The Bush administration told at least 935 lies.
The Center for Public Integrity actually counted them up in a recent study. If this number seems peculiarly low, that’s because it pertains only to those lies in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks, the ones which duped us into the war with Iraq.
From the AP story:
“WASHINGTON – A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks.
The study concluded that the statements “were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses.”
So, who told the most lies? The study found President George W. Bush held that distinction, racking up a whopping 232 lies about WMDs in Iraq while tacking on an additional 28 statements about the fictitious al-Qaeda/Iraq collaboration, for a total of 260 lies altogether. Bush barely edged ex-Secretary of State Colin Powell, whose combined 254 lies earned him a silver medal. Ex-Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld and former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer finished in a dead heat for third, each amassing a total of 119 lies en route to our invasion.
Below are the complete rankings, as reported by the Center for Public Integrity:
- George W. Bush 260 lies
- Colin Powell 254 lies
- Donald Rumsfeld 119 lies
- Ari Fleischer 119 lies
- Paul Wolfowitz 85 lies
- Condoleeza Rice 56 lies
- Dick Cheney 48 lies
- Scott McClellan 14 lies