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matt

I'm pretty much in the same boat. To me it's not so much that he lied about the war (even most antiwar people seemed to think he had WMD) but that he didn't take responsibility for being wrong. I remember David Kay straightforwardly saying "We were all wrong." Bush could have admitted being wrong but still made a case for bringing democracy to Iraq. But now two things are clear: everything is politicized and he won't say anything to undermine the party line; and that as a "person of faith" he places independent thought and judgment on the back burners of his mind. Whatever the merits of bringing democracy to the mideast, I don't think we can do it with people like that at the helm.

theautoprophet

He didn't lie. He made the best decision he could with the information he had. The CIA, Russian intelligence, Israeli intelligence, British intelligence services didn't lie either--they gave the information they had availible.

You can't take chances after 9/11. If you think someone is a danger, you take them out.

carpundit

AP, I agree with the pre-emptive strike point you make: kill the danger before it kills you. But President Bush did lie. His White House systematically altered intelligence reports, screened out things they did not want to hear, and continued to talk about Iraq as a clear and present WMD danger long after it was clear that it was not. (BTW, he has also lied outright about domestic issues, changing science reports and economic reports to fit his desired policies.) I'm not any happier about it than you are, but some of the lefties were right: Bush Lies.

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