White House Admits Bush Lied About Iran; Biden Threatens to Impeach if Bush Acts

Nobody does incredulous as well as Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) After hearing George Bush claim he wasn’t specifically told until now that Iran shut down its nuclear program in 2003 just like we asked it to, Biden threatened to bring impeachment charges against him if he orders an attack on Iran without the consent of Congress.

A day later we find out, via an email from Press Secretary Dana Perino, that Bush was lying about everything.

Biden yesterday: “Are you telling me a president who’s briefed every single morning, who’s fixated on Iran, is not told back in August that the tentative conclusion of 16 intelligence agencies of the United States government said [Iran] had abandoned their effort for nuclear weapons in 2003?” White House today: “Oh yeah, we just remembered, we were told in August.”

During a press conference on Tuesday, the President told reporters that he was briefed that there was new intelligence information about Iran, but nothing specific.

“I was made aware of the NIE last week,” Bush said Tuesday. “In August, I think it was [Director of National Intelligence] Mike McConnell came in and said, we have some new information. He didn’t tell me what the information was; he did tell me it was going to take a while to analyze.”

However today the White House is saying the President was told much more…

Perino stated Bush had been told in August that Iran suspended it’s (sic) covert nuclear weapons program.

“In August, DNI Director McConnell advised President Bush that the intelligence community would not be able to meet a congressionally imposed deadline requiring a National Intelligence Estimate on Iran because new information had been obtained just as they were about to finalize the report,” Perino wrote in an emailed response…

Perino also said McConnell told the President the new information might cause the intelligence community to change its assessment of Iran’s covert nuclear program.

Biden was proven correctomundo in challenging Bush’s version of the facts. PR Editor Jon was also right that Bush was dishonestly blaming his intelligence director.

“Are you telling me a president who’s briefed every single morning, who’s fixated on Iran, is not told back in August that the tentative conclusion of 16 intelligence agencies of the United States government said [Iran] had abandoned their effort for nuclear weapons in 2003?” [Biden asked.]

…Senator Biden also today reiterated that should President Bush initiate an attack on Iran without Congress approval, Biden would call for impeachment. In an afternoon Democratic debate hosted by NPR, Biden stated flatly, “you cannot trust this president.”

18 Comments

  • Sammy
    December 5, 2007 - 11:39 pm | Permalink

    What a bogus story. Keep drinking the kool-aid

  • December 6, 2007 - 12:20 am | Permalink

    We have been pounding the Iran-War- Drum based on that NIE report. It will be hard to admit that was wrong and still keep preparing for war.

    The last thing we need is war with a big country that happens to dislike the Taliban, al Qaeda and the Sunni extremists who are responsible for most of the American deaths in Iraq.

    Iran also borders Afghanistan and Iraq. We need to find a way to ally with them, rather line the entire region up against us.

    Greek, Roman, English and French history all suggest the same thing; play the factions to your advantage. It might be Machiavellain, but better than the suicide of pissing them all off at us.

  • December 6, 2007 - 1:05 am | Permalink

    Now it’s on to plan B: Israel attacks Iran, Iran responds, US jumps in with both feet.

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  • December 6, 2007 - 2:17 pm | Permalink

    This lie should not surprise anyone, lies are what Bush and this administration is all about. I don’t think Bush has ever told the truth in his entire life. Everything that comes out of his mouth is a lie.

  • doghousedan
    December 6, 2007 - 3:00 pm | Permalink

    “Biden also today reiterated that should President Bush initiate an attack on Iran without Congress approval, [he] would call for impeachment.” People, the operative phrase here is “without Congress [sic] approval.” When has this congress denied Bush anything?

  • Joseph S. Spiezio
    December 6, 2007 - 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Why Bush is still in office is a mystery to me! After all the law breaking, and lies, he is still the president! Bush and his entire administration should have long ago been tried for treason, convicted, and thrown into prison! The fact that he hasn’t been impeached is a travesty of justice!

  • Anonymous
    December 6, 2007 - 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Joseph S. Piezio
    You said it. No wonder Congress gets such a phantastic rating from ‘We, the People’.
    If I could have it my way I would send the guy to Guatanomo with a hood over his head,(or a thorn crown) stripped naked and in chains and leave him there to rot.

  • elena
    December 6, 2007 - 4:27 pm | Permalink

    WRITE TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVES. THEY WILL NOT DO ANYTHING UNLESS THEY ARE FLOODED WITH MAIL. ESPECIALLY SEND ON TO YOUR REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVES.

  • Felix
    December 6, 2007 - 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Ahh Sammy, proving once again that it doesn’t matter what the truth is, there will always be someone willing to ignore it in order to support Bush, war, and fear.

    Let’s face it, this isn’t a surprise and it certainly isn’t what I’d call the smoking gun for impeachment. Bush should have been impeached years ago (probably around the time he claimed the Constitution was a “god damned piece of paper”) and the reason he hasn’t been impeached is because Dems won’t support (and Conyers won’t push it) unless he and they feel they have the votes to succeed.

    I disagree with them. I’d still like to think that it’s better to do something for the right reason even if it’s not likely to work. I’d like to think that if the majority of Dems in congress genuinely agree that Bush SHOULD be impeached, then regardless of how many votes are likely from the other side of the aisle, they should act on that responsibility.

  • cal1942
    December 6, 2007 - 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Bush began his trail of lies as he took office. Starting with the Clinton trashing myths. The incredible lies told about his tax cuts were beyond the pale, a combination of traditional Republican obfuscation and Conservative Movement blatant lies and distortions. Bush and the people in his administration have continuously insulted our intelligance.

    In the early days of his first admimnistration the astonishing trail of lies, harmful policy decisions and distortions flooded out of the White House with sickening regularity. We called each one, as they occured, ‘the atrocity of the day.’

    Anyone who believed anything that tumbled out of his mouth from day one is a moron.

  • cal1942
    December 6, 2007 - 10:28 pm | Permalink

    I agree with Felix regarding impeachment.

    I understand the reasons why House leadership didn’t act, given recent history (Clinton impeachment), the press and the absolute certainty of acquital in the Senate.

    But, I believe that was a miscalculation. If the public heard the evidence in House Judiciary hearings I have little doubt that the public would have wanted him removed from office.

    There still would have been an acquital in the Senate but the Republican party would have, IMHO, paid a very stiff price. I don’t believe that impeachment would have in any way damaged Democrats. It would certainly have fired up the Democratic base.

    Stubbornly voting for acquital would have exposed the perfidious nature of today’s Republican party to the public.

    Impeachment, even without conviction, would have been at least some punishment for the crimes this president has committed and for the damage done to the Constitution.

    Impeachment may have given caution to future presidents regarding breaches of law, usurping Congressional power, disregarding proper acts of Congress and damaging the Constitution.

  • Dee Loralei
    December 6, 2007 - 11:33 pm | Permalink

    I’m with Cal1942 and Felix in re impeachment. It still needs to be done.

    Impeachment hearings today; War crimes Tribunals tomorrow.

  • Clarence Muhammad
    December 7, 2007 - 10:10 am | Permalink

    I am Vietnam Veteran,disable now but if has caused me to read-read-read. The hapinstance of all of the lies and the distortions concerning 9-11 and the loss of liberties in the greatest country on the earth could it be a conspiracy? Absolutely! Facts- Facts are born out in the reading of the congressional record and nonfiction books. The list is to long to submit. Ask any Welder, Ask any foundry worker if you cann find one How hot does steel have to get before it bends. I don’t give a damn how hot it gets it will not shatter like shown in the video’s of 9-11 wake up people and live up to the constitution!

  • MO
    December 7, 2007 - 12:21 pm | Permalink

    impeach, indict, convict !!

  • Gun N Tonic
    December 7, 2007 - 2:55 pm | Permalink

    We can all get frustrated and shake our heads in disbelief after some of the shit that gets by with no accountability in this nation. It doesnt matter what us peons think. They will find a way to do anything they wish. Its the new American way.

  • December 8, 2007 - 9:08 am | Permalink

    The refusal to impeach is SO EXTREMELY irrational, the immanently lurking endangerment to our country, many other countries, as well as all Iranian citizens while we are all of us held, and continue to be HELD HOSTAGE to the impending monumental catastrophe that is left free to explode into the world by leaving the criminals, CheneyBush sitting in office to pursue at will their overarching base desires to attack Iran, while ALSO causing the continuance and increase of the terrible damages already perpetrated upon our Bill of Rights/Constitution, Rule of Law, emptied “treasury”, hollowed and stripped agencies and departments, infrastructure, resources…..etc., to continue unabated, uncounted, unaccountable, undisclosed, and continuously multiplying, (waiting for the next admin to “have and to hold”), and ALL of this being what has been and is consequentially resulting from the treasonous, traitorous choices of Nancy Pelosi and all her skulking accomplices BY and WITH their REFUSAL TO IMPEACH THE CRIMINALS———>

    —->that this insanely unconscionable irrationality of it all, I can only believe by now to be their succoring supplication with which they THINK they are buying for themselves seats at the upper end of the pyramid scheme, to be “safely” in “good position” when the evil corpratist barbarian “elitists” assume their vampirical, unconsciously self canabalistic throne of world empire….. They are traitorously incompetent cowards, selling themselves and the world to fascist vampires, in hopes they will “be saved” from the terrible fate of what these dastards have planned for the rest of the world…

    They are fools in this. Though they can’t actually sell their souls, they can sell, and ARE selling, whether inadvertently or knowingly, the rest of the world and all the rest of the creatures, systems, and 6+ billion humans in this world into tortorous ruin, suffering and destruction.

    Surely Pelosi and her ilk believe they have already sold their souls. No matter that a soul cannot actually be sold, cannot itself be ordered and contained by such frivolously squandering personality quirks, but nevertheless, once humans think themselves into such dark constraints, their guilt keeps them locked into the belief, fully self imposed, and self constrained to remain, so keeping impeachment, “off the table”.

    (….no wonder they think they need a “thought crimes bill” to protect them from their constituents’ outrage, rising up against such heinous betrayal!)

    Citizens participating in millions, to converge upon the branches, departments, cabinets and “People’s House” in DC, swarming them all at once, would overwhelm their hold upon their treacheries, impeaching them ALL, at once, for ONE and ALL…..>>>

    However Freedom from this descending darkness comes, let it Be in Peace, and Do No Harm!

  • Yankee Clipper
    December 8, 2007 - 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Has anyone realized that without impeachment of Bush and Cheney it will leave open – for anyone becoming president from this day forward – the fact that any president will be free of oversight of any kind and complete power to do as he/she so chooses.

    They have set a precedent now, and it looks like our Constitution (and Bill of Rights) have been watered down to a meaningless piece of paper. Who will feel they need to take an oath to uphold something that wasn’t upheld as of today, by our Congress, President or Supreme Court?

    It is all undone and will remain so – all because Congress didn’t do what the Constitution mandated! They, too (Congress), have given in to the unitarian presidency – and voided their separate power of our three branches of government as set forth in the Constitution.

    We will no longer have a need for a Congress – we really haven’t had a “Congress” for several years now anyway. They have allowed one man to become a dictator without so much as a slap of his hand. Congress has done nothing to put a stop to the powers this one president has taken away.

    I don’t understand why the reluctance to impeach and right the wrongs and to get us back on track – unless Congress itself wants a unitarian government. I have not heard a valid reason for any of the “cave ins” or lack of oversight, investigations and impeachment. Will they write a new Constitution now? One that gives total powers to one man/woman?

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