The big whopper Ousting Saddam Hussein has nothing to do with September 11. It's part of a global U.S. strategy to wrest control of Persian Gulf oil from America's economic rivals, as revealed in the admin's Strategies, Forces And Resources, written a year before the Twin Towers fell.
What everyone was waiting for in Bush's speech Evidence of an Iraqi link to al Qaeda and September 11.
What was actually delivered A senior al Qaeda leader who received medical treatment in Baghdad, and a claim that Iraq has trained al Qaeda members in bomb-making and poisons.
The burning question Why hasn't the Senate intelligence committee seen documents supporting the Hussein-al Qaeda link? Or does the link not exist?
Number of specific terrorist links made by Bush to Iraq 2 (providing safe haven for Abu Nidal and Abu Abbas).
Bush's brazen coverup It was the great ally Saudi Arabia that was home to 17 September 11 suicide bombers and that funds the extremist Wahhabism sect all over the globe.
Number of times in his speech Bush linked Iraq to "nuclear weapons" or "weapons of mass destruction" 17
Most telling revelation "Most people have asked how close Saddam Hussein is to developing a nuclear weapon. Well, we don't know exactly."
Most convenient distortion Iraq might develop weapons of mass destruction, but so might Pakistan, China, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia or North Korea.
Why it's unlikely nuclear weapons are being built by Iraq As of 1998, all of Iraq's nuclear weapons and three uranium enrichment facilities had been dismantled by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The UN special commission has also reported that Iraq's pre-1998 efforts to produce weapons-grade uranium came up empty.
Most amped-up claim That Iraq possesses ballistic missiles capable of reaching Saudi Arabia and other nations where there are 135,000 American civilians and service members
The reality Most military experts agree Iraq has no longer-range missiles.
Biggest understatement "Military conflict could be difficult." Unlike when the U.S. confronted him in Kuwait, Hussein has nowhere to withdraw to. The main U.S. battle plan calls for 150,00 to 250,000 American troops. Iraq can field 450,000. And Saddam's 80,000 Republican Guards are specially trained for urban warfare, which will make the battle for the cities horrifyingly bloody.
Most Infuriating fib "America is a friend to the people of Iraq." According to UNICEF, the blockade has already created a chronic 30 per cent malnutrition rate among children. Not to mention the hundreds of civilians killed so far by ongoing U.S. and British bombing in the no-fly zones. Nice that Bush is willing to fight to the last Iraqi civilian to deliver democracy.
Most significant backtrack "Many Americans have raised legitimate questions about the nature of the threat. Some have argued that we should wait -- and that's an option." Bush is reading public opinion polls: 75 per cent of Americans think he should wait for the UN inspectors to do their thing; 50 per cent are opposed to any kind of military intervention.
The question no one in the Bush camp is asking Why would power-mad Hussein assure his own destruction by attacking the U.S. or one of its allies?
Why the three major U.S. networks, ABC, NBC and CBS, passed on Bush's speech Unnamed White House officials advised that it "was not going to make news."
Where the Globe and Mail published its report on Bush's speech Below the fold on page 17.
George Bush's speech this week was supposed to lay out in the most definitive terms yet the U.S.'s case for war against Iraq. Instead, the prez paraded many of the same old fibs. Here's a blow-by-blow.