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Juan Cole catalogues, by year, the five big lies of the Bush administration about invading Iraq, win

Juan Cole catalogues, by year, the five big lies of the Bush administration about invading Iraq, winding up with a conclusion:
 
        "Bush's five big lies about Iraq powerfully shaped press coverage of the war and have kept the mess there going at least long enough to turn it over          to the next president. As he campaigns for the White House, John McCain, Bush's heir apparent in the Iraq propaganda department, has been              signaling that "complete victory" in Iraq will be his talking point of choice for Year 6. If the mainstream media and the American public don't wake            up to the truth about how the war has gone, they'll find themselves buying into an even longer and deeper tragedy."
 
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        Year 1's big lie was that the rising violence in Iraq was nothing out of the ordinary. The social turmoil kicked off by the invasion was           repeatedly denied by Bush officials. When Iraqis massively looted government ministries and even private shops, then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld joked that U.S. media had videotape of one man carrying off a vase and that they kept looping it over and over again. . . .
 
        In Year 2 the falsehood was that Iraq was becoming a shining model of democracy under America's caring ministrations. . . .
 
        In Year 3, the Bush administration blamed almost everything that was going wrong on one shadowy figure: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. . . . 
 
        In Year 4, as major sectors of Iraq descended into hell, Bush's big lie consisted of denying that the country had fallen into civil war.  . . . 
 
        Year 5, the past year, has been one of troop escalation, or the "surge." (Calling the policy a "surge" rather than an "escalation" is emblematic of the administration's propaganda.) The big lie is that Iraq is now calm, that the surge has worked, and that victory is within reach.  . . . 
 
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