The trouble with relying too heavily on deception

Oh, Daily Show archive! Is there no example of political perfidy you haven’t chronicled over the last decade?

By relying so heavily on deception, propagandists have made of truth, our invincible ally, and their own worst enemy. Once enough of us catch on to their public opinion-jacking magic, they’re doomed.

Not too long ago, former British Prim Minister Tony Blair made headlines when he said, even without WMD, he would’ve come up with "other arguments" for jacking the world to war in Iraq. Compare a The Daily Show with Jon Stewart segment, showing Blair taking questions in the House of Commons, and ask yourself: where’s our American Iraq inquiry?

*** The (British) Iraq Inquiry

The Independent (London, December 18, 2009): Leading Article: A damning picture painted by the Chilcot Inquiry

We now know more about when the fates began to be sealed on Iraq. Tony Blair took a decision in April 2002 at President George Bush’s Texas ranch that Britain would work with the US in its efforts to topple Saddam Hussein from power. That, at least, was the clear implication of the testimony of Sir Christopher Meyer, the UK ambassador to Washington and Mr Blair’s senior foreign policy adviser, Sir David Manning. Mr Blair looks in an increasingly uncomfortable position over the biggest blunder of his time in office.

*** The (American) Iraq Inquiry (hey, I ask with feigned incredulity, where’s the effing link? Obama? Holder? Anybody going to stand up for "truth, justice, and the American way?" Or is that all now just a sick joke?)

Caution: Ari "Scarry" Fleischer makes a cameo near the end of the video.

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And here’s Lewis Black (July 7, 2003), making a similar comparison of British and American responses to having been jacked to war by carefully scripted myths.

Now that the myths themselves have turned out to be the real WMD, now that the Shock & Awe spell has worn off, why isn’t the vaunted American system of justice leading the way?

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