WASHINGTON—A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that
President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false
statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years
following the 2001 terrorist attacks.
The study concluded that the
statements "were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized
public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false
The study was posted Tuesday on the Web site of the Center for
Public Integrity, which worked with the Fund for Independence in Journalism.
White House spokesman Scott Stanzel did not comment on the merits of the
study Tuesday night but reiterated the administration's position that the world
community viewed Iraq's leader, Saddam Hussein, as a threat.
taken in 2003 were based on the collective judgment of intelligence
agencies around the world," Stanzel said. - Boston Globe
Is that a valid reason?