Like most Americans, I have the attention span of a flea. When I hear someone say something with conviction, on national television, or even in polite conversation, I tend to take their word for it. This is where I, and the American people, have gone wrong. We are, by nature, a trusting lot. We want to believe that our elected officials, and their surrogates, are telling the truth.
Take this as an example. The guy in the red tie sounds credible. He is on national television. He seems to know what he is talking about. In fact he is echoing things that have been asserted before. These talking points lend credibility to the need to go to war in Iraq.
More important, these talking points reinforce out tendency to trust our current Administration in their efforts to protect American interests in the Middle East. They have been telling us they have been doing their best to do that, thus the need to go into Iraq and potentially the need to go after Iran.
Let’s take a look at what this guy said and find out if it is true.
Here is a guy that read the report that the red tie guy refers to. Here is his analysis.
It turns out that almost nothing that this guy said was true. In fact the report contradicts all his points. You heard me correctly, the report he uses as the basis for his assertions, contradicts his assertions.