to be held to a truth standard], because last night, Bush confirmed it. Here's what he said at a rally in Oregon, according to a White House transcript:

Once again, last night, with a straight face, the senator saidówell, shall we say, refined his answer on his proposed global test. That's the test he would administer before defending America. After trying to say it really wasn't a test at all, last night he once again defended his approach, saying, I think it makes sense. (Laughter.) The senator now says we'd have to pass some international truth standard. The truth is we should never turn America's national security decisions over to international bodies or leaders of other countries. (Applause.)

You heard that right. The president explicitly refuses "to pass some international truth standard." Because evidence is the fundamental test applied in France as well as in the United States, Bush thinks he shouldn't have to back up his claims or decisions with evidence.


Based on this standard, don't be surprised if Bush gets another four years, we get another four wars. No wonder John Kerry is warning people that under Bush expect a draft. And Americans who believe Bush's reassurances that there won't be a draft need to consider the fact that Bush doesn't believe he has to pass any truth test.

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