Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Veracity issues
As the drums of war beat louder, the White House seems to have less and less integrity regarding statements it has made. First the vote in the UN -- that absolutely would happen, no matter what -- was cancelled due to lack of support. Then Ari Fleischer stood up yesterday and announced that even if Saddam leaves Iraq, US, UK, and Spanish (?) forces will invade anyway. Now, accoring to an AP report on Salon, they aren't even sure that the 48 hour deadline meant 48 hours.
Presidential spokesman Ari Fleischer would not rule out a U.S. attack before Bush's 48-hour clock ran out. ``Saddam Hussein has to figure out what this means,'' he said.
It's often said that the first casualty of war is the truth, but here it seems to have been a notable casualty of the peace.