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The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth in Bush's America

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2008

    Excellent study of Bush's claims about Iraq

    Frank Rich, a New York Times columnist, shows how Bush sold the Iraq war to the American people, and then how reality hit back. He follows the media trail and the Bush administration¿s endless efforts to dominate the media. He shows how, for example, Bush personally authorised the leaking of classified information about pre-war intelligence. Also, twenty federal agencies made and distributed hundreds of fake news segments, complete with pretend independent reporters, like the fictional accounts of Pat Tillman¿s death and of Jessica Lynch¿s capture and release. This was covert propaganda, supposedly illegal in the USA. In Britain, we had similar fictions about the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell tube station. Rich studies the USA¿s political culture, particularly its servile mass media. TV news programmes showed war without wounds and routinely assumed that opponents of the war were unpatriotic. The President¿s Daily Brief ten days after 9/11 told him that there was no evidence that Iraq had a role in the attacks, and `scant credible evidence¿ of Iraq-Al Qa¿ida links. Everyone but Blair told him that Iraq had no nuclear capabilities and had never tried to buy uranium from Niger. This didn¿t stop Bush lying the USA into an unnecessary war, lying that Iraq had links to Al Qa¿ida, lying that Iraq had nuclear capabilities and lying that it had tried to buy uranium from Niger. The Blair government echoed the lies. Further, Rich reveals that in a January 2003 meeting with Blair, Bush suggested faking an incident to provoke Iraq into firing on a U-2 plane painted in UN colours. Also, Blair agreed with Bush that during the future occupation of Iraq it was ¿unlikely there would be internecine warfare between the different religious and ethnic groups.¿ Now the US state lies that only Al Qa¿ida terrorists oppose the occupation, when a US National Intelligence Estimate concluded that the insurgency is home-grown and thrives on general resentment of the occupation.

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

    Excellent reporting!

    Frank Rich gives a very detailed and insightful account of the Bush-Cheney Administration's shameless propaganda campaign to justify their invasion of Iraq. Additionally, his account of the illegal disclosure of Valerie Plame's role as a CIA operative was excellent, but with one shortcoming: Mr. Rich glossed over Plame's actual role in the decision to send her husband, Joe Wilson, to Africa to investigate the claim that Saddam attempted to purchase yellow cake uranium from Niger. Her only involvement in that trip was informing her bosses that Wilson had firsthand experience with the government in Niger.

    I also found it both curious and disappointing that in his discussion of Hurricane Katrina, Rich omitted inclusion of Bush's stopover in Arizona to attend a birthday party for Sen. John McCain en route to his return to DC to address the hurricane. That trip was further evidence of the President's lack of concern for the lives of the residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

    Perhaps the most valuable part of this book was the appendix which laid out the timeline regarding the invasion of Iraq. It proved that VP Cheney continued to lie to the media and the American people even after the statements concerning Saddam and the WMD's and the link between Iraq and Al Qaeda were exposed as lies.

    Thanks, Mr. Rich for a job well done!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2012

    Excellent book

    This book should be required reading before anyone is allowed to vote. This country should NEVER AGAIN let the cretins of the right wing into power. Bush and his puppet master Cheney almost destroyed this country with their evil lies and greed. NEVER AGAIN.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    Left-Wing Lunacy, Paranoia & Lies

    Complete rubbish. If you're the sort of drooling imbecile who suffers from Bush Derangement Syndrome (the compulsive need to blame Bush for every bad thing that ever happened during his presidency), and if you think that putting lies into print makes them any less false, then perhaps you will enjoy having this two-bit hack echo your paranoid delusions for you. If, on the other hand, you actually have a functioning brain in your skull, then move along and leave this garbage for the 9-11 "Truthers" and their ilk.

    1 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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