I don't pay much attention to Bush's press conferences. It's such a silly game. Reporters ask long-winded questions designed to do ... well, who knows what the point of the questions really is ... and Bush ignores the question entirely and answers in talking points. So this Media Matters item criticizing Howie Kurtz's criticism of the Helen Thomas/Bush exchange didn't interest me much, either.
Thomas asks a question about the reason for invading Iraq, Bush invokes 9/11 then starts talking about Afghanistan. Big f'n surprise. But then something did interest me, because we have the president of the United States lying about recent events and NO ONE NOTICES. Not even Media Matters:
BUSH: -- and therefore, we worked with the world, we worked to make sure that Saddam Hussein heard the message of the world, and when he chose to deny inspectors, when he chose not to disclose, then I had the difficult decision to make to remove him, and we did. And the world is safer for it.
Clinton lied about a blow job and faced impeachment. Dean Johnson is in hot water for embellishments before a group of pastors. The president of the United States goes on national television to claim that Saddam Hussein "chose to deny inspectors", "chose not to disclose" and we get no reaction at all. History lesson, everyone. The inspectors were allowed in. Missiles were being destroyed. The IAEA was going where they wanted to go. Has anything been found that Hussein failed to disclose?
Bush chose to lie about the start of the Iraq war. Again. And no one calls him on it. It's sad and absurd and ridiculous.