March 18, 2004

At least one lie has been demolished...

A year ago Senator Kerry accused the Administration of using political muscle on the immensely complex Klamath River Basin water controversy. He not only demanded an investigation, he and other Dems hurled accusations of corruption without bothering to wait for facts:

..."The Bush administration has acted as if federal agencies like the Interior Department are a division of the Republican National Committee and at their disposal to give out political favors," he crowed. "The Klamath decision should have been based on law and science, and not a political operative's agenda, polls, and campaign priorities."...
Trouble is, the charges were carefully investigated and found to be totally bogus:
...Lower-level decision-makers — in Devaney's words, the people who would be "the most likely sources to provide evidence of such influence" — denied feeling pressure to decide one way or another, from Rove or anybody else. So did the higher-ups.

"While we confirmed a passing reference to the Klamath River Basin Project during an otherwise-unrelated presentation to senior Interior officials," Devaney wrote, "we found nothing to tie Karl Rove's comments or presentation to the Klamath decision-making process."

"We conclude that the department conducted itself in keeping with the administrative process, that the science and information utilized supported the department's decisions, and that no political pressure was perceived by any of the key participants."...

To Bush Haters, of course, this sort of thing makes not the smallest particle of difference. All accusations are true. If the Prophet Elijah came down in a flaming chariot and tried to reason with them, they would just take it as evidence that the Administration is a new Taliban, trying to impose a theocracy on us.

Don't hold your breath waiting for Kerry to apologize for his false statements...

Posted by John Weidner at March 18, 2004 4:56 PM
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