Two nonprofit organizations, the Center for Public Integrity and the Fund for Independence in Journalism, after an exhaustive examination of documents, public statements and interviews, have concluded President Bush and other Republican administration offiicals led concerning the reasons for war with Iraq. The statements “were part of an orchetrated campaign that effectively galvinized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses.” The organizations identifed 935 false statements made by Bush and other governmnent officials. The record indicates they stated unequivoccally on at least 532 occasions that Iraq possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction. According to Charles Lewis and Mark Reading-Smith of the Fund for Independence in Journalism, “the Bush administration led the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propogated and culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003.”
George Bush led with 259 false statements about WMD and 29 about Iraq ties to al-Qaeda. Poor Colin Powell came in second with 244 false statements about WMD and 10 about links to al-Qaeda. There is nothing else one can add to this story.