Given that this administration lies to its own politically appointed lawyers, it should hardly be a surprise that it lies to the rest of us too. Still, you might think that when they get caught doing something bad, announce that they are shocked to learn about it, and promise that they’ve put a stop to it, they might actually stop.
When Donald Rumsfeld said the Pentagon had stopped paying to plant favorable news stories in the Iraqi press, he meant to say that the Pentagon was thinking about stopping. His earlier statement was
a liemistaken and has been withdrawn.
Last week Rumsfeld gave an interview in which he said,
“When we heard about it we said, ‘Gee, that’s not what we ought to be doing,’ and told the people down there,”
But apparently none of that ever took the trouble to actually happen.
Reminds me of the joke we used to tell about Nixon:
Q: How do you tell if Nixon is lying?
A: See if his lips are moving.