April 30, 2007

Another lie...fight it as best you can.

What's truly maddening is that I had started this blog-post yesterday, when Kristol debunked Tenet's lie. And this morning, driving Charlene to BART, I heard the same lie on the radio news, repeated as if it were a simple truth.

Bookmark the piece, George Tenet's Imaginary Encounter. Because we are going to be hearing this vile lie for the rest of our lives...

...THE WEEKLY STANDARD has now learned of a second, more stunning error in Tenet's book (which is due to appear in bookstores tomorrow). According to Michiko Kakutani's review in Saturday's Times,
On the day after 9/11, he [Tenet] adds, he ran into Richard Perle, a leading neoconservative and the head of the Defense Policy Board, coming out of the White House. He says Mr. Perle turned to him and said: "Iraq has to pay a price for what happened yesterday. They bear responsibility."
Here's the problem: Richard Perle was in France on that day, unable to fly back after September 11. In fact Perle did not return to the United States until September 15.

Did Tenet perhaps merely get the date of this encounter wrong? Well, the quote Tenet ascribes to Perle hinges on the encounter taking place September 12: "Iraq has to pay a price for what happened yesterday." And Perle in any case categorically denies to THE WEEKLY STANDARD ever having said any such thing to Tenet, while coming out of the White House or anywhere else...

By the way, Dean Esmay is starting a wiki to hold facts about Iraq. It will be a resource to go to to fight the myriad lies that we are always struggling against. I recommend that those who value truth get involved with it.

* Update: On the other hand, we were laughing about what a perfect object lesson our overpass collapse is just as all the sludge-brained American-hating conspiracy theorists are saying "fire can't melt steel." But God must not have a sense of humor or it would have collapsed just as Rosie O'Donnell was driving over it...

Posted by John Weidner at April 30, 2007 9:21 AM

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