Everybody does it

935 false statements about Iraq? Yeah, well, lots of people said stuff that wasn't true.

Published January 23, 2008 8:47PM (EST)

The White House response to a Center for Public Integrity study that says the Bush administration made at least 935 false statements about Saddam Hussein's Iraq in the two years after 9/11: Yeah? Well, a lot of people said things that weren't true.

Here's Dana Perino at today's White House press briefing:

"I hardly think that the study is worth spending time on. It is so flawed, in terms of taking anything into context or including -- they only looked at members of the administration, rather than looking at members of Congress or people around the world. Because, as you'll remember, we were part of a broad coalition of countries that deposed the dictator based on a collective understanding of the intelligence.

"And the other thing that that study fails to do is to say that after realizing that there was no WMD, as we thought as a collective body that there was, that this White House, the president set about to make reforms in the intelligence community to make sure that it doesn't happen again."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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