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    Myths

    LIE: Democrats like John Murtha said they had a "slow bleed" strategy on Iraq

    TRUTH: Politico claimed Democrats had a “slow bleed” strategy on Iraq

    LIE: Harry Reid called David Petraeus "incompetent"

    TRUTH: A mistranscription reversed Harry Reid’s statement about David Petraeus’ competence

    LIE: Nancy Pelosi’s demand for a military jet for travel as speaker of the House was unprecedented

    TRUTH: The military started providing travel for House Speaker Dennis Hastert after 9/11

    LIE: President Bush immediately reacted with urgency to "Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in U.S." briefing

    TRUTH: When Bush was briefed on the danger posed by bin Laden, he reportedly said, “All right. You’ve covered your ass now.”

    LIE: Iraq's aluminum tubes were only suited for nuclear weapons

    TRUTH: Energy Department experts believed Iraq’s aluminum tubes were for artillery rockets

    LIE: The Bush administration had plans to take military action against Al Qaeda prior to 9/11

    TRUTH: A Bush official acknowledged that a plan for military action against Al Qaeda was added after 9/11

    LIE: Bill Clinton wrote a letter in 1969 saying he abhorred the military

    TRUTH: Bill Clinton’s 1969 letter about the military described other people’s feelings