“What’s a lie?’ seems to be the new game in town

The “Bush Lied” mole and the ongoing ‘whack-a-mole’ investigations and commentary it stimulates seem to have created some thoughts about how the allegations and accusations of lying are playing games with the concept of deceit and dishonesty. Was it a lie in the first place? Is it a lie to lie about a lie? What was the motivation for the lie and the allegation about a lie? Was it actual deceit or was it ignorance? Was the subject of the alleged lie important or was it the act of lying that was important? Or maybe it is not the alleged lie or the act of lying but rather the allegation? Whack that mole!

On Face the Nation, Powerline notes a question and answer

“Schieffer’s question–“Do you believe it is unpatriotic to criticize the Iraq policy?”–is an outrageous mischaracterization of what Bush actually said.” [John] Senator John McCain replied:

No, I think it’s a very legitimate aspect of American life to criticize and to disagree and to debate. But I want to say I think it’s a lie to say that the president lied to the American people. I sat on the Robb-Silverman Commission. I saw many, many analysts that came before that committee. I asked every one of them–I said, `Did–were you ever pressured politically or any other way to change your analysis of the situation as you saw?’ Every one of them said no.

Rand Simburg has the ‘but’

But the Senator goes too far. In turn, he is in fact guilty of the same thing of which he accuses the Democrats (and the same thing of which many of them falsely accuse the president).

It is not sufficient to make a false statement and be a liar. It has to be made in the knowledge that the statement is false, with the deliberate intent to deceive.

Then Senator Rockefeller in a Chris Wallace interview on Fox News Sunday while trying to create a plausible story about how he was not really responsible for his votes, his statements, and his oversight came up with this revelation in the process of trying to assert he wasn’t lying about an allegation of a lie:

I took a trip by myself in January of 2002 to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria, and I told each of the heads of state that it was my view that George Bush had already made up his mind to go to war against Iraq – that that was a predetermined set course which had taken shape shortly after 9/11.

It has Logan Act implications and may be connected to extending the time frame Saddam had for clearing his weapons stash before the Iraqi war.

Then there is the problem of Muslim youth seeking Sharia law in French reservations that is getting attention mainly because the MSM acts as if the Muslim part is difficult to get out of its throat.

The plight of the suicide bomber whose equipment malfunctioned is also getting some attention. Her husband’s bomb belt did work as did those of two other ‘colleagues’ but she survived and was captured. The hotel bombing didn’t go over very well and its planners are having a bit of a PR problem.

PR Problem is a code word for a propaganda problem and propaganda is the name for trying to create a perception that may be deceptive.

This is why it is necessary to be appropriately skeptical and to apply some due dilligence in trying to figure out what is really going on.

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