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March 17, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK....The irrepressible Henry Waxman has a new website available for your perusal: Iraq on the Record, a compilation of public statements from Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, and Rice about the war in Iraq. According to an email:

The report and database identify 237 lies specific misleading statements made by these officials in 125 separate public appearances.

You can search the database by person and type of statement. I tried "Cheney" and "Urgent Threat," for example, and up popped this from August 26, 2002: "Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us."

If you prefer to see all the lies specific misleading statements in one place, they're collected in the accompanying report, complete with handy charts about the frequency of lies per month (September 2002 was the high point) and the most popular subjects for lying (chemical and biological weapons).

Every once in a while, of course, they get caught lying red handed. This is a few days old, but in case you didn't see Donald Rumsfeld's latest brush with the truth, Iraq'd has the play-by-play.

UPDATE: Video of the Rumsfeld interview is here.

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