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The Top 5 Bush Record Scandals

By Aldanatech ·
Many people might either not know it or not admit it, but President Bush's record has at least five scandals. Lets review and discuss them, shall we?:

Scandal #1: Misleading the Nation Into War
In his public speeches leading up the war with Iraq, President Bush insisted that Iraq was developing an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction that included biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons. No evidence of such programs has been found. According to chief weapons inspector David Kay, "we were almost all wrong," about the Iraqi weapons threat.1

Scandal #2: Lying to the Nation During the State of the Union
During his 2003 State of the Union address, Bush claimed, "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." In March 2002, both the CIA and State Department learned that evidence linking Iraq to the African nation of Niger was unfounded. In October 2002, CIA Director Tenet personally intervened with Condoleezza Rice's deputy National Security Advisor to have the charge removed from Bush's speech to the nation. Rice herself was sent a memo debunking the claim. In January 2003, just days before Bush uttered the false charge in his State of the Union, CIA officials again tried to remove the language, but the White House insisted it remain -- with officials arguing that they had received the information from British sources.2

Scandal #3: Exposing a Covert CIA Agent for Revenge
Ambassador Joseph Wilson publicly disclosed in July 2003 that he had investigated and debunked intelligence linking Iraqi nuclear ambitions to the African nation of Niger. Wilson's investigation concluded in March 2002, nearly a year before Bush made the assertion in his State of the Union address that Iraq sought uranium in Africa. Days after Wilson went public, columnist Robert Novak revealed that his wife was a CIA operative.

The Washington Post reported that "a senior administration official said that before Novak's column ran, two top White House officials called at least six Washington journalists and disclosed the identity and occupation of Wilson's wife." President Bush later told reporters: "I don't know if we're going to find out the senior administration official...I have no idea whether we'll find out who the leaker is." He claimed he had ordered his staff to "cooperate fully" in the investigation of the leak.3

Scandal #4: Halliburton and **** Cheney
As the Iraq war began in March 2003, the Pentagon awarded Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR), the construction wing of Halliburton, a no-bid contract to help rebuild Iraqi oil fields and conduct "operation of facilities and distribution of products." The initial deal was thought to be worth as much as $7 billion. In postwar Iraq, Halliburton is the largest private contractor, with potential deals totaling over $11 billion.4

While Vice President Cheney served as chairman and chief executive of Halliburton, the company acquired two subsidiaries, Dresser-Rand and Ingersoll Dresser Pump Co., which had signed contracts to sell oil production equipment to Iraq under the oil-for-food program for more than $73 million.5

The military investigated Halliburton and found that it overcharged for gas it imported into Iraq from Kuwait by as much as $61 million. In March 2003, the Pentagon announced it would withhold nearly $300 million in payments to Halliburton due to the company's overcharging on food contracts. "Halliburton spokeswoman Wendy Hall said the company disagreed with the decision and hoped to persuade the Pentagon to drop its plans."6

In his retirement package from Halliburton, Cheney was granted deferred compensation that paid out his salary from 1999 over a five-year period and his bonus from that year in 2001. Following his departure from Halliburton, Cheney retained possession of 433,333 options of Halliburton stock. The Cheneys announced they were committing the options to three charities. The Congressional Research Service released a report saying that federal ethics laws consider both Cheney's deferred compensation and his unexercised stock options as a lingering financial interest in the company.7

Scandal #5: Lying About Medicare Costs and Threatening Whistleblowers
The Bush Administration relied upon the Medicare drug plan's alleged $400 billion pricetag to win over skeptical conservatives in Congress. Within weeks of the bills passage, however, the White House admitted it had underestimated the cost by $135 billion (35 percent). Medicare Chief Actuary Richard Foster was threatened with losing his job if he told Congress the true cost. "We can't let that out," Foster recalls Medicare chief Tom Scully telling him. Scully was quoted in June 2003 as saying that he would only release the analysis "if I feel like it."8

Bush said on January 30, 2004, that he first learned of the higher estimates in mid-January. "The president is always very clear with the American people in the decisions that we are making and very upfront with them about the information that we have," White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan told reporters.

But the New York Time reported that Bush spokesman Trent Duffy "said no White House official had instructed Mr. Foster or Mr. Scully to withhold information from Congress. But Mr. Duffy acknowledged that the actuary's cost estimates had been sent to White House officials, including Doug Badger, a special assistant to President Bush who negotiated with Congress on the Medicare bill."9

Sources: 1Washington Post, 8/10/03; Kay Testimony, 1/28/04; 2Bush State of the Union, 1/28/03; Time, 7/21/03 Issue; Hadley/Bartlett Gaggle, 7/22/03; New York Times, 7/13/03; Washington Post, 7/20/03; National Public Radio, 6/19/03; 3Washington Post, 9/28/03; Bush Media Availability, 10/7/03; 4Los Angeles Times, 5/7/03; Washington Post, 2/10/04; 5Washington Post, 6/23/01; Petroleum Economist, 6/93; 6Associated Press, 2/9/04; Reuters, 2/23/04; Associated Press, 3/17/04; 7"Income: Type and amount," Schedule A, Standard Form 278, Richard B. Cheney Personal Financial Disclosure, May 15, 2002; May 15, 2003; White House Press Release, 4/13/01; Washington Post, 9/26/03; 8Boston Globe, 1/30/04; Los Angeles Times, 1/31/04; New York Times, 3/14/04; Wall Street Journal, 3/15/04; AP, 6/26/03; 9Los Angeles Times, 1/31/04; New York Times, 3/20/04

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The Great Obfuscator

by TheChas In reply to The Top 5 Bush Record Sca ...

While I do not trust our President, he has done an excellent job of obfuscating his remarks so that he can not be held responsible for the lies of his administration.

In every instance GWB only acted upon or quoted bad information that was provided to him by his bureaucracy.
If the Bush administration was a business, heads would have rolled throughout the agencies for the large amount of bad information!
Continuing to accept information from his cabinet without question or public criticism suggests that GWB desired only information that supported his desired course of action.
(Another sign of a bad business manager.)

One BIG lie you forgot to include is the state of the US economy.
President Bush regularly quoted job creation and economic growth numbers that were at best 10 times larger than reality, often larger.
We need to also keep in mind that even with the current job growth, wages continue to drop.

What other President has clothed lowering pollution standards as an improvement?

What other President has promoted a change to labor standards biased toward the employer to be a positive for the work-force?

What other administration has had so many former team members speak out against the sitting President?

Much food for thought.

Chas

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