Thursday, March 29, 2007
The Big Lie, Pt. 1213
In today's White House press briefing, Helen Thomas asked about the President's reaction to Saudi King Abdullah's comments at the Arab League summit that the American presence in Iraq is illegal. Deputy Press Secretary Dana Perino correctly responded that under international law, we are no longer an occupying power, since we are now in Iraq at the invitation of a diplomatically recognized Iraqi government. But here's the tail end of their back and forth:
Q Did we invade that country?
MS. PERINO: We were there under the U.N. Security Council resolution...
Q Did we have a right to go in?
MS. PERINO: We were there under a U.N. mandate, yes.
Contrast that with this article from the BBC back in September 2004, titled "Iraq war illegal, says Annan":
He said he believed there should have been a second UN resolution following Iraq's failure to comply over weapons inspections.
And it should have been up to the Security Council to approve or determine the consequences, he added.
When pressed on whether he viewed the invasion of Iraq as illegal, he said: "Yes, if you wish. I have indicated it was not in conformity with the UN charter from our point of view, from the charter point of view, it was illegal."
It's this kind of blatant disregard for what's commonly known as reality that results in the President's die-hard base living in an alternate universe of convenient, reassuring, faith-based falsehoods. That this sort of stuff passes among the readership of World Net Daily is one thing. But that not a single person in a roomful of White House correspondents called Perino on it is shocking.