The Bush Administration wants to control all information relayed to the media. This thesis will show how the government used ambiguous terms to bury the truth deeply in the White House and the nation in a shroud of lies. This is not only unconstitutional, but it incapacitates the country's most basic form of checks and balances on the power of the presidency. Various forms of media, ranging from print, radio, and television to the internet have valiantly fought to unfold the truth for centuries. To say this is a daunting task goes without question.
Press secretaries and other members of the administration have exposed what it really means when the government issues a statement. Dedicated research has unearthed many examples of how Press Secretaries Ari Fleischer, Scott McClellan, and Dana Perino, as well as other members of the administrative staff disseminated questionable information to the press. Evasive and vague information, by no means, played a minor part of the strategy President Bush adopted to cloak his real intentions.
His strategy was successfully applied to convince the American people to support war based on the information the public gleaned from the misleading, seemingly accurate reports of the administration.
The strategy used to find reasons to declare war on Iraq was manipulation by the use of fear, evasive dialogue, straight-out lies, for example, the persuasive "mushroom cloud" speech. Iraq was demonized by Bush's personal fight to take down Saddam Hussein. Ignoring experts' suggestions while manipulating the words used to justify the war, created a smoke screen, all which aroused fanatical proclamations of patriotism. "One was either with them or against them."
This strategy can be clearly seen again in the case study on the anti-missile defense mission in the Czech Republic. It reveals the Bush administration's deception in the way the U.S. plotted and deceived in order to achieve its prescribed goals Bush/Cheney wanted to install a radar missile site in the Brdy region of Bohemia while Poland was to receive ten interceptor sites to protect Europe and the U.S. from attacks by rogue states such as Iran and North Korea.
The study will show how President Bush and his cabinet sold the anti-missile defense plan using the same rhetoric in regard to Iran as they successfully did with Iraq. Will we be able to learn from past mistakes? Will we act instead of react to a crisis? These questions will be answered in the future. This paper aims only to lay out some facts and the manipulation of words that resulted in the situation we are in today.