The White House, the Pentagon and CIA headquarters must have moreprofessional liars per square foot than any other buildings in theworld! To many liars, like the commander in chief, lying is secondnature, but most have been specially trained at Public Affairs LiarsSchool.
This school churns out hundreds of government-trained liars eachyear. Upon graduation, the newly certified Pinocchios join theworld-class prefabricators' club, right up there with Pentagon Head LiarKenneth Bacon, an absolute master at shading and evading and spinningand thinningthe truth.
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This bunch of liars -- from Bacon to the newest flack PFC in thefield -- is about the strength of an Army light division with an annualbudget that could keep an Air Force fighter/bomber wing running for ayear. Sadly, many of these liars are soldiers who have sworn on a bibleto serve theircountry faithfully.
Their primary targets are the very citizens they serve. We give themour tax dollars so they can snow us, in order to get more tax dollars.Get it? I've been lied to by these dealers of deceit for years. Most ofthe time, I catch 'em because of great sources -- serving soldiers whocare aboutour country and the truth.
Here are some recent Pentagon lies to help you spot them too:
Lie: The U.S. Navy fired 75 Tomahawk missiles at terrorist targets inAfghanistan and Sudan on 20 August.
Fact: The Navy fired 132 Tomahawks missiles. It lied about the numberbecause they used a sledgehammer to swat a fly and because Tomahawkmissiles cost between $1 and $2 million a pop -- sticker prices varydepending on which Pentagon liar you ask. They don't want you to knowthat the cost of Tomahawking a terrorist ran $5 million a corpse.
Lie: The reason there was a rush to attack the mostly CIA builttargets at the very hour Monica Lewinsky was providing graphic testimonyconcerning President Clinton's "inappropriate behavior" was that --coincidentally, of course -- terrorist leader Osama bin Laden wasmeeting with his chieftains in Afghanistan at just that time.
Fact: bin Laden knew of the attack at least 24 hours before the firstmissile thumped down, while sources tell me the commanders' meeting wasmade up to justify the urgency/timing.
Lie: Tomahawks were used to destroy a secret chemical plant in Sudanthat was making a key ingredient for a lethal nerve gas. The liarsdescribed this plant as a high security facility, guarded by armedsoldiers.
Fact: Intelligence sources say there's not one scrap of evidence thatthis plant produced any precursor chemicals for nerve gas. American andBritish engineers who built and subsequently ran the plant report itproduced medicine and veterinary drugs and was guarded by one nightwatchman with a habit of sleeping on the job.
Lie: Terrorist leader bin Laden financed the chemical plant.
Fact: Our intelligence community can't find the slightest money trailto prove bin Laden bankrolled the plant. When all's shaken out, besidesour having spent several hundred million to punch a few craters interrorist training areas that can be quickly replaced for a few thousandbucks, we'll probably end up coughing up another $100 million to replacethe "lethal weapons' factory" that wasn't exactly lethal.
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Lies got us into Vietnam when we were told that our ships wereattacked by Red PT boats in 1964 in the Tonkin Gulf. Now, after all thedeath and destruction, we know this isn't true. But it doesn't removethe pain that lie brought to millions of innocent people.
The Gulf War was one big lie from beginning to inconclusive end.Smart weapons weren't smart, nor were the politicians and generals wholied about how and why the war ended the way it did.
There's an old saying that truth is the first casualty of war. It'sabout time we the people demanded that the lying stop. And it shouldstart with the president of the United States, who -- protest though heand the Military Industrial Congressional Complex may -- clearly was nota straight shooter when he tried to eliminate bin Laden with extremeprejudice last month.