White House requiem: a hymn for the lying

By Ann Ivins

Let us now, in the flickering light of the Dubyadämmerung, cease our partisan squabbling to acknowledge those faithful who have sacrificed their honor, their sanity, their reputations or possibly even their souls to carry aloft the banner of Bushism. Let us remember those who have gone before.

And let us use their own words.

Deputy Chief of Staff; policy mastermind

These guys are obsessed with me …I’m Moby Dick and they’re after me. You know, I’m Beowulf, you know, I’m Grendel. I don’t know who I am. But they’re after me.

White House Press Secretary, next in line with a book to flog
I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so…

Deputy Secretary of Defense; reputed architect of the Iraq war

We settled on the one issue everyone could agree on, which was weapons of mass destruction, as the core reason.

U.S. Attorney General and Patriot Act enthusiast

The law is not about forgiveness. It is often about vengeance, often about revenge.

Secretary of Defense; noted logician
We do know of certain knowledge that he (Osama bin Laden) is either in Afghanistan, or some other country, or dead.

U.S. Attorney General; resigned (or unknowingly fired himself?)
I have great admiration and respect for the men and women who still* work here.
*okay, that bit was mine

Finally, with sincere admiration and regret:

U.S. Secretary of State
I’m the one who presented it on behalf of the United States to the world, and it will always be a part of my record. It was painful then, and (it’s) painful now.

Rest well, heroes.





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8 replies »

  1. 1: The Rummy quote does perhaps the best job I’ve ever seen of covering all the bases.

    2: Do not lament Powell’s fall. He should have been smart enough not to get played that way. He has nobody to blame but himself, and we’re better off without the service of anybody dumb enough to be Dubya’s lapdog.

  2. “We do know of certain knowledge that he (Osama bin Laden) is either in Afghanistan, or some other country, or dead.”

    My favourite – just about covers all the bases.

  3. I doff my hat, more to cover the stink they left behind than to honor those dodos.

    Well done, E.

  4. Thanks. But I have a soft spot for Colin Powell: smart people can do dumb things, and I think he has a conscience.

  5. If he does, it must be hard to sleep at night. He was, too a disturbing extent, the face, the voice and the credibility behind what we have done in Iraq.