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Did Bush Lie? Ask Google
Tech Central Station ^ | 11/14/2005 | Bryan Preston

Posted on 11/16/2005 4:31:16 PM PST by boughtwithaprice

President Bush came out swinging on Veterans Day in a speech accusing his Democratic war critics of re-writing history. Some war critics have mounted a campaign against him by boiling the entire pre-war history and post-invasion violence down to a two-word phrase: "Bush Lied". They say he lied us into war by distorting intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to convince Americans to fight an unnecessary war. The "Bush Lied" accusation is, if true, an indictment of the entire war itself, and one could reasonably argue we should cut our losses and get out of it.

The president could have destroyed the entire "Bush Lied" attack a long time ago. And he could have done it in a way that showed what a wired, technologically savvy president he is; and in a way that would have simplified his side of the debate down to three words and a number:

Google "Clinton Iraq 1998"

Google is not just a search engine; it's also something of a wayback machine. It can take us back to the last time prior to 2003 that the United States waged a campaign against Saddam Hussein.

If you go to Google and run a search using "Clinton Iraq 1998," you will find at the time of this writing 3,010,000 hits. Time stands still for no net surfer, so your mileage may vary slightly. But you won't need all those three million hits anyway. You can just click on the very first one, which will take you to a CNN story dated December 16, 1998 about President Clinton warning Iraq that its failure to comply with UN weapons inspections left him no choice but to attack. And attack he did, launching Operation Desert Fox, which destroyed Iraq's intelligence headquarters and a few other points of concern. President Clinton's reasons for the operation:

"Saddam (Hussein) must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons," Clinton said.

And:

"Earlier today I ordered America's armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces," Clinton said.

"Their mission is to attack Iraq's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors," said Clinton.

For the "Bush Lied" mantra to have any logical or factual force, one must believe that Desert Fox not only destroyed every single WMD Saddam had, but also cowed him sufficiently that he never built a single WMD or lab in the five years that remained of his rule. And that knowing all of this, Bush took us to war anyway. No serious person believes that.

The third hit that our Google search on "Clinton Iraq 1998" finds is a link to a story about something called the Iraq Liberation Act. What's that? Well, it's a document approved by Congress and signed by the president on October 31, 1998. It set forth as American policy the support of groups opposed to Saddam Hussein and encouraged regime change. It even set aside a few million dollars for the Iraqi National Congress, the group many war critics have accused of duping the Bush administration into believing in WMD that never existed. But if the Bush administration was duped, so was the Clinton administration, since the Iraq Liberation Act has President Clinton's signature on it.

Seven links into our three million hit cache we find a story with the following quote:

"Mr. President, today, along with Senators McCain, Lieberman, Hutchison and twenty-three other Senators, I am sending a letter to the President to express our concern over Iraq's actions and urging the President 'after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.'"

The letter quoted goes on to detail the many ways Iraq has violated its post-Gulf War obligations to the UN (those violations being among the causes for war in 2003) and the Coalition that liberated Kuwait after the 1990 Iraqi invasion. It was written by Democratic Senator Carl Levin of Michigan. Today Sen. Levin is among those Democrats who publicly accuse President Bush of lying about WMD in order to get the U.S. into war with Iraq.

If you follow more of the three million links that Googling "Clinton Iraq 1998" find, you'll read Madeline Albright sounding as hawkish on Saddam as Donald Rumsfeld. Albright was Clinton's Secretary of State in 1998. Former Vice President Al Gore's transformation from reasonable hawk to a sort of howling anti-war Gorewolf is particularly disturbing. The Google search string will help you document that transformation. Thanks goodness he invented the internet to make this all possible.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bushlied; google; newb; noob; troll; whocares

1 posted on 11/16/2005 4:31:17 PM PST by boughtwithaprice
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To: boughtwithaprice

So what? The lying Dinosaur Media will cover-up all 3,000,000 hits and restate the lies.


2 posted on 11/16/2005 4:34:23 PM PST by pabianice
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To: boughtwithaprice
exactly why the UN and the left will try and "run" the Internet....way too much information for the sheople to have access to (I mean where would Dan Rather be now if it weren't for the Internet....where would John Kerry be!?)
3 posted on 11/16/2005 4:38:26 PM PST by socialismisinsidious (Liberals are all about choice UNTIL you choose differently than them.)
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To: boughtwithaprice

Goggle is a search engine, it just posts BS maade available to it.

Unless it's got it's claws into the CIA ETC DB all it does is post BS>


4 posted on 11/16/2005 4:38:40 PM PST by funkywbr
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To: boughtwithaprice

That's not the same at all !!

Not only did Clinton's surgical air-strikes get all the WMDs and Bush knew it, but Saddam had been chastened and learned his lesson in 1998.

By 2003 he was just a big cooperative teddy bear trying to protect himself from the vengence-seeking Bush Jr.

Do I really need a sarcasm flag here ?


5 posted on 11/16/2005 4:50:21 PM PST by Kellis91789
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To: boughtwithaprice

Don't forget the timing by billy,Impeachment came 4 days later.


6 posted on 11/16/2005 5:03:51 PM PST by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: boughtwithaprice; Admin Moderator; Darksheare

Hmmm, you signed up 12 days ago, and your first (and only) time you contribute is to post this as a vanity? You smell...


7 posted on 11/16/2005 5:39:43 PM PST by Bush_Democrat (Ex-Democrat since 2001)
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To: Bush_Democrat

Hmmm, you signed up 12 days ago, and your first (and only) time you contribute is to post this as a vanity? You smell...


Think you may have missed your meds


8 posted on 11/16/2005 5:50:12 PM PST by gbaker
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To: Bush_Democrat

How is this a vanity?


9 posted on 11/16/2005 6:18:47 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Bush_Democrat
Read before you Leap. I think you owe this Freeper an apology.
10 posted on 11/16/2005 7:04:35 PM PST by gooleyman ( What about the baby's "RIGHT TO CHOOSE"?????? I bet the baby would chose LIFE.)
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To: boughtwithaprice; gbaker; DuncanWaring; gooleyman

OK, OK, stop beating me up. I probably did jump the gun a little, but I's so doggone tired of reading the posts that trolls come in here and DUmp, "Google 'Bush' and 'Failure' and see what comes up", "Google 'Bush' and 'Lied', how can we fight back", "Bush Lied, People Died" - all to point out about Google bombs and trying to get people to click on there and keep perpetuating them. Also, I always get a little hinky when someone creates a thread and never replys to anything on it, post and run, that type of thing, with no previous posting record.....

Anyway, like I said, I may have jumped too soon, and for that I apologize. I didn't read the thread, and I should have. Peace?


11 posted on 11/16/2005 11:52:21 PM PST by Bush_Democrat (Ex-Democrat since 2001)
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To: Bush_Democrat

It's ok...but this is certainly not about Google bombs and this article is very revealing about Clinton's policy compared to Bush.


12 posted on 11/17/2005 4:59:00 AM PST by boughtwithaprice
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To: boughtwithaprice

Welcome to FR!!!!


13 posted on 11/17/2005 6:06:47 AM PST by gooleyman ( What about the baby's "RIGHT TO CHOOSE"?????? I bet the baby would chose LIFE.)
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