by Robert Scheer, Christopher Scheer and Lakshmi Chaudhry, reading at Powell's on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, Monday January 12, 7:30 pm
M any people think our president is a liar, but Robert Scheer, Christopher Scheer and Lakshmi Chaudhry have the facts to back it up. Though The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq isn't light reading, it's a necessary handbook for deciphering the muddle and spin of the Bush administration's war on terror and understanding what we've lost in the process.
While hysterical ranting would seem appropriate, this concise, expertly researched book is not simply reactionary. Biggest Lies grew out of Christopher Scheer's widely read article, "The Ten Most Appalling Lies about Iraq," published on Alternet in June 2003. The voluminous response encouraged Scheer, who had been researching weapons of mass destruction and other key Iraq issues with his father, journalist Robert Scheer, and Chaudhry, a Senior Editor at Alternet. Robert Scheer is the author of six books, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist with the Los Angeles Times and a host of NPR's Left, Right and Center.
Using testimony culled from a wide range of sources as well as their own extensive research, the authors offer insightful and historical explanations for many perplexing aspects of the war on terror, successfully arguing that every major assertion of our government in pressing for the conquest of Iraq has proved to be false. Though it's no longer necessarily news that the government's policy on Iraq was formulated by a small group of influential, right-wing radicals who dominate the president's foreign policy, it's fascinating to see how deftly these policies were put forth and to what end.
Knowledge is power, and just as the FBI now considers almanacs to be dangerous tools for terrorists, Biggest Lies, which so clearly shows the Bush administration's lies and weaknesses, might be next on the Feds' most wanted list. So read it while you can (making sure your terrorist neighbor isn't looking over your shoulder), then head to Powell's on Monday, January 12th to hear Christopher Scheer and Robert Scheer speak about the book. ERIN ERGENBRIGHT